2015 Burton Mission & Mission EST Mens Binding Overview
Hi there. Welcome to the Morning Shred to you by snowboards.com. I'm Jenna. This is Levi from Burton and we're going to talk about the Burotn Mission and Mission EST Binding.
So, who are these bindings designed for? This is a great mid-level binding. Stepping up in response from our entry-level bindings: the Freestyle and the Custom. But then coming at an affordable price with a great list of features involved in it so... And as we were saying, it comes in EST and Reflex, right? Correct. In my hands here, I've got the EST but this is also made in a Reflex version that fits on any brand of board. EST is however specific to the Burton Channel System. Great thing with both of these versions is that they allow the board to flex with the binding or the binding to flex with the board which helps alleviate stress points on the outside of the binding and also gives you more feel for the board underneath your foot. Just something totally unique to the Burton bindings is Reflex and EST. And EST does it to some degree better but Reflex does it more so than a traditional disc board. Correct. There's percentages that go along with it but, yeah, it's kind of a good-better-best scenario.
Burton bindings have always been made out of different plastic because we've wanted them to flex with the board and then a couple years back we went into Reflex which actually flexes 70% what it would without a binding on it at all and then EST is even above that at 90% so a huge difference in the amount of feel you'll have underneath your feet with these two versions: Reflex and EST. Cool. So, what kind of features does the Mission specifically have? Yeah, Mission has an awesome CapStrap on this thing we call it the GetAGrip CapStrap. We trickled this down from some higher end models and it's all rubberized, both top and bottom, to really cup around the front of your boot and stay in place all day long. We've got tool-less adjustment on the outside where there is a little thumb screw that can pop open and you can actually adjust that on the fly without having to go find a screwdriver. Also, when you get up to the Mission, you move to a larger surface area on this ankle strap that really distributes pressure nice and evenly so you're not going to have any pressure points. And it's got this big fat outside to it which is asymmetrical - a little bit fatter than the inside so when you're leaning out towards the nose or tail of the board you've really got that support you need.
Also, all new for this year, is this highback which we designed specifically for the Mission and, in year's past, it's kind of had what's trickled down from the Cartel. This is the first time we've developed something specifically for the Mission in a while and it's going to be a nice responsive highback that has a ton of support for that intermediate rider. Great, so good mid-level binding comes in at a great mid-level price, I'd say, but still a lot of the features that have existed on the Cartel and other bindings from years past. Correct. This is kind of the good, go-anywhere, do everything type of binding for somebody looking for a few steps up in performance from say the entry-level stuff but still not looking to waste their whole bank savings on a pair of bindings so this is a great binding for the price with a ton of features. Also, features like a lifetime warranty on the base which Burton really stands behind these things. These are bombproof right here.
Great. Well, make sure you check out the Mission and the Mission EST on snowboards.com and thanks for watching the Morning Shred.