How to choose the perfect snowboard bindings

We may be in the heat of summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fantasize about carving down that perfect powder next season. Prepare for winter by getting all your gear now. You might even be able to find some better deals since it is such a slow season for boarding companies. One important piece of gear that you may want to reassess is the bindings. With the right snowboard bindings, you can finally nail that trick you’ve been dreaming of and maneuver with precision through the mountains. If you’re revamping all your gear, choose your boats first, bindings second and board last. If you’re just looking to upgrade your bindings, be sure to know what type of bindings are required for your board.

There are two major types of bindings: strap and rear-entry. Strap-in bindings are the most common and are compatible with all brands. These are very secure and can vary with the type of straps used. Rear-entry bindings are a time-saving binding that allows the rider to step right in to the binding through the hinged high back.

When picking out your new snowboard bindings:

  • Bring your boots shopping with you. You need to make sure the boots and bindings have compatible flex and fit. Although you can’t match the feel of the mountain, it is smart to try them on together.
  • Know your riding style. If you tend to ride off-trail mountains with a lot of powder, you’ll need different bindings than someone who sticks to half-pipes and rails.
  • Be prepared to pay more for lighter bindings. Lighter bindings make long rides much easier and take a load off when jumping and doing tricks.
  • Know that stiff bindings are for more advanced riders that want precise control, and don’t offer the forgiveness on rough landings that the softer recreational and intermediate bindings.