Your bindings are what connects you securely to your snowboard and transfers your movement through to your board. Bindings have a flex rating that ranges from 1-10. 1 being the most flexible and 10 being the most stiff.
Softer flexing bindings offer more forgiveness to the rider. These are great for those who are new to snowboarding or prefer a softer flex in the park.
A stiffer binding will transfer power from the rider to the snowboard with ease in more challenging terrain. They are more responsive but not intended for the novice rider.
All mountain bindings will have medium flex to offer flexibility to help you turn with ease in both park and more difficult terrain.
Like most snowboard gear, it comes down to personal preference, riding level and budget.
Straps, Step Ons & Splitboard Bindings
Strapped snowboard bindings are the most common, with a strap that covers the toe and one that covers the ankle. These straps use ladders & ratchets to secure you to your snowboard and allow flexibility in how tight you make them. All bindings will have a high back that keeps your heel and lower calf secure in the binding, with a forward lean adjuster you can customize.
Step ons are the latest hands free technology from Burton. These bindings allow the rider to simply step onto their bindings and connect securely much like skiers do. This can save lots of time while riding. These require a specific step on boot to be compatible with the system. For more info about Step On bindings check out our blog HERE.
Splitboard bindings are designed specifically for use with split boards for backcountry riding. These bindings face forward in touring mode, and hinge to allow the rider to go up mountain. They include riser settings for comfort when enduring steeper terrain. Once in the desired location the rider can assemble their snowboard and attach the same bindings in the riding mode.
We typically carry a range of bindings from size S, M, L and a couple youth styles each season. Your binding size corresponds directly to your boot size. Each company will have a size chart to show what size boot matches the binding size. You'll know the boot fits well if it doesn't overhang from the binding too much and the straps fit over comfortably without excessive leftover strap.
Since Burton Step On require seamless compatibility between boot and binding for a secure ride, sizing is very specific. You'll definitely want to make sure you try them on as a set in store and understand how to enter and exit the binding before getting to the mountain.
Binding Tip: Make sure you check on your kit and tighten any loose screws regularly. It's normal for screws to come loose over time and t's no fun to lose a strap mid run!
Binding Mounting Patterns
Over the years there have been several mounting patterns that have been used to attach the base plate of your bindings to your snowboard. The 4x4 mounting pattern is rarely seen on snowboards today because most companies have moved over to a 2x4 pattern which provides a more customizable mount. The 3D pattern was used exclusively by Burton, but they've changed over to using channels on all new boards. All new Burton bindings will be compatible with Burton boards. If you have a different brand or older Burton bindings, you can use a base disc transition kit that can make them compatible with the channel mounting system.
If this still sounds confusing as heck, don't be intimidated! We can get you all organized at the shop and ready to enjoy 2021/22 season. Unlimited has been hooking riders up with snowboards for 25 years, so we really know our stuff!