Snow bindings are what connect your boost to the snowboards and it can seem complicated to choose the best one as there’s some variation involved. It mostly depends on your own skills and compatibility and style as well.
In addition, bindings typically consist of a base of the plate which is comparable to the sole, a buckled strap to keep the boot in place and the heel cup which is basically where the heel should be, and a high back to support the ankle or a binding disc that attaches to the snowboard.
Below, you will find a breakdown of the different types of snowboard binding and helps you how to choose the best one.
Types of bindings
The most common type of binding is strap & rear entry.
Strap In bindings
Strap in binding is the most common type of binding. They’ve two-strap, one for ankle and the other for toes. This’s great when you need to adjust the pressure on each one.
Moreover, this type of binding has a fixed high back, so you can not be sled up and down to open. But, the angle can be adjusted for more comfort. So, getting in out, of strap binding is slow and you will usually have to sit down. Also, you’ve to sit down and you’ve to undo the two straps and redo them each time.
Furthermore, some people can get in and out of the strap in binding is better here. In addition, if you are particular about how much the pressure is applied to the toes, ankle, and strap in binding may be best.
Rear entry binding
Rear entry binding is less common as compared to the strap in binding. But, they are still a very popular option. They have one strap that is divided across the ankle and toes as well. So, there is less room to adjust the pressure on each one separately.
In addition, some rear entry binding has two independent straps to fix this problem, but they are not the standard. Unlike the strap in bindings, rear entry bindings have an unlockable high back that might let your feet through. So, this allows for easy and simple entry and existing, while standing up and you would not need to adjust the strap more than once.
Furthermore, the angle of the high back can be adjusted for comfort just like the strap in binding types. Speed entry binding is easy to use and therefore, great for beginners. They are also quicker to get in and out of while standing up, which is best for freestyle.
Size and compatibility:
It goes without saying that whichever binding you buy, they’ve to fit the snowboards and snowboard boots. Keep in mind, never buy any snowboarding equipment unless you make sure they are compatible. This may include size, flex, and mounting pattern.
Snowboard binding comes to win generic sizes including small, medium, and large and may be gendered including male or female. Unfortunately, these sizes are not standard, so you may want to check the manufacturers’ size guide.
Moreover, the binding size has to fit, which in turn has to fit the snowboard width and it is best to buy the boot in the correct size. First, to make sure that everything else fits around that.
Flex or response is basically how soft and stiff the binding feels, which has to match the flex of your boot. Moreover, a soft flex means that the binding has a short and flexible high back. On the other hand, a stiff flex stands for a longer and more fixed high back.
However, the most common flex rating is the 10-point scale with the 10-being the stiffest flex. Unfortunately, there is not a standardized way to measure this, so it is likely to differ between manufacturers.
So, soft flexes are very forgiving. They are also best for freestyle riders to perform different grabs and have easier landings. The softest flexes may feel a little bit uncontrollable for beginners. All-mountain riders need gear that is flexible enough for any terrain. For that, a medium and a medium to stiff flex would be the most appropriate.
Furthermore, the best flex for beginners is a soft to medium flex, then you want all the forgiveness of the soft flex, but you also need easier responsiveness which requires a bit of stiffness. Keep in mind, stiffer flexes are more physically demanding. So, a stronger rider may want to go one and two points higher on the scale and regardless of their style and ability level.
Setting up binding:
Attaching snowboard bindings is not as hard as it seems. Understanding how to set it up will help you to recognize the different parts of your bindings and how they work and it will also make you less dependent on a shop.
Once, you get the correct mounting pattern and size of your snowboard. There’re some minor adjustments you can make to help the bindings fit better. With a wrench, you can replace the bolts and make them tighter or looser.
Snowboard mounting pattern
The disc on the snowboard bindings have bolts that attach to the snowboards. These bolts come in different patterns and the most common being 4×2 ad 4×4 and these numbers refer to the length and the width between each bolt in centimeters.
There’re two more types of mounting patterns from Burton. The first one is a diamond-shaped pattern known as 3D, which is designed to have multiple fits with the least number of bolts.
So, the second one is called the EST channel system, which is a sliding system that is compatible with multiple brands. Recently, brands started making a universal disc that fits many patterns. Alternatively, you may find that your finding comes with several discs and these handy additions allow the user to use multiple snowboards with a different pattern and all with the same bindings.
What angle should we set our snowboard bindings?
If you want to set up your snowboard bindings correctly and your stance on the snowboard should be about shoulder-width with approximately 15-degrees of the angle on your front binding & around 0-degree in the back.
Can you mix and match snowboard and bindings?
A lot of patterns are compatible with each other, but it is good to make sure you’re not stuck with the wrong set.
What is the best stance for snowboarding?
A lot of snowboarders want a duck stance, where their feet are slightly angled away from each other. While some free ride and all-mountain snowboarders want to have both the feet angled towards the front of the board,