The bindings you purchase will need to match the insert pattern on your snowboard. There are a variety of mounting options and hole patterns on snowboards. Although most patterns are compatible with each other, it’s important to make sure that you don’t buy the wrong set.
A binding’s baseplate features bolts or discs that can be attached to a snowboard’s binding interface. Most bolt patterns are 2×4 or 4×4. Some Burton snowboards have a diamond-shaped, 3D bolt pattern or will feature Burton’s innovative ‘The Channel System’ which works really well with any Burton binding.
Remember: when attaching your binding to the snowboard there should be no overhang from the binding over the side of the board. Make sure you check the width of the board against the length of the bindings.
The 4 main binding mounting systems used:
2 x 4 disc pattern
This first pattern is the 2×4 system, which is quite similar to the 4×4 system except the fact that the holes on the rows are only 2 centimetres apart. This allows for more stance width options than the 4×4 system. There are usually 6 holes per row.
4 x 4 disc pattern
The next pattern is simply known as the 4×4 system and is named after the two rows of holes that are 4 centimetres apart and there are also 4 centimetres between each hole on each row. There are usually 3 holes per row and you will need 4 screws to attach your binding to the board.
This diamond-shaped pattern is developed by Burton and is compatible with most hole patterns. However, stance options are more restricted. This system uses 3 screws to mount the bindings (in a triangular pattern). Most snowboard brands use the first two systems.
The Channel System
Burton’s other mounting system is the so-called channel binding system, which uses 2 rails instead of standard inserts. Bindings are attached to a track inserts and then can move along the channel until they are in the snowboarder’s desired position. To firmly attach them you will then need to screw them in place. Other binding brands are compatible with the channel system with a special disc you can buy from the binding manufacturer. The best option is to purchase EST-specific bindings made by Burton.
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