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Snowboard Bindings Buyers Guide

Parts of A Traditional Snowboard Binding

Highback - the back of the binding that supports your heel & rests against your calf. Hi-backs can be adjusted to modify how forward you lean. The higher the angle, the quicker you'll be able to turn on your heelside.

Straps - Traditional bindings have a toe strap & ankle strap that are secured by a ratchet & buckle.

Toe Cap - A larger, modified toe strap that cradles boots while pushing them further back into the binding

Baseplate - The bottom platform of the binding that houses the footbed& mounting disc.

Footbed - The surface that your boot rests on. Look for comfortable padding to absorb impact especially if you'll be landing jumps.

Disc - The bottom disc in the binding is mounted to your board. Can be set at varying angles to adjust your stance.

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Bindings can be classified on a scale ranging from Soft & Forgiving to Stiff & Responsive.

Soft & Forgiving - go this route if you're a beginner or freestyle rider. Highbacks will be softer & have just a slight forward lean. They'll be more flexible and can compensate for slight mistakes & restore balance.

Stiff & Responsive - best for more experienced riders looking to get maximum results from every little maneuver. Highbacks are stiffer (usually incorporating carbon fiber) and have more of a forward lean for aggressive, powerful carving.

Convenience or Easy In-Easy Out bindings, 1st developed by Flow were designed for quick & easy entry. Boots are slid into the back of the binding by opening a hinged highback & boots are held in place by one large strap. Riders can easily remain standing when getting in/out of their bindings.

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Mounting A Snowboard Binding

Bindings are mounted by fastening bolts through the disc in the baseplate into the holes on your board. The way the holes are positioned allow for different mounting options and are typically in a 4x4 or 2x4 layout (indicating how many centimeters apart the holes are).

Burton also offers "The Channel" which utilizes 2 long slots, allowing for infinite stance options. This system works best with Burton's EST (Extra Sensory Technology) bindings, but a separate mounting kit is also available to make most other bindings compatible with Channel boards.

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It's important to pay attention to both the binding's length & width. If your bindings are made by the same manufacturer as your boots, you shouldn't have a problem, but if not they may not fit into the heelcup.

Once your boot is in the binding, make sure your heel is right up against heel loop with no gaps. Toes can extend out past the edge of the binding about 1 inch; any more than this will create drag that'll hinder your toe side turns. (If drag can't be fixed by slightly adjusting your stance angles, you might want to look into a wide board)

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