The way you set up your snowboard bindings can make a huge difference to the way your snowboard feels when you ride it. If can get the right binding position for your weight, height, physical condition and riding preferences, then you are on the right track, because this is very important. In order to do this, you need to understand some things about setting up your snowboard bindings.
First things first: you need to know if you are a ‘regular’ or a ‘goofy’. This refers to which foot you are comfortable putting forward to act as the leading foot. If you have your left foot forward, you are a regular, but if you prefer the right foot forward, you have a goofy stance.
If you do not know, then a trick is to put a small item on the floor and jump over it one leg after the other. Your lead foot is most likely the leg you put in front of you.
It is a common mistake for riders to put the snowboard bindings the wrong way around, that is, with the buckles on the inside. What you need to do is double-check first that your front binding faces the nose before you prepare to fix the buckles down. This is so that the ratchets are snagged on the outside of your boot.
You can adjust the angle of your bindings using your insert disks by holding the bindings and pushing the disk up from underneath your fingers.
Note that there are numbers on the disk and that every notch is normally three degrees. What you can do is to rotate the disk until your selected angle is facing the marker on the baseplate.
Next, allow it to settle back into place like a cog. After that, gently line up your binding over your selected insert holes and put a washer and screw on top of each hole.
Lightly screw down the first one and do it again for the other three. When you do this, it means you have a bit of a wriggle-room to line up every thread.
When all the four screws are engaged, you can tightly screw them down. Flip the footbed down and push it strongly into place. Next, strap yourself into your board and check how it feels. If something feels odd, adjust the angles or width.
Take note that there may be bindings that require adjusting the toe ramps in order to pair up with the size of your boot. If this is the case, place your boot in the binding and alter the toe ramp to line up below the ball of your toes. This assures that you get suitable leverage when riding.
A very important thing to remember is to not to tighten your screws too much and avoid using a bonding adhesive like Loctite because this may invalidate your snowboard warranty.
Another thing to remember if you want to set up your snowboard bindings the right way is your snowboard stance. It must be around shoulder width with roughly a 15 degree angle on your front binding, and zero degrees on the back.
Find the most comfortable angle for you and experiment to discover your preference. Boards and bindings almost always have a standardized mounting system and they also are compatible most of the time. If you are still not sure, you can go to a local shop to ask them.
You can also center your stance on the board if you want to ride park. Just add a negative angle on the back binding as this produces a little ‘duck’ stance for riding switch.
Next, set your stance back to make more float and longer nose for powder days. As you progress, play around with your stance and discover what is more comfortable with you. This might mean having a bigger or smaller angle, or a narrower or wider angle.
Now that you are all set up and ready to ride, observe the things you want to change as you snowboard. Is your stance too narrow or wide? Do you feel that your knees are hurting because of your angles? Keep experimenting and playing around with your set up to get that perfect measurement!