there are alot of variances you are introducing into your theory/equation/problem. Both bindings are truly middle of the road flex, but they flex in different ways, change positions in terms of stiffness from year to year, and the EST versions are considerably different without a disc and the addition of the HINGE.
TLDR: is it you? yes.
are the bindings different, yea.
Burton didn't "mislead" you, thats just crybaby shit, your mind is stronger!
The bindings IMO are more disparate by price and feature, than function.
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