Setting your bindings appropriately is one way to ensuring that your rides remain safe, fun, and productive. You may see this as a non-issue, but the truth is that how you put bindings on a snowboard will greatly determine the response you get from the bindings.
For this reason, it is important that you install and set your bindings appropriately in consideration to your weight, ability level, height, and preference.
While this may seem like a difficult task, in theory, it is much easier and quick in practice; this practice will also help you to understand more the basics and also details of snowboarding and the equipment. Read on to learn more about how to put bindings on a snowboard.
When putting your bindings on a snowboard, you should first and foremost determine and decide what foot will be put forward; is it the left or the right foot? With snowboards and bindings, the right foot forward position tends to give you an unrealistic stance, while the left foot put forward gives a more regular stance.
Whatever stance you prefer, ensure that you choose a foot that you feel comfortable with to be put at the front.
Step by step instructions on how to put bindings on a snowboard
Assemble everything you need to set up the bindings. If your bindings need tools to install, ensure that you have all the necessary tools.
After that, put your snowboard on a flat surface for easy installation. Although many people prefer to install bindings in the open where there is snow so that they can test in real time, it is still okay to do this setup on a flat, but carpeted surface if you are not sure about doing it in snow.
After this, determine the foot that will be put forward. Deciding the forward foot shouldn’t be difficult since this comes very naturally.
You just test out imagining that you are riding and pick out the foot that comes forward and feels comfortable in your imagination.
Align your snowboard and the bindings so that the forward foot angles toward the nose while the other foot aims toward the tail of the snowboard. This alignment will ensure that the ratchets are also correctly placed to be fastened on the outer side of the boot.
The next step here is to choose and set a start width.
How do you determine the best stance width for you? The best way to determine a stance with that you can work with comfortably is by using the measurements of the distance between your knees and heel cap.
You can personally take this measurement using a tape measure. Simply stretch the tape between the inserts and note the preferred width against the two holes marked on the board.
When doing this, ensure that the distance to the nose is equal to the distance to the tail. Alternatively, if your board has a reference point, then you can use this as a guideline to setting the right stance width for your bindings.
After setting the stance width, mount your bindings at the correct angles. For a starter, it is recommended that you mount the bindings at 15 degrees for the front foot and at zero degrees for the back foot.
This is basically the primary angle markings for setting up bindings. Alternatively, you can use your fingers to push up the bindings into the right angles using the insert disks.
This adjustment can be done by holding up the bindings and pushing the disk up from below to set it at the right angle.
The trick to getting the right stance width is to experiment with various widths until you get to what is best for you.
How to put bindings on a snowboard shouldn’t be seen as a daunting task. Personally, we think this is the part where the fun starts as you get to experiment with various items and settings to achieve what you want.
Additionally, snowboard binding installation has no standard setting, so it is simply a matter of customizing your preferred settings on the snowboard. Just ensure that each measurement you take, and each adjustment you make fits your needs, suits your preference, and comfortably works with you.