Have you ever wondering why all snowboard bindings look kind of similar and identical to each other when looking from afar but when you take a closer look they are certainly not, be it different in general of color or the types itself?
This article will walk you through ( almost ) all snowboard binding types that are particularly used by snowboarder these days.
Why Different Types Of Snowboard Bindings?
If you came across this article when searching on the Google, this must be one of the questions that’s been lingering in your head. “Why are there different types of snowboard binding exist?” or “What purpose are there” or something like that. ( I’m just guessing though 🙂
Same as the snowboard boots, snowboard binding exist in many types to match your riding style and of course your skill level. It doesn’t matter if you like a certain types of snowboard binding but if you tried it on and it does’t fit to your riding style and skill level, you will feel like there’s something off somewhere at the point of your boot and board, where we call it BINDINGS.
Snowboarder Selection Of Snowboard Binding Types
Maybe you have heard that skiers always complain and fight ( maybe too much ) when it comes to snowboarders and one of it is it takes us snowboarder ages to get our self into our bindings while blocking areas in front of the ski lift – and they might have a point here.
Are you struggling hard yanking on your strap bindings? Surely that´s getting better with practise but maybe you want to consider another type of binding!
Generally speaking, there are two main types of snowboard bindings that most people choose to ride with and that is
- Strap Bindings
- Rear-Entry Bindings
And within these two snowboard binding types, there are a number of different diversities, and this including the materials used to make it, the difference in flex that the bindings provided, and also the length of the high-back plus differences in the straps and base plates.
There are also some snowboard bindings that come with other special features – for example canted footbeds, winged highbacks and much more!
Strap Bindings – Is it Reliable?
This classic-like-style is what you see most of the boards out there as the strap bindings feature a tried and tested straps that ratchet down to secure your boots in place. Which means YES, it is trustworthy! Because it´s such a proven system, bindings for all terrain come with straps.
Straps : Your boot sits in the chassis of the binding and is hold by two separate straps that secures the ankle ( ankle strap ) and another strap secures the toes ( toe scrap ).
The ankle strap runs right across the ankle just as it sounds while the toe strap passes over the toes on the boots from one end to other or wrapped around the front of the toe of the boots. These are designed that independently allowing you to adjust each of them as you like.
High-Back : The high-back of the strap binding was set to remain fixed. Although I did say fixed, even so you will still be able to adjust the high-back angle to have it upright or in a slightly tilting position ; so no worries!
In fact, most of the beginners think that with the more forgiving and support that the high-back of strap bindings offers suit to their taste and riding style.
- The most widely used, which means the biggest selection in snowboard shops!
- Offer the highest degree of control!
- Provide wide range and ease adjustment of ankle and toe pressure!
- Replacement parts are easily located; bindings are easily repaired!
- Getting in and out is slower than rear-entry bindings.
- Inexperienced riders often need to sit down to strap in ( this process can be burdensome and time-consuming in extremely cold condition or if you have your gloves on )
- Have to adjust the straps each time you strap in.
Overall, the strap binding offers the best cushioning and support, suitable for both soft and firm-flexing boots particularly to beginners. Are you new to snowboard? If you are than you might want to consider strap bindings to go with your boot and board.
Rear-Entry Bindings – How Fast Is It?
Are you struggling with the straps while your skier friends went off riding? You are getting impatient to get off your snowboard right away and looking for binding that can help achieve this? Then rear-entry binding is the one for you!
Straps : Usually this types of binding only provide one strap that are joined together which covers both the ankle and the toes. Though you can still adjust them separately, adjustments to the toe strap will have some affect on the ankle strap and vice versa.
However, if you do a search, you also can find some rear-entry bindings with independent ankle and toe straps, similar to strap bindings. The difference is though, you only adjust them if needed.
High-Back : Aside from straps, this is the most distinctive features between strap bindings and rear-entry bindings. The high-back is designed so that it can be “unlocked” giving it the ability to drops down like a draw bridge making it a breeze to enter and exit your boot from behind.
THIS is the reason why rear-entry bindings are widely known as Speed-Entry Bindings. Still, once buckled you can adjust the high-back upright or lean at different angles.
- Fast and easy in-and-out boot access!
- Can strap in while standing up ; no more wet rears!
- Less pressure, leading to fewer odds of foot pain!
- Setting only needed once at the start of the day!
- Less choice to make in snowboard shop.
- Can be quite complicated to strap while sitting down ( well if you need to )
- Replacement parts are difficult to find ; bindings are harder to repair.
- A bit heavier ( if you mind about it )
In the end, it depends on what you like and preference. In case, if you are totally OK with a bit of less response and just want to have fun riding snowboard – give it a try!
How About Other Binding Types?
Another binding types that you ‘may’ come across is Step-In Bindings which does’t require any traps.
Basically, it involves folding down the high-back in order to put your foot in the binding where a mechanism is built in the boot clicks into its counterpart on the binding. Fastest and Easiest, at least that was the idea once back then.
The greatest downside of these bindings is that they will not give you much control thanks to very minimal adjustability options and a high chance of snow clogging within this system which can render you down in the snow.
Although step-in bindings existed for freestyle/freeride “soft boots” (which make up majority of snowboarders use) in the past, a lack of demand gave manufacturers no reason to continue production. That’s why you barely see anyone these days using step-in bindings
Hopefully this article can help you know more about the different types of snowboard bindings than before and let you pick the right binding for you. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and I’ll be really glad to hear them!