Our favorite part about these bindings is they are made to offer a similar flex under foot as the EST bindings but at the same time work with any snowboard. The ride is really smooth but you can really feel the difference the Re-Flex tech makes when it comes to flexing a board longitudinally or tortionally. There have been some big changes from 2011 to 2012. Both Burton Prophecy bindings are good but we feel the 2012 Burton Prophecy is going to give you better performance and it’s worth it to pay a little more. These are a nice step up from the Cartel line and can fit a wide range of riding styles.
The Burton Prophecy is relatively new and wasn’t a bad choice when it came ont he scene in 2011. We especially liked the Re:Flex technology that only a few bindings had in 2011. We felt that these bindings responded better than burtons Rating and felt like they were more in between the Burton Diode and the Burton Cartel instead of behind the cartel. With the Co2 and C60 gone for 2012 this inherited some of their tech and mad the Prophecy a much better binding in 2012 and it’s one of our favorites.
Regarding Re:Flex Tech: Re:Flex Tech really changes the way the board rides for the better but it has one minor issue that should be addressed. Most 4 hole Discs can be aligned tip to tail or heel to toe but the Re:Flex Disc can only be aligned heel to toe. This isn’t a big deal because most align heel to toe but some like to turn their discs side ways to reduce or increase their stance width to a size that the binding holes won’t allow. If you do this make sure your board has the stance width you desire.
Burton Prophecy Re:Flex 2011
The Burton Prophecy came out in 2011 with a base from the 2010 Burton P1, the high back from the 2010 Burton Triad and the new Re:Flex technology. We are very excited to see this binding and it had a ride that is unique. Re:Flex tech is our favorite Burton Binding Tech and It allows the board flex better under the foot. The high back is very similar or the same as the 2007, slightly stiffer Co2 high back. The padding from the Triad that provided a very cush but slightly heavier ride has been removed which we feel is good. The ankle strap is relatively new as well. The strap is very flexy and forgiving but still pretty responsive. We like the 2011 Co2 ankle strap better but this still provides a very traditional Burton like feel. It’s nice to see them provide a binding that doesn’t down grade their tech for Non-Burton boards. We hope that the Burton keeps the Prophecy around for a few years and hope the tech trickles down to the less expensive bindings. This was a good binding for the price and it felt like a slightly better version of the Cartel.
Burton Prophecy Re:Flex 2012
We liked the Prophecy in 2011 but felt the the 2011 Co2 had more of an advantage in terms of performance. This year the Co2’s are gone as well as the C60’s and the Prophecy benefited from both their tech tremendously. The Prophecy now has a softer version of the 2011 C60 Est high back and a asymmetrical ankle strap that is similar to but slightly larger than the 2011 Co2 that we really loved. It still has the same base and re:flex tech from the year before which we loved in 2011. The high back for 2012 is more responsive and the ankle strap is even more responsive. The ankle strap is also going to give you better leverage longitudinally and a little better leverage torsionally. This to us completes the Prophecy and makes it one of the best bindings you can get from the Burton line up for the price. We like that they don’t even bother making an EST model and we hope this is the future of Burton Bindings. We feel Re:Flex still utilizes the flex in channel tech almost as good as the EST bindings and makes 4 hole/non Burton Boards ride better. We found this to be smooth but responsive and very comfortable binding to have on. It reminded us of the old P1 bindings that use to be in Burton’s line that many freeriders to freestylers loved. This year it felt like it turned a corner from being a slightly better binding that the Cartel Re:Flex to a binding that has it’s own personality and is much better/different than the new Cartel. This is a pretty responsive very smooth ride kind of binding that will help riders of many different personalitites get a supportive but somewhat forgiving feel. It’s hard to say what these are best for but
We say go with the 2012 here and you will get a binding that gives you a lot for the price…….well when it comes to the Burton pricing scale.
A quick look at How Re:Flex Tech Works