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Burton LTD 2014 Review by The Good Ride
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 year’s 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.
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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.
Secondly, 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 year’s 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.
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I haven\'t ridden modern Diodes or Cartels (I\'ve tried 07-08 Cartels) yet but I did get a pair of 2014 Malavitas a month or so before getting the LTD. Very similiar in many ways except the ankle strap and highback mainly. I much prefer the dial forward lean adjuster on the Malavita as it is much easier to be precise and to match the left and right binding.
I have paired these with a Libtech Lando Phoenix 157W and they have not disappointed. They are replacing / standing in for my Ride El Hefe bindings which are out of action after a screw hole has threaded, rendering the footbed on that binding unuseable. They are a match in every way to that binding and I got them a bit cheaper too. I believe they are lighter as well, which is a bonus.
Two things to beware - one that applies to all Burton bindings - I\'m worried about having to bend the footbed whenever I access the discs. It looks like they crease and could eventually tear.
The other might just be an issue with me. When I strap in with the amount of forward lean I have and the stiffness of the highback, it can feel like I am cranked down, but then I start riding only to realise my heel wasn\'t pulled all the way back and I have to stop, shove my ankle back into the heelcup and then crank the straps down. Could just be me.