Which is the best snowboard binding on the market? It’s a bit of a tough question to answer considering all the factors that come into play. Bindings are an extremely important part of your set up, they’re the critical interface between you and your snowboard, but often find themselves somewhat overlooked. Our Test Team has been out and about over the winter, testing and researching to find our favourites.
“They’re the critical interface between you and your snowboard”
You want to be choosing a snowboard binding that matches the rest of your set up, and no- we don’t mean the colour. If you’re riding a mega aggressive carbon infused charger, it doesn’t make sense to put a super soft binding on it, you just won’t get the response and control you’re looking for. Conversely if you’re a mellow jib kid looking to tweak and poke, you’ll be better suited to a softer flexing model to garner a larger field of motion and a more playful feel.
After you’ve sorted the flex, the fit is your next port of call, you want to make sure that your boot sits snug inside. This is where the bindings adjustability comes into play, most on offer these days can be customised for fit. Whether that’s the toe ramp, straps, heel cup or highback rotation, you can personalise your binding to make sure it’s good for you.
You can personalise your binding to make sure it’s good for you
Comfort is king, and once you’ve sorted out a pair of boots that fit you, you can start to look at the merits of bindings. Do you want cushy foam and plush padding or minimalist design with stripped back lightweight straps? It’s worth considering your end goal when building your set up, which aspect of riding are you prioritising?
Whether you’re looking for a budget binding to dial in your first turns, or a high-tech feat of engineering that’ll make a Tesla blush, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve spent months out in the mountains putting a buttload of binders through their paces to narrow down this list, and present to you our pick of the best snowboard bindings for 2020/21.
Best Freestyle Snowboards 2020-2021
- Union Atlas – Best Men’s Snowboard Binding
- Burton Lexa X – Best Women’s Snowboard Binding
- Bent Metal Axtion
- Bent Metal Forte (Women’s)
- Burton Cartel X
- Flow Fenix
- Jones Mercury
- Nidecker Kaon X
- NOW Pilot
- NOW Pro-Line
- Ride C10
- Rome Guild (Women’s)
- Rome Cleaver
- Rome 390 Boss
- Salomon Hologram (Women’s)
- Salomon Highlander
- Spark Surge