The Restricted line is like the old Coalition line that Burton had. Kevin was able to get his hand on a set of these and try them out on a few different boards. Here’s what he had to say about one of the longest running bindings in Burton’s line.
Binding: Burton Mission Restricted
Board Used: Signal OG Flat 151, Signal Rocker 152, Signal Park Flat 152, Signal Park 150
Stance: 22 Wide 12 neg 12 Goofy
Boots Used: Flow Hylite Size 9
Location: Winter Park
Conditions: Winter Park usual, a bit warm and a bit janky. Some slush, some ice in the shade
Binding Adjustability: Tool less is getting a bit standard and this follows. Tool less straps, forward lean independent of highback rotation, highback rotation, toe ramp forward and back it adjustable with binding still mounted which is nice. You can switch the ankle straps between the bindings for a bit of different response, I assume this was an intentional design perk as the idea was suggested to me by one of the binding guys at SIA this year.
Straps: On gnarlier toe side washouts I could get some top drift but other than that they stayed pretty well on my rounded smoothy toe boxes. Good conform-ability and should do well on 90% of boot shapes out there. The ankle strap is the asym strap that has been on the Restricted Cartels and Malavita’s the last two years. Its awesome. Ride it stock and you get a lot of good pressure distribution under the ratchet and a lot of strap to drive into. Swap them and you get similar pressure help but since the high flange is now on the underside you get a bit of a looser feel. It’s a really comfortable strap and has been one of my favorites for a couple years now. Perfect for my style of riding.
Highback: Flat, a bit canted for the anatomical, and stiffer overall. Big thing here, FINALLY STOCK FORWARD LEAN IS ZERO. After years of begging they have finally complied and the zero lean is starting to trickle down from the Malavita and Cartel of last year. I was pretty happy with these highbacks, they did a decent job of being there when I needed them and not getting in the way when I didn’t want them. They were solid to drive into on the outside but it would have been nice to have a bit more give on the inside for the rail game.
Binding Flex: ReFlex is the story here. I had criticized Reflex in the past as I felt the window wasn’t big enough to cater to those who ride with 15*+ on either foot. Since I ride 12/-12 now it wasn’t an issue and after some time you do start to feel the difference. That is the key though; they need a bit of braking in for the average weighted rider. A heavier rider will feel it sooner if not first run, but it took me a few good days to get them really bending under my feet. Once there they really do let the board flex under foot and the dead spot is virtually gone. It’s better for a skate-like feel and works best on some form of alternate camber so if your board isn’t designed to pop close to your foot this can lend to a small loss in snap. I found riding these on camber I missed having a more solid baseplate to get my energy out into the tip instead of under my foot.
Reflex gives a good side effect here since the heel section is nothing but foam. The bindings footbed height is the same as non-reflex so you get a ton of foam where their flex windows land under your toes and heels. There is still plastic under the middle of your foot which helps avoid the soggy feeling too much EVA can give. It’s a nice feel and unless you are looking for a ton of response from your bindings this is something you’ll like. Overall it’s a general middle of the road flex that sits somewhere in between park and all mountain.
Ratchets: I had some typical sample issues with the toe teeth not gripping the ladder and stripping it, I’ve never seen this happen with a production ratchet from Burton so I suspect it won’t be a real issue. Other than that, they’re Burton ratchets, they work great all the time.
Rider in Mind: All park rider who uses the whole mountain as his playground and is looking to kill the binding dead spot.
Personal Thoughts: I rode these a lot this year and they’re a solid binding. Not my favorite I’ve ever ridden but I never thought while riding that I just wanted something else. They do their job and that’s it. You’ll probably never think to yourself while riding “these things are amazing!” but you’ll also probably never think “I hate these”. No frills, just the “extra” features that work.
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