Snowboard Bindings

Snowboards require binders to connect to the boots. Binders are available separately from the boards. These are very important part of snowboards. Most of the binders available in the market are fixed on to the board using four screws or nuts. These binders are fixed in the center of the board at the correct position. There are numerous types of bindings: strap in, step in, and hybrid bindings are among the most popular ones.

Strap in bindings are the most popular form of bindings. These bindings were developed from the earlier forms of binding, where riders used anything possible to tie their feet to the board. The most common form of strap in binding technology used by binding manufacturers is called the 'high back' binding design. This design provides leverage and also gives added control. The other popular strap in binding design is the 'tounges', which provides support for toe side turns.

Step in bindings were developed in the 1990s. Numerous companies supply step in binders and use proprietary mechanisms. These step in bindings are easier to get in and out of and are only a matter of raising a lever. A few manufacturers manufacture binders that are similar to clipless bicycle pedals.

Other binders include speed entry, plate, etc. These are hybrid binders who employ techniques from both strap in and step in binders. Speed entry binders combine the ease with which binding is possible in step in binders and the control levels provided by strap in.



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