List Price US $379
Burton Genesis Step On 2023 Snowboard Binding Review
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Quick Release Yes
Manufactured in China
Canted Footbed No
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight

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Flex

Medium/Soft

Boot Support

Medium

Turn Initiation

Fast

Buttering

Easy

Binding Adjustability Poor
Stance Adjustability Poor
Comfort Good
Ratchet System
Shock Absorption Good

Burton Genesis Step On 2023 Review by The Good Ride

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Very quick and symmetrical responsive. Easiest quick release out there. More freedom of movement than other Step On bindings.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Minimal Adjustabilty. Almost none with Non-Channel compatible boards. Not easy on and off on steeper hills. Limited boot options.

Summary

The Burton Genesis Step On has many flaws but it is getting closer to the feel of a traditional binding and still retains that quick symmetrical response.

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Burton Genesis Step On Snowboard Binding Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton Genesis Step On Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened:  Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Days:  6+
Conditions:  Everything from varied spring snow to pretty good powder.
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Photon Step On Wide
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers,
Boards: Burton Territory Manager, Burton Forager, Burton Deep Thinker, Burton Custom and a few other boards like the Nidecker Mellow.
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves:, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Burton Step On, Burton Step On X, Nidecker Supramatic, Clew Bindings.

How It Was Tested

I rode these several days on many different boards. I then did a sampler on the same day to compare them to the Step On and also compare them to the Nidecker Supramatic and Clew bindings.

Weight

1.8lbs – Very light.

Highback Flex

I love the soft high back flex of the Burton Genesis Step On. Especially since the high back rotation is quite limited. Especially when your boot is stuck to the high back. Having the hammock and a soft high back brings back some of that traditional strap binding feel that I really appreciate. It increases your range of motion and puts less stress on your knees.

Flex Underfoot/Butterability

Burton Genesis Step On flex underfoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton Genesis Step On has a very easy flex underfoot. Under the gas pedal is plastic instead of EVA foam throughout but that is necessary to keep the boot from moving too far down away from the click mechanism’s on the side of each toe. I forgot to mention this but you feel like you are a little too far forward on the gas pedal as a result of the pressure from the plastic under the gas pedal but it’s something you can get used to. Or you can just slide it forward ½ size and it feels better. For testing purposes I slid the gas pedal to size 9 to match my size 9 Burton boot but if I were to ride this every day I’d probably slide it to 9.5. It butters very easy though and it is pretty close to all EVA foam gas pedal Burton Genesis Re:Flex. There is more range of motion with the Burton Genesis Step On but less than the Genesis Re:Flex so it does feel different and limits your ability to lean over the nose and tail on a butter.

Turn Initiation/Response

The response of the Burton Genesis Step On is mellower than other Step On bindings but man it is still responsive. Switching from Genesis Re:Flex to Genesis Step On was a massive difference. I wish I had regular Burton Photon’s or Kendo Step On’s to make it 100% perfect but they do have a similar flex and response. One of the biggest differences

Shock Absorption

Forgot to talk about this in the video but there is great shock absorption. It isn’t super damp but it handles slower speed shock absorption very well.

Boot Support

If you don’t get a boot with a built in strap around the ankle like the Ion or Photon you are not going to have the same kind of ankle support like you would with traditional strap bindings. With the Burton Ruler I had massive response but felt the tongue fold a little on me in uneven terrain. It wasn’t like riding a normal binding with an unsupportive strap but it wasn’t as good as the Ion or Photon Step On.

Adjustability

This is a huge drawback for the Burton Genesis Step On. There is almost no boot to binding adjustability. When it comes to stance width adjustability there is nothing if you leave the channel system. For me, this is a deal breaker.

Conclusion

So the Burton Genesis Step On really took a step in the right direction for me and for other riders that prefer regular strap in bindings. These are my personal favorites of all the step on bindings out there.

 
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