It’s an interesting time for snowboard bindings – will the two-strap system, dominant for so long, hold out against the return of step-in technology (more on which below)? We’ll find out soon enough, but for now the ‘classic’ interface remains by far the most popular binding style.
When choosing a pair of snowboard bindings, it’s worth bearing three things in mind: Fit, Function and Features. Naturally an ill-fitting binding will lead to problems, so always check a brand’s sizing info to make sure you’re getting the most appropriate model for your feet.
“A good look at the individual features on each binding can help you make the right call”
You also don’t want a carbon-fibre beast wrapped around your feet if you’re only interested in mellow cruising – likewise, a softer freestyle model isn’t going to hold up to all-day charging at Mach 3. Even bindings that look similar on the surface can differ greatly in characteristics, so search for a pair that best suits your intentions on the mountain.
A good look at the individual features on each binding can help you make the right call. For example, if you’re going to be lapping the XL kicker line all day, some extra padding in the heel area of the footbed might be a good shout, but it’s less necessary for those riding ground-level jibs – or who don’t venture into the park at all.
Straps can vary from plush padded models to lightweight, sparse designs, depending on the riding style they’re aimed at. Comfort is paramount, with reliability a close second. Strap length adjustment is important too, and can help achieve the perfect fit with your boots. At the same time, bear in mind that it’s not something you’ll need to do very often, so shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
As always, we recommend getting these in your hands – head to your local dealer to suss out the weight, materials and features for yourself, bringing your own boots along too if possible. Also check out our video on How To Choose Your Snowboard Bindings.
A good pair of binders can withstand years of abuse, so it’s a decision worth taking your time over.
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