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Best Snowboard Bindings For 2023-2024

Whether you're cruising round the mountain or tweaking out in the park, here's our roundup of this season's best snowboard bindings

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 2023/24.

Bent Metal Stylist 2023-2024

PRICE: Bent Metal Stylist 2023-2024

Since getting a reboot in 2016 (was that the one good thing that happened that year?) Bent Metal’s offering has expanded from just three models to a whopping eleven. Having initially won over male snowboarders with its intriguing approach to baseplate tech, it now caters for riders of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders.

Who Are The Bent Metal Stylist For?

These are definitely all-mountain conquerors. If you have a daily driver board that you love to take out in any and all conditions, these are exactly the kind of things you should have screwed onto it.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Bent Metal Stylist here


Burton Lexa 2023-2024

PRICE: £290 / $2805

It’s hard to imagine the landscape of snowboarding without the Burton Lexa, it’s been a Whitelines team favourite since its launch and continues to impress us year on year. Maybe we’re a bit biased because we ride them, but this is a binding that really can do it all. Whether you get your jollies cutting up the corduroy, blasting through the park or sniffing out pockets of powder, the Burton Lexa’s have got you covered.

Who Are The Burton Lexa For?

It’s difficult to categorise the Burton Lexa and pigeonhole it to a specific rider because, to us, the Lexa’s are great for everything. Perhaps too stiff for a complete beginner, but otherwise there’s plenty to grow into here.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Burton Lexa here


Flow Mayon Plus 2023-2024

PRICE: €300 / $80/span>

A returner to the Whitelines 100 this season, the Flow Mayon Plus once again impressed our team of testers to make it into our favourite products of the year. An upgrade to the ever-popular Flow Mayon, the Mayon Plus is all about delivering grade-A performance alongside premium comfort.

Who Are The Flow Mayon Plus For?

The mellower flex and all-round comfort of the Mayon Plus gives it a super wide scope of appeal. But if you prioritise ease of use and convenience then you’ll fit right in here.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Flow Mayon Plus here


Jones Orion 2023-2024

PRICE: €400

The Jones Orion is ‘the playful freeride binding’, according to the brand. Those aren’t two words you tend to see together very often, as most people still associate freeriding – especially where Jones is concerned – with first-descent, bone-rattling madness. Of course, that’s only a small part of what the backcountry has to offer, and the Jones Orion is here for the pillow-bashing, pow-field-cruising, Cheshire-cat-grinning good times. And when there’s no fluffy stuff around, it’ll do a great job in the park.

Who Are The Jones Orion For?

Purpose-wise, this sails pretty close to the popular Jones Mercury, so if you rate that model then you’ll love the Jones Orion. It’s geared a little more towards comfort and funboarding, but otherwise is aimed at those who want to explore the whole mountain with a freestyle eye.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Jones Orion here


Nidecker Supermatic 2023-2024

PRICE: €450

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but Nidecker isn’t trying to redesign the wheel here…just a binding. After the initial Quick-Entry binding fad faded into the ether, several brands brought their new and improved versions to market in recent seasons. Instead of rushing to keep up with the competition, Nidecker bided their time and spent years in the R&D lab fine tuning their own answer to speedy bindings.

Who Are The Nidecker Supermatic For?

The whole point here is that they’re universal – literally for anyone, so there’s no target market as such. But for us, we can see them flying off the shelves when the rad dads come calling, those who don’t want to faff about strapping in, people who struggle with bending down, or folks who just love to have the latest innovation.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Nidecker Supermatic here


NOW Conda 2023-2024

PRICE: £305

NOW’s female-specific binding line has never been about quantity – indeed, once you include the brand new Rebel model, there are still only three – but even a cursory glance at the 2023/24 line will leave you in no doubt as to the quality.

Who Are The NOW Conda For?

We’d put this in front of any female freerider who has felt short-changed by their bindings in the past. The Conda is essentially futureproof – the more you push your riding, the more it has your back.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 NOW Conda here


Spark R&D Surge ST 2023-2024

PRICE: €519 / $459

The splitboard binding market remains relatively niche, but seems to be growing all the time. Montana-based Spark R&D has long been one of the biggest fish in this small pond, and through its efforts the pond is getting bigger.

Who Are The Spark R&D Surge ST For?

These are built to meet the needs of the most demanding, grizzled backcountry silverback. If you like pushing your own limits and want assurance that your gear can take it, this is the kind of thing you should be looking at.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Spark R&D Surge ST here


Union Force 2023-2024

PRICE: £290

It’s hard to believe that the Union Force is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This no-nonsense, do-it-all binding is the model that forged the company’s name, and aside from one major update in 2013 they’ve not messed with it much down the years. In part, that’s because changing factory moulds is a seriously expensive business (an aspect of product design that’s generally obscured from consumers, who get presented with a new strap here or a fresh colorway there) but in the case of the bestselling Force, there was very little to improve upon. The announcement of a third generation design that promised to perfect the winning formula was big news, then. And damned if they haven’t just done it.

Who Are The Union Force For?

It would be easier to put a list together of who this binding is NOT for (namely, people who don’t snowboard). The Force is the binding of the people, the VW Golf of binders, the one you buy when you just want the things to work, season after season. OK, there are lighter or stiffer options out there – speed entry systems, too – but this reliable and mid-flexing two-strap design will do the job for 90 percent of all-mountain riders.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Union Force here


Union Ultra 2023-2024

PRICE: £270 / €300

After a few years’ absence, the Union Ultra bindings returned to the line with a complete revamp last season. While the name may be the same, it looks like we have a different beast on our hands. Not only is the personality very different, most of the tech on display hasn’t been seen anywhere in the Union line before.

Who Are The Union Ultra For?

Don’t be put off by the name; unlike elsewhere in the snowboardsphere, here ‘Ultra’ doesn’t mean ‘stiffer than Liz Truss attempting light-hearted banter’. This is actually aimed squarely at freestyle fans rather than hell-for-leather (or should that be carbon?) freeriders. There are versions for both men and women, featuring identical tech, so the potential customer base for this one is massive.



Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2023-2024 Union Ultra here



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