Burton Snowboard Bindings
Snowboarders looking for a quality binding system know they can rely on Burton snowboard bindings to offer fantastic performance, support and control. Burton, founded by Jake Burton in 1977, has always been a name on the forefront of snowboarding. Burton bindings have lived up to the Burton legacy always coming up with new designs and technology to stay relevant. The original Burton snowboard bindings were simply a single strap on a narrow board, but in their defense it was 1977. In 1979 Burton bindings graduated to a tool free adjustment system as well as offering regular or goofy stances...Read More
The ability to adjust the Burton bindings gave users the ability to customize their stance to something they found more comfortable. Years went by with no real changes made to the 1979 binding but in 1983 Burton released their first snowboard bindings with a heel strap. The heel strap addition to Burton snowboard bindings gave riders more control and more ability to maneuver their snowboards with ease.
1985 was a big year for Burton bindings. Adding buckles and Hi-Tops, later called hi-backs, helped these new bindings continue the progression of riding. What we see as a more modern design in Burton snowboard bindings came to fruition in 1989. Burton started using plates and straps on their bindings in 1989 and changed how bindings were viewed and how they performed. The 1990 Burton snowboard binding was the first to offer a forward lean adjustment as well as a new injection molded hi-back. The 1991 Burton binding upgraded to offer canting making it mesh well with their new all asymmetric board designs.
Stance options grew greatly in 1993 with Burton introducing their 3D hole pattern bindings which opened up 2,073,600 stance options to riders. In 1995 Burton released their Contact binding which offered a baseless bottom design giving riders a real feel of the terrain while boarding. A couple of years went by with little innovation binding wise but Burton made up for it in 1999. In 1999 Burton bindings saw the rest of the industry making step ins and set out to do better. The 99 model Burton bindings were the first to offer boot to binding integration meaning the boots and bindings were designed by computer to fit perfectly together. Oh yeah, in 99 Burton also introduced the toe gas pedal.
The 2000’s were good to Burton and to snowboarding as a whole. In 2003 Burton released the industry’s first women’s specific binding, the Burton Lexa. Burton snowboard bindings were now available specifically for men and women. In 2004 Burton snowboard bindings were given a Capstrap toe strap and bindings and binding feel changed forever. Burton’s Channel system debuted in 2007 and gave riders a better feel between their Burton board and bindings. 2008 saw a bit of an update to the channel system with Burton’s EST (Extra Sensory Technology) bindings which gave endless stance options and a true flex underfoot while boarding.
As you can see Burton snowboard bindings can account for a lot of the technology and features you see in modern snowboarding bindings. Keep a watch on their bindings going forward and you might see some more tricks up their sleeve.