The snowboard bindings available today can be divided into two main types:
These are the most commonly used type of bindings and are suitable for all styles and conditions of snowboarding. They usually use two traps: one that goes above or across the toe and one that goes across the ankle. The highbacks do not move. Strap-in bindings are known to offer plenty of options for support, cushioning and custom adjustments. They are generally suitable for both soft and firm flexing boots. One downside may be that buckling and unbuckling the straps can be a bit time consuming when you are wearing gloves or in very cold weather conditions.
These are also called ‘Speed-entry bindings’ and are usually preferred by the more comfort-oriented snowboarders. They might look similar to strap bindings but they are fitted with a reclining highback that allows for quick and easy in-and-out boot access. Many casual riders prefer this feature. Rear-entry bindings are known to stabilise your feet with a yoke system that applies uniform pressure across the forefoot. One downside may be that due to their higher weight, performance-focussed snowboarders feel they reduce board control. Rear-entry bindings are suitable for both soft and firm flexing boots.
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