Today’s reader question:
Are the Burton EST bindings better than other bindings? I have a Burton snowboard, so should I get some EST bindings as well?
Nope, they’re not better. The average snowboarder won’t notice any real difference between EST bindings and regular bindings. It’s mostly just marketing hype and even if there’s a tiny difference in feel, it won’t really affect your performance enough for it to matter.
So is there any difference between EST and non EST bindings?
The advantage is that you can adjust your stance width and angle to exactly what you want. Due to the channel system in EST bindings, you’ll be able to set any width and angle you want instead of having set increments when setting your bindings.
For example, if I want to set a front angle of 14 degrees and back angle of -5 degrees I can do that on EST. On regular bindings I’d be forced to set the angles to 16 degrees on the front and -6 on the back because traditional bindings can only be adjusted in increments of 3 degrees.
That said, a difference of 1-2 degrees won’t really matter and this is a minor factor in the overall rating of how good a set of binding are. Don’t pick your bindings just because it’s EST or not EST, pick it on more important things such as feel and flex.
Hope that helps!