List Price US $269
Burton Step On Binding 2018-2021 Review
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Quick Release Yes
Manufactured in China
Canted Footbed No
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight Feels Light

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Flex

Medium/Stiff

Boot Support

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Fast

Buttering

Medium

Binding Adjustability Poor
Stance Adjustability Poor
Comfort Good
Ratchet System
Shock Absorption Great

Burton Step On Binding 2021 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

Burton Step On Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers. 0:00 – Intro 0:27 – How They Were Tested 1:17 – Summary 2:02 – Weight 2:08 – Highback Flex 2:40 – Flex Underfoot/Buttering 3:49 – Turn Initiation/Response 5:02 – Shock Absorption 5:31- Boot Support 7:33 – Boot To Binding Adjustability 9:16 – Stance Width Adjustability 10:17 – Conclusion 11:17 – About Our Reviews

The Burton Step On Binding needs a Burton compatible boot and has less boot to binding adjustability but its super easy on/off and is really responsive. It is far from being perfect but its the first time we found a quick release binding to improve response.

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Burton Step On 2021 Binding Snowboard Binding Review

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Days: 4
RidersJames (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Burton Ruler Step On and Burton Ion Step On, Burton Photon Step On
Boards: Yes Ghost, Burton Hometown Hero, Union Orbit, Burton Stun Gun, Burton Trick Pilot, and Burton Speed Date.

How This Review Happened:  We used our precious Good Ride earnings to buy this due to overwhelming review requests. We borrowed this for a full day at the demos twice and then rode it for a full day thanks to Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor.

Approximate Weight

Pretty light at 1.8 lbs per binding with screws on. The Step On boots you have to pair up with are a little heavier than the regular versions so overall its a pretty middle ground overall weight.

Highback Flex

There is not much twist in the Burton Step On Bindings high back but its got a little more give than the Step On X. However, being literally locked into the center of it makes you feel the twist less than you normally would.

Binding to Boot Adjustability

One of the weaknesses of the Burton Step On Binding. There just isn’t much going on to center your boot in the binding. If you are closer to the in between sizes moving the disc screws towards the heel or toe edge a few millimetres each way isn’t ideal. Unlike the old Re:Flex discs the new ones only have 2 positions instead of 3 so its even worse than before.

Stance Width Adjustability

If you set the Burton Step On Bindings up with a Burton Channel System board the stance width adjustability is infinite. If you put these on normal inserts you have none. Re:Flex discs won’t turn sideways and slide tip to tail like most  regular and mini-discs can.

Boot Support

So being locked into the highback makes for a pretty locked in feel that has a lot of support. We suggest paring up the Burton Step On Binding with the Photon Step On or Ion Step On Boots though because we do like the added ankle support. With the Ruler Step On, that has none, we felt it start to fold a little bit more than we would like. It also felt like the front part of the Ruler would flex too much forward and the back wouldn’t move which is pretty weird compared to traditional boots/bindings.

Ratchet System

Here is where we talk about the easy on and off and why this binding has soo much appeal. No ratchets. You just step in, they click in place and then go. When you get to the bottom of the run you flip a lever and step out. It is faster than any step on we have tried. It’s easier than being on ski’s. On top of that you don’t have the pain of ultra hard, sized down ski boots. It can get weird with snow loading up on the foot bed but you just need to manage it. Stepping forward also feels weird as most don’t step forward when they unstrap. They usually go out somewhat sideways and then step back. It is weird to get used to this.

Turn Initiation/Response

Usually with quick release bindings you are trading response for this feature. With the Burton Step On Bindings you are getting more. Having the boot locked in to the highback seems to really up the response. There is still that smooth initiation you feel with all Burton Re:Flex bindings but it just accelerates as you lean into a turn. We haven’t done A vs. B testing with other super responsive bindings but it feels incredibly fast. Even with the least expensive Burton Rulers on. It is a great binding for those that like quick turn initiation and carving.

Flex Under Foot/Buttering

What makes the Burton Step On Binding so responsive also makes it not as easy to butter. The flex under foot is there with the Re:Flex tech that flexes down the middle of the binding. It is just not as easy to access when your boot is stuck to the high back. It for sure takes some getting used to. Normally under the sway bar of the binding there is soft EVA foam but with the Step On you have plastic. It is probably trying to help compensate for no toe strap or ankle strap and give more response there. It does make it less buttery though.

Shock Absorption/Dampness

There is a really cush ride wtih the Burton Step On Binding. Other than the plastic plate on the bottom of the gas pedal (instead of EVA foam) it is just like all the other Re:Flex bindings out there. That makes for a pretty smooth shock free ride.

Summary

All of us here at The Good Ride unanimously like the overall feel of traditional bindings from Burton and other companies better but it is the first time we found added response with quick release tech. It makes it more than just an easy way to get in and out of a binding and I think many will find it’s strengths outweigh it’s weaknesses.

 
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Go With the Stiffer Boots (Photon or Ion)

Apr 20, 2021 by K.B
Ability Level: Intermediately Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Not-So-Rad Dad, Powder Addict - Steeps when it's Deep, Groomers when it Isn't, and Avoid the Trauma Park at All Times • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10-20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'10" (177 cm); 195 lbs (88 kg); Boot Size US 10 (28.2cm mondo foot size) 

I thought I would share my experience after a season with these to give an idea of how they work for other intermediate weekend-warrior type riders who may only get in 15-20 days a season.

MY SPECS - I’m 41 years old, have only been riding for three seasons, and probably fall somewhere in the middle of that vague and boundless realm referred to as the “intermediate” level. I can ride some double-black terrain (when the snow is soft), but I still skid plenty of turns and occasionally look like a moron on rutted up cat tracks, too. I ride the Burton Step-On bindings on the Yes Hybrid 157 with US size 10 Burton Swath Boots.

EASE OF ENTRY – My overall take (from the standpoint of a crappy, middle-aged, intermediate rider) is exactly the opposite of James’s take away point – get these for the convenience (not necessarily for the responsiveness). To me the added convenience is worth it - I can save my energy for riding, instead of wasting breath bending my fat ass over to fiddle with straps. They aren’t ALWAYS easier to get into, though. They have a big advantage over straps when you are getting off lifts on the groomers; but they can be a little trickier in the steep side country when you need to get further out a traverse before locking-in. They are made to step in (obviously) while standing, so sitting down to get locked-in is difficult. Powder (especially sticky spring powder) will pile in under your boots making it difficult to get engaged. Again, this is only an issue on steep and deep spots. When I ride with (much) more experienced riders, I will be ready to go before they are 98% of the time when we are getting set-up in normal circumstances, but they will be waiting on me every time we get out onto a traverse ledge to strap in. It is worth noting that Step-Ons do seem to have a “break-in” period, and for the first week they will require more force to get the cleats engaged; so it’s a good idea to try them out at home to help soften them up.

RESPONSIVENESS – Just like James says, they are a very responsive binding, but it is a different kind of responsiveness that is difficult to fully articulate. As an intermediate rider, I do not think you would switch to these just to get that type of response (but more a more advanced rider might). To get the full benefit of that responsiveness, though, it is important to note that the design of the SO’s makes the boot much more important for responsiveness than it is with traditional bindings. James mentions at the end of his video that riders that are mostly interested in the convenience might want to go with the softest SO boot (the Ruler), and I don't really agree - although in his written review, he mentions the front part of the Rulers flex too much and he doesn't recommend them. I agree much more with what is stated in the written review. I have the Swath (the 2nd softest in the line), and I would NOT want to go any softer. In fact, if I had it to over again, I would go to the next step up in stiffness, the Photon. I have to tighten the BOA on the Swaths quite often to get the response I want, because the front of the boot just gives too much - and the boot plays such a different role in how these bindings ride (versus traditional). I ride the Yes Hybrid 157 (which is pretty wide), and with my size 10 boots, I need every bit of responsiveness I can get – so that may explain part of my take regarding the need for stiffer boots.

ADJUSTABILITY – The highback forward lean is adjustable with the use of a screwdriver – but it has to be a full-length traditional screwdriver, as a pocket tool will not reach the adjustment screw. Not to mention that the screwdriver shaft has to be thin enough to fit down into the hole to reach the screw, which has been an aggravation several times when I have tried to use the adjustment tables at the resort only to figure out the driver won't fit down in there. (I will also note that adjusting the forward lean past the midpoint makes these much more difficult to get clicked in fully - which is why I am occasionally trying to adjust these things at the resort, in case you were wondering what kind of weirdo adjusts their forward lean while they are out riding). My biggest complaint with Burton SO is the lack of any adjustability on the traditional mounting discs (i.e. if you’re not using the Burton Channel system). James discusses this in his review, and he is spot on with the lack of any real adjustment for tweaking stance width, or ability to center the boot over the board. My Yes Hybrid only has 5 row inserts, and is a wider reference stance than I prefer, so I can’t dial in my stance width exactly where I want it with these discs. Why Burton can spend years getting the engineering perfected on the locking mechanisms, but can't give you any adjustment out of a damn plastic disc is a hard one to figure out.

OVERALL – Everything has trade-offs, and to me the convenience of these bindings outweighs the downsides. Heck it’s nice just from the perspective of not having those straps flailing around and in the way when you aren’t strapped in. I think Burton has got the Step-On system right, and for the target audience it will be worth it.


Love These Bindings!

Mar 10, 2021 by andrew
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Free ride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15-20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5’9” 160lbs. 10.5 boots 

These are truly epic. I have them on a Jones Ultracraft 156 and the added response that the bindings give you work great with a board that’s a little wider like the hover/ultracraft. What is truly the best part is the ease to click in and out with the feeling like your in your normal boots. I have a bad back and I noticed a huge difference from not having to stop and strap in over and over. The ease of just clicking in really makes a difference and in my case probably ends up in a few extra laps for me throughout the day. They also work great in powder and are easy to get on and off which is contrary to what you’ll read online. I was a skeptic with everything I read online and now I that I own them they’re legit. Give them a try you’ll be surprised with how awesome these are.


There is more adjustability

Feb 04, 2021 by Jack
Ability Level: Upper intermediate • 
Riding Style: All mountain no park • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'5", 210lbs, size 8 boots 

I love my Step Ons from 2020 with Photon boots. So responsive it definitely helped improve my riding ability and confidence staying on toe side edge.

The 2021 bindings in all of Burtons line have consolidated the disk to a single disk. In the review video it was mentioned this had less adjustability but this isn't quit the case. If you turn the disk 180° the extra holes are now on the other side and allows to help center bindings on board. Also some might not realize there is high back forward lean adjustment as well done with a screw driver from the inside of the highback. Two screws designed for forward lean adjustments.

Only part I struggle is I lack flexibility so reaching the release lever is difficult for me. But some creativity can help solve this until Burton outs in a real solution. Knocking one store for that otherwise 5 stars.


Jan 22, 2021 by Stephen Alexander
Ability Level: Senior • 
Riding Style: Carve • 
Days You Ride A Year: As many as possible • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 10.5/162 

I bought a pair of BURTON Hard boots in 2001 a buddy of Jakes at Sunny Breeze Sports set me up with the original set of step in race bindings. These sound and review the same except the original came with a cant plate a little ackward when walking but well worth it.Hard on the ankles without.


Straps? You don't need no stinking straps!

Oct 02, 2020 by Jay Jochec
Ability Level: Advanced/expert • 
Riding Style: All Mountain, Steep, Trees, Half pipe • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'0" 195lbs, size 11, 161 wide Rossi One Mag LF 

Bought these last year after ripping the soles off my 2nd set of K2 clickers in a season and a half just out of warranty. I'll never go back! My riding confidence has gone way up which translates into my ability increasing as well with these. I can feel the board now. The edge to edge response is super quick.

The boots are comfortable once you get the tension right, I usually loosen them a bit after the 1st run (Photons). They do pack out about 1/2 a size over the season so if your toes are just barely touching new you should be good to go after 4-5 days of riding. I've ridden these in all conditions and have had zero issues with them. No hot spots, no trouble getting in and out of them in the powder. If you have too much fwd lean in them getting that 2nd click is hard to do. But really with the way the system is hooked up I haven't noticed any difference in having as much fwd lean as I could get in and still get the 2nd click and having zero fwd lean.

I really liked my K2 clickers for 1 big reason. And that is I could click in while riding the chair and just board right off. My wife who purchased the step ons a season before I did couldn't do this and so I was hesitant about not being able to do this. I have a knee injury that when my foot slips off the board getting off the chair and I do the splits basically will pull at it and make it hurt from just a little to really freaking bad. Well 1st run up the chair I figured it out. you get the inside toe cleat started, then rock your foot to the 2nd toe cleat, once you have those engaged you roll the board fwd and get one click in the back and you're good to go. Ride off the chair, Ollie it up and bam 2nd click and you're gone!

I've never had any fear about coming out of them. I don't use the leash. You'd have to bust the rear plastic out of the rear of the boot and I just don't see that happening. I rode them in the Super Pipe at Bachelor and didn't think twice about it.

I'm purchasing a Rossi XV 168w this year because of the reviews here and am going to run the new Step On X bindings on it which should suit the board and my riding style well.

These things are just too convenient and with the response as great as it is not to run. Burton has knocked it out of the park with these. Get some, you won't be dissapointed.


Never Going Back to Straps

Feb 29, 2020 by David R Glenn
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'3", 230, 11, Yes Greats Uninc 

I will never go back to bending over and strapping. First day on them I was charging the steeps with very little learning curve. Back edge very positive and tow edge 2-3 runs and I was back in my groove. I ride at Snowbird so I have had pow days with 16+ inches and was able to get in and out without much trouble. Practice pulling out of the toe at home on a dry surface to get the feel of exiting. Overall I love them and have a lot of jealous looks when Im off and running without wait time.


Poor Manufacture Quality

Feb 27, 2020 by Mike
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15-20 

The step in process works well on these bindings, while stepping out is more challenging. Not as easy as you may think. The main problem, however, has to do with the poor manufacture quality of these bindings. I've ridden Genesis for the past six seasons. Those bindings are solid, while the StepOns are not well made -- particularly the foam under your boot, which lifts each time you step out and allows snow underneath it. This makes it impossible to step back in without spending a few minutes cleaning off the snow and trying to push the foam down. Boarders around me with strap bindings laugh at these and can be off and riding much quicker than these Burton StepOns would ever allow. Not ready for prime time, that's for sure.


Never miss again, no Bending at all

Jan 25, 2020 by Attila
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Sloped, small jumps, Carving • 
Days You Ride A Year: 14-21 

Ich war sehr misstrauisch, weil ich zuerst in meinen Burton Step on Ion 2020 kleien Hotsports hatte. Nachdem ich den SNowboardschuh mit Shcuhspannen und Föhn ausgedehnt habe und jetzt uweimal im Winterurlaub war kann ich nur sagen:

Nie mehr was andere! Ich fahre zu 90 % Piste( was fast jeder macht, von wegen Backcountry :)) und bin viel mit Skifahrern unterwegs. Jeden SKitag freue ich mich 20 mal das ich so einklicken kann. Mittlerweile klappt es bereits in der AUslaufzone von Lift. LEdiglich wenn es sehr steil will das Board immer weg. In 98/100 fällen klappt es allerdingt auf Anhieb und dieses Comfort kann man nicht aufwiegen.

Zum Carven kriege ich prima Druck auf die Kante, vorher hatte ich die klassischen Burton Cartell. Finde das die Step Ons vom Fahren mindestens gleich gut, wenn nicht sogar mehr Druck auf die Frondside Kante bekommen.

Hatte mit meinen alten Snowboardschuhen immer die Schienbeine offen. Der Ion ist war viel härter und nicht ganz so chillig, aber bekomme den Schuh so fest, dass sichts bewegt und nicht aufschabt!! ENdlich !

Edit: Nach zwei Winterurlauben sind die Druckstellen komplett verschwundne und sie sind viel bequemer geworden (bischen augedehnt am Spann und am kleinen Zee) . Bin 100 % zufrieden.

Snowboarden bis ins Hohe Alter ;):) Die Blicke beim ANschnallen sind euch sicher , auch wenn es etwas Übung am ANfang BEdarf. Später geht es immer schneller.


Convenience + response

Jan 08, 2020 by Steve
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'5" 140 8.5 

I'm tempted to give it 5 stars, but with convenience comes compromise. The boot locks into the back of the binding, and while that's relatively low down, it restricts forward/aft motions on the board which can make some motions more difficult.

Having said that:

Super convenient to get into the bindings. Sometimes I can one-foot off the chair, flip up the highback, and step in with back foot without stopping. Other times, it's simply quick and easy to do that after stopping. Getting out requires a little more motion and practice; I've spazzed out a few times doing it. Also, sometimes I accidentally step back in before I wiggle out of the toe connections. Overall, it's still hugely convenient, especially when dealing with flats, and reduces stooping over to get in and out. When releasing, one must reach down for a lever, but it doesn't' require stooping as low as with conventional bindings and it's one quick motion and done. That also applies to riding right into the scries and releasing the back foot when conditions permit.

Overall stability of the ride is significantly improved for some reason.

Heel side response and edging: significantly improved.
Toe side: was degraded at first and I wasn't liking it. That improved over time and I almost don't notice a difference at this point.

I'm mostly a freerider, not sure how ideal this would be for park rats and all-mountain free-stylers. Having said that, if the convenience and response are important enough, and the rider chooses boots that fit properly, it probably won't matter, especially as the boots wear in a bit.

I'm using Ion Step On boots. They're amazing! But, keep in mind that the fit and feel are significantly different than standard Ions, which I tried and returned before moving over to the Step On system).


Burton Step On

Oct 01, 2019 by David Kinnane
Ability Level: Intermediate - Advanced • 
Riding Style: Aggressive • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 175cm 80kg, size 9, medium 

I will never go back to traditional bindings. You feel locked into your board and your board responds accordingly. Shock absorption is good too. No more toe straps falling off mid run or loose bindings. Very easy to use and it is a great feeling skating by all the other snowboarders sitting down and strapping in at the top of the chair. No more wasted effort and wasted time at the top of the chair. Step on and board away. Stepping out is easy too. Just keep your weight on your heel, release the latch and twist your heel towards your other heel. I highly recommend that you upgrade to Burton Step On bindings.


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