• Super Responsive
  • Symmetrical Response
  • Great Shock Absorption
  • Great Board Feel
  • Fast In & Out


  • Poor Adjustability
  • Limited To 3 Boot Brands
  • Limited Range Of Motion
  • Not easy in/out on steep snow or deep pow


Burton Step On bindings have limited adjustability, boot options, and range of motion, but man, they are responsive. Of course, they are easy in and out but they also have great shock absorption and board feel. Most competitors don't.

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Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Quick Release Yes
Manufactured in China
Canted Footbed No
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight Feels Light


Boot Support

Locked In

Turn Initiation




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

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Burton Step On Binding 2022-2024 Written Review Review by The Good Ride

Welcome to the Burton Step On Binding Review from an average objective rider that’s tried a ton of bindings.

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A Breakdown of How it rides and who it is for

Burton Step On Binding Review

How This Review Happened: Precious Good Ride dollars were spent to buy this and review it.
Days:  8+
Conditions: Late Spring but really good snow. Even some powder with my Drift Boards
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10”, 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Photon Step On Wide
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Burton Territory Manager, Burton First Cut, Burton Forager, and others.
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, Drop Web Glove,

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Burton Step On X, Burton Genesis Step On, Clew, Nidecker Supramatic.

About the upgrades to the 2022 and 2024 Burton Step On Binding Toe Hooks/Quick Release System.  

They changed out the toe hooks. They worked really well, and they are pretty easy in/out. It does take a little extra effort to get out of the toe hooks but they also seem more durable than in the past. This is why you get Step On binding. It is just soo easy on and off. Step On right as you get off the chair and go. You can’t argue with the convenience.

How It Was Tested

I rode these with several boards and did same-day comparisons to the Burton Genesis Step On, Nidecker Supramatic, and Clew Bindings. With the non-step-on bindings, I used the Burton Kendo’s, and with the Step On’s, I used the Photon Wide’s


1.8lbs. The Burton Step On Binding is the same weight as the other Step On’s and most Re:Flex bindings. Burton Re:Flex and EST bindings generally weigh 1.8-2 lbs. These are considerably lighter than the Supramatic at 2.8 lbs per binding and noticeably lighter than the Clew Bindings at 2.4 lbs. I weigh the bindings with screws and discs. The Burton Photon Step-On Boot I tested these with weighs 2 lbs, so it is a pretty light setup overall.

Highback Flex

You have a pretty stiff high back with the Burton Step On Binding. It has some give when you twist it, but not much. When you pull straight back, it barely gives. It is definitely on the stiff side of medium. If you want a stiffer binding, go with the Step On X, but if you want a softer flex, go with Genesis Step On.

Flex Underfoot

There is a very similar Re:Flex design to the Burton Step On Binding and all the Step On bindings, but I noticed one major difference. The bottom of the Gas Pedal is plastic instead of EVA foam like the other Re:Flex Bindings. I think that is to better keep the boots in place.

Turn Initiation/Response

The Burton Step On Binding is massively responsive and just short of hard booting if you go with more responsive bindings like the Ion and Photons. The mellower boots help, but you still have a much more responsive binding than most or all traditional strap bindings. This is personally a little too much for me, but I really like the symmetrical response in comparison to the Re:Flex and EST strap bindings. They feel asymmetrical in comparison, with the toe side feeling slower than the heel side. I hope they keep mellowing out the response as they refine the design because it can make moderate to easy turning boards feel very twitchy at first.

Shock Absorption

There is very good slow-speed, cushy landing, and landing-friendly shock absorption happening with the Burton Step On Binding. It isn’t super damp, though. I wish they had rubber over the plastic that comes in contact with the board to dampen the ride more like many other brands do.

Boot Support

So with the Burton Step On Binding, you have no straps, but depending on the boot you get, you can get an ankle strap attached to the Ion and Photon. That is the way to go for me and my crew. I was fascinated by the Kendo Step On’s because Kendo’s have been my daily drivers for a few years now but after experiencing the Rulers without that strap, it gave me pause.


There is literally no stance width adjustability on traditional insert boards. If you get a channel system board, it is infinite, but with all other boards, you are limited to the insert pattern. You cannot slide a binding tip to the tail at all as there is only one place to put in your screws, so it will be hard to get your stance width.

Boot-to-binding adjustability is better but very limited. The new disc covers every system out there instead of in the past having one disc for each. That means you only have 2 holes to move your boot backward or flip it around to go forward to center the binding/boot on the board. If you are in the middle of the suggested sizing, you should be good, but if you are on the upper or lower end, you won’t be able to center your boot in the binding, and you won’t always be able to center your boot on the board for a more symmetrical response. There is very little high back rotation or forward lean adjustability as well.

So, in comparison to many bindings out there in the industry, you don’t get much or any overall adjustability. That is the price you pay for the extra response and the quick in/out you get from Step On.


So the Burton Step on Binding is not without flaws, and I personally still prefer using regular old strap-in bindings. Of all the Step On bindings, I still prefer the Genesis Step On’s mellower flex better. However, this, along with all of Burton’s Step On bindings, are the only bindings that don’t sacrifice shock absorption or that modern feel underfoot. On top of that, you get a shit ton of response.

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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.


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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Burton Step On Binding User Reviews

Burton Step On Binding 2018-2024 Review SKU UPC Model

Took a while to like them.

Jan 24, 2022 by Gr8 Entertainer
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Regular • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15-20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'6, 220, 9 boot, 156" board 

On the first two days, I was in pain! My ankles, calves, and feet felt pain! My toes were squeezed, even though I had Photon 9Wide. My heel was feeling sharp pain in the back and side because the boot was so stiff. My inner calves felt like the boot was carving into my leg. So, my first two days were extremely disappointing. I still rode 15+ trails per day at Kirkwood and Heavenly. My right toes were numb and the bottom of my foot was in pain. My left foot was ok. But both of my heels felt bruised after the first two days. I had scabs on both of my calves because the boots had dug into them.

Fast forward 2 weeks later. I pulled the insoles out of the inner boot. I found out those insoles were harder and created awkward angles for my feet, ankles, and calves. Without the insoles, my feet and ankles felt so much better. They felt the same way that they did when I wore Burton Ruler regular boots. Pulling OUT the insoles made a HUGE difference!

I finally tested the Photon Wide 9 step-ons WITHOUT the insoles and was able to ride two days at Kirkwood and Heavenly without pain. I have to say that I could finally appreciate the boots and step-on design because they fit properly like my old Ruler boots.

Yes, step-ons are faster to click into than traditional strap-ons. I would say that I appreciated the stiffness of the Photon boots. Compared to typical days, riding with my Ruler boots, Mission ESTs on a Custom Flying V, my legs were worn out because my quad muscles did more work to turn and to stop. But with the Photon Step-On, my legs did less work and I was not worn out by the end of the day. I tested the Photon's with both my Custom Flying V EST board and my Burton Shaun White traditional camber board. I would say that I finally appreciated the step-ons. I went faster and turned less while riding with the step-ons because the stiffness absorbed the bumps and shocks. Kirkwood was icy and I handled it easily with the Photon step-ons because of the stiffness of the boots and bindings.

So, I finally appreciated the Photon Step-On bindings.

Finally upgrade my Step Ons

Dec 04, 2021 by Dylan
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Intermediate • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10-15 

I've used the old Burton SI bindings since way back in 2001 and they've never failed me, but time to upgrade. Can't wait to try these out, paired with Rulers. Seems a tad bit harder to step in than the SI's but easier to get out since only 1 hand needed.

Tip for DC Boots StepOn

Sep 13, 2021 by Ryan
Ability Level: Slightly Advanced • 
Riding Style: All Mountain Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10-15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): Size 9 

I early adopted the StepOn 3-4 years ago but couldn’t stand the photon Burton boot for more than 3-4 hrs a day, despite having them baked/insoles/etc., and I would switch back to regular bindings. This really ruined the StepOn experience for me.

This all changed when I bought the DC StepOn boots. Out of the box these boots were more comfortable then the Burton boots were after 3+ seasons with them. It was a revelation and while I prefer straps when riding with other boarders, having the StepOns made me the MVP when riding with all skier friends.

Since then I’ve been telling everyone and anyone I see on the mountain to try the DCs; and give knowing nods and Covid safe air fives to those that are already wearing them.

In regards to the binding system - get these for convenience if you typically ride with skiers or struggle to strap in. It’s extremely convenient. These are great for bombers, tree runs and carving up the mountain. These are a hard charging binding due to stiffness and locked in feel.

Don’t get these if you are a park rat, love to session natural features, or just live to butter. They won’t give you the flexibility you want.

If you do get these, get the DC boots to go with them - you won’t be disappointed… air five!

4.4 5.0 17 17 On the first two days, I was in pain! My ankles, calves, and feet felt pain! My toes were squeezed, even though I had Photon 9Wide. My heel was feeling sharp pain in the back and s Burton Step On Binding 2018-2024 Review

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