Sounds like a good idea, but if Burton's EST bindings are the only type that works well with the ICS system or is most recommended, you won't find me buying a Burton board any time soon. Isn't Burton basically pushing consumers to purchase both the bindings and board from them, which in effect increases their profit margins and provides minimal options to the consumer when purchasing a Burton product?
I mean, yeah, you can get the "adaptor" baseplate, but Burton knows it won't perform the same as the EST bindings will. Several posts have also determined this. Hell, they were probably forced to provide an adapter solution to this new design. Burton knows that if a consumer wants one of their boards, they will probably end up buying their bindings as well. Sounds like BS in a nutshell to me. I am not a Burton hater. I buy Burton soft goods, I have S.W. boots and currently ride a Burton Royale, but I definitely am turned off by Burton's ways on this subject. I am not bashing the technology. From what others have posted, the technology appears to be good. It just seems to be a sneaky way to increase profit to me. Maybe I haven't grasped the entire picture on this subject
, but so far I am not impressed. I guess it is a matter of time if other companies follow this path.
Call it what you want or conspire to no end. The ICS is a very, very solid system. In fact, I believe it is one of the biggest steps forward in snowboard technology. Yes, Burton of course has a patent on it. But if other companies want to make EST style bindings, they can acquire licensing for it. I'm guessing they won't though since they have their own boards and it is probably going to cost them a small fortune.
A lot of the people I see criticizing the ICS system have never even given it a chance. And the ones that have tried it briefly went into it with a very closed mind. It's the same type of behavior I see in a lot of people when it comes to trying Sushi for the first time. They go into it with very negative thoughts of raw fish and will themselves to hate it. A lot of those same people end up loving sushi after a couple of more tries. I admit I was one of those sushi hating people, but now I absolutely love it.
People also complain about the fact that a lot of riders hardly mess around with their stance all that much. I am willing to bet the biggest reason for this is because it is such a hassle to change your stance around with current systems. There is also a large population of riders out there who ride multiple conditions that do in fact change their stances depending on the type of riding they will do. Some riders dedicate a whole day to park riding and the next to all-mountain. With the ICS, now they can do park and all-mountain in the same day with minimal effort in changing the stance.
Another huge thing that is happening with the ICS is swappable baseplates. Softer, stiffer, canted, etc... Heck, ride directly on top of your board if you want.
Yea it sucks that only Burton EST bindings give you the full functionality, but does it matter all that much when it comes to a system this good? I say bite your tongue and ego and just go for it. You're not going to grow horns just because you are riding with Burton bindings. Who knows, maybe other companies will make EST style bindings instead of just offering conversion plates.
For now, I won't buy an ICS board either, but I certainly will not bash Burton for a great system. All this conspiracy theory shit gets old. It's a new snowboard tech. Just get out and try it before letting your thoughts prejudge it.