Be careful not to get to caught up when snowboard bindings go on sale. Buying simply because it is a great deal may end up being a great big mistake. While price is always a factor, performance and how the bindings fit your board and boot are by far the most important factors. So when you are checking out the latest snowboard bindings sale be sure you know how they will work with your entire equipment package before you buy.
Bindings can have a significant impact on performance. Achieving the best performance and maximizing the fun factor requires a cohesive equipment package. Otherwise you end up fighting your equipment and each piece fights the other spelling problems getting down the hill. For example, binding flex should match your boot flex and be appropriate to your ability and the type of terrain you ride. All working as a cohesive unit.
Several basic riding styles will help determine your snowboard binding choice.
- All-mountain boards are the most versatile and for most any terrain, whether groomed runs, park and pipe or powder. In this case binding flex levels vary based on skill level. Most common is a soft to medium flex. But racers like a stiff flex.
- Freestyle riders, known for jumps, spins and tricks in the park and half-pipe, typically look for a binding with a softer flex for greater turning ease and maneuverability.
- Splitboard and freeride enthusiasts like stiffer bindings for greater control in backcountry and sidecountry terrain.
- Powder hounds who want greater control will pick stiff bindings on wider, longer boards to help float in deep powder.
It is important that your bindings accommodate your boot giving you a snug fit without having to cram it in the binding. The experts at Donek.com make sure you have the right bindings on the right board to ensure an awesome day on the slopes. Check us out today!