Snowboard bindings are an integral piece in creating a good experience for a snowboarder on the mountain; after all, they are your direct connection to your snowboard. If your bindings are well matched to your board and style, you’re set to have a far better riding experience.
Highbacks control the heelside of your snowboard and can come in different shapes and sizes, all of which are specific for the different styles of snowboarding. Taller and stiffer highbacks enhance your control of the board whilst travelling at high speeds (freeride), whereas a shorter and softer highback is intended for a park rider or beginner looking for flexibility and ease.
Baseplates are the main connection between the binding and the board. Baseplates can be made with a variety of materials. Generally speaking, the stronger the baseplate the more power you will create when carving. Softer baseplates create more cushioning when landing bigger jumps.
An integral part of buying a binding, is making sure that firstly, your boot fits into your binding, and secondly that your binding fits onto your board. Make sure you always check the manufacturers binding size chart and compare to your boot to avoid any chance of disappointment.
Just like snowboards, snowboard bindings come with different options for mounting. There are a variety of mounting options and hole patterns on snowboards. Most patterns are compatible with each other, but it's good to make sure you are not stuck with the wrong set. Luckily, most brands nowadays have universal discs or make multiple discs to cover different types of mounting holes.
Common patterns of disc for mounting on boards
Difference is vertical distance (centimeters) between bolt holes
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