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How to Choose Snowboard Bindings

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Binding SystemBinding Fit
Types of BindingsBinding Mount Patterns

Introduction:

Snowboard bindings hold the rider securely to the board and provide the support and leverage necessary to steer and turn. Bindings are fully adjustable to accommodate different riding styles and rider preferences.

Binding System:

Here are some terms helpful in understanding binding systems. These components are fully adjustable to accommodate different riding styles and rider preferences.

Highbacks

  • Provide lower calf support and leverage necessary to turn and steer
  • Feature tool-free "lean adjustment" tabs that riders can use to change their forward lean angle while on-the-go, enabling them to rapidly adapt to varying riding conditions
  • Highback flexibility can be soft, medium or stiff

Straps

  • Attach the boots to the bindings and ensure that the rider's feet remain secure and stable on the board.
  • Two strap junctures (over the toe and over the in-step) that can be adjusted to allow for a custom fit by using a buckle and ratchet mechanism

Baseplates

  • Enables the binding's mounting technology to be adjusted with mounting disks
  • The way your baseplate is mounted should reflect several preferences, including precisely where you want to stand on the board, how far apart you want to place your feet, the angle that you want your feet to hold, and which foot you prefer to take the front spot on the board.
  • Regular Footing Left foot on the front side of the board
  • Goofy Footing Right foot on the front side of the board

Types of Bindings:

There are two common types of bindings available with both being viable options for all riders. Here's a quick look at binding choices:

Traditional/Strap Bindings

  • Most common type with two straps holding your boots in place
  • Foot is secured and tightened into place by using the two straps on the binding

Speed-Entry/Rear-Entry Bindings

  • The highback plate folds down for fast exits and entries
  • Locks back into place while an extra-wide strap secures the foot
  • Quick and convenient system since the straps are only locked-in once

Binding Fit:

To fit your bindings properly, the snowboarding boots () you own should fit easily into place without offering "wiggle room" between the boot and the sides of the binding. The boot heel should sit firmly within the heel cup which is located at the back end of the baseplate.

The binding straps should offer a comfortable fit that's snug and secure without creating a pinching feeling for the wearer or restricting blood circulation in the feet. Make sure that you can adjust the straps to the proper setting without sacrificing the degree of flex you prefer.

Binding Mount Patterns:

Binding and bolt mount patterns commonly come in two different patterns on a snowboard (): 3D and 4x4. Some specific brands offer a channel mount option for highly customizable options. Here are some differences between the three systems:

3D Mount

  • Mounting system that allows for a better feel on the board
  • Binding mounts to the board with three screws in a triangle pattern
  • Angles and widths can be set by adjusting the center disc of the binding.

4x4

  • Bolt holes equally spaced horizontally and vertically
  • Angles and width can be set using the disc located on the bottom of the binding.

Channel

  • Newer technology
  • Two channel slots on the front and back
  • Offers rider infinite choice of angles or widths