How to Know What Size Snowboard Bindings You Need

by Si Kingston
Snowboard bindings help to secure your feet.

Snowboard bindings help to secure your feet.

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Bindings secure your boot to the snowboard while you perform ollies, shiftys, poptarts and other snowboard tricks. Snowboarding downhill or performing tricks is difficult if your bindings are incompatible with your boot size. Bindings that are too large for your boots will not properly secure them too the board while riding, those that are too small can hinder your movement. With the proper binding, you will be better able to control the snowboard and your body.

Items you will need

  • Snowboard
  • Socks
  • Snowboard boots
  • No. 3 Philips screwdriver

Find the Right Fit

Step 1

Find your snowboard boot size inside the shoe on the tag or on the bottom of the sole. Snowboard boot sizes run from size 1 to 15.

Step 2

Look on the binding for the size indication (e.g., S, M, L, XL), and select one based on your snowboard boot size. Small bindings are compatible with snowboard boot sizes 1 to 6 for juniors and women, medium bindings fit boot sizes 5 to 9 for men and 5 to 10 for women, large bindings will accommodate boot sizes 9 to 15 for men, and extra-large bindings will fit male boot sizes 12 to 15.

Step 3

Put on a pair of thick socks and place your feet into your pair of snowboard boots. Strap the boots up.

Step 4

Place your boots into the binding, and strap up the binding. If you have to force the boot into the binding, it is too small. If the boot has enough room to wobble around, the binding is too large. There should only be room enough to allow the boot to flex within the binding.

Other Considerations

Step 1

Place your hand on the footbed of the binding to feel for cushioning. Free riders and air freestylers should select a binding that is well-cushioned on the footbed. Other riders don't need a highly absorbent cushion.

Step 2

Bend the highback from side-to-side to feel for rigidness of the highback. Free riders and air freestylers should select a highback that is hard to bend and rigid. Other riders should select a highback that is more flexible.

Step 3

Select a binding with a highback that is adjustable if you are a new rider or air freestyler. Adjustable highbacks have straps that allow you to adjust the rigidness. Freestylers should choose a short, soft or winged highback binding.

Step 4

Match the bottom of the bindings to your snowboard's mounting options. Many snowboards have either a 2x4 or 4x4 mounting holes that the bindings will be screwed into. Some boards utilize channels, which are slots and the bindings must secure to them with discs. Make sure the selected binding offers the matching mounting option -- 2x4, 4x4 or channel.

Step 5

Connect the bindings to the snowboard by aligning the connected screws on the bottom of the binding to the matching screw holes on the board. Tighten them with a No. 3 Philips screwdriver.

Step 6

Stand in the rider position with your boots strapped into the binding. Lean forward and backward as you would while riding. A compatible binding will grip the boot snugly, and not allow your heel to slip out of the heel of the boot as you lean forward.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a strap or rear-entry binding types. Straps are the most common and secure the boot to the board with straps. Rear-entry are convenient and allow the rider to quickly enter the boot by adjusting the high-back instead of readjusting the straps each time.

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