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.
Park / Freestyle
If you live to rip that rainbow rail or backflip that booter, then you’re going to need some bindings that support you throughout. Freestyle and park bindings tend to be a lot softer and flexible, allowing the rider greater room for error when landing, and more room to tweak grabs whilst in the air.
If you love to ride a little bit of everything, from park to powder then you need a binding that can do everything. All-mountain bindings generally tend to sit in the middle when it comes to flex. This grants the rider an all-purpose binding that can do pretty much everything.
Whether you’re heli-dropping like Travis Rice or just love slashing the softer stuff, you’re going to need a binding that fits the backcountry board under your feet. Freeride bindings often have a stiffer flex for better response and energy transfer to the snowboard for better control when going fast and big.
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.
Binding and Boot Compatibility
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.
Binding and Board Compatibility
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.
2X4 and 4X4 Disc Patterns
Common patterns of disc for mounting on boards
Difference is vertical distance (centimeters) between bolt holes
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