When it comes to installing and getting your snow bindings in place and ready to work, you may see it as a difficult task. It is not as easy as many would think, as it requires much patience and watchfulness.
Obviously, you will need some tools to get this done, but you won’t need to get technical so don’t get afraid. Bindings come in pairs, one for the left foot and one for the right; this is easy to distinguish as left and right feet are dissimilar by the curvature of the forefoot.
That also goes for installation, so the question remains, how far apart should snowboard bindings be?
The above question is a very good and important question any first-time user/buyer should ask and want to know. How far apart in this pretext is the stance width. What is the appropriate stance width?
It all comes down to your individual preference. Personal taste and preference greatly matter in determining how far apart snowboard bindings should be because what will work for one person may not necessarily work for another; this is due to the variations in skill sets, body height, and size, and basically how much width you can endure and work with.
What are the variations of stance width and how do they affect performance?
One thing you should note as a snowboarder, whether an amateur, occasional or professional snowboarder, is that whatever stance width you choose, there is going be an effect; this can be positive or negative. All this will depend on what you prefer.
What happens if you put your bindings far apart?
There is nothing wrong with choosing a wider stance for your bindings; if that is how you prefer it, then there is no problem. However, you should note that the wider the stance width, the more stability you get when snowboarding.
However, when you put your snowboard bindings far apart, you lose out on being able to turn comfortably, or to pull stunts that involve simultaneous spinning, tuning, and like movements. Also, if you would rather have your bindings further apart, then let the width be reasonably wide.
But, an exaggeration of the stance width puts you at risk of getting injuries, especially around the knees.
What happens when you put your bindings much closer?
Some people prefer their bindings closer together while some don’t. When snowboard bindings are closer to each other, it reduces stability but increases the chances and ability to turn more comfortable, spin and pull stunts.
We would say closer is the best stance for professional snowboarders who engage in the sport at competitive levels.
While you determine how far apart you would like your bindings to be, there are also factors that need to be considered in this process. First, it is important that you note the reference point of your snowboard.
What is a reference point? When you look closely at your snowboard, you will see two marks on each side (upper part of the board). The marks are more like holes that mark the center of the snowboard in regards to where you should tie your bindings.
The reference is created to provide you with a starting point when figuring out the stance width of your bindings.
When setting the width, you should start from the reference point and then set it as to how you see fit. However, ensure that as you set this width, you do so by adjusting the distance on both sides, so that when you move the left one, you also move the right binding by the same amount to get a balanced setup.
The best way to set your stance width is by using your shoulder width. The distance between your left and right shoulder should act as your determining width.
You can then reset your preferred width according to that measurement until you get one that feels natural.
Setting the right width for your bindings is not something you will do within minutes, it takes time. So, as you embark on this process, try to be patient and keep testing different widths until you get to where you feel most comfortable.
Remember, it’s all about how you want it. How far apart should snowboard bindings be? We hope this article has answered that question. Good luck!