Unlike another thread where there was pretty much same question and I threw the troll flag I think this is a real thread.Bullshit tech or something that works? what's the verdict?
If you look at how EST bindings attaché to the board they are pinned by two bolts that are quite far apart so flexing the base side to side requires flexing the board as well. The hinge allows your ankle to flex from side to side independently of the binding base to some degree.That's my dilemma, I have both ICS & non ICS boards. I already dished out last year for an est binding (custom) but only because they where a close out sale. I'm tempted for EST Cartels or Malavitas the big selling point seems to be this hinge. I love EST and would definitely buy a board to fit a binding & vice versa if the product was a significantly different experience than the one with the standard mounting system. That's the thing with this hinge that I wonder about is it significantly different then the hingeless reflex version?
Burton would tell you that reflex gives you the benefit of EsT but allows you to use the standard hole configuration, but I agree, I think the hinge mitigates the side to side flex issue while preserving the est advantages of broad baseplate contact etc. I expect the hinge will go through most of the est line eventually.Thanks Lamps, Supra I think I got it now. The Hinge is there to make the flex consistent with the reflex binding and vice versa. I always thought the reflex was to make things semi consistent with the whole ICS & EST thing.
Reason I ask I'm looking at this years Cartels & Malavitas and trying to weigh the benefits of both EST & Reflex versions. I have two channel boards and two regular inserts. I'll be getting rid of one of each this year and looking for something fresh to ride, atm I'm looking at an older 156 Capita Indoor Survival FK unused as well as a brand new 2014 158 Burton Easy Living
Maybe the nuances are lost for guys whose avatars are animal from the muppets, he's not exact the kind to dwell on the details :laugh:I run various forms of Burton bindings on all my boards, and the only significant difference I see is the better mounting with EST. Otherwise I don't feel all this fancy lateral flex, feeling the board crap. They strap my boots to the board so I can plow snow with it... :dunno
Thanks for all the input guys...I run various forms of Burton bindings on all my boards, and the only significant difference I see is the better mounting with EST. Otherwise I don't feel all this fancy lateral flex, feeling the board crap. They strap my boots to the board so I can plow snow with it... :dunno:
The idea of buying re:flex to ensure compatibility with all boards is pretty good. Wish I had done that before.
(FWIW, I've owned C60 EST and non-EST, Diode Re:flex, and Cartel EST)