Originally Posted by lonerider
Yea, I agree. I don't see what the OP is worrying about. It's like the only problem... is there is no problem.
Chandler, there are many things I don't like about Burton, and I have broken a fair number of their bindings (pretty much all bindings break if you ride them hard enough), but their ratchets are top notch and not flawed.
To me it sounds like deepcove didn't install his bindings properly (they are a lot of adjustments that might confuse a novice who doesn't know how to set things up). I'm skeptical that his 60 lbs son broke two baseplate in one season (I'm only 150 lbs, and it took me a while and lot of crashes to break my baseplates). Again, sounds like user installation error to me.
Like I said, whiel I wasn't thrilled that my Burton binding did break (one highback, one baseplate, one of my friend' heelcup), in all cases the Burton Warranty was super responsive and super eager to help us out free of charge. Burton makes some good bindings, and they make less than good bindings... I don't think you can single them out from any other company really.
I had my bindings set up properly, been doing this since the mid 80's and wouldn't consider myself a novice. And yes my 9 yr old did indeed break 2 freestyle jr baseplates. Both happened in the same spot......the thin piece on the outside of the binding moulding where the toe strap is held in. The second time it happened the toe strap fell out and was lost.....which Burton refused to replace because only the base plate is life time warranty.....even though the whole reason it went missing was because of the poor quality baseplate. You wouldn't think this is a big deal but when you can't even purchase this part because any dealer you go to says Burton has not got back to them is pretty weak. I won't deny he is very hard on his equipment and rides a lot of park......he also snapped a Burton Chopper 121 the same year.....right along the side edge of the front baseplate.
Yes I like my bindings snug and my last pair of Burtons slipped from the day I got them. Over the years I have not experienced ratchet slip with any other bindings including my older Burtons....imo their quality has declined and was stunned by their lack of customer service. This experience has made me open up my eyes to other manufacturers.