In between watching 1080s galore at the U.S. Open a couple weeks backs, I had the chance to demo some of Burton's gear due out for the 2009 season. Most noteworthy is their Infinite Channel System (ICS) and Extra Sensory Technology (EST)â€”an integrated board and binding system. Reducing the binding mount to two screws, thus eliminating the plate from under your boot. Debuted for this past 2008 season, the system allows for even and consistent contact to the board resulting in superiority sensitivity for a more intimate ride. It also allows for a more customized fit by increasing the range of stance options and making it much easier to move between them.
For 2009 the Infinite Channel System is available on a few more decks, including the Un Inc. Playful and responsive enough for the park but stiff enough for the whole mountain, it was a zippy ride that I had a great time on. Coupled with the new CO2 bindings, which are now EST ready, the set-up was light, tight and comfortable; I think I might have found my ride for next year.
No word on price just yet, but keep a lookout for these next season.