How to Install Burton Cartel Bindings

Written by bob shneidley | 13/05/2017
How to Install Burton Cartel Bindings
Good binding installation helps you perform difficult aerial manoeuvres. (snowboarding image by Predrag Marcikic from

Burton Cartel bindings are high-performance bindings used by many professionals on the Burton team. They are on the stiffer end of the flex spectrum, meaning they can handle high speeds and big jumps. As for installing them on your board, there is a simple, universal system that is the same for almost all bindings, and the Cartel is one of them. Locking in your pair of Cartels is rewarding and will prepare you to hit the slopes in the winter.

Install the bindings according to your stance and which is the front and the back of the board. If you are regular-footed, your left binding will go toward the front of the board and your right binding toward the tail.

Measure the stance width and line your bindings accordingly. The stance width refers to the distance between the centre of one binding to the centre of the other, measured along the vertical plane of the board. Some riders know the exact inches of width they prefer. If you don't, stand on the board without bindings or widen your stance until you feel right. Mark the centre of where your foot is and use this as a baseline guide for where to set the binding. You can always make fine adjustments later.

Determine the desired angle to your bindings. This is largely a matter of personal preference. Almost all riders prefer the front binding to be angled forward with the back binding set straight forward or at a negative angle, meaning pointing slightly toward the tail of the board. Again, practice standing on the board with your feet at different angles and determine what feels best for you.

Screw the bindings into the board, using the Phillips screwdriver and the screws that came with the bindings. Burton Cartels have a 4-by-4 screw pattern, which means each binding has four screw holes in the base plate of the binding. The base plate rotates within the binding to from the desired angle. Line up the holes on the base plate with the inserts on the snowboard.

Tighten each screw so that the binding won't move but is not fully tight. Stand in the board to see if it is to your liking. Make any adjustments with angle and width and re-screw. Once you have the perfect stance, set the screws in place by hand-tightening the screws as firmly as you can using your hands.

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Screws (included with new bindings)

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