The criteria for buying snowboard bindings for kids is, for the most part, similar to those of adult binders. The straps need to be comfortable and supportive, with a light-yet-strong construction and smooth-fastening ratchets. A few cool features wouldn’t go amiss either.
In this era of the hard-shredding grom, they also need to suit a specific riding style. Fortunately, we’re spoilt for choice these days, and getting a freeride- or freestyle-focused pair is easily done.
“Each of these reviews has the opinion of the parent, as well as the groms who did the testing”
Then there’s a few added things to consider. Sizing is important, as you negotiate the balance between something that fits right and something they won’t grow out of almost immediately. For the very smallest groms, you also have to consider how easy they are to get in an out of. Too complicated, and your young charge may lose interest – and even if they don’t, it’ll probably mean you have to help them fasten their straps before every single run. Expect that to get very old, very fast…
Hence why each of these reviews has the opinion of the parent (in this case, longtime WL contibutor and father-of-three, Pingu) as well as the groms who did the testing (his kids, who each have over 300 days of on-snow experience). No binding makes the cut for The Whitelines 100 unless both child and dad are 100% happy with them.
Pingu has also provided a handy Guide To Buying Snowboard Gear For Kids, so be sure to read that before pulling the trigger on any of these. It’s also worth looking at our list of Best Kids’ Snowboards for 2017/18, which went through a similar level of scrutiny.
Given that the list includes everything from entry-level micro-grom models to much techier fare, this is a good place to start no matter what level of rider your kid is.
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