|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Lacing Type||Single BOA|
Burton Ruler Step On 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Ruler Step On and Binding system was something I tried to demo last season but for many reasons, filled with sighs, I didn’t. Thanks to helping from Gravity Sports at Mt Bachelor I finally got on them. They didn’t have my size 9 but I said fuck it and gave a size 8 boot a go. Here is my take with what I had to work with.
The 2019 Burton Ruler Step On is not any different than the 2018 but this is our evolved opinion after more time on it in the right size. The more we try this the more we feel like going for the Ion or even the Photon with better ankle support is the call. If you can live with the issues we mentioned below it’s still one of the best quick release systems we have tried.
Size Tried: 9
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Bindings: Burton Step On
Boards: A few different Burton boards at the Demo including the Stun Gun, Speed Date, and Trick Pilot.
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: Right 9 and Left 8.75
Foot Width: Right and Left between a D and E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Flex: The boots actual flex is not that stiff and it feels pretty soft for the Ruler boots I’ve known
Adjustability: There is minimal adjustability and this combo is plug and play. You pretty much put on the boot with a liner lace, single BOA and then step on the binding. The binding doesn’t have much either. You just attach the Re:Flex base plate to the board and that’s that. If you like tweaking the binding to work for you then their standard binding is the better call.
Comfort: Not having ankle straps or toe straps on a binding is super comfortable. If the boot works well with your feet then your set. There are no pressure points coming from the binding which is a huge plus. So for me, Burton boots fit my semi-wide feet really well and I’ve almost always had a comfortable fit with their boots so super comfortable for me but that’s me. You might be different than me.but if you run on the wider side foot wise this might work. Even size 8’s weren’t uncomfortable in a way of having pressure points. They were just too small and tight so my feet fell asleep because I was in a size too small.
Turn Initiation: Super quick edge to edge. Super quick. If you flexed the boot or binding you would not think the two working together could get this kind of response. It’s the kind of response that makes you re-think how bindings are made. Like I said in the vid it’s almost up there with the Adidas Tactical ADV/Union Falcor and I was surprised how close it was while still feeling pretty smooth. I think it’s because the attachment to the high back helps keep the response going as you lean into a turn when it would normally peter out with just an ankle strap. It’s really next level when it comes to balancing response and comfort. I’d probably give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and will when we update the site.
Buttering: I like the standard Re:Flex bindings like the 2018 Cartel, Genesis and Genisis X etc a little better for a butter but the Re:Flex design on the Burton Step On is pretty close.
Boot Support: There is no support but somehow there is tons of support. I didn’t realize that a little hook holding you into the back of a binding and two little attachments near where your toes begin would make this combo have such a supportive feel. It does feel super weird the first run or so because your feet keep telling your mind that you haven’t strapped in and any minute you are going to slip out and be hospital bound. After getting past that you start thinking is this ok that I feel as unattached as a 60-year-old jiggalo? Did I step in right? I would ollie and stomp down hard to make sure it’s all clicked in but it is.
Shock Absorption: The shock absorption in the binding is good and the boot is ok.
Fit: The boots fit me really well with day one comfort.
Flex Retention: I’m not sure if this comes into play as long as the spine that holds the hook holds up and the hooks on the side’s of the boot hold up as well. That being said I’m curious about how the soft boot will hold up.
Footprint: Didn’t check the footprint but will try to follow up on that if I get more time on them.
Heel Hold: Single BOA isn’t usually ideal for heel hold but the Burton Ruler Step On has some extra wrap around BOA lace set further back on the boot to secure the heel more.
Traction: So glad there wasn’t a cost-cutting effort here and that the whole bottom has rubber.
On & Off Ease: So this is about as easy on and off as it gets. It’s not just getting in and out of the boot but in and out o the binding. It’s easier than almost any quick release binding I’ve tried except for with K2 but I like the response of this much better. The one weird thing is stepping forward after you step out because most riders, like myself, always step back. So that feels weird but it’s a small price to pay for the response you get.
So, all in all, everyone jerks off to easy in/out boot/binding combo’s but often times the reality is not like the fantasy. In this case, the only sacrifice is adjustability. So for the first time, I felt like you are sacrificing adjustability for response and getting the bonus of a quick release. I’m not a fan of proprietary tech like this but this response and feel is undeniably good.
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Not going back
I rode my Burton Photon Step On boots and bindings all season and overall, they are really good. The boot/binding combo is way more responsive than my previous setup. The performance difference is huge. There's no way I would go back.
Did have a couple of problems though. One of the heel cleat locking mechanisms wasn't working very well, resulting in me coming out of the binding a few times. They swapped the part out at the store and I've had no problems with the binding ever since.
The bigger issue I had was foot pain. There was a nasty hot spot just behind the baby toe of my lead foot. The problem was fixed by going up a half size on the boots. Burton exchanged the boots I had for a larger size, no questions asked. New boots work great.
As a 50+ yr off rider, I too appreciate the fact that you don't have to continually bend down to strap in or get out...but it was the overall ease in many different situations that really impressed me...contrary to many reviews getting in and out is very easy, even upside down in powder! Heel hold down is not great but I didn't feel it was an issue as the use of weight transfer and boot retention nullifies this very effectively...response is phenomenal. A few times it felt like the boot wasn't properly engaged but after a few turns it was rock solid and no issues...at this stage I cannot imagine going back to a standard binding...and my skier buddies love the fact that I am ready to go a few seconds after getting off the lift!
I tried the Photon set up and had issues with the boots. Perhaps I had too small a size but I'm not convinced by the single BOA setup - great if that works for you in terms of fit, for me it was either too loose around my calves or crushing my feet.
The issue I had with the bindings was that unless you are on flat or near flat ground you either have to be comfortable heading downhill with only one foot in or having to sit down to get in that you lose any benefit. I did have the bindings pop out twice on me even after ollying a couple of times. The reason they popped is that if you don't put your heal in first due to being on steeper ground, the binding feels secure on the toe cleats but isn't fully engaged on the rear.
Response was really good but for the above reasons I decided to go back to straps (previously I was using flows which I really liked but got fed up of the highback trying to rip the heals from my boots).
i purchased these purely because i am getting a bit old for snowboarding and don't like bending over or sitting on my butt all day.i expected to compromise on performance in favour of ease but i have to say i found them super responsive as well as easy to get on.I use the teather on the lift for fear of it coming off but no such issues .
i would recomend these to anyone what ever age or ability ,apart from stepping out i found every other aspect better tham my old malavitas/ruler combo