The Burton Mission Restricted EST binding are a slight step up for the same price as the Mission EST. You get a better/bigger asymmetrical ankle strap that offers a little better tip to tail response for buttering and pressing and a stiffer high back than the ever so popular cartels. The rest of the binding is exactly the same (minus the paint) as the Regular Mission EST. If you can afford it go Restricted Cartel because you get a better ratchet system and better high back. If you can’t this is better than the regular Mission EST for a Burton board only rider. Nothing changed between the 2013 and 2014 models which is surprising. Usually Burton changes things up every year.
Days: A few but not many
Riders: James and Peter
Flex: Same med/stiff flex as all the other Mission EST
Adjustability: Same adjustability as the Mission EST.
Comfort: Same great comfort as the Mission EST.
Heel-Toe Response: Same the standard EST.
Tip-Tail Response: There is a little difference here because of the larger asymmetrical ankle strap. It makes for an easier movement in the inner part and more support on the outer part. It gives it a more playful freestyle feel to it compared to the other standard bindings. It’s stiffer flexing tail is just
Boot Support: There is a lot more support on the outside of the part of the ankle and a little less than the inside. It gives you support where you need it for a more freestyle focused approach to the mountain.
Ratchet System: Same Great ratchet system but the toe ratchet isn’t as easy as the
Shock Absorption: Same excellent heel to toe shock absorption as the Mission EST.