There are a few factors when choosing the perfect bindings for your board. Since your bindings are a direct connection between you and your board you’re going to want the best fit for you’re riding style. Snowboard bindings are based upon their flexibility, entry style, riding style, and screw on compatibility. Here I will tell you everything you need to know on how to buy snowboard bindings.
Snowboard bindings have a flex rating just like snowboards do. The more flex the binding has the more playful it will be and the stiffer it is the more responsive and less playful it will be. Different riding styles will require different levels of flex.
Freestyle/ Park – For freestyle or terrain park riders, you will want bindings will more flex. More flex will allow you to be more playful on your board in the park, easier landings, and better tweaking for grabs and spins.
All Mountain – For all mountain riders you are going to want a medium flex binding for all general riding purpose. It will allow you to still have a little play while having the extra support.
Backcountry – For backcountry riders you will want a stiffer binding for ultimate response and control. A stiffer binding will help you stay in control better in deep and ungroomed snow allowing you to carve through pow easier.
There are two different styles of bindings that allow for two types of entry for your boot. There are step in bindings and rear entry bindings. Step in bindings are the most common binding you will see. These bindings strap in by strapping two straps with a ratchet over your ankle and toes on your boot. Rear entry bindings allow your boot to slide in without strapping in. The high back folds down and you slide your boot in then fold the high back up and click it into place. Rear entry bindings allow you to put your foot in the binding quicker when you get off the lift.
Most snowboard bindings will have a basic two slot screw in base plate. The base plate is the part of the binding that screws onto the board and can adjust to whatever angle you want your bindings at. Most boards will have a two by six rectangle shape of screw holes which you adjust you’re base plate over the holes wherever you want your stance to be. Burton has a couple of different board to binding designs. Burton bindings with the special screw hole pattern or channel system only works with specific Burton snowboards. Read the binding directions to apply Burton bindings with the Burton board correctly.
Sum It All Up
Snowboard bindings are seperated between their flex level, entry style, and snowboard compatibility. The flex of your bindings that you will want will depend on your type of riding style to allow for more or less flex. The entry style is all personal preference and either one will keep your feet on your board just depends on how you want to strap into the bindings. The snowboard compatibility is usually a pretty simple pattern of screw holes that you align with you’re base plate of your binding and screw down at whatever angle you would like. For bindings or boards with different screw hole patterns or systems, such as Burton, read the directions for the bindings for the correct setup.
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