Cheap Snowboard Bindings
Snowboard bindings are an important part of any snowboarder’s experience. Your bindings are your only, and most important connection to your snowboard. They transfer your muscle movements to your board. If your bindings are well matched to your board and style, your riding experience will improve. When you’re shopping for snowboard bindings, whether you’re new to the sport or replacing an old pair, it is important to consider your style of riding, the type of binding, components and fit.
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It is important to get snowboard bindings that coincide with your riding style. Snowboard bindings can fit into three general style categories, freeride, all mountain, and park or freestyle.
Park or Freestyle
Riders who spend the majority of their time in the terrain park laying down tricks are considered park or freestyle riders. Snowboard bindings in this category generally offer a softer flex allowing greater room for error, easier landings, and the ability to tweak grabs.
The all-mountain category includes riders who do a little of everything: powder, groomed runs, park, etc. These bindings usually have a medium flex for all-purpose use.
This category is all about the steep and the deep – powder and speed on challenging terrain. These bindings have a stiffer flex for better response and energy transfer to the snowboard for going fast and going big.
As important as it is for binding flex to match your style of riding, you should also determine the amount of binding flex you would want according to the flex of your boot. It would not make sense to have a stiff binding and a soft boot or vice versa. For the best results in tailoring your ride to fit your style, make sure that the flex of your bindings matches closely to the flex of your boots.
Many manufacturers will give a number rating ranging from 1-10, 1 being softest and 10 being stiffest. Generally you will find flex ratings of 1-2 as soft, 3-5 as medium, 6-8 as stiff, and 9-10 as very stiff. Flex ratings and feel may ultimately vary from binding to binding.
Types of Snowboard Bindings
Snowboard bindings can be divided into two general categories, strap-in and rear-entry bindings.
These are the most common type of bindings. They usually use two straps (one above or across the toe and one across the ankle). Strap-in bindings offer plenty of options for support, cushioning and custom adjustments. They are suitable for all styles and conditions of riding.
These are also called Speed Entry Bindings. They have a hinged high back that drops down like a draw bridge allowing you to simply step into the binding. In addition, the hinged back promotes quick and easy access in and out. No more making your skier friends wait for you. Rear-entry bindings are usually preferred by more comfort-oriented riders.
Fit and Compatibility with Snowboard Boots
Snowboard bindings come in general sizes – Small S/M, Medium M/L, and Large L/XL. It is essential to have the right size bindings for your boots, so always check out the manufacturer’s binding size chart on individual product pages to see what size binding you need.
Even after consulting the manufacturer’s size chart, it is very important to check that the binding fits your boots. Do this by placing your boot in your binding as if you were to strap in; the boots shouldn’t hang excessively off the bindings, nor should the straps be painfully tightened or have left over slack. If the strap ladder does not reach the ratchet, it may need to be adjusted – binding straps typically adjust from both sides in order to center the strap over your boot. The heel should fit snugly in the binding. A properly fit binding should allow the boot to flex, but not sway. If you have comfortable boots, and the bindings securely grip your boots with no extra play, then you have a good match.
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