We spotted Terje riding in some crazy-looking new Burton step-ins and couldn't help papping the hell out of them... Scroll down for the video of the Burton Step-On bindings in action.
There we were, pitched up in the arctic north last May for the supremely epic Riks Banked Slalom, surrounded by some of snowboardings most legendary riders of past and present. After the racing had wound down for the day several riders started sessioning a hand dug trannie in one of the countless windlips that litter Riksgränsen's terrain, one of them being a certain Norwegian by the name of Terje.
Of course, Terje's quarterpipe handplants were as legit as you'd imagine, but more unexpected was how he appeared to be 'unstrapping' after his hits. Well, it was actually more un-clipping that we were witnessing as the Sprocking one would seemingly just touch the side of his bindings and out he'd pop.
It was one of those 'Does Not Compute' moments. Surely he wasn't riding step-ins? Or maybe, as the King of the Hill/20th anniversary of Ingemar's backside air was starting the day after, maybe he was riding some vintage Burton step-ins... We needed to take a closer look. Turns out this is an all-new step-in system Burton have developed, and that they'll release for the 17/18 season – in fact they're actually called 'Step-Ons'.
[Papped like Lindsay Lohan, and with extra bonus Pat Moore plant for good measure.]
We rolled over to Terje and had to ask him what he thought. "Everyone will be riding these in a couple of years," he replied with his trademarked smirk, before explaining how they worked and that he'd been testing them the past couple of weeks. Unlike their original step-ins, these connect via three points – two metal 'wings' either side of the boot's forefoot hook into the front of the binding, with a pog at the back locking into a mechanism on the highback. A lever on the side of the binding releases the mechanism and you flex forward and roll your foot to the side to exit.
Aside from these modifications, the boot itself also has a crankable ankle strap built on to it, and from what Terje was saying they perform like regular two-strappers just quicker and easier for the 'older, fatter or lazier'. Or folk wanting to experiment with new foot-free shenanigans like Alex Andrews in another Burton Step-On leak here...