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Your favorite binding's favorite binding.

When you see pros strapping into bindings that you don't recognize, odds are that they're Burton's Cartel Re:Flex. The mid-stiff flex and comfortable straps are only part of the reason that more pros chose the Cartel than any other bindings. The bombproof nylon composite base plate blends precise response with enough give to take the sting out of harsh landings, and the Living Hinge high back provides added freedom for powerful ollies and tweaked grabs. The one piece high back can be set up with zero forward lean for a progressive park stance, or you can crank up the lean for ripping the pipe and laying down euro carves. So when you care more about killer binders than flashy colors or cool-guy marketing, you know what to get.

  • Canted asymmetrical Zero-Lean Hi Back
  • Re:Flex baseplate 30% short glass/nylon construction
  • Removable AutoCANT FullBED cushioning system
  • Reactstrap asymmetrical heel strap
  • Gettagrip Capstrap toe strap
  • Smooth Glide buckles
  • Tool-free forward lean adjust

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5 5

Binding Size - M or L??

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So far I'm pretty happy. The one thing I wanted to write in about is the size. I have 10.5 Vans boots so they fall right between a M and a L binding size. I first got the M based on some suggestions here and while they would have worked I had to adjust them all the way heelside to get centered and the straps were near their limit for length and the gas pedals were all the way out. In the end I ordered a L pair, compared the two side by side and ended up keeping the L. I really felt like the M bindings were at their limit with my 10.5 Vans boots. They COULD have worked but I feel the L was a better option for me. Hope this helps.

5 5

Excellent Bindings!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought a new board this year (GNU Ladies Choice) and decided to get new bindings to match...I was skeptical being a lady and getting mens bindings but these in blood orange seemed pretty clutch. Also my husband and 90% of my bro friends who ride use them so I took the gamble. I LOVE THESE BINDINGS. So much more responsive than the women's flow bindings I had been using...I actually had to tone my riding back! These bindings were wicked good wherever I took them. I especially enjoyed the extra cushion that they had in the park on hard landings. The one drawback is that the hi-backs do hit a little higher than ladies bindings which pressed pretty hard on my boot (and in turn my calf) BUT since the hi-backs are wicked easy to adjust that problem was easily tweaked. They are sturdy and well-made...and the Blood Orange color is killer. I got a small and wear size 6.5 womens boots and they fit fine. I've only ridden on them about 10 times (waited for them to go on sale...) and now I'm sad that winter is over and wish I would've bought them sooner! :(

4 5

Nice!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought these after my 9 year old Missions finally broke while in Utah. Their lightweight and a cool matte black style. Got one good weekend out in Michigan and the new Cartels felt very responsive and comfortable. The "Gettagrip Capstrap" will take some getting use to. It grips the toe and doesn't float freely like my old Missions capstrap did. Nothing bad, but a different feel. The "Canted asymmetrical Zero-Lean Hi Back" is also different and has a very little screw that supports the whole HiBack. I'm curious to see how long it will last?

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Hey Tim,
The cap strap and grip on there is a for sure upgrade on the binding. This is a little bit better than the leather straps that were on there before and tended to slip depending on the boot material. The highback is stronger and lighter as well. The screw should up just fine. If however it does break Burton Rider service will send you a new highback for free.

5 5

Very happy

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I finally replaced my 16 year old Morrow bindings with these and couldn't be happier. I realize I could've bought almost anything made in this 'century' and it would've been a significant step up from what I had so keep that in mind. The most significant thing I noticed is how comfortable they are. I feel connected to the board without the 'cranked in' feeling. I realized I've been over compensating for my poor bindings and I no longer have to do that. Turns and transitions are now effortless. I'm happy with the adjustment options and how easy it is to make those adjustments. Well worth it!

Very happy
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You will not be disappointed with your new bindings.

Best All Around Binding on the market

Best All Around Binding on the market

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Here's a quick shot of the Lichen Green Cartels hanging off the Jackson Hole Gondola. I rode them on my Jones Moutain Twin 159 which i have also written a review on as that board is a total ripper. For anyone new to the game of snowboarding or anyone who just wants another opinion before pulling the trigger on a set of binders.

The Burton Cartel has been in their line of hardgoods for over 10 years. I have been riding cartels for , yup you guessed it over 10 years. This comes in at just the right amount of flex and support to straight line it and give you enough support or just the right amount of flex to lap the park all day long.

Other features such as the forward lean adjustment and the ability to roate your highbacks, which some might say does nothing but i still do it and adjusting them so your highback is parallel with your edge i still feel helps a lot. It for sure helps your calf settle into the highback and dig in for some really aggresive carving.

Other parts of the bindings such as the comfy molded straps and ratchets work really well and if you ever have a problem with anything Burton is always there to help with their incredible W48 warranty program. What is W48 you ask. W48 means they will repair or send out a replacement part within 48 hours of receiving it. Plus your baseplates have a lifetime warranty no matter what. They will also send out free parts if anything breaks and you don't need to send the entire binding back.

So to recap here. Great binding, been around for over 10, tested to it's limits, and the binding of choice for many professional snowboarders. Not to mention the price is right in line with all the competition but there really isn't a binding that can do all of this for this price. The binding comes with 3 sets of discs. 1 set for 4 hole patterns, 1 set for 3 hole patterns, and 1 set for the channel system which works really well as i've mounted these to my Burton 158 cm Malolo. I love'em and you will too!
-Jimbo

I wear a size 11 Boot...Salomon F24....what...

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I wear a size 11 Boot...Salomon F24....what size in this binding would you recommend me getting?

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I would recommend getting a size L. I wear a men's size 8.5 or 9 boot and the M fits me great.

5 5

LACED!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried over a good 20 sets of bindings just from Burton alone, and I can see why they keep putting these out season after season. Personally, they weren't my favorite 4-5 seasons ago, but I'm pretty familiar with these so I gave these a try.

I rode it through powder, park, pipe, sidecountry, and even down to the parking lot. My favorite features on these are easily the base along with the comfort of the straps. They are real quick to the turn and edge in real well with the board. They ride like any other bindings do on the rail. These bindings also don't have any pressure points at all. I've used the same boots on various models of bindings, and some have given me weird pressure spots on my ankle, but I didn't get any whatsoever with these.

I like the design of the heelcup, it edged in well with my Burton Rampants, and stayed in place and never slipped through any forward lean. The highbacks are much better too these year, they aren't super stiff so tweaking came easy.

The re-flex base plates are on point. I've seriously boosted and spun with these and you can really tell the absorption of the bindings upon landing, so if you're someone looking to catch sky and land hard, these are a great option.

The only complaint I had with these were the toe straps, after taking it for a couple laps I can tell the toe straps didn't want to stay on, luckily this can be fixed since they have the quick n easy tool-less screw to adjust the strap (whether you want it shorter or longer in length).

Great bindings, and one last thing, the zero-lean high back are the word, so if you're a jibber or rail slayer, definitely try these out, they are money!

5 5

Favorite bindings

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are by far my favorite bindings ever. I have Union Contact Pros, Rome 390 Bosses, a pair of stiffer Ride bindings, and these take the cake. The Cartels are so comfortable, responsive, and fit like a glove. I wear a men's 8.5 boot (without footprint reduction tech) and the size M fits pretty great.

Shreddin'

Shreddin'

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Backcountry employee Laurel finding some freshness at Powder Mountain, Utah.

5 5

Great bindings!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was in need of some new bindings before I went to the slopes, after doing some extensive research....I ended up purchasing these through Back country. After trying the bindings out for about a week now, I am really glad I purchased these. They held up well and were easy to get in and out of. The free two day shipping was a bonus too!!!

2 5

chewing up the heel

I had high hopes for these bindings after reading many positive reviews. The bindings themselves worked as advertised however they chewed up the heels of two pairs of Salomon Malamutes including the newest pair after three days. Needless to say I am very disappointed.

FWIW I love my Burton Diodes. Great binding but spendy.

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I also had my Burton Ambush boots chewed up! Both the backs, and the right toe box. I ride regular, toe box damage definitely caused by straps and not edges. 5 days instead of 3 in my case.

I wear a size 11 32 TM-two. What size...

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I wear a size 11 32 TM-two. What size bindings shoule I get?

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Hey Hawaiian,

You are probably going to want to go Large on these.

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Get Medium bindings. I would buy the smallest binding your boot will fit in.

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I'd done my share of research as I too wear size 11 & was looking for some cartels. I can confirm that Medium is what folks should be getting. If you get Large, it will be hard if not impossible to center them on the board (toe to heel). I've been riding Mediums with Ambush size 11 this past season and couldn't be any happier.

1 5

Broke on Day Two.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Rode these bindings with my 2014 Jones Mountain Twin, and before riding on the bindings that replaced these when they broke, I thought they were great.

Generally speaking, they are reasonably responsive and very comfortable. More specifically, when you compare them side by side with other comparable bindings in price, they fall very short, and you can tell immediately you're paying for the Burton name.

I blew out a toestrap ratchet at the end of day two, and since I've had problems with Burton before, I took these to the Backcountry.com retail store in Utah and exchanged them. This allowed me to compare the Cartels side by side with the Union Force and Factory, and the Rome 390 Boss.

I ultimately bought the Rome 390 Boss. They are exceptionally well built, more comfortable, and their level of customization is pretty incredible. Once I rode the Romes, it made me realize how inferior the Cartel really was overall. The Cartel has had a great run as the industry standard, but that has changed: it's a combination of other companies catching up in tech (even Rome's new ConformGrip toestrap is superior to the capstrap) and Burton reducing their build quality to the point that their gear is unreliable and fragile.

Do yourself a favor, spend the extra $20, and get a FAR superior binding from Rome, or look at the Unions. You won't be sorry.

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Burton will send you a ratchet for free if this happens again, just give rider service a call and they will drop one in the mail free of charge.

1 5

Dialflad on highback is weak

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

bindings are extremely comfortable and responsive. The problem i had was the forward lean on the highback. the dialflad system is a metal screw that goes into the plastic highback. Third day riding them on my burton custom and the whole thing ripped out of my highback. returning them to buy some union atlas. would not recommend this product to anyone who charges the mountain and is rough on equipment

Dialflad on highback is weak
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You want to put your highback down when getting on the lift. This is the main cause of this happening over the years with any binding but more specifically burton bindings. They would have sent you a free highback in the mail. Rider service always takes care of the customer no matter where you bought it from.

5 5

AGGRESSIVENESS AWAITS YOU!!!!!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My friend has these bindings, and im scared.His style is all about being aggressive. He already broke his bindings, these ones, and bought new ones. They are turning him into a monster!!! His aggressiveness is of the charts, i dont know if i can stop him. He is like a very aggressive thomas the tank engine, barreling down the mountain jibbing off of kids and carving up old people. If you arent ready for the aggressive "sayian-like" transformation, dont buy these. But if you want to be aggressive, go fo it. These are aggressive.

5 5

Go to Binding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been my favorite binding for the last few years. They are super reliable and very comfortable and lock your feet in tight. The high-backs provide great support and are not to high and not to short. They have a good mid range flex and will keep you stable at higher speeds and dont give out on you. At the same time they provide enough flex to press on rails comfortably. These bindings will work for any type of riding and will work with 4 hole and 3 hole pattern boards.

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i've replaced my board more times than these bindings.. they never disappoint

5 5

Saweet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I would for sure recommend these to anyone out there looking for a new binding, love em, these are indestructible, very comfortable and give great support, very compatible and adjustable with any board out there(have them bolted on a Lib tech) between these and my Burton Rampant Boot, I feel like I'm riding a cloud down the mountain due to being so light weight, can't go wrong with Burton. The orange color is sick! Note I am a size 10.5, tried the large first and got to much heel drag. I am in between sizes so the medium works much better for me, especially with boots being lower profile now days and packing out.

I'm an all mountain rider who cruises...

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I'm an all mountain rider who cruises through the park on rare occasions. I stay away from the rails fro the most part. I'm picking up a Capita NAS 163W, and figure that's about the perfect board for my riding style. Between the Burton Cartel's and the Union Factory's, which is more comfortable? I'm sure there's minor weight/performance/etc differences between the two, but I'm equally sure I'm not likely to push them far enough to be negatively affected by them. I prefer to spend a littl emore on gear and use it for several years (as opposed to buying something new every year). Thanks for the help.

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Hey matt, I don't have any first hand experience with chargers, but I do with the union force's and burton cartels. I prefer the burton cartels quite a bit, and I'm not even that big a fan of burton period. I've heard of people saying they tear the burton stuff up and that it falls apart, but i've put in 3 70+ seasons on my cartels and am just now considering new ladders and a ripped toe cap (my fault.) So Im not sure what other people are tlaking about when they say that the burton stuff falls apart. I think it's just popular to hate on whoever is the big company. The unions were durable as well, but the toe cap sucks and I've heard that sentiment echoed more than a couple times. Also it seemed like the screws/hardware on the unions are of high grade material or whatever, but they get loose and strip out fairly easily. I had to super glue the screws in place on the forces where the highback pivots on the heelcup. Kinda chincy. Also had the screw that holds the leather heel strap to the plastic strap w/ the adjustment holes fall out at brighton one day, And I check my hardware any time im going to ride. Never had any of these issues with my cartels. The one thing about the cartels is this. The base plate is super lame. They only let you mount your binding to the pre-set holes on the board, no fine tuning back or forth. Which, is pretty frickin annoying, but not enough to offset how well these bindings work. Really, from one rider to another, I'd recommend the cartels/ They do so much, very very well. Comfy, durable, nice and cushy, and very responsive. Pick them up man, you won't be dissapointed. And they will go perfect with your NAS. I had the quiver killer(same thing as nas) a couple years back, and that was definitely a "rowdy/ready for anything you could throw at it" set up

Nike boots size 10. Medium or Large? I'm...

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Nike boots size 10. Medium or Large? I'm leaning towards large because there's nothing worse than stepping on the hard edges of the baseplate which makes riding very uncomfortable. Thanks1

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Size medium for sure. I rock nike zoom force ones (old pair) in size 10.5, and adidas blauvelts, size 10, and the medium fits both great!

hi!
i have burton ion (us 8), should i...

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hi!
i have burton ion (us 8), should i buy s or m? or it doesnt matter?

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Borderline but I think you will very pleased with the fit in a medium.

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