If you need to get yourself properly equipped before snowboarding season starts again, one of the things you are probably going to be needing will be the best new snowboard bindings for your style.
Most snowboard bindings will need switching out at least once a season, and more often if you snowboard several times a week. You will also want to buy the best snowboard bindings out there. Especially if you want to continue to improve.
What are currently the best snowboard bindings? — When you hear the words the best snowboard bindings, that may leave you thinking that there is just one brand of binding that is better than any other. If this is the case, then these are the snowboard bindings you should get.
In fact, there is no such thing as the best snowboard bindings as the ones that will work perfectly for you are dependent on several factors. Factors that will influence how you choose your bindings, and which will be optimal for your particular board.
The best fit for boot and board — The bindings you eventually purchase must be the best ones for two things — the specific snowboard you are going to be using and the pair of boots you will wear.
Bindings fit both boards and boots differently, depending on how they are made and depending on the board and the boot. You need to choose bindings that give your boots a snug fit onto the board itself, so the best bindings for you are those that do this.
Flex ratings — Now you need to look at the flex ratings of specific binders. These are usually between 1 and 10, with 1 as the softest binding and 10 as the one that is the stiffest.
If you need to be able to do incredibly precise movements, then a 10 flex rating is optimal. If you like to ride your board in a very relaxed manner, then anything between a 1 and a 3 rating will help you do that.
Look for mid-range price or higher — While you can buy cheap snowboard bindings, they do have a tendency to break often. Look at bindings that are mid-range price or higher, however, and you will have a much higher chance of them lasting quite a few long runs.
Padding and support — Boot padding and support is also important, especially if you do quite a few runs a day.
Inadequate padding and support can really impact the vibration of your ride, causing it to also impact your feet, your ankles and your knees quite badly.
Choose bindings with adequate support and padding, however, and your feet and knees will thank you.
Strap in or rear entry bindings — While strap in bindings are the ones that have been around the longest, rear entry are now becoming just as popular.
Decide if you want the highest amount of security, in which case strap in should be your choice, or if convenience is key. If so, rear entry will be the fastest every time.