Expert Review: Burton Step On Women's Snowboard Bindings · 2022Published on 06/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard bindings, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Tom Townsend
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard bindings, which I purchased with my own money in March of 2023.
My daughter absolutely loves the ease of use and shortened entry time the Burton Step On Women's Snowboard Bindings provide. These bindings really shine for the all-mountain rider looking to get the most out of their time on the hill.
About the bindings my daughter owns
- Model: Burton Step On Women's Snowboard Bindings · 2022
- Size: Large
- Burton channel compatible: Yes
- Mini disc (reduces footprint of the binding on the board to enable more board feel): Yes
About my daughter
- Height: 5’4”
- Weight: 115lbs
- Experience: Five years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: March 2023
- Days tested: 6
- Board: Lib Tech Cortado
- Boot: DC Lotus Step On
- Where I’ve used it: Gore, Killington
- Terrain: All over the mountain from cruising to lapping the park in frozen and loose, granular conditions
How they perform
What I was looking for
I wanted to get her a set of Step Ons that matched her riding style to help maximize our time at a smaller mountain—cutting down on time spent “strapping in”.
Why I chose this gear
Personally, I ride the Genesis Step Ons but knew a beefier highback would stand up to her punishment. The Burton X, the stiffest model of Step On available, felt too stiff to her for freestyle riding. In our opinion, this binding offers a perfect blend of flex and support, matching her all-mountain style with a sprinkle of freestyle riding.
What I love about them
- Entry/Exit: Getting in and out of these bindings is a breeze, especially after a little bit of practice.
- Stance Options: I found an abundance of stance options, meeting any need I could imagine.
- Dampening: These Step On’s do a great job of dampening unpleasant elements of the felt ride.
- Responsiveness: The bindings are very responsive and dynamically improve the board’s performance. My daughter feels Step Ons add more drive to carves by directly mounting the boot to the base plate; they’re connected to the base of the boot at three points.
- Buttering: These bindings add more power and control into my daughter's buttering.
- Straps & Buckles: There are zero strap and buckle issues because there are none.
- Durability: These Step On’s are durable and constructed well. So far, they have really stood up to her style of abuse.
- Weight: They are noticeably lighter than traditional bindings. This reduction is tangibly felt underfoot, increasing the agility of one's board.
- Shock Absorption: The design of the binding dampens some of the bumps out, yet she still doesn't lose the ability to feel the terrain through her board.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: There are minimal adjustments aside from forward lean, as Step On bindings are sized to the boots. A binding can’t be perfectly adjusted to the boot, and a boot that fits 110% to one’s foot is a resulting requirement.
- Comfort: We have found some pressure points exist on the outside front of the rear foot if her stance isn’t 110% dialed in.
- Other Issues: It takes practice and a degree of precision learning to “Step On.” Practicing first in the living room really helped.
Favorite moment with this gear
Our favorite moment is “Stepping On” without sitting or hunching over, losing the strap drama, and being able to get ready faster than her father again. Writing this as her father and as a recent Step On convert, I had a few weeks of silence heckling me while “Stepping On.” But halfway through her first day, when I heard, “Are you ready yet?” I knew these bindings were a success, and switching was a good thing.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Step Ons add speed and convenience to snowboarding by eliminating strapping in. As time continues, the availability of boot options increases, and improvements in the binding’s operation yield a better function, increasing its relevance and value in the snowboarding community. The only other relatively similar binding would be the Nitro Women’s Step On.
The Step Ons eliminated strapping in. In my opinion, they have solidified their role within snowboarding as the technology is being licensed to other companies as it continues to proliferate the sport exponentially. If one’s to be done with strapping in, but they're willing to spend a couple of extra dollars and some time upfront learning and setting them up, these are one of the best options.