Binding Review: 10-11 Burton Scribe EST

16 Jan, 2011

Location: Mammoth, California

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers.

Setup: I rode the Burton Scribe bindings on the Burton Blender with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Time to set up the binding: These were the last bindings of the day and quick to get set up and adjusted to my boot.  It was probably because the tent was empty at the time.  Unfortunately they were a little too quick to get setup.  I told him 22 for stance width and ended up with 24…which I noticed rightaway when both feet were in the binding.  I took one run and went down to adjust them to 22.

Fit: I made sure to get on the Burton’s large bindings since they fit my Vans boots the best.  No extra gap in the binding width, good fit in the heelcup to highback and the straps were adjusted to my boots perfectly.

First Impression: The scribes just make sense, wider strap where your weight and pressure is while riding.  Like the men’s malavita’s but designed for women.

Appearance: The scribes I tried out were in the black colorway which is mostly black with some small white sections on the bindings.  It’s one classy binding with a sleek design look to it.  It says scribe is a kind of scrawled writing but is very simple in design.  I like the color option and if you want a good looking black binding from Burton, this is it.

Comfort: Good padding on the baseplate and highback to absorb the terrain while riding, the straps were super comfortable especially the ankle strap with the extra width of strap.  The toe strap gripped and stayed comfortable on the toe of my boot.

Functionality: The Scribes have the EST system so designed to go on the ICS Burton snowboards.  Definitely an easy functional binding, the tool-less adjustment can be made on the fly and to adjust the stance like I had to, you just untighten and shift the bindings.  EST bindings are supposed to give you better board to binding feel.  The scribes have a park specific asym superstrap so you can flip them depending if you want more support or mobility, canted asym highbacks for the more natural alignment, living hinge highback rotation adjustment.

Flex: Just like the malavita and last year’s scribe, the larger ankle strap on the side gives you good lateral flex on the binding and support on the turns.  The highback flex was medium range, not soft but had good support and flex so you felt supported on your heelside turns.  Overall the binding flex is medium range, it’s not overly stiff and not a soft binding.

Response: Overall the binding has good response.  The canted highback gives you natural alignment but also support and response in each turn.  It’s a good amount of response, not as stiff and overly responsive but just enough that you notice it and are glad to have it.  Pressing on the toes or leaning on the heels, you get into turns quickly .

Toe Strap: The primo capstrap gripped and curved to my Vans boots toebox just fine.  Rocked them centered and comfortable without any movement on the mountain.

Overall Impression: The scribes are a good mix between the lexas and escapades but for the rider wanting more support and comfortably with a wider ankle strap on the mountain.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I definitely like these bindings, I’d ride them and rock them if I had a Burton snowboard to ride them on.

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On Snow Photos

Burton Scribe Description


Review Disclosure: I rode these bindings at a Burton demo day.

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