Binding Review: 09-10 Burton Molotov EST
10 Apr, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to a mixture of conditions.
Setup: I rode the Burton Molotov bindings with the Burton Hero and my Rome Vamp size 8 boots.
Time to set up the binding: Average set up time for getting the bindings adjusted.
Fit: After riding the Scribe EST, the molotov’s were easy to get dialed into my boot and no issues with them fitting.
First Impression: Wider strap and winged highback, first time riding with wings and it’s different than red bull wings.
Appearance: I rocked the black bindings which are very simple in design. The blue model I like better just because it’s bright and still looks good while being simple.
Comfort: The ankle strap is money, super padded and molds well to the boot once adjusted. Comfort in the baseplate by the good amount of padding especially on the heels to absorb the conditions.
Functionality: Very functional, easy to adjust and get dialed to your boot. I didn’t have any issues with the binding not being functional, other than only riding a Burton board because of ICS/EST. Everything else, canted highbacks and extra sensory were fine.
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 highback and the wing offer a stable ride, good support especially laterally where you can use the wing as more support.
Response: Ah wings this is where they come in handy, you can really drive your leg into each turn and the wing will add support that you don’t normally have helping with response especially on your heelside edge.
Toe Strap: With the hole in the toe strap, it’s easy to adjust over to be capped on my Rome boots. Very snug fit and no problems. The toe strap offers quick adjustment so in case I needed to, I could have adjusted it easily.
Overall Impression: You get added calf support with the wings, but it also took some adjustment to get used to something there that you could lean against. Responsive, good comfort and good support with the ankle strap.
I had spent the morning riding with the scribes and molotov bindings, gotten used to some aspects but the wings took some adjustment. The highback felt a tad stiffer but that helped with the wing response as well.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Do I need wings? It was interesting to try out but I wouldn’t like it all the time. I preferred the scribe EST bindings over these, very similiar bindings with some small differences.