How to Mount Bindings on a Snowboard

Published by Harry Sowers on

How do you put bindings on a snowboard?

For a good riding experience, your snow bindings must be in sync with your board and style. Snowboard bindings are what connects a rider to the snowboard and therefore, take the beating during muscle transfer movements to the board. The fundamentals of installing bindings on your snowboard are that you should first decide whether you are a regular or a goofy foot, determine your stance width and placement.

Riders should also work the angle each binding should be set to, and then mount the bindings after which you will adjust the high backs and then adjust the straps. 

How to put bindings on an Xname snowboard

The binding base plate has discs that attach to the snowboards binding interface, you will, therefore, discover that bindings are provided with multiple base plates, which then makes them compatible with the different types of snowboards. To mount your bindings you will need a number 3 Philips screw driver and a wrench for fitting the bindings to your boots. 

  • The first step before binding installation is to determine the lead foot, and here there is a small experiment that you can perform, stand still, then pretend as if you are falling forward and if the foot that you will use to catch yourself with is the lead foot then you are a regular and if by any chance your right foot goes forward before the left foot then your stance is goofy. 
  • Establish your left and right binding by looking at the direction of the curves or better yet use the straps as they should buckle on the outside and not on the inside of the feet. 
  • Ensure that you have a binding that matches the board, you will then find your binding plate, and ensure that all the required screws have been provided. The next step would be to pick the angles of degree, which is a matter of personal preference, you will then ensure that you achieve the same distance between the front plate and the binding and the hind plate and the binding. 
  • If you aren’t well versed with attaching the bindings on your snowboard, you could install them in the duck stance position where both of your feet will be angled away. If you don’t like adjusting your bindings anytime you go out then you can stick to the duck stance as it is a good default position.
  • The next step is to put the center screws and fasten them in as you do this ensures that the ankle and toe strap can be accessed from the outside. The above is so that you can enjoy seamless snowboarding. Snowboards come with either a four or three-pin system, and the binding technique is basically the same. 

How to put bindings on a burton snowboard

Snowboarders with snowboard bindings

Burton snowboards normally have two nail channels that are used to mount the bindings, the technology is a game-changer from the normal four-hole inserts in which case the riders will only be required to use two screws. Riders with the burton snowboards can adjust their stance quickly and easily. 

The bindings are equipped with slots on either side complete with a flexible footbed. So, before you attach the bindings you will first have to remove the rubber stopper installed in each of the channels and then put back the bolts on both sides; you will then proceed to insert the stopper back to their positions. Under the binding there has been equipped a plastic ridge designed to rotate the angle dial at the top, ensure that the ridgelines up with the channel for placement so that it can be locked inside. 

You will then move the screws to align with the binding then insert the binding at the top and proceed to fasten the sides with the provided screw, but ensure that it isn’t too tight. The next step is to set the the width by sliding the bindings in opposite directions. There is a round window at the center of the footbed which indicates the board’s reference point, you will, therefore, rotate the binding and set the relevant angle with regard to the numbers in the window. 

Riders using the burton snowboard can move the binding to the front or back to achieve the right sitting position of the boot. So once you establish your stance, you can screw the bolts tightly to ensure that the binding is secured, the advantage of using this EST system is that riders have the option of making fast adjustments while going out or even when wearing the snowboard; Angle alteration is also enabled.

The EST binding is normally used on the burton snowboard so if you are wondering of how to put the EST binding on a snowboard, the above procedure will work. 

How to put binding on a Nitro SFU board

Bindings for the Nitro SFU boards come incorporated with a mini-disc system complete with the angle lock feature that allows riders to achieve the perfect stance when mounting the binding on the board. So once you insert the mini disc on the binding you will proceed to put the screws, then put in on the board and tightly screw it in, remember that the mini discs are used to first set the angle and then you can lock it before finally attaching it to the Nitro SFU snowboard. 

How to put bindings on a new snowboard 

A new snowboard might either be equipped with three or four screws and the procedure of putting the bindings doesn’t change unless it is an EST that allows adjustment on the fly. But if you are a beginner then you will first determine your ideal stance, then set the placement of your bindings, which will vary with regard to whether you are riding a twin an asymmetrical or a directional snowboard. 

Important to note is that before screwing your binding into a place you have to make sure that you have achieved the angle that you want and that the base of your binding is centered right across the width of your board. Be careful not to put the screws in too tight and keep off from the bonding adhesives. Once you have set in your new bindings you must adjust both the angle of the forward lean and the high bac as this will directly affect your body posture and the performance of the board. 

And to achieve the proper leverage during riding you could adjust your toe ramp and footbed, for it to pair with your boot. Lastly, the straps on the binding should be adjusted to fit the boots, you will, therefore, place your boot inside the binding and ensure that both the ankle and toe strap properly latch with maximum comfort. The binding straps should be centered to secure the wearer’s heel to the bindings heel cup for a perfect fit. 

Tips on picking the best snowboard binding

man on snowboard with bindings

Bindings are normally configured to fit at least into three style categories, so before you get on how to put the bindings on the snowboard, you need to determine the degree of binding flex that you want with regard to the flex of your boot. 

If you are a type of rider who spends much of his time sharpening their riding skills also known as park or freestyle riders have their category of snowboard bindings designed to provide a softer flex giving room for easier landings, enough room for error and the option of tweaking grabs. How to put bindings on a snowboard of this nature should not have you burst your brain cells because the procedure is pretty the same, you only have to get the angles right. 

There is also the all-mountain binding designed for the explorative rider, who are in the mood for trying a bit of everything. This type of bindings has incorporated a medium flex necessary for all-purpose use and if you are new on this you might want to learn how to put new bindings on a snowboard, given the varied styles that might leave you with serious injuries if the binding is not well fastened or angled. 

Varied types of snowboard bindings

There are up to three basic types of bindings, the rear-entry binding, the strap in binding, and the burton step-in bindings. The latter has been designed to ensure riders snowboard faster, and must use the burton step on boots, which begs the question, are you conversant with how to put burton bindings on a snowboard.  

For the above, there is a major difference between the burton snowboard and the other common types of snowboards. The burton binding are easily adjustable and achieving the right angle doesn’t take much time, recently manufacturers have made efforts to come up with universal discs to cater to the different types of mounting holes but remember also that different boards have been equipped with varied mounting options and hole patterns. 

So even if most of the provided patterns are compatible with each other, it would also be a great relief if you settle with the right set of bindings. Another important factor to consider when settling with bindings ensure that you have schemed the manufacturer’s individual product pages to come up with the right size binding that will fit you. 


Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.