The Burton Lexa EST offers a decent upgrade in terms of flex under foot than the regular Burton Lexa but this binding is missing the hinge tech that the men’s bindings have. It makes it a little less appealing to spend more money for a Burton board only binding. You get almost the same ride with the Lexa Re:Flex and the ability to use it with other boards. The Lexa EST is only for Burton Boards.
The Burton Lexa EST is of course for only Burton boards and not a binding you can buy for any other board. It just won’t fit so don’t commit to this binding unless you are committed to a Burton board for the life of the binding.
The 2014 Burton Lexa EST has one improvement over the 2013 model and that’s the larger slightly asymmetrical ankle strap. We’d like to see them introduce hinge tech as well but at least it’s a step forward.
Adjustability: Like all Burton bindings the EST is very easy to get dialed out but our only complaint is not everything above the disc is tooless. It would be nice to see tool-less screws for the high back rotation.
Comfort: The Lexa EST is very comfortable. It’s straps have minimal pressure points and the whole of the binding seems to work with many types of boots very well.
Heel-Toe Response: Pretty responsive and it does it in a very smooth way.
Tip-Tail Response: This is going to make the board feel softer under foot and make the Burton board you are riding easier to butter and just play around with.
Boot Support: The Lexa finally got the trickle down tech from the men’s side and has a larger ankle strap. It offers more support than past years.
Ratchet System: Just like every high end burton binding. Great to crank down and even better to un-strap.
Shock Absorption: Excellent shock absorption that reduces the pain you could feel on a flat landing or dealing with hard uneven terrain. You could also buy a really thin foot bed if you want a more skate like feel but you won’t have the shock absorption you do now.