“Boots, meet board.”
In a nutshell, that’s the role that your bindings play in the whole snowboarding game. It’s the interface that takes all your nuanced movements and puts them down into your ride, and if the lines of communication aren’t open then bad things can happen.
“While some models can be pricey, it’s perhaps the most cost-effective investment you can make over the long term”
You can technically use any decent binding that’s the right size, but it always pays to do your research and get the right pair for your needs. If you ride a soft, buttery board that’s great for presses, mounting some stealth-fighter-esque carbon fibre beasts onto it isn’t a good idea. And vice versa; good luck negotiating an Alaskan face with soft-flexing highbacks…
More so than your board or boots, a binding has the potential to last you for several seasons. While some models can be pricey, it’s perhaps the most cost-effective investment you can make over the long term.
Be sure to read our guide to Highbacks, Straps and Baseplates in order to get off on the right foot, then plunge head-first into our comprehensive guide to the best snowboard bindings of 2015/16.
Scroll through the list to your heart’s content, or skip to your favourite brand using the links below.
Burton | Drake | Flow | Flux | Head | K2 | Nitro | NOW | Ride | Rome | Salomon | Switchback | Technine | Union
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi