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Hitchhiker Snowboard Binding
Untouched powder fields, snow-choked glades, and daring lines await you with the Burton Hitchhiker Snowboard Binding. This splitboard-specific binding may not be the lightest backcountry option out there, but what it lacks in lightness it more than makes up for with its on-snow performance. It provides the comfort you want when spending long days in the backcountry, and offers the solid feel you need for dropping cliffs, sending natural hits, and navigating technical terrain.
Burton deferred to the backcountry touring expertise of Spark R&D and used their Tesla T1 System as the basis for the Hitchhiker. This touring interface features Side-Lock touring brackets that eliminate the need for pesky pin systems, which are a major hassle to transition from touring to riding. Not only is this interface much faster on the transition, but just as importantly, it offers an efficient interface for demanding tours with its free-rotating attachment and integrated fatty climbing wire (attached to the binding instead of heel plate). Another cool feature is the ability to attach Burton Splitboard Crampons (not included) for extra traction across icy glaciers and treacherous snow.
The rest of the binding sports Burton's premium components for the best in comfort and support when you're skinning up and ripping down the lines of your dreams. The Single-Component Hi-Back is stiff enough for charging steeps and railing dreamy carves down springtime corn, with strategic padding to eliminate calf bite and pressure points. Negative forward lean enhances your stride on the skin-track, all without requiring a tool with its quick-adjust lever. Burton's Hammockstrap is the same as what you'd find on their award-winning Genesis and Malavita bindings, offering a secure, boot-wrapping fit. The Supergrip Capstrap hugs the tip of your boot, ensuring a non-slip fit for riders plunging down chutes and open bowls at high speeds.
Please note, the Hitchhiker comes with brackets and heel plates, but it doesn't include Spark R&D pucks. All 2015 and newer Burton Splits include compatible pucks, but riders with other splitboards will have to purchase the pucks separately.
- Top-flight, split-specific bindings based off Spark Tesla T1 system
- Single-Component Hi-Back with negative forward lean for easy stride
- Burton's premium Hammockstrap and Supergrip Capstrap for comfort
- Double Take buckles with Insta-Click for fast engagement
- Built-in single, fatty climbing wire (attached to binding)
- Included: Hitchhiker Binding, brackets, heel plates
- Mounts to 2015 and newer Burton splits without extra hardware
- All other splits require Spark mounting pucks (not included)
- Item #BUR02HW
What do you think about this product?
January 14, 2020
Very comfortable, functional binding. Transition is simple and they perform well when riding. I've had two heel risers snap on me. They are not as durable as they should be. Spark has replaced them when I've had issues, but that doesn't do much good when you're a couple miles into a tour with more uphill ahead of you.
October 10, 2019
Great Solid Choice
My first splitboard bindings and I have nothing to complain about. Felt really stable on them and climbed quite well. The only complaint I have is that coming out of climb modes is difficult to switch with your poles. Was quite simple to install and transition was pretty smooth. Not as crazy fast as some other options out there, but fast for the nice price.
March 6, 2019
These are extremely fast to transition, I switched over a faster than a few skiers, and that is something all the "slowboarders" get frustrated with. the response and control are amazing, they aren't a high platform like some bindings and I feel they beat my resort binding in almost every way. the second climb mode doesn't feel much higher than the first but they work very well, a little hard to return the climb lever and can't do it with most poles but they do work. Setting them up was amazingly easy with the provided alignment tool. Paired with the flight attendant they are so smooth and the locking mechanisms are perfection. Burton slayed these.
February 21, 2019
Collab with Spark R&D for the win
I have these mounted on a Burton Anti-Social Split with Voile pucks and they work like a charm. They transition really easily once you practice. The risers are easier to adjust with the basket of your poles than I was expecting. Just be aware that since these are unisex that the sizing is rough to dial down for the ladies. I bought a medium initially not thinking, then had to exchange for XS for women's size 7.5 boots.
February 5, 2019
Best All-Around Splitboard binding!
Burton joined up with Spark to make a binding that truly excels in the backcountry. Spark bindings have the quickest and easiest transition from walk to ride mode out there, and dual-height risers that can be flipped with your pole basket, make climbing a breeze. Burton's highbacks and straps make this binding feel just as good on the downhill as the ones on my solid board, which can't be said about many of the other splitboard bindings currently on the market. The only downside I can think of with this binding is that is it's a little on the heavier side, however I think it's downhill performance tromps the added grams. If you're looking for a compete splitboard setup, I'd recommend getting a Burton board, as it will come with the Voile pucks needed for this binding system. If you are using these on any other brand board, make sure you also purchase the voile pucks.
February 1, 2019
Best of both worlds.
When I started looking for a new splitboard binding I was really stuck on the spark R&D because I love their bindings but when I found out that spark did a collab with Burton I was sold. I’ve always loved the Burton straps so when you can have a spark base plate with Burton straps I’m sold.
January 22, 2019
Bought these with the Burton Flight Attendant. The Bracket Pieces warp a little if tightened too much. But other than that, real easy technology to get used to.
January 7, 2019
Easy to use and fast transition to skinning to ridding
January 6, 2019
Hitchhikers combine Burton's industry-best straps and highbacks, with Spark R&D's industry-best baseplate and touring interface that features Side-Lock touring brackets!
December 3, 2018
Haven't Used Yet
Haven't gotten out to tour this season yet, but I can't wait to put these to the test. The transition from walk to ride is smooth and simple and they look great on my board. Build quality seems excellent and I'm hoping they last at least a few seasons.
November 19, 2018
I use the Burton Hitchhikers on my Jones Explorer split. These bindings make for a seamless transition from walk to ride. Perfect amount of flex and stiffness for all Backcountry pursuits. I tour about 15 days a season. Going on season 3 with no issues.
March 4, 2020
Hi Sarah, what type of pucks do you use? Will these work with Spark or Voile pucks?
March 6, 2020
If I’m a women’s 6.5 Burton boot, would I be a small or xs?
December 23, 2019
This comes with the touring hardware, correct? Just need spark/ voile mounting pucks?
January 25, 2019
The review summary reads “fits small” and the size Medium goes up to 10.5 on the size chart. So with size 10.5 Burton SLX boots, should I size up to a large in these?
February 5, 2019
Hey Michael, yes I'd definitely go up to the Large in these with 10.5s.