The time of boards with simple single straps is long-gone. Modern snowboarding calls for modern bindings. In the skatedeluxe Online Skate Shop, you’ll find high-quality snowboard bindings from top brands like Union, Burton, Nitro, Salomon, NOW and Ride. Even though snowboard bindings might not differ greatly in appearance, they are now pure high-tech products, which not only give you a great
The time of boards with simple single straps is long-gone. Modern snowboarding calls for modern bindings. In the skatedeluxe Online Skate Shop, you’ll find high-quality snowboard bindings from top brands like Union, Burton, Nitro, Salomon, NOW and Ride. Even though snowboard bindings might not differ greatly in appearance, they are now pure high-tech products, which not only give you a great grip and great board feel, they also enable you to have as much freedom as possible. To make sure that your new bindings will meet your requirements and fully support your riding, you should consider important details such as flex, mounting system and terrain. To give you some insight into the subject, the following information will show you the way through the wide world of baseplates, straps and highbacks.
Know your Options - setup and adjusting your new snowboard bindings
We’ll start with the basics and take a look at the individual parts of your new snowboard bindings. There are three key parts: the baseplate, the highback and the straps. The highbacks and straps determine the stiffness, or flex, of your new bindings. Depending on whether these components are softer or harder, they make the bindings suitable for different functions and terrains. The materials also play a decisive role. Highly efficient fabrics and materials, such as ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA for short), for the straps and high-strength aluminium or plastic composites such as polycarbonate for the base and highback, ensure an enormous load-bearing capacity with the lowest possible weight.
A particularly high-quality binding is characterised by the fact that it has many settings. Whether it’s the angle and position of the highback or the length of the straps, in many models the individual components can be adjusted individually to your size and your riding style. This will allow you get exactly the support that you need on your snowboard.
Not to be forgotten is the absolutely fundamental baseplate disc. Except for Burton, all manufacturers use a 4x4 hole system, which allows you to connect your new snowboard bindings to your board using the mounting kit and binding inserts. The more inserts your snowboard has, the more opportunities you have in terms of the distance and position of your binding on the board. In order to be as flexible as possible, Burton takes a different path with its channel system and the corresponding EST series. This has many advantages but limits the compatibility of the bindings. Pay attention to whether your board has a 4x4 hole system or a channel system so you can get the appropriate bindings for your board.
Keep it flexible - The right bindings for your riding
As is often the case with board sports, what you plan to do with your new snowboard is also relevant in snowboarding. Depending on the terrain and type of snowboarding, you’ll have different demands from your new binding system. If you’re more of a nature-loving freerider, you need more support and a very direct board feel. Consequently, harder models can also be considered to ensure a clear transfer of power.
Freestyle kings and queens should go for a softer binding setup, as they offer a lot of flex and freedom of movement, which you’ll need if you take to the rails, curbs, and kicker. Softer bindings are also good for beginners because they give your feet a little more room to get used to the positioning.
If you want to get the feel of skateboarding in winter, you should check out the innovative new bindings from NOW. New technologies like the durometer bushings and the 3D toe straps ensure maximum customization and the bindings can be adjusted for anything from street snowboarding to the steepest freeriding, all without the need for tools.
A secure hold is elementary – the right size for your new snowboard bindings
The size of your new snowboard binding is based on your shoe size. Most bindings are offered in S, M, and L, single models also in XS and XL. The sizes are indicated in the product description of each model and the corresponding size chart. These can vary depending on the manufacturer and you should check exactly which size binding corresponds to your shoe size.
Brands like Union denote their sizes with S/M, M/L and L/XL, which means they are more compatible with a wider range of individual binding sizes. In short, the choice is fairly straightforward. You simply consider the size of your boots and see which binding size is suitable for you. Of course, a binding should neither be too tight nor too big. The straps should hold your boots firmly enough to keep you secure in your new bindings.
Still have questions? Want to know more about how everything works? Click through the skatedeluxe Snowboard Wiki for an informative overview of all the individual parts of your snowboard and their assembly. Of course, you will always have our customer service at your disposal as well. Have fun in the snow!