New to snowboarding.. looking for some input on EST vs non-EST bindings.
I've been searching around and can't seem to understand what the difference is between an EST and non-EST binding. Is there a really big difference?
Basically if I were to buy a board, how would I know if it supports EST or not...
Newb question, I know
If you just visited a snowboard shop in-person and talked to the employees--they could/should/would SHOW you the difference between:
regular 4- (and 3-) hole boards,
Burton ICS/Channel/2-hole Boards,
and Burton EST (2-hole) Bindings.
Burton EST (2/hole) Bindings ONLY work on/with Burton ICS/Channel/2-hole Boards.
Therefore Burton EST (2-hole) Bindings are completely USELESS if you don't have a Burton ICS/Channel/2-hole Board to use them on/with.
Burton EST (2-hole) Bindings are designed/constructed specifically/exclusively for use on/with Burton ICS/Channel/2-hole Boards and are therefore unique in that respect.
Most snowboards use the industry standard 4-hole binding mounting insert pattern.
Most bindings utilize a (relatively solid) baseplate design with a mounting disc that is 4-hole compatible. Sometimes 4-hole discs are also 3-hole compatible or, if available, the 4-hole discs can be substituted for 3-hole compatible discs.
Burton has plenty of traditional/disc-type bindings that can be used on both 4-hole and 3-hole (and ICS/Channel/2-hole) boards. Burton traditional/disc-type bindings can also be used on Burton ICS/Channel/2-hole Boards with special ICS/Channel/2-hole discs. I think that a few other binding companies just started producing their own special ICS/Channel/2-hole discs this season so that their bindings can be used on/with Burton ICS/Channel Boards.