Snowboard Binding - Burton, K2, and more
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You've got seriously cool choices these days for snowboard bindings.
Consider what was out there in the early 1960's when rad improvisers experimented with "snurfer" board designs.
Simply boards with a tether rope attached to the tip. You had no binding whatsoever. Compared to today's gear, you had no snowboard at all. But, you had the start of a seriously cool alpine alternative that would rapidly lead to the days where boarders carve gigantic turns down the mountain, get air time in the half pipe, or spin serious tricks such as front side 540's as they split the gap down a hill side.
With current boards mirroring many of the same features as alpine skis, namely bow combined with edges and serious amounts of flex, you get all the performance capabilities that modern materials and construction methods can offer. Think Kevlar and cork and wood laminates with integrated steel edges. Snowboard binding designs mirror the same technology gain.
Most popular these days for free riders are "strap" snowboard bindings, designed to fit soft boots worn by the bulk of boarders. Strap bindings are typically 2-strap designs where one strap goes over your toe and the other padded strap goes around your ankle. Strap snowboard bindings also feature a plastic, metal or composite material base plate which can also be padded in order to improve overall comfort. Your high back completes the strap snowboard binding set up. If you're looking to get more toe-side power, then look for the inclusion of a toe ramp in your strap system.
"Step in" snowboard bindings offer a great alternative to strap systems, getting you locked in quicker. Designs for "step in" vary by manufacturer yet commonly reduce to either toe-heel connection or side-to-side connection designs. "Step in" snowboard bindings deal differently with the high back component. Riders rely on the high back to generate the leverage and heel side power, so high back lengths can vary. High back components are either design-integrated into the step in system on your board, or the high back can be integrated directly into your boot design.
Last, alpine and carving boards associated with racers and expert carvers go for the hard boot snowboard binding based on a camming lever designed with a wire bail to give you huge amounts of adjustment flexibility. Hard boot snowboard bindings actually reflect many of the same design features of alpine ski boots. The first releasable snowboard binding actually hit the market in 1989, with dramatic improvements into the 21 st century.
Flow snowboard binding information at Neilpryde, JP Australia
Drake snowboard binding information at Northwave
Ride snowboard binding information at Ride's online directory
Burton snowboard binding information at Burton, Inc.
K2snowboard bindings can be researched at K2 Corporation
Switch bindings can be researched at Switch Manufacturing, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670