List Price US $399
Burton Step On X Binding 2021 Review
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Quick Release Yes
Manufactured in
Canted Footbed No
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight Feels Light

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Flex

Stiff

Boot Support

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Fast

Buttering

Hard

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

Burton Step On X Binding 2021 Review by The Good Ride

Burton Step On X Video Review Fast Forward Markers.

0:00 – Intro 0:18 – How I Tested Them 1:19 – Summary 2:14 – Weight 2:39 – Highback Flex 2:59 – Flex Underfoot 4:05- Turn Initiation/Response 5:44 – Boot Support 7:02 – Boot To Binding Adjustability 8:10 – Stance Width Adjustability 8:58 – Conclusion 9:30 – About The Review

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Incredibly responsive & Really Easy On and Off
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: For some it might be too much response. Not easy to butter and not much freedom of movement.

Summary 

The Burton Step On X has limited freedom of movement after you step in but it is the most responsive soft boot set up I’ve personally ever tried.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Burton Step On X 2021 Binding Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton Step On X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened: Due to overwhelming requests we spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.

Days: 2
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 195 lbs)
Boots: Burton Photon Step On
Boards: Burton Hometown Hero, Yes Ghost 153

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Burton Step On Binding

Weight

1.6lbs per binding with discs and screws in. The Burton Step On X weighed 1.6lbs with 2 EST screws or with 4 traditional screws on my scale but it might be a touch lighter with EST.

Highback Flex

Super stiff! So stiff I could barely twist the Burton Step On X and could not even come close to pulling it back. It is very ridgit but light.

Binding to Boot Adjustability

Very little here with the Burton Step On X and all Step On bindings. You have 2 spots for Channel System boards and 2 for Traditional Inserts to have Centered or one back to try to center your boot over the board. You can also adjust the Gas Pedal so it is aligned properly with your boot. There is no high back rotation but you can adjust your forward lean from 2 angles with a Phillips Head Screw Driver.

Burton Step On Disc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stance Width Adjustability

None. This is not a problem if you get a channel system board from Burton, Endeavor and some Signal boards. However with traditional disc bindings it won’t be easy to get the exact stance width you want.

Boot Support

The boot support is incredible. You are locked into the high back…litterally locked in. Then you have two places in the front that lock your Step On boot in just like the regular step on bindings.

Turn Initiation/Response

The Burton Step On X is super responsive. Too responsive for my taste. Paired up with the Burton Photon I felt like I had Hard Boot response. Couldn’t even imagine what it would be like with the Ion Step On. I think these are best for really demanding boards that need a lot of leverage to turn.

Flex Under Foot/Buttering

Once I stepped into the Burton Step On X I could only lean forward or backward at the stance angle I had set up.  I couldn’t get my knee to bend out from the binding to butter. Also for turning and carving it was hard to put weight into the turn anywhere but directly over the bindings. There is really no freedom of movement. If I had upper and lower adjustability on the Burton Photon instead of just one BOA for the whole boot I would have undone the top section so I could lean in different directions for carves and butters. It would also feel restricting if I was bold enough to get air and spin. It would power it around fast but just wouldn’t feel comfortable.

Shock Absorption/Dampness

The Burton Step On X has pretty good shock absorption even without EVA foam below the Gas Pedal. It will be good with any Burton Step On Boot out at the time I write this.

The Step On System

So this is a pretty unique system and it is super fast and easy to get on and off. The only thing you trade off vs. a traditional binding is freedom of movement/butterability and adjustability. You get quick release and a shit ton of response. You have to be vigilant to keep snow from building up on the foot bed so get a scraper or a wax scraper from the surf world. I will say that this would be pretty frustrating if you are stuck in deep snow after a wrong turn and have to step out. If you get snow stuck to the sole of your Step On boot while hiking out it will be tough to get it off and step back in again if you are in a deep/tight spot. That is one place Step On will not be as convenient.

So overall, I think the Burton Step On X binding is not for everyone and the regular Step On is more than responsive enough. I would have thought they would go for a less responsive more flexible Step On binding next instead of ultra stiff/responsive. That being said the strength of Step On is super strong response and it shines for those who want to carve so I can see why they went with the X version next.

 
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