2014 Burton Escapade
I've been riding with Burton Stilettos for the past three seasons so I was excited when I found a great deal on 2014 Burton Escapades - I've been wanting these for my setup for a while, although I've wondered how much of a difference there is between bindings.
Well...I've discovered that in this case, there definitely is a difference. Is it worth difference in price? I'm kind of still on the fence. First thing I did notice was the comfort factor. These bindings are comfy and I was able to ride for longer stretches without feeling any foot fatigue. I could ride for hours on these things while with the Stilettos I would find myself needing to take a break due to foot fatigue. I found that the Escapades did have better response - I could definitely whip some turns in. Great support when leaning into a turn...although I wouldn't say it was significantly better than the Stilettos.
My boots feel more "locked in" - although I had a problem with the toe cap on my left binding slipping off my boot when I got some hard riding in. Whether that's something that tends to happen with 2014 Escapades or if it's unique to my bindings, I don't know. It is strange because it doesn't happen on my right binding. I've tried adjusting the strap but then they don't fit snugly and evenly across my boot. It's been a little frustrating when I need that support/response, and feel that sudden "loose" feeling - only to glance down and see my toe cap has slipped off. When I strap in, it feels nice and snug - moving it off with my hand isn't easy, so I can't understand why it's happening. It happens about 50% of the time on a steep, fast run - but that's 50% too much imo. And maybe that's soured the purchase a bit for me. I try to choose my purchases wisely as I don't have much in the way of extra money, so it's a little disappointing to make a big purchase (when I already had bindings in great shape) only to find something messing up on it from the get go.
Overall, I'm thrilled with them (besides the toe cap issue) - they are comfy, supportive, responsive. Pretty much awesome. Was it worth plunking down $200 when I didn't necessarily "need" new bindings? I'll say yes - I think these bindings will carry me through my progression farther than the Stilettos and you really can't beat the deal. Hopefully I'll find a solution to the toe cap problem. (Teamed with NS Infinity and 32 Binary Boas)