Burton Diode Bindings
Burton Diode Snowboard Bindings
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Burton has become synonymous with snowboarding across the globe.  Whether in its home state of Vermont or halfway across the world in Chamonix, France the Burton snowboards can be found surfing across the snow mountain landscapes by riders who invariable seek the highest quality ride they can find.  It has grown from designing snowboards by hand out of the founder’s house into a global company that can provide any product a rider needs to enjoy the winter sport of snowboarding.  Snowboard Bindings are one of the key cogs in the Burton system for snowboarding.  It offers exceptional performance together with a fit tailored to the type of rider.  Men’s and women’s models differ according to body types just as they should.  Technical aspects of each binding differ by model with the vert best professional versions incorporating cutting-edge technology and materials while staying firmly rooted in the Burton philosophy.

Burton Binding Basics
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Simply put, the 2015 Burton Snowboard Bindings flex and feel in ways no other company can claim, with performance and compatibility to suit the individual snowboarder’s riding style.  Riding the way that feels best is built into each pair of Burton Snowboard Bindings.

Video Courtesy of The House YouTube Channel & Burton Bindings


The 2014 Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings are the most sought after bindings by pro riders in the world. The Cartels will give into whatever the rider can dream of.  In addition a series of models targeted to riders of differing gender, technical skills and fashion preferences are offered by Burton.  Below are a few of models offered in the 2015 lineup:


Video Courtesy of TruSnow Youtube Video Channel & Burton Snowboard Bindings


Snowboarding as imagined by Jake Burton began in 1977 with the first snowboard of the burgeoning startup called Backhill.  Its design drew on surfboards as a construction model and utilizing a foam core wrapped in fiberglass.  It was a narrow board by today’s standards with just a single strap for bindings with a rope and handle attached to the nose of the board.  In 1978 the fiibeglass shell gave way to steam-bent wood and an aluminum fin was introduced.  The fin was sold as an all-surface solution to the variety of snow types riders encountered on differing mountain courses across the world.

Graphics began to appear on the Burton snowboards in 1979 with a new model called Backhill & Backyard introduced.  Unique to the boards was the Burton Snowboard bindings which for the first time offered riders regular or goofy stances through simple adjustments made with the provided tool.  Burton’s approach differed from most competitors in that it sought to free the rider to surf the waves of snow.  It’s surfing roots were a guiding force in the design philosophy.

In the early 1980’s several new developments occurred at Burton that widened its appeal to a global market.  Production was moved to founder Jake Burton’s home state of Vermont.  Shortly after the National Snowboarding Championships were hosted which today is known as the US Open.  The Burton brothers, together with team member Doug Bouton claimed the first trophy.  Following this Burton boards were introduced to Japan – Burton’s first move to go global.  1983 saw the introduction of Burton’s first boot called the Competition Series featuring bindings with a heal strap.  The Powder and Performer series evolved to include buckle bindings, better graphics and bi-directional fiberglass shell  It was an important stage for both the company and riders and the evolution in product and riding style was in a constant state of improvement.  Europe made note and Burton’s arrival there soon followed.

High-top bindings gave Burton a sustainable competitive edge during the 1980’s allowing them to evolve their product line to the point whereby they could offer a complete line of snowboard products.  By 1987 Burton made snowboards, bindings, boots, collapsible poles, outerwear and even produced a video.  The emergence of Burton as a serious player in the ski equipment market coincided with the opening of US resorts to allow snowboarding.  From just 5% of US resorts open to riding in 1985 to 95% by 1987 – Burton had seized on the opening of the snowboard market like no other company.  In a rise with parallels to sneaker goliath Nike, Burton held its cutting edge with consistent sponsorship of champion snowboarders the lent an air of superiority to the brand.  Following the simple philosophy of making the best snowboarding equipment in the world has led Burton to become the main player it is today.

Bamboo Forest Japan
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The Burton sustainability program revolves around two broad commitments:
Both the impact of production operations and the impact on the people who support will take climate change seriously by committing toward full sustainability .  This commitment begins with recognizing that the environment is in crisis and it’s in everyone’s best interest to act on the opportunities to improve across the board.  The broader Burton community will join together to the work towards securing the future of the sport and lifestyle we all love.  They invite oversight to hold Burton accountable for ongoing improvement in operating sustainably.