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10 Best Snowboarding Bindings 2020 Reviews

Winter is approaching. With the cooler temperatures comes the beautiful winter wonderland, twinkling sprinkles of soft white snow falling on the cold ground. As the hills and mountains fill their slopes with piles of snow, warm jackets adorned upon shivering shoulders we foolishly trudge through the snow in the pursuit of an adrenaline inducing ride down the hills and mountains on man-made planks upon our feet. Whether skiing or snowboarding, we gather together for competitive fun, failing, and face-planting in the snow. Winter sports are fun, freezing, and a fantastic way to bring together communities in what usually is a dreary season of the year. All over snow-covered mountainous countries tourists and thrill-seekers flock to experience the winter wonder of winter sports, competitively and recreationally, snowboarding is a skilled activity which requires a certain level of experience to fully enjoy.

A few years back, three friends and I made our way to Verbier in Switzerland for a winter snowboarding competition. We were all rookies, the four of us having to book our snowboards and bindings with the rest of the equipment at the local rental shop. We arrived on one of the coldest days of that winter and the rental shop had not kept our beginner equipment we pre-ordered and we received very soft flex bindings for three of us and I ended up with stiff flex binding. We head out into the snow just two days before the competition for a practice run and to get a feel for the terrain and the weather. I had countless falls and by the end of the day, we all had to nurse our old muscles and joints with a hot shower and dinner in front of the fire. We had no idea how to use these bindings to our advantage, lucky for us a professional sat down next to us for his dinner. We talked late into the night about skills and techniques for snowboarding the next day. By the competition day, we were slightly more proficient in our snowboarding abilities and although we did not place in the top fifty, we did not come stone-cold last. I learned the lesson of learning about your equipment before trying and failing, at a sport you are beginning to learn.

10 Best Snowboarding Bindings

Once you decide to pursue your passion for snowboarding more than just hiring equipment from the rental shop at the top of the mountain you need careful research online to choose the equipment you need. There are several types of snowboards, but the first decision you need to make is the type or style of binding you will need. The binding is the vital connection between the snowboard and your body, a shoe-shaped contraption that holds your snow boot to the board. Bindings have various builds and structures that all have different uses. The flexibility of the binding is suited to various requirements, skill levels of the rider, and the terrain you are going to be snowboarding down.

After my experience in the snow a few years back I researched the type of snowboarding bindings there are available, and as this next winter approaches and I decided to revisit Verbier in January, I noticed how there are so many more brands of snowboarding bindings available.

10 Best Snowboarding Bindings

top 10 Best Snowboarding Bindings

ModelRating
5th Element Stealth 34.7
Burton Malavita EST4.8
Flow Fuse GT-Hybrid4.6
Flow Mayon Womans’4.8
Burton Citizen Woman’s4.9
Flow NX2-GT (Men’s)4.8
Burton Grom4.8
System APX Men’s4.4
Burton Freestyle Men’s4.7
Flow Alpha Men’s4.5

1. 5th Element Stealth 3

This binding is the top of the list due to the nature of affordable versatility. Perhaps if you are a seasoned professional, the 5th Element Stealth 3 would not be your option, but if you are a keen sportsman or an entry-level beginner, this binding is the choice for you. An economical choice for all levels of riders, the top strap provides a locked-in control with its ability to adjust fit to any size of a boot which offers full control over your snowboard. The padded base reduces vibrations during use, providing a smooth ride even at high speeds. An adjustable stance due to its high-back feature offers the ability to change the forward-lean of your foot stance. A very soft flex design that helps riders from beginner to progress in skill level and a soft flex is a preferred option for freestyle type riders. This is a good option for an entry-level rider or someone who needs a binding because he is tired of always renting while on holiday.

Details

  • Skill Range: Beginner – Advanced Intermediate
  • Binding Compatibility: Standard 4 Hole
  • Toe Strap Style: Convertible
  • Flex: Very Soft
  • Best Use: All-mountain freestyle

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for most skill levels
  • Quick adjustable high-back feature
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not all terrain compatible

2. Burton Malavita EST

A slightly more expensive snowboard binding, these bindings have a mid-range flex that is focused 100% at a freestyle snowboarding style. This binding is a professional’s favorite, seasons old, Burton is a go-to brand for top quality snowboarding bindings. With superior quality construction materials and top of the range design components, this binding is scientifically created to give maximum performance. With special features like dual-composite baseplate to create a softer ride that is stiffer edge-to-edge and improved balance. Creating easier ollies by increasing foot roll and reducing fatigue by the dynamically flexing with Burton’s living hinge system. Other fancy characteristics as SensoryBED cushioning system, EST mounting system, and a dual-density EVA which automatically settles your boot which improves control and balance. It has B3 gel in the cushioning which is resistant to freezing and can withstand repeated impacts without deteriorating. This binding is the ultimate choice for professional snowboarders.

Details

  • Skill Range: Advanced
  • Binding Compatibility: EST mounting system
  • Toe Strap Style: Convertible
  • Flex: Mid-range
  • Best Use: 100% Freestyle

Pros

  • Well known brand
  • Scientifically advanced
  • B3 cushioning (cold resistant)

Cons

  • Price
  • Not suited to beginners

3. Flow Fuse GT-Hybrid

An entry-level high-end snowboard binding, the Flow Fuse is a Flex team choice. In professional practice, this binding has several features that appeal to a more advanced riding style. With a mid-range flex system and customizable straps which can be adjusted to your boot and riding terrain, the GT-Hybrid offers perfect balance and response times when riding. The base is composed of glass-filled nylon and it has an aluminum alloy modback with just a slight flex for movement and is responsive to the rider’s ability. Full support for your boot, their technology is top class in their Active Strap Technology and Hybrid Powerstrap, offering ultimate comfort and usability all day long. Stylishly expensive, this snowboard binding is the perfect choice for the intermediate to advanced rider. Used by industry professionals, the design and technology behind this brand is superior and unmatched for the price offered.

Details

  • Skill Range: Intermediate – Advanced professional
  • Binding Compatibility: unknown
  • Toe Strap Style: Active strap technology, Locking slap ratchets
  • Flex: Medium
  • Best Use: All

Pros

  • Price
  • Technology
  • Baseboard flex and compatibility
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not suited to beginners

4. Flow Mayon Womans’

A stylish and necessary addition to the agile and experienced woman snowboarder. The Flow Mayon snowboarding binding brings with it a whole range of new features available to snowboard bindings. With PowerBeams in the baseplate, the rider will experience explosive energy transfer during use down mountain slopes. Agility increasing BankBeds and Asym Uniback provides support and comfort are new technologies with this snowboarding binding. The Mayon binding provides a stylish and modern look, perfect for the fashion-forward rider, who is not only professional in ability but can also be an intermediate user. With a stiff flex system that is suitable for all-mountain use and a traditional style toe strap, this binding is a powerful addition to a rider’s arsenal of equipment.

Details

  • Skill Range: Advanced Intermediate – Expert
  • Binding Compatibility: Standard 4 Hole and Burton ICS
  • Toe Strap Style: Traditional
  • Flex: Stiff
  • Snowboard Best Use: All-Mountain

Pros

  • Price
  • New advanced features
  • Active strap technology
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Not suitable for beginners

5. Burton Citizen Woman’s

This entry-level snowboard binding is created with a learning-friendly mindset. If you are looking for a well-known brand that produces a binding that is suitable to a new learner, with comfort and ease of use in mind, then the Burton Citizen is for you. It has new technology that makes is a leader in the pack and also provides easy comfort and response when in use. It has a single-component hi-back construction that supplies an immediate response to your snowboard. While you ride comfortable down the mountain slope, the binding has FullBED cushioning for comfort and Re:Flex technology which binds to any board of choice. Suited to any snowboarding terrain, the single-component baseplate is constructed from a single material to provide a consistent response. For a woman looking to join in on the seasonal experienced rider or looking to jump into entry-level riding, the Burton Citizen offers the most reliable design and comfort for you. Featuring predictable technology on a modern design, compatible with most boots and boards, this a full proof choice.

Details

  • Skill Range: Beginner – Advanced Intermediate
  • Binding Compatibility: Standard 4 Hole, 3D or The Channel
  • Toe Strap Style: Traditional
  • Flex: Adjustable (Soft)
  • Best Use: All-mountain

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for most skill levels
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Entry-level, no extra features

6. Flow NX2-GT (Men’s)

A pricey entry in my list of snowboard bindings. This is a professional’s choice for its advanced technology design and features. Designed to provide explosive power and maximum performance, the NX2-GT provides so much more in addition to the absolute potential of this binding. The aluminum baseplate and heelcup combined with the carbon inlay SupportPanel makes this snowboarding binding super responsive. Cushioning for use is superior because of the N-Gel in the basepad and BankBed which is specially designed for the rider’s comfort in mind. The highback with modback technology to provide responsive riding, and Apex.6 technology in the support panels for support and comfort during use. Durability is top of the class with the NX2-GT snowboard binding from Flow because of the Locking Strap Ratched buckles installed on the frame. This binding is top of the range professional usability and responsive to most terrains, freestyling in style down mountainous slopes during practice runs or in intense competition. The perfect choice for competitive snowboarding.

Details

  • Skill Range: Advanced Intermediate – Expert
  • Binding Compatibility: unknown
  • Toe Strap Style: Traditional
  • Flex: Professional
  • Best Use: All

Pros

  • Super responsive characteristics
  • Advanced technologies
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Not suitable for beginners

7. Burton Grom

Burton is the most well-known brand for snowboarding equipment. The only snowboard bindings on the list made exclusively for children, you can be assured of the safety and ease of use of these bindings for younger users. These bindings are created for an average children user who would like to join in the fun of snowboarding, with laid-back cruising capabilities for easy use. The Grom bindings are suitable for the small riders to cruise on their own, encouraging their independence and confidence on the cool mountain slopes. With an oversized buckle and single strap system for easy entry and release and lightweight and soft-flex construction for simple riding pleasure. Suitable for any riding terrain, the Grom is made with a single-component baseplate of one type of material that provides a consistent response while riding. The Burton Grom snowboarding binding comes with a disc mounting system that allows easy mounting onto any snowboard type, offering versatility and confidence.

Details

  • Skill Range: Beginner – Advanced Intermediate child
  • Binding Compatibility: All types
  • Toe Strap Style: Standard traditional
  • Flex: Soft
  • Best Use: All types of terrain

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for most skill levels
  • Created with children in mind
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

8. System APX Men’s

By far the most affordable binding on the list so far. The APX is a new addition to the binding market. With new-age technologies and standard traditional characteristics, the APX is stylish, lightweight, and durable. Featuring a full-length EVA base pad, gel insert straps, aluminum 4 tooth ratchets, and inside routed ladder straps. Together with ergonomically made footbed, and comfortably adjustable toe ramp, the fit on your snowboarding boots is fully adjustable and comfortably tight to provide a safe and secure ride. With its lightweight composition and durable frame, the APX is ahead of its class in affordable technology. Seamlessly guiding the rider on any terrain, agile moves and high ollies are achievable with this binding, superior comfort all day long. A 4-way mounting system allows the APX binding to be mounted on almost any board style and is suitable on any snowboarding style.

Details

  • Skill Range: All types
  • Binding Compatibility: Standard 4 Hole
  • Toe Strap Style: Either-Or type
  • Flex: unknown
  • Best Use: All mountain types

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for most skill levels
  • Lightweight and durable

Cons

  • Mid-range type, not fully professional

9. Burton Freestyle Men’s

Another entry on the list from Burton manufacturers. Created with the freestyle rider in mind, the very smooth and soft flex style is geared towards a liberated style of rider. Maximum comfort and reducing fatigue, the FullBED cushioning system is created to provide the rider with the most comfortable ride to last all day. An adjustable single-component hi-back construction allows you to manipulate the overall flex of your whole ride system. The Burton Re:Flex mounting system allows you to improve the overall flex and feel while also reducing the overall weight of the frame. The composition of the base plate is a single material build that provides consistent responses and feel while on any terrain. The Freestyle snowboarding binding is the most affordable entry from Burton on my list, which makes this an ideal choice for riders who are intermediately advanced and require more flexibility in their riding style. Elevate and improve your snowboarding with the Burton Freestyle.

Details

  • Skill Range: Advanced Intermediate
  • Binding Compatibility: Standard 4 Hole, 3D, The Channel
  • Toe Strap Style: Traditional
  • Flex: Very Soft
  • Best Use: Freestyle

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for freestyle riding style
  • New age technology

Cons

  • Not very versatile in skill level and terrain

10. Flow Alpha Men’s

A mid-range option for the uncomplicated man. Simple, straightforward, and obvious, this binding is uncompromising on performance. It is the easiest choice, it has a composite baseplate with an ExoFit PowerStrap and LSR buckles for support and comfort for all-day wearing. The Flow Alpha comes with the standard UniBack and EVA wrap-pad cushioning for ultimate comfort. Created with extra width for stability while riding and the convenience of in-out SpeedEntry of your snowboarding boot. A simple, traditional frame design makes this snowboard binding a great uncomplicated choice. Mid-range in price too, there is not much more to say about this binding except that is an easy choice if you are too lazy to spend too long comparing complicated information across different types and brands.

Details

  • Skill Range: Beginner – Intermediate
  • Binding Compatibility: unknown
  • Toe Strap Style: Fusion ExoFit
  • Flex: unknown
  • Best Use: Versatile

Pros

  • Price
  • Suitable for most skill levels
  • Simple and uncomplicated
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not for very advanced riding

FAQs

Best Snowboarding Bindings

Do snowboard bindings fit all boots?

The average boot size will generally fit most snowboard bindings. If your boot size is much larger than average or much smaller than the average size, then you might have an issue.

Do all bindings fit with all snowboards?

Most bindings come with multiple base plates which make them suitable for most snowboards. Mounting patters are either in 2×4 or 4×4 sequences.

What type of flex should I look for in a snowboard binding?

The type of flex you need depends on your skill level ability and the type of terrain you wish to snowboard on. The flex of the binding should also match the flex type of your boots.

How tight should my snowboarding bindings be?

The straps should be tight enough to hold your boot in place securely while in use, obviously not as tight as to cut off circulation.

Are “step in” snowboard bindings any good?

Despite different entry systems, all types of bindings are as good as any traditional Burton style binding system. “Step Ins” are generally perfect for the all-round rider.

How do I know which snowboard binding is best for me?

By reading reviews, articles written by professionals, and by searching online stores, you can compare styles and types and then choose the snowboard binding best suited to your skill level, intended terrain, and budget.

How do I know if the snowboard bindings I got are too small?

When your toes hang off the snowboard too much, then your bindings are too small. Correct sizing of your boot, bindings, and board will help you ride as proficient as possible.

Do you need special boots for “Step In” snowboard bindings?

If you are looking to change from the traditional Burton style bindings to Step In bindings, then most of the time you will have to change the type of boot you are using to fit the new snowboard bindings.

What angles should I set up my snowboard bindings at?

Snowboard bindings set up correctly would be at shoulder-width apart, and a 15-degree angle on your foot binding and around 0 degrees in the back.

Should snowboard bindings overhang?

You should have an equal amount of overhang where your toes and heels are concerned. Move your bindings forward or backward to make sure the overhang is equal between your toes and heels.

Conclusion

10 Best Snowboarding Bindings Reviews

If you are looking to speed down the snowy mountain slopes, or you need to freestyle across ramps and in the air, there is a snowboarding binding that is for you. If you are starting out or practicing for the big leagues, if you read and shop around, you can find the best binding for your needs. Or get the whole family together, wife and children, and create awesome memories on the cool winter mountains. Cruise down the hills and avoid trees, create fun and laughter as a community, then all go inside for a warm cup of cocoa by the fire. A winter wonderland is created by the friendly nature of us all. I look forward to a new year, new experiences and new skills acquired with my new snowboarding adventures together with the family and my friends in another country.

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