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Burton Infidel 2016 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Infidel is Burton’s softest binding in their line. Some love the ultra-soft urethane feel and others prefer a binding with a little more support. Lately, there has been a trend with Urethane bindings and most of the major companies have one in the line. It’s even softer than the Burton Bootlegger. This binding is happiest with the jibber or street oriented rider who likes a lot of freedom. Even the base plate is soft as far as base plates go. Burton has a smooth feel to their bindings but this is loose and rubbery.
The 2014 and 2015 Burton Infidel is pretty similar.
Flex: The Burton Infidel is the softest binding in Burton’s line and it sometimes feels like you just have your boot a no back binding. It makes me wonder if there would be much difference between not even having a high back on.
Adjustability: Same old great Burton binding that has a lot of ways you can dial out the binding but some require a tool. We’d like to see only the disc require a tool but you have many options to dial this out so it’s still pretty great.
Comfort: Very comfortable. Like I said before it feels almost like there isn’t a high back and the ankle strap, although not as good as the one the Malavita has, is still pretty comfortable.
Heel-Toe Response: I thought it would have been worse but it’s not that bad. Usually the heel side has more leverage but in this case, it’s reversed. It’s just a shade above poor edge to edge but I thought it would be worse.
Tip-Tail Response: Just like any other entry-level re:flex binding which is pretty good.
Boot Support: The support is great around the ankle thanks to the good asymmetrical ankle strap but the noodle high back makes you feel pretty open and free. I personally like more support but I could definitely see how a full-time jibber or pure street rider would love this feel. It’s much closer to skating than snowboarding.
Ratchet System: Eh not the best ratchet system in Burton’s line but it’s really good compared to the rest of the bindings in the industry. Once you get below the Cartel price point the ratchet system changes and it’s not as easy to get on and off as the Cartel’s and up.
Shock Absorption: Same excellent shock absorption that most re:flex bindings have. There is a lot of foam in the heel and it’s pretty kind on the body.
So all in all this is a binding that could be a lot of fun for the right kind of jibber but I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone.
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Burton Infidel User Reviews
Decent Jib Binding
I've been riding this binding for about 2 years now and overall i find it to be a decent jib binding.
Biggest plus is the comfort, the straps are super compy as well as the highback.
The binding is really, really but like really flexy. You can bend the highbacks easily with your hands. I bought these when i started riding park but now that i've advanced in to more serious park riding it lacks support.
These bindings have 2 major downfalls.
I don't like the ratchets, i wear my bindings tight and with these ratchets it's quite hard to get them really tight. They overclick quite easily, even out of the box.
Besides the ratchets, the system do adjust the highback lean doesn't work, at all. The highback needs to be set all the way back in order for the small extensions to touch the back of the bindings. Not ideal, but ok. The thing is that the system can't cope with the pressure the rider creates when making a healside turn and the extensions just pop back in to place causing the highback to go all the way back again.
Conclusion, fine for jibbing but lacks decent ratchets and customizeability.