The Bottom Line: The Burton Mission is one of the best producing bindings that you can throw onto a snowboard .
I have been snowboarding for somewhere around 10 or so years. I started out in the state of Washington at Stephen's Pass, Whistler Blackcombe, and a variety of other off the trail hills. Through that time I have gone through a large number of boards, generally 2-3 per season, in an attempt to find the perfect board for each riding style.
I generally run each season with three active boards and two passive boards. This means that I have three boards always ready to go and I have another two that I have sitting just in case, I need to do a swap out. I know this sounds ridiculous to anyone that does any boarding, but it's practical in my mind for a few reasons:
1. I have a different board for each type of riding that I do, which is why I have three boards. I have one board for each style, one for big air, one for trick/style, and one for all mountain. I don't really have a speed board, but that's because I just can't get the feel for the larger boards.
2. Another reason that I have multiple boards setup at all times and two passive boards, is because I change up my stance from standard to goofy depending upon how I feel that day. For example if I went huge the day before and my lead leg is feeling a little bit tender, which it often is, then I will swap leads. A lot of people can't do this all that easily, but I've been doing it for so long, that this has become normal practice.
I generally go boarding five days a week during the season, sometimes upwards of seven in the beginning and at the very end of the season. I generally ride away from slopes, because I don't particularly like the predictability of the slopes. I want something that I have to react to at a moment's notice, it truly makes the ride, and keeps you from becoming complacent.
Burton Mission Snowboard Bindings I have been a huge fan of the Burton Mission bindings for quite some time now. I still remember back to last season when a really great snowboarding friend of mine came out to the back country with a set of these bindings, some K2 Raider Boa boots, and his K2 Nemesis board. A pretty good combination, that was really brought together with the bindings, which at the time I knew relatively little about. I had always been a huge fan of the K2 Cinch, and still am, which is what I was using on my board, and I'm sure it's what I'll be using on my boards for years to come. I remember him talking about how great these bindings were and how 'natural' they felt. So... after a lot of talk, we decided to do something that I hate doing in the field, we decided to swap out bindings. Originally we were just going to swap out boards, but since he rides 'goofy', that just wasn't going to work for our situation.
I noticed at first that the installation was just as easy as any other install. It was really a matter of just tightening screws and poof, instant snowboard setup. Immediately I threw my board down, started strapping myself in, and moving around with the board below me to get a feel for the new bindings. Immediately I could tell the different with the 'toe cup', which gave me a lot more power on my toe edge of the board. The bindings fit pretty snug against my boots and gave noticeable support where my super rugged boots would have left off.
Probably the most important thing about a binding for me, is the ability to support my landings. I land really hard, and find it difficult to find a binding that is solid enough to give me ankle support, while at the same time having some flexibility so that I don't give myself a knee injury on the landing.
Durability Just like all Burton products, these bindings are made about as strongly as you can make a binding. They take a very long time to wear down, especially if you are taking quality care of your snowboard gear.
For the most part, the large majority of users don't push the limits to what their equipment can or can't do, I, on the other hand am quite different. I find myself always attempting big jumps, grabs, spins, etc, in hopes of enhancing my style points. With this added abuse, you would think that any bindings that I have would get beat pretty substantially. But somehow the Burton Mission bindings manage to hold up regardless of how hard I ebat on them.
Where to purchase If you are looking to purchase a set of these bindings, and I definitely recommend you do just that, then you might have to do a little searching to find them. I have tried multiple locations offline and havn't really seen them around until I went online. If you want these bindings, then my suggestion is to check out tactics.com or usoutdoorstore.com. Those two stores have virtually everything imaginable for snowboarding.
Product Features Short-Glass Fiber/Nylon Composite Baseplate with EVA Padding and Tool-Free Adjustable Gas Pedal™ Ultra-Lightweight Hi-Back with QuickFLAD™ and True OTT™ EVA Padding Pre-Curved, Triple-Axis Telescoping Quilted Luxstrap™ Capstrap with NEW Grip Fit and NEW Tool-Free Length Adjustment Smooth Glide™ Buckles with Polished Aluminum Levers and Quick Release Gate
Final Thoughts If you are looking for a great set of bindings, or just need something that will get you started off on a positive footing in the snowboarding world, I would personally go with the Burton Mission bindings. There are a great deal of other bindings out on the market that are going to be fairly similar, however, with the toe caps, the Burton Mission bindings truly have a natural feel to them which give you that added power boost that is really needed when you are carving up a mountain, or trying to correct a bad jump in the air.
With the durability that the Burton brand provides, it's a pretty safe bet that you will have these bindings for quite some time without even the slightest of complication. This makes these bindings great to learn on and grow with.
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