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Old 12-20-2010, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to this whole purchasing snowboarding gear. I'm learning a lot about snowboards. What characteristics they have make them better for certain type of riding. I'm not able to find as much depth of info about bindings tho.

Things like, high backs and low backs. What's the difference? Certain materials that makes a pair of bindings better than others. How are bindings categorizes to do certain type of riding?

I look at the bindings... and they all look the same to me.
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I'm new to this whole purchasing snowboarding gear. I'm learning a lot about snowboards. What characteristics they have make them better for certain type of riding. I'm not able to find as much depth of info about bindings tho.

Things like, high backs and low backs. What's the difference? Certain materials that makes a pair of bindings better than others. How are bindings categorizes to do certain type of riding?

I look at the bindings... and they all look the same to me.
1. Comfort
2. I like aluminum heel cup.
3. Needs a good toe cap
4. I don't want a small or huge highback (medium)
5. Canted foot beds
It's really personal with binding u just need to get one u like and are I ur budget. But I'm a 100% ROME!!! Supporter Noe there bindings are awesome
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What are canted food beds?
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Comfort and the response to match up with the board and riding I'm doing.
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Comfort, responsiveness, durability, ease of access. In that order.
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What are canted food beds?
Means they are not flat, but canted towards the rider at 2 or 3 degrees, giving you a more natural stance.


1. Useablility, ease of ratches.
2. Doesn't fall apart

For me, Burton has never let me down. Rome Targa is my new one, kind of rough those ratchet edges, the ratched thing never goes into the holder properly and then jams (Little leather thingy) and the left toe strap keeps falling off. :/

But enough of the hate. The cants and the support is grade a and the board really does flex under the bindings and its a great feeling to ride them.

Ziploc ties go a long way to secure that front toestrap. :P

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1. Ratchets that dont stick and stay in place after some hard riding
2. Straps that conform to boot without pinch points
3. Durability (more so in terms of the ratchets, high back, strap padding etc. Most baseplates are decently durable only break due to mfg defect..hence the lifetime warranties...having said that...always exceptions to the rule. The other crap can break due to poor design and weak materials)
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What characteristics they have make them better for certain type of riding.
No one seems to have addressed this question yet, so:

Most people (doesn't have to mean you, of course) prefer more flexible bindings for park riding, stiffer bindings for freeriding, and something in the middle for all-mountain riding. The parts of the binding to which the flexible/stiff rating applies the most are the highback and the ankle strap, although the entire chassis can be more or less rigid, I suppose.

Another performance factor is ease of entry, especially if you are riding park or freeriding at a small resort with short runs. Rear-entry bindings (e.g., Flows, some K2's) or single-ratchet bindings (e.g., Ride Contrabands) can reduce the time you spend fussing with bindings after you get off the lift.
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Thanks everyone! All the qualities you have listed are things I would want in a pair of bindings too~

JoeR. Thanks so much for answering my big question! Would I be correct to say the the low backs would be better suited for more flexible riding like park riding? Thanks!
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Thanks everyone! All the qualities you have listed are things I would want in a pair of bindings too~

JoeR. Thanks so much for answering my big question! Would I be correct to say the the low backs would be better suited for more flexible riding like park riding? Thanks!
I'm not sure what you mean by "low backs." If you mean rear-entry bindings with a highback that folds down, then yes, as I said, they're good for any use in which you need to get in and out of your back binding frequently, as in park riding. However, rear-entry does not necessarily mean flexible. For example, Flows come in a range of stiffnesses. Some are supposed to be good for park riding, but the stiffer ones are meant for all-mountain use, or freeriding. Don't make an assumption about flexibility/stiffness based on the type of binding. You will usually find a range of flexes among a line of bindings with the same strap/access style.
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