Binding Review: 11-12 Burton Scribe
18 Jan, 2012
Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Burton Scribes on the Burton Nug with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: This was a pretty quick setup to get going thanks to the knowledgable demo guy. He grabbed the Nug, the Scribe bindings and set me up with the right stance, angles and fit the bindings to my boots.
Fit: I tried the Scribes in the mediums which fits my boots but are snugger in the heel of the boot. The toe straps are a bit more bulky but fit over the toe of my boot fine.
First Impression: The Scribes offer up a comfy all mountain ride with a wider ankle strap.
Appearance: The Scribes I tried out came in the black colorway which are pretty simple for design. Most of the binding is black and says Scribe on the front of the binding. There’s very simple gold colorway on the Scribe text.
Comfort: The Scribes are a super comfortable binding, good padding on the baseplate and highback. The asym superstrap ankle strap is very well padded, the primo capstrap offers a good padded toe capstrap that helps support the boot in the binding.
Functionality: I tried the Burton Scribe EST bindings, built to go on the channel system on Burton snowboards. The Scribe EST bindings have an anatomically correct living hinge highback for alignment and support. The straps are the park specific asym superstrap that is 3D curved with a triple axis spine for a laterally supportive asym shape. The toestrap is the primo capstrap that is 3D curved with a triple axis spine and grip fit. The cushioning on the binding comes in the sensorybed footbed and padded highback. The ratchets are smooth glide buckles.
Flex: The Scribes offer up a playful flex to the mountain and parks. The highback is more forgiving with a good amount of give to it but overall a medium range for flex. The wider ankle strap gives you a good handful of lateral flex on the binding so you can feel supported during turns.
Response: The Scribes are more of a easy going binding, definitely not as responsive as the escapades but still enough support so you don’t feel like you are riding a pillow down the mountain. Most of the response comes out of the wider ankle strap and canted highbacks.
Toe Strap: The primo capstrap did the job fine, a bit bulky on the boot compared to the gettagrip capstrap. However the primo capstrap definitely gives you more support from the toe of the boot.
Overall Impression: The Scribes are more of an easy rider kind of binding, the ride is super comfy and the response gets you down the mountain without issues. Good natural flex with the canted highback and a ton of cushioning on the binding to absorb any impact.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Scribes have been a favorite binding but it’d really be sweet to see them offer a winged highback for women. Other than that, the Scribes continue to offer good support with the wider strap and playful flex.
On Snow Photos
Burton Scribe Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this binding at a Burton demo day.