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Old 09-01-2008, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Burton's ICS / EST: Thoughts?

Hey just wondering if any of you have had a chance to ride or demo the new ICS (Infinite Channel System) from Burton with the EST (Extra Sensory Technology) binding?

If so, what did you think of it?

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Old 09-01-2008, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It just looks like Burton found a new way of making their fucking equipment unique and not compatible with other brands.

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Old 09-01-2008, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Burtons patent on the 3 hole is or was running out this was their way to get you limited to their boards and bindings.

It rides different and causes more foot fatigue I've found and so have others that have used it.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I found where the grooves are feel like one dead spot as well.
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I only like It on the Jeremy Jones, I found it helps with board control while jibbing. But would never buy it since you then sign you life away to burton gear.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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seems just like a gimmick to me, i've never found being able to move my binding a centimeter to make any difference.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I unfortunately got suckered into buying an 08' UNINC EST binding on ebay without realising that Burton had introduced the ICS system.

So now I'm stuck with an ICS binding and no board to go with it.. hmm..

But I have heard some good things about the new ICS system but haven't had first hand experience as of yet..
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sounds like it will be a hit with the people who spend all day in the lodge tinkering with their gear or shaking boards in the shop, but beyond that, I'd be astonished to find a few cms difference in stance would matter, even if you could figure out EXACTLY how you should be standing.

Like others said, just a new way for you to keep those evil 'offbrand' bindings off of their boards.
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not only do they lock you in, but at a higher price, too!

I tried the Burton Feelgood vs the ICS version on a demo day and didn't really think there was any improvement (at least not $100 worth); the only difference was that the ICS board's graphics were prettier...
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've heard the rumors about ICS being a scheme for Burton to charge other companies royalty after their 3-hole patent expires. I believe this is the 3-hole patent:

Snowboard boot binding system - US Patent 5261689 Full Text
US Patent Issued on November 16, 1993
Estimated Patent Expiration Date: January 28, 2012

Since 2012 is relatively soon, I think this theory is very credible.
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