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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Bataleon Mini Shred Kids' Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
While you won't be able to just buy a pair of these off the shelf, you can get it as part of a peerless package deal.
Mounted onto the Bataleon Mini Shred snowboard, these will see a grom through those perilous first turns. Should they get a bit more confident and want to explore the mountain or lap the park, this binder is perfect for the next stages too.
Just ask our Test Team, who gave it two thumbs up.
Head P Jr Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
These sit at the lower end of the price spectrum, and as a result are a fairly basic offering.
Groms that charge from first list to last should probably look elsewhere, but for the beginner or casual rider this is an affordable platform from which to progress.
Head P Kid Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
Aimed at an even younger rider than the P Jr, the Head P Kid does away with the extra faff that can turn an impatient toddler off to the shred for years (it only has one strap, for example).
Performance is therefore compromised to a degree, but it should still help them find their shred legs. For the very smallest boot sizes, check this one out.
NOW NxGen Kids' Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
After years of saying that their 'Skate Tech' is suitable for riders of all shapes and sizes, it's no surprise to see NOW applying it to a grom binding.
The NOW NxGen has the same features as what you'll find on the brand's adult fare, but with a kid-specific design that's perfect for smaller, lighter riders.
Rome Mini Shred Kids' Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
Rome's Mini Shred troika (see also the Mini Shred snowboard and boot) is all any grom needs to get to grips with all aspects of snowboarding.
Our testers were particularly impressed by the binding, though, with a hassle-free design that ticked all the right boxes for child and parent alike.
Union Cadet Youth Kids' Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
Our Test Team also fell head over heels for the Union Cadet Youth, which proved a good fit for their hard-charging ways.
Young-yet-confident riders will appreciate the tough, lightweight design of these binders.