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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Binding for Beginners

Hi - I am a beginner snowboarder and this is my second season. I am looking to replace my current binding (Burton Mission) and would like to get your opinion on which binding I should consider. I am not asking specifically what brand to get but instead would like to get your opinion on the debate of "stiff" versus "softer" bindings for beginners.

I've heard the rationale that a beginner rider should look into getting a "stiff" binding because this translate to a more responsive board which is better for a beginner rider. However, I've also heard the opposite side of the debate that a binding with more flex ("softer") is better for beginner riders because it is more "forgiving".

If you would be kind enough, can you please help me sort this out? Should I be looking for a binding that is stiff or has more flex?

I will be riding mostly groomers.

Thanks in advance.

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its what you prefer most, i like stiffish bindings for park, but a soft board for allmountain riding which is exacly the opppesit what people would advise you.. but normaly when freeriding people use stiff bindings. considering youve allready had a pair of missions, you not a beginner anymore so dont really worry about that.
the board is more imported
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stiff bindings are generally not recommended for beginners. especially if you have any interest in getting into the park at all. but on the same note, to each his own.
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It's true that it really is about your taste. You could always go with something versatile like a Targa, but I don't know if you're looking to spend that much. I ride deep powder and trees a lot and I wouldn't trade my stiff Arsenals for anything softer. Soft bindings in deep powder mean more effort to get through it and I prefer the responsiveness. Of course, when I do a jump, which is rare, I have to deal with tough landings.

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Sales have always told me more flexible bindings are better for beginners. Which kinda didn't make sense to me. To use a car anaolgy( which seems to be popular in other posts), wouldn't you want a car more responsive? tighten up the steering, suspension, etc to make driving easier?

I'm thinking "more forgiving" means more room for error. Say you shift your weight when you shouldn't. A stiffer binding will respond, possibly resulting in a fall. Where as a more flexible binding will give you some time to correct and reshift your weight where it should be. Can anyone on here confirm this?
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As of now I have no intention of riding park, I will be sticking to the groomer only.

Do you know if the Burton Missions are considered a stiff binding?

Thanks all for your replies!
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They are soft

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Sales have always told me more flexible bindings are better for beginners. Which kinda didn't make sense to me. To use a car anaolgy( which seems to be popular in other posts), wouldn't you want a car more responsive? tighten up the steering, suspension, etc to make driving easier?

I'm thinking "more forgiving" means more room for error. Say you shift your weight when you shouldn't. A stiffer binding will respond, possibly resulting in a fall. Where as a more flexible binding will give you some time to correct and reshift your weight where it should be. Can anyone on here confirm this?
ye thats a good explenation.
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I agree, very good explanation. Thanks for taking time to respond in such details.

I have an Arbor Element and was considering getting the Union Contact binding since they are 50% off at sierrasnowboards. Would this combination follow the soft board/binding combination as mention?
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