2015/2016 Burton Genesis X EST Review
Given the lack of reviews I found online before buying the Genesis X bindings, I'll give you my first impressions of the bindings when rode them on my custom X during my last day of the season.
First of all after having tried both the Diodes and the Genesis X on this board I can't recall there being a difference in terms of responsiveness, and the custom X is a stiff board that responds badly to soft bindings. If you have a softer board, the difference in performance should be even smaller.
Comfort is excellent, no pressure points...nothing surprising here. Within moments of my first run, I immediately noticed that the hammock highbacks are more comfortable than the ''carbon plate'' that the Diodes have...maybe it's because I'm used to my malavitas...but considering that I cant tell the difference in performance after a day's riding, I don't see why you'd want to sacrifice comfort to get the diodes.
Shock absorption: This is what puts the Genesis X above the diodes in my opinion. They're definitely not as cush as the malavitas, but I immediately could tell that they had SOME padding/suspension. Since I have weak knees, this was the selling point for me...the diodes were great and all, but I could feel the vibrations all the way up to my knees....not cool. So, in the future I'll keep buying the most cushioned bindings if it means I can keep riding when I'm old.