To get the ideal snowboard bindings, you need to be informed and precise on what you want. You need to understand that there is a variety of brands and models of snowboard bindings on the market and that this variety, sadly, is what creates the challenge in choosing what is best and what is not.
This article is meant to help you get answers to the question of what snowboard bindings you should get, both in types and quality.
Primarily, you should get snowboard bindings that suit your ability level, style of riding, boot/board compatibility, and comfort. Don’t forget that they should also be within your budget.
The type however, is where the confusion mostly lies. So here is some help.
Types of snowboard bindings
Primarily, there are two types of snowboard bindings: strap-in bindings and rear-entry, or speed-entry bindings. These are the two most commonly used bindings, although there are other kinds that are not that competitive like the above two.
Strap-in bindings are the most popular among many riders and also on the market. They come with two separate straps—an ankle and a toe strap.
Just like the names suggest, the ankle strap goes across the ankle, while the toe strap is either wrapped around the front of the toe of the boot, or just rests on top of the toe of the boot. The good thing with having independent straps like these is that you are independently able to adjust the pressure of every strap to suit your preference.
You need to unfasten the straps in the strap-in bindings so as to allow your boot to get in and out easily. Upon appropriate and sufficient practice, you can strap in from a standing position, although many people often do it when seated.
This is the other type of bindings that you can get for your boots. They are usually referred to as rear-entry bindings but are not as common as the strap-in style. This particular type usually has only one strap covering both the toe and the ankle.
However, you need to understand that it appears like it has two straps because of the two different sections of the straps which can only be noticed when you are keen enough. You can independently adjust the pressure of the toes and the ankle.
Nevertheless, it is fundamental to note that any adjustment on the toe strap will have some effect on the ankle strap and vice versa. Additionally, it is also notable to understand that there are some models of speed-entry bindings that have separate heel and toe straps.
What makes the speed-entry bindings distinct is that the highback can be cracked to enable it to open up almost horizontal, which then allows for speed of entry.
When you want to get into a speed-entry binding, you only need to unlock the highback and open it up to enable you to place your boot inside. After that, you just lock the highback over the back of your boot, and then you lock it at its right point.
The good thing with this binding is that you only need to set the straps once when you start the day; then for the rest of the day, you will conveniently and easily only need to get in and out. You can, as well, do this easily when in a standing position, but with enough practice, you can do it while in motion.
When you go for high-end speed entry bindings, you will find that they have a system that allows the strap to lift up at the same time when the highback swings back, thus, making it possible and easier for you to get the boot in and out.
All in all, do not show your confusion at the store, as the sales clerk may take advantage of this to give you bindings that are not right for you. Secondly, confusion may also lead to desperation; therefore, you could end up spending too much for low-quality or high-tech snowboarding bindings that you don’t need.
At the end of the day, keep in mind your budget, your ability level, where you will be snowboarding, and most importantly, your safety.