The Top 24 Boots and Bindings of 2013/14 - Reviewed By the Whitelines Team

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that picking the perfect stick is the be-all and end-all of buying a snowboard set-up, but you’d be wrong. If anything, buying boots and bindings is more important. Together they are the middle-men between you and your board. They determine how well your board reacts to your movement.

Each of these boots and bindings has been tested by the Whitelines test team out at the Snowboard Spring Break event in Kaunertal, and hand-picked for the Whitelines 100 Buyers’ Guide issue. So you can be sure they’re the mutts nuts!

boots

There are three basic things that dictate how a boot will feel to wear and ride. these are fit, flex, and features.

1) fit

Fit comes first. It is the most important aspect of buying a boot. Measure your foot size properly. Look at the profile of your foot, do the insole, toe and heel tests and then at the end of it all, get it heat-moulded.

2) Flex

Next comes flex. A more aggressive rider who hits big booters and stomps landings will favour a stiffer boot for increased ankle support, whilst a jibber or freestyler will lean towards a softer boot. The Whitelines team have used a flex rating from 1-10. 1 being soft as a sleeping kitten, 10 being ‘ard as nails (you get the idea).

3) features

Last on the list when choosing a boot is the bonus features. It’s all personal preference at the end of the day but find your preferred lacing system, your liner, footbeds, soles, backstays and tongues. They may seem like minor differences but they can equate to comfort and confidence.

bindings

Bindings are there not only to get you strapped in, but to transform your weight shifts into board movements; turns, ollies, butters etc. They’re a vital link in the chain of command between you and your stick, so it’s important that they work effectively with your boots and your board. Like boots, there are three main things to look for when buying bindings.

1) FIT

Just like boots, fit is the most important. Bindings come in different sizes to fit different boots, and a snug fit between boot and binding is essential for effective control. make sure your bindings will fit your and your board before you buy them!

2) FLEX

Flex it another aspect to consider. This is determined by materials – the quantities of plastic, aluminium and other ingredients used to make a binding. It’s a question of personal preference, but there is a general rule of thumb: Softer bindings are more forgiving and easier to ride, making them good for beginners, jibbers and park rats who’ll need a bit of extra ‘give’ round their feet to help with sketchy landings. Stiffer bindings offer greater response, making them better for freeriders and advanced freestylers who need that kind of precision control at high speed. Look out for the flex rating alongside our reviews to see how stiff (on a scale of 1-10) the binding is.

3) FEATURES

Finally, you can look at the different features of the binding: Entry systems, highbacks, straps, tool-free adjustment, forward lean adjusters, cushioning and gas pedals.

Click through the following pages to see the boots – or find a specific boot below:

BOOTS
Adidas Blauvelt
Adidas Samba
Burton Ruler Restricted
DC Travis Rice
DC Rogan
Deeluxe Alpha
Nike Lunar Endor
Nike Vapen
Northwave Legend
Thirty Two Lashed
Vans Revere
Vans V66

BINDINGS
Burton Malavita
Burton Custom EST
Drake Fifty
Flow Five
K2 Company
Now Select
Ride Rodeo
Rome 390 Boss
Salomon District
Switchback Halldor Helgason Pro
Union Contact Pro
Union Force

  1. Tom

    Drake Fifty Bindings: I have a pair of 2011 bindings, quite a soft flex so would suit a soft-mid flexing board. Perform well and very comfortable. Ideal for park riding/jibbing.
    The main complaint is quality. The ankle straps- although still functioning perfectly well- have loads of rips and tears in them, many appearing after a week or two of riding. The heel cup attatches to base plate with screws, but these are constantly coming loose meaning the heel cup moves up and down. Also, the padding came away from the high back and I had to glue it back down.. If Drake have sorted out these quality issues then these are a good buy, otherwise I’d look elsewhere…..

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  3. Sean

    I’ve had three sets of Northwave boots, including the Legends, and whilst I found them mainly comfortable, apart from a little pressure on the inside of the heel, they really don’t last. Not a single boot lasted more than about three weeks of riding without the lacing system packing in. Eyelets pulling out of the boot, that kind of thing.
    Can’t possibly recommend them.

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