The Burton LTD is a late release binding that I haven’t tried but I feel like I have. I feel like I have because it’s basically last years Burton Diode with this years Burton Diode High back and I rode both of those bindings. Normally this would be redundant but I like the lower cost solution to the Diode and this will satisfy the rider that wants a very responsive binding at a lower price. So let’s get to the differences between the LTD and the Diode.
First off the LTD has the older ankle and toe straps. The new straps are better but this was the leading strap for many years and still does a great job holding your boot in place. It’s a step above the Burton Cartel ankle strap and a step below the 2014 Diode ankle strap.
Second off the LTD doesn’t have the new ratchet system that the 2014 Burton Diode does.
This is kind of like buying a 2013 Diode on sale with unique colors and a better high back at $70 less than this years Diode. So if you were to ask if you should get a 2013 Diode on sale or the LTD I’d say get the LTD because we all liked this years high back better. It’s just not as stiff as last years Diode. It’s still stiff but it’s just a little softer and feels a little better when riding. If you were to ask if you should get the 2014 Diode or the LTD I’d probably say if money isn’t an issue go 2014 Diode because the ankle straps are that much better.
Last years late release was the Burton Cartel Limited that had everything the LTD does except the High back was the current Cartel High Back. That was one of our all time favorite bindings so it’s hard to follow up with the LTD the following year. Still this is a great solution for those that want a binding close to the Diode but don’t want to shell out the cash for the Diode. The only difference is the 2014 Burton Diode Ankle strap is going to provide a better grip around the ankle and a little better support for a locked in feel where the LTD will feel like last years Diode with a better high back. The whole thing about the limited is getting something unique but they are hard to find and buy.