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Best Snowboard Bindings For 2021-2022 | Our Pick of the Top Snowboard Bindings

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 2021/22.

Best Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

Union Flite Pro Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Snowboard Binding
PRICE: £145 / € 160/ £170

The only thing entry-level about the Flite Pro’s is the price tag. Completely redesigned for winter 2021/22, and 30g lighter than the previous iteration, when Union say ‘lightweight’ they mean it. Tweak-friendly and built for playful freestyle, the Flite Pro’s are a park rat’s wet dream.


Who are The Union Flite Pro For?

The mellow flex (and wallet friendly price tag) of the Flite Pro’s will appeal to newer riders trying to find their feet, but advanced rippers who prioritise loose jib days and surfy slush sessions will also find a friend in the Flite Pro.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Union Flite Pro here


Nidecker Kaon-W Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Snowboard Binding
PRICE: £185 / €200 / £200

The latest Kaon-W is a case of quiet evolution. An upgraded shape promises an even more seamless fit with your boots, but aside from that it’s the same lightweight all-terrain binding. To be fair, there wasn’t a whole lot else to improve on. With bomb proof construction and premium straps, Nidecker have absolutely nailed this one.

Who are The Nidecker Kaon-W For?

Anyone that prioritises comfort and reliability, with a dash of cutting-edge strap tech. If you’re in the market for new bindings, that’s basically everyone.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Kaon-W here


Bent Metal Transfer Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £260 / €290

Operating under the Mervin umbrella, you’ll find Bent Metal bindings strapped to the feet of many and more Lib Tech and Gnu team riders, with the same build quality and construction expertise you’d expect from over 30 years in the game. The Transfer sits in the middle of the line, as a versatile and playful binding that’ll saddle up any day of the season.

Who are The Bent Metal Transfer For?

If you’ve seen Jamie Lynn ride, you’ll have an idea what the Bent Metal Transfer is all about- painting big lines, charging steep and deep, and hucking off every natty feature in sight. The flex is only a touch above middle, but thanks to the underfoot drive plates, the response is still up there, as such intermediate and above riders would get the most out of a pair of Transfers.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Bent Metal Transfer here


Burton Hitchiker Snowboard Splitboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €460 / $460

Unsurprisingly, splitboarding had a bit of a golden year in 2021. More people than ever before made their way out on the skin track and sales in splitboard specific gear surged. So it comes as no surprise that when Burton and Spark R&D join forces to produce a splitboard binding it’s going to be pretty outstanding. The Burton Hitchhiker Splitboard bindings have been on the scene for several seasons already – but we believe they deserve all the attention they’ve garnered over the years, so we’re here to sing their praises once again.

Who are The Burton Hitchiker For?

Well, splitboarders, obviously, but beyond that, the Hitchhikers suit a hugely broad spectrum of abilities and experience levels. There are lighter options out there. There are stiffer options too. Hell, there are even different interfaces from competitor brands. But in terms of a binding, that’s intuitive to use, incredibly durable and has all the comfort you’d come to expect from a solid binding option from the B, this thing is the ultimate box ticker.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Hitchiker here


Burton Step On Genesis Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: €390

We’ve long been a fan of Burton’s reluctance to drop or rename a binder just for the sake of it; as a result, the brand has built up an arsenal of much-loved models that have proven their worth over and over again.

Who are The Burton Step On Genesis For?

The ideal rider for these is – you guessed it – anyone who loves the original Genesis and is keen to see what Step On has to offer. Realistically, though, anyone who favours comfort, creativity and convenience will get on famously with these. We certainly did.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Step On Genesis here


Burton Step On X Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: €400

When Burton rehabilitated the step-in system a few years ago, it was no surprise to see most of the interest come from the beginner-to-intermediate end of the market. More advanced riders, many of whom still held onto the memories of the old ‘SI’ models, were understandably more sceptical. However, the existence of the X proves that this system isn’t just for newbies.

Who are The Burton Step On X For?

Not your ‘classic’ step-in system customer, that’s for sure. The X is stiff and responsive, to the point that anyone new to the mountain will soon find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew, even allowing for the extra ease of entry. Instead, step forward – and, indeed, in – the more experienced snowboarders with a taste for speed, derring-do, and a splash of the unconventional.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Step On X here


Flow Fuse Carbon Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £145 / € 160/ £170

You should know the drill by now. In the world of snowboarding kit, carbon is king. Carbon stringers, carbon pop rods, carbon topsheets, carbon-infused bases, carbon goggle frames, carbon butt shorts… the list goes on. OK maybe we made that last one up, but product designers love this featherweight wonder material more than Donald Trump loves fake tan. It’s light, it’s stiff, and it makes any piece of gear look like it belongs on a special shelf in the Batcave. The new Fuse Carbon is no exception. It’s a souped-up version of the popular Fuse that’s been given the classic graphite makeover, shifting the response factor from ‘fast’ to ‘shit-your-pants fast’. But, naturally, it comes at a price.

Who are The Flow Fuse Carbon For?

Advanced riders who demand the ultimate in agile performance. We’re talking pipe jockeys, carving ninjas, big line lovers and anyone who knows how to put their board properly on edge – and keep it there.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Flow Fuse Carbon here


Flow Mayon Plus Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £230 / €240 / £240

Literally the biggest pain in the ass when you’re snowboarding is sitting down to mess with your binding straps. OK, experienced riders might have mastered the art of staying on their feet when clipping in but even that is awkward and time-consuming. Flow’s solution – rear-entry bindings – has been refined over decades now and continues to attract a loyal following. The Mayon Plus is their latest women’s model. It takes the same baseplate and highback as the Mayon and adds a plush new ‘ExoKush’ strap to ensure it’s as comfortable as it is convenient.

Who are The Flow Mayon Plus For?

Girls who want to maximise their time on the hill; less faffing at the top of the lift, more shredding. The Mayon’s medium flex level is versatile enough for any terrain and will suit all but the most aggressive riders.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Flow Mayon Plus here


Flow NX2-TM Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £285 / €350 / £350

No one has more experience with rapid-entry bindings than Flow. While step-in systems have come and gone – and come back again – Flow have been refining their patented reclining highback concept for just shy of three decades. Rear entry binders still divide opinion, but that’s really a hangover from primitive early designs; anyone who’s ridden Flow’s more recent models will know that they’ve worked hard to achieve the same comfort and performance as regular two-strap designs, just more convenient. Heck, they basically look the same now – and nowhere is this more true than with the new NX-TM, which takes the same chassis as their bestselling NX2 and adds a lighter strap and a lighter highback for freestyle-oriented all-terrain shredding.

Who are The Flow NX2-TM For?

Intermediate to advanced riders who want to get as many laps as possible in, and who want to get airborne – whether that’s in the park or the backcountry.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Flow NX2-TM here


Jones Mercury Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £350 / €350 / $350

To paraphrase countless Top Of The Pops presenters, this one’s a non-mover; the Jones Mercury’s all-mountain prowess earned it a spot in last year’s Whitelines 100, and it has only got better since then. Thanks to a few new upgrades to what was already a much-admired model, it’s no surprise to see our testers giving it the double-thumbs-up once again for 2021/22.

Who are The Jones Mercury For?

Freeride purists may find that the Jones Apollo is better suited to their needs, but for everyone else it has to be the Mercury. This one is absolutely top-shelf in terms of quality and durability, plus it’s customisable enough to please a wide range of riders.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Mercury here


Nidecker Kaon + Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £185 / €200 / £200

Nidecker have made aggressive strides with their binding range over the past few seasons – few brands can touch their generous spec sheet at a similar price point. Thus far, their Kaon model has been offered in two guises: the standard ‘X’ and the range-topping ‘CX’ (fun fact: both the Kaon and its sibling binding, the Muon, take their name from particles being researched at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, which is just down the road from Nidecker’s Swiss HQ). New for 2021/22, the Kaon Plus gives riders a third way. Less carbon than the CX. More strap than the X. It’s a powerful combination.

Who are The Nidecker Kaon + For?

Riders who crank turns at 50 mph, launch whoppercock* cliffs, send it over the kicker line or just munch the miles all day will appreciate the comfort and support on offer from this solid all-rounder.

* ™ Ed Leigh


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Kaon + here


NOW Brigada Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £250 / €250 / $250

Despite the name, this one is a lover, not a fighter. The NOW Brigada is here to help you squeeze the most out of parks and natural features, and will doubtlessly leave you with a massive grin across your chops. It’s been bestowed with a few nifty upgrades for its third year, without losing what made it great.

Who are The NOW Brigada For?

A pair of these will suit freestyle fans that favour a well-flexing highback, plenty of dampening and uber-comfy straps. If you’re already au fait with NOW’s proprietary ‘Skate-Tech’ system then that’s a bonus, but it’s by no means essential.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 NOW Brigada here


NOW Select Pro Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £330 / €330 / $330

Happy ten year anniversary to NOW bindings, the brainchild of Canuck legend JF Pelchat. The brand didn’t take long to prove that its skateboarding-inspired system was no flash-in-the-pan gimmick, and now boasts a strong and ever-growing line of quality models (not to mention Jones Snowboard’s own collection, which has borrowed the same tech).

Who are The NOW Select Pro For?

We’d recommend a pair of these for any jacks of all trades, albeit ones that lean more towards freestyle than freeride. Chargers have plenty of options elsewhere in the NOW range (and indeed in what Jones is offering), but any fans of the park will be fans of this too.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 NOW Select Pro here


Rome 390 Boss Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £230 / €270 / £270

Few bindings have demonstrated a stronger evolution than the 390 Boss. A few years ago it stood out for its chunky grid-like highback and even chunkier straps – dare we say, they looked a bit plasticky – but the current iteration is a whole lot more refined. From the aluminium chassis to the minimalist straps and sleek back support, this is now the definition of a stylish modern freestyle binder. As the scousers say, it’s boss, la.

Who are The Rome 390 Boss For?

They provide capable control anywhere on the mountain, but with a softer highback and straps than (for example) the Katana, they’re best suited to riders who spend most of their time lapping the park or boning out 1’s and 3’s on their favourite side hit.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome 390 Boss here


Rome Brass Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £230 / €260 / £260

Much of the design of the new Brass is lifted from the men’s 390 Boss. We picked that one out for the Whitelines 100 too, and for the same reason: it offers a brilliant balance of freestyle performance and value for money. The Brass is just a little more petite, with a striking highback that offers an ideal flex for all-terrain shralping.

Who are The Rome Brass For?

Female riders who want to push themselves in the park and get creative anywhere on the hill will appreciate this reliable, freestyle-friendly binder.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Brass here


Rome Katana Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £340 / €380 / £380

The Katana has been a staple of Rome’s binding range for years. It’s your classic all-mountain freestyle model for riders who wanna poke stuff out in the park and charge the backcountry when it’s on. There wasn’t much wrong with this model before – in fact we selected it in The WL 100 as recently as 2019 – but the latest incarnation has been refined to perfection.

Who are The Rome Katana For?

The overall flex suits intermediates and up on any terrain, while riders with their own defined style will appreciate the customisation options; the Katana can be configured for loose, surfy turns or more locked-in power.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Katana here


Rome Vice Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £250 / €290 / £290

So you need a new set of binders? You don’t want anything outrageously stiff and expensive, but you’re no newb. You just want something you can ride all season long, on all terrain, with a little bit of tech to brag about in the pub. Heck, maybe a design that will put some new school surfy vibes into your turns. Let us introduce you to the Rome Vice.

Who are The Rome Vice For?

The dude who wants one binding to rule it all. Park, powder, groomers… if it can be ollied, buttered or slashed, they’re all over it.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Vice here


Salomon Highlander Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: €350

The Salomon Highlander was one of our best-reviewed bindings last year, so naturally we approached its latest incarnation with Matt-Hancock-on-CCTV levels of enthusiasm. The bones of it are largely unchanged for 2021/22, and that’s no bad thing; in our opinion, Salomon’s top-end binding tech is hard to beat, and it’s on the Highlander that can witness it at its very best.


Who are The Salomon Highlander For?

If you’re willing to shell out for the finer things, then definitely bear this one in mind. The Highlander’s insane combo of comfort and versatility more than justifies the relatively high price tag, especially when you consider that this one can really turn its hand to any style of riding.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Salomon Highlander here


Union Trilogy Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: €240 / £280

Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, The Mighty Ducks- some incredible trilogies to be sure, but there’s no trilogy quite like this one. A hard wearing, women’s specific, all-mountain binding with some serious horsepower and 4 spicy colourways to boot.


Who are The Union Trilogy For?

To be honest, there isn’t a rider out there who wouldn’t get what they need out of a pair of Trilogy’s. Powder hounds, park rats or piste fiends will all find something to tickle their fancy here.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Union Trilogy here


Vimana Scando V2 Snowboard Bindings 2021-2022

PRICE: £179 / €199


There’s no denying that snowboarding can be a hellishly expensive hobby, all money well spent of course, but it certainly can leave your wallet hurting. The Vimana Scando V2 breezes in at the sub-200 mark, but unlike some other budget options, they aren’t reserved for solely beginners. The only thing entry level about this binding is the price.

Who are The Vimana Scando V2 For?

Riders who prioritise great all-mountain performance at an even better price.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Vimana Scando V2 here



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