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Snowboard Bindings - Mounting and Adjusting Snowboarding Bindings

To be able to use the Snowboard Bindings effectively, you must know how to mount it, and be able to adjust it to a stance that works for you and your Riding Style. What follows are steps on How to Put on a Strap and Step-in Bindings and How to Adjust Snowboard Bindings.

How to Put on a Strap Binding

Strap Bindings
  1. Put your front foot in the front binding. Ensure that your heel is placed securely against the highback.
  2. Secure the ankle strap first, then the toe strap. Tighten them as snug as possible but not to the point of pain.
  3. Put your back foot in the back binding and then tighten the ankle and toe straps firmly.

How to Put on a Step-in Binding

Step In Bindings
  1. For a clicker step-in binding, put in your toe first.
  2. Press your heel down to lock the boot and binding in place.
  3. Attach the Snowboard Safety Leash on your front binding around your ankle or to your front boot.

How to Adjust Snowboard Bindings

With everyday use, the screws, nuts and bolts that hold the highest stress areas together tend to loosen up. Consequently, they need to be tightened regularly to ensure that a strap doesn't fall off and get lost.

However, not every Mountain Resort provides tool stations, so it's important to have a Snowboard Tool within reach (preferably in your pocket) at all times. Remember, a snowboard tool is a small investment that will definitely pay off over years of riding. Also, with the standardized insert pattern of snowboards, and with the built-in adjustment capacity in most Bindings, Mounting and Adjusting Bindings has become simple quite a simple task.

To be able to do this, make sure you have a screwdriver and a wrench or two. Also, it would be a plus if you have some basic knowledge about the stance width, stance location and stance angle.

The distance between your front and rear foot is the Stance Width. The basic stance width is roughly the length of your shoulder-width apart (about 30 per cent of your height). The location of the center point between your Bindings relative to the center of the snowboard is the Stance Location. Conversely, the angle of the Bindings across the snowboard's longitudinal axis, wherein zero degrees represents a line that is perpendicular to the snowboard's length, is the Stance Angle.

  • Forward Lean
    For starters, check your board's Forward Lean. The forward lean is the amount of forward angle on the highback support. For more leverage and more responsive heelside turning, add more forward lean. By adding forward lean, you also force your knees to bend, consequently ensuring a good riding stance. Still, too much forward lean makes your knee bend too much. Over bending your knees put pressure on your quadriceps muscles and reduces your ability to turn easily. So don't overdo it.

    You can usually adjust the forward lean in soft-boot Bindings by changing the position of a plastic stay behind the highback.

  • Rotating the Highbacks
    You can easily rotate your Bindings' Highbacks if your bindings have slots on the hinges where the highbacks are fastened to the binding's baseplate. To make your heelside turning more responsive than when it is angled along with the baseplate, adjust your Bindings in parallel with the Snowboard's Heel Side Edge. You can do this by loosening the bolts and rotating the highbacks.

  • Adjusting Strap Position
    Generally, this involves unscrewing the straps from the baseplate and moving them forward or backward on the Bindings. To improve control, move the straps higher up on the foot. Conversely, move them down lower to increase flexibility.

Make sure that the toe strap is resting around the base of your toes and is securely holding down the tip of the boot. Shorten your straps if you find yourself pulling on them for a snug fit. You can do this by fastening the straps to the baseplate further along the length of the strap. Most straps already have extra holes for this adjustment.

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Article Comments
Tuesday 21st October 2008 at 9:41:15 PM  

who wrote this?

colton arana
Sunday 14th December 2008 at 8:10:19 PM  

With my snowboard i cant tell witch way they go like witch is the tail and witch is the front if there is a way to tell post it i didn''t read any thing on the other comments so let me know thanks

Thursday 25th December 2008 at 10:53:16 AM  

i really dont think it matters...

Saturday 3rd January 2009 at 4:56:50 AM  

My release tab on the bidings seems to be too tight, how do i adjust this?

Monday 5th January 2009 at 1:08:20 PM  

colton, there isnt really a side to a snowboard. although, if you look at your snowboard rfom above ( behind, bindings facing forward ) 1 of the will maybe be angled towards a side, that would be the front. You can also adjust that angle by unscrewing your binding, to choose which side your most comfortable on ( most likely regular ( back facing the left, front facing the right ) )

Wednesday 7th January 2009 at 5:24:25 AM  

You don''t say what type of board you have but as a general rule you will find that the binding inserts on freestyle and freeride boards aren''t symetrically centre, those that are closer to the end are for the rear binding and so those that are further away from the end are for the front, so showing you the direction.

Friday 16th January 2009 at 8:51:40 PM  

I Have An Agression Board And I Cant Find A Good Stance For My Feet/Bindings...I Have Step-In Side-lock Bindings....My Myspace Will Have A pic Of My 6'' ish and 155lb

Monday 16th February 2009 at 6:47:30 PM  

I''m a snowboarder with a regular stance (my right foot is in the back). I''m having a little pain in my left (front) should I adjust my binding to correct this?

snowboard bulgaria
Thursday 10th September 2009 at 6:12:12 PM  

People the angle is very very important! Due to a wrong angle adjustment, it was hell to ride, but once i got it right the pain disappeared. So don''t be afraid to tinker a bit with your bindings.

Saturday 31st October 2009 at 9:08:19 PM  

I think if you turn your bindings so that your heels are going in toward the center of the board, positioning your feet like a duck, you should be able to bend your knees more easily, relieving a bunch of pain on yourself.

Sunday 10th January 2010 at 10:18:07 AM  

my daughters binder are hard to get to release. is there a way to make them release easier?

Saturday 16th January 2010 at 12:46:57 PM  

I have a new burton blunt 2009 model and am trying to put a used pair of ride bindings on but the holes dont match up? do all burton boards need to be used with burton bindings, or whats the deal?

Wednesday 20th January 2010 at 10:09:04 PM  

looking at that burton blunt board its designed for burton''s 3 hole binding just need a centre plate that works with the hole system or else you can buy burton bindings...they use it mainly as a marketing ploy so that people will buy more of their gear...

Saturday 30th January 2010 at 2:42:50 PM  

I am looking for an old burton cumtom bindiing right foot toe replacement part. It is a older binding where the strap is bolted to the binding and the lenght of the strap is adjusted by the placement of the bolt in the binding.

Monday 15th February 2010 at 1:54:20 PM  

Burton boards only work with Burton Bindings generally. They have a special screw hole setup. You can however buy additional baseplates to make the burton bindings or your regular bindings compatible with your snowboard.

Andy P
Monday 13th December 2010 at 3:57:30 PM  

Awesome guide, has given me a much better understanding of how to set up! Thank you!!!

Wednesday 29th December 2010 at 7:54:47 AM  

hey, when i tighten my bindings, the top strap sometimes skips a few ridges when im strapping in. any clues or solutions?

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