Binding Review: 09-10 Burton Scribe EST
17 Mar, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.
Setup: I rode the Burton Scribe EST bindings with the Burton Malolo and my Rome Vamp size 8 boots.
Time to set up the binding: The burton guys have picked up the pace with how used they are to EST, getting quicker each year with getting them set up. This year was about average set up time for most bindings.
Fit: It took some adjustment of the straps to get them dialed but once they were, the fit into the heelcup with my rome vamps were fine and everything fit my feet good.
First Impression: It makes sense…wider part of the strap where you put your downhill weight when riding, more material and support in that location.
Appearance: The color I rocked didn’t appear like it was a women’s binding by the design, but there are different colors some more funky than the one I rode. Really basic color, black and white on my demo model.
Comfort: The ankle strap was super padded, very form fitting and comfortable with my boot. The padding on the baseplate covered any absorption when riding, helped with dampening and the highback was comfortable.
Functionality: Typical binding, tighten the ratchets and make sure the straps are adjusted to your boot. The binding works with the channel system which is my only gripe because I don’t have a channel board, like the bindings but I can’t rock them on my normal setup. Canted highbacks, extra sensory stuff is functional…just depends how well you buy into. I don’t need canted highbacks but they are nice.
Flex: With the new ankle strap, you have good lateral support when riding. It’s more noticeable when you are leaning into heelside turns and you feel supported between the ankle strap and highback. The flex of the highback doesn’t feel like a stiff ride, but it does remain stable when riding and you have good support from the highback.
Response: From the baseplate to the highback, you have a responsive binding. It wasn’t too much but the right amount when riding. Pressing on my toes or leaning to my heelside I’d have no problem with the bindings tuned in to what I wanted and the response going to the board in each turn. I paired the bindings up with the Malolo and they were a good combo.
Toe Strap: Molded very well to my rome boots and easy to adjust without a tool if I needed to. Just cupped it and held it in when riding.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the scribe’s, very similiar and reminded me of a mix between the lexas and escapades. Responsive, good comfort and good support with the ankle strap. Between these and the new molotov’s I preferred the scribe’s, the main difference I noticed is the highback and ratchets between the two bindings.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I liked them, I’d buy them…but I don’t like that I have to have them on a burton ICS board. Maybe eventually I’ll buy a burton deck so I can rock the bindings but it’s hard for me to justify buying a board for bindings.