If you are going to be going snowboarding again this winter and know you need to have new snowboard bindings before you do, you may not have actually bought any before.
If not, here are a few things to look for when choosing new snowboard bindings. Things that will make sure your snowboard is safe, fast and will not leave you stranded half way up a mountain when the bindings break.
The fit is important — The most important thing when choosing snowboard bindings is the fit. Especially because you have to take two things into consideration when you choose them.
First, what is the fit like with the specific board you are using and, of course, will those snowboard bindings you are looking at fit the boots you normally wear?
You must choose bindings that fit both board and boots perfectly, and that also allow a good fit between your boots and the board.
What is the flex like? — The next important consideration when choosing snowboard bindings is the flex.
Do you like a softer more flexible binding that allows you to move a little bit more and offers you ‘give’ when it comes to the way you land? Or do you prefer the flex to be very stiff?
If you are highly skilled and do some complicated moves, the stiffer the flex the better you will usually be at them. If you are a beginner, however, and still learning how to control your board properly, then a flex that is softer is usually a better choice.
Which straps do you prefer? — Straps come in all kinds of widths and sizes, and with lots of different padding amounts.
Decide on if you want simple straps that are thin, easy to fasten and to unfasten and do not come with any other features. Or do you want more complicated straps that take a little bit longer to get into but, once fastened, improve what you can do with your ride.
Tool-free adjustment or not? — Some snowboarders always go with a tool-free adjustment on their snowboard bindings, while others carry a tool with them to do the job.
Decide about carrying that specific tool so you can always get in and out of your snowboard bindings at will, or if tool-free adjustment fits your needs better.
Is cushioning necessary? — The top rated snowboard bindings come with a lot more cushioning nowadays and, while having it can definitely increase the price quite a bit, good cushioning can give you a softer landing.
Decide if the extra money is worth that little bit more comfort when you are out on the slopes, or if you prefer to scrimp with this feature.
Do you need forward-lean adjusters? — If you tend to ride your snowboard in a forward position, you may also want to consider snowboard bindings that come with forward-lean adjusters.
These will tilt the highback of your boots forward ever so slightly, allowing you to immediately get a more comfortable riding position before you even set off.