Burton Channel System Binding Compatibility

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Burton Channel and Bindings


By: Chris Zimmerman, Seattle, WA: Maybe you have tried the Burton Channel System before and the specially designed Burton EST Bindings and enjoy it. Maybe you like Burton snowboards but Union Bindings…that’s ok too.  We know it can be confusing to figure out a new(ish) mounting system and exactly which bindings will fit on your new board. There is nothing worse that getting all the way home or finally getting your box in the mail only to realize that you bought two incompatible products! With the right info, hopefully this will never happen. We have a lot of knowledgeable staff at evo, and are always down to answer any questions about the Burton Channel System Binding Compatibility or anything else.

So what’s up with the Channel System anyway and how can it benefit you?

2014 burton custom flying v snowboard

(2014 Burton Custom Flying V Snowboard)

As you can see from this Custom Flying V Snowboard there are two channels in the board where traditionally binding inserts would be located. These channels allow micro stance-width and angle adjustments. They also allow the board to fully flex all the way through by getting rid of the dead-spot under your foot where the inserts would be. It’s pretty cool and gives you near limitless stance options. But not all bindings work with the Burton Channel System, so you have to make sure you are buying the right ones.

2014 Burton Cartel EST Snowboard Bindings

                                                                         (2014  Burton Cartel EST Snowboard Bindings)

The first, and recommended, binding for the channel system would be any Burton EST binding. These bindings were specially designed to work hand-in-hand with the channel system.  For the EST bindings, Burton took out all the hard plastic from the tray and replaced it with a flexible EVA foam (like what other bindings use for padding on their trays). The bindings are mounted with two screws on the outside of the binding, so the binding will fully flex with your board under your foot. Some people also like the EVA footbeds because you are only riding on soft foam, rather than hard plastic or metal. Not into the whole EST thing? Well check this out:

2014 Union Contact Pro Snowboard Bindings

(2014 Union Contact Pro Snowboard Bindings)

This binding works on the channel system too! Union Bindings changed their disc to be compatible with the Burton Channel. (note that Union bindings will only fit on a Burton Channel board 2011 or newer).

Other bindings brands that are compatible: 2011 and later Drake, 2011 and later Flux, and 2011 and later Flow snowboard bindings.

I know what some of you are thinking…didn’t Forum have the Slider System on their boards a long time ago and it didn’t work that well? Correct. The Channel is different from the slider system in the way that it has one tray built into the board that makes it super strong and flexible. The only way to see if The Channel is right for you is to try it out.

If you have any other questions, Burton put together this nifty tool to help figure out if your bindings will work on Burton boards or not:


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3 Responses to Burton Channel System Binding Compatibility

  1. Tom says:

    Useful — to a point. But it didn’t explain what I really wanted to know: the differences and compatibility of the old channel system and the new 2011 system.

  2. mohawk says:

    just updated the post with a link to burton’s board/binding widget. if you have any other questions you can always call burton rider services (1-800-881-3138) or evo customer service (1-866-386-1590)

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