Review: Burton Genesis Re:Flex Snowboard Bindings · 2024

Published on 04/04/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Justin Weeder, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Justin Weeder, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Justin Weeder
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The Curated Take

2.6/5

The Burton Genesis Re:Flex Snowboard Bindings are best suited for intermediate to expert-level snowboarders who are fans of Burton and seek aggressively stiff and adjustable bindings. They offer high adjustability for a dialed-in fit and comfortable ankle straps with reinforced layers. However, they provide mediocre power transfer and have an annoying baseplate access cover. The bindings excel in heel hold and boot adjustability, fitting a wide variety of boot sizes. While they offer a surfy feel and shock absorption, they may not deliver the same level of responsiveness and control as other options on the market.

Ideal for
  • Best for fans of Burton who want to get an aggressively stiff and adjustable binding
  • High adjustability gets the fit dialed in
  • Comfortable ankle straps are reinforced with two layers, and the layer that connects to the boot is separate from the layer that ratchets down
Not ideal for
  • Mediocre at best power transfer
  • Annoying and finger-destroying cover for the baseplate access
Weight
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
Burton chose to use mesh plastic on the bindings and highbacks instead of foam because it's lighter, I'm guessing. Even though they're light, they are still durable. The ratchets work...Read more
Durability
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
Bindings break. It happens, so that's why I don't rate these less than three stars for it, but the screws that held the highback in place broke on me while...Read more
Comfort
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
The back of the highbacks has a nice mesh plastic piece that looks like it creates insane comfort when out there, but in reality, it doesn't. These bindings feel like...Read more
Shock Absorption
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
These bindings destroyed my boots. I bought a pair of Photons at the same time as these bindings, and after 30 days of riding, the high-quality Vibram soles on my...Read more
Responsiveness
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
These bindings were an upgrade from a pair of Flow Fuse GTs that were the wrong size and falling apart. I decided to go with these because I liked the...Read more
Buttering
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
I ride a Custom Flying V in the park, and these bindings are almost usable on that board. Overall, I still prefer my Unions to these, but these are average...Read more
Adjustability
Justin Weeder, Curated Expert
I use both a channel board and a traditional drilled board, and it's obvious Burton didn't put a ton of thought into the baseplates for traditionally drilled boards. There are...Read more

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About the bindings
  • Model: Burton Genesis Re:Flex Snowboard Bindings · 2024
Test conditions
  • When I bought these: Beginning of the 2022-2023 season
  • Where I’ve used them: Vail, Winter Park, Copper, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin
  • How many times I've used it: 30

Expert Reviews of the Burton Genesis Re:Flex Snowboard Bindings

 These bindings are ideal for Burton fans who are intermediate to expert-level snowboarders. The Genesis bindings will hold the boot closed, secure, and in the exact position riders want. They are more comfortable than the lower range of Burton bindings but uncomfortable compared to other options. Since they're made for an aggressive rider, they will be very stiff and give riders a locked-in feeling on the board. Overall, though, due to the discomfort, stiffness, and lack of powerful control, better bindings are available on the market.

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderMen's
Model year2024
Binding styleStrap
Binding mount pattern2x4, 4x4, Channel
FlexMedium

Review Ratings

Weight

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Burton chose to use mesh plastic on the bindings and highbacks instead of foam because it's lighter, I'm guessing. Even though they're light, they are still durable. The ratchets work well and don't get jammed or break easily.

Durability

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. Bindings break. It happens, so that's why I don't rate these less than three stars for it, but the screws that held the highback in place broke on me while doing groomers and easy tree runs at Steamboat. I call that average durability for bindings since they often take the biggest beating on the mountain from the various conditions we ride through.

Comfort

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. The back of the highbacks has a nice mesh plastic piece that looks like it creates insane comfort when out there, but in reality, it doesn't. These bindings feel like a surfier version of every other stiff, uncomfortable, lower-power transfer Burton binding. I liked these bindings better when paired with an equally soft and surfier board, which is the exact opposite of what these bindings are marketed to be.

Shock Absorption

2/5
 gave 2 of 5 stars. These bindings destroyed my boots. I bought a pair of Photons at the same time as these bindings, and after 30 days of riding, the high-quality Vibram soles on my Photon boots were completely squished, cracked, and packed out. That tells me that these bindings absorbed much less and transferred the impact to my boots.

Responsiveness

1/5
 gave 1 of 5 stars. These bindings were an upgrade from a pair of Flow Fuse GTs that were the wrong size and falling apart. I decided to go with these because I liked the adjustability, surfy feel, and (claimed) high responsiveness. Unfortunately, they do not deliver on that promise of responsiveness. They are surfy—if "surfy" means I have to throw all my weight into turns because the board is not responding. The bindings were better on my park board because that board is a softie.

Buttering

2/5
 gave 2 of 5 stars. I ride a Custom Flying V in the park, and these bindings are almost usable on that board. Overall, I still prefer my Unions to these, but these are average when it comes to control and stability during presses, jibs, and jumps. They are a little better on my Custom and a little worse than average on my Proto FR, a stiff hybrid camber board.

Adjustability

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. I use both a channel board and a traditional drilled board, and it's obvious Burton didn't put a ton of thought into the baseplates for traditionally drilled boards. There are limited options for setting the stance compared to other bindings with mini-discs and much better response. The high backs, gas pedals, straps, and nearly every other part of the binding are highly adjustable, which is why I give them three stars.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

I love the surfy feel of these bindings. They don't have a ton of damping, but the shock absorption is there for hitting jumps and cliffs. When hitting the park or groomers, the extra padding in the highback makes a huge difference in how comfortable these feel.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

These were my "graduation" bindings, so I'd say that my favorite moment with them was when I first got them and rode them out on my first day. Previously, I wasn't very good at snowboarding nor was I fit or flexible, so I relied on various versions of step-in bindings or rear-entry, none of which were very good.

Why did you choose this product?

I chose these because I wanted a high-quality, durable, stiff-yet-comfortable binding to help me continue to progress in my skills. I also wanted something highly customizable and adjustable to my board and boot fit. The Genesis ticked all of those boxes.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

Many Burton hard goods are typically 20-30% higher than comparable gear. Riders can get a pair of Union bindings for the same price that will outperform these bindings in every metric. The one area where these bindings excel for the money is customizability and adjustability.

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