Reviewed by Mt bachelor rider from Bend, Or on Friday, September 27, 2013
i have been riding burton bindings exclusively for the last 15 years. they have been around since the beginning, making their potential R&D way over everybody else. the cartel is the best binding i have ever ridden. before the est came out, i was riding the cartel on their classic base plate. bought those 6 seasons ago, and just broke the plate. no worries though, they have a lifetime warranty! when i did break them, i sucked it up and purchased the est cartels. they are so smooth and responsive it blows my mind! the est system is the best approach to bindings to date. my only gripe about this cartel is their width. I have small feet (sz 8.5) and ride the medium binding. they have plenty of room as far as length is concerned, but width is a different story. when riding burton boots, the width is obviously perfectly matched, but with nike boots, there is a pinch on the sides. not horrible, but i do have to force my boot back into the heel cup. all in all, by far the best bomb proof bindings i have ever tested.