December 3, 2021

How to Install Snowboard Bindings

by Brad

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Snowboarding is a sport that is full of fun. Understanding various aspects of the equipment is also another significant aspect of the sport. Not every other day, you will find people who can readily mount snowboards or install snowboard bindings. 

However, it does not cause any harm to learn how to go about it. Learning to mount the snowboard by yourself is beneficial since you can customize it to meet your preferences. In addition, it can also help to cut costs. While someone may not learn every bit at once, learning how to install snowboard bindings is a great first step to start. 

Fundamentally, snowboard binding installation is an easy process that requires a few essential tools. This article intends to enlighten the reader on a few aspects involved in the installation of snowboard bindings. 

Additionally, those who prefer to learn by watching someone perform the installation process can do so by visiting the following this link and this link. This will enable the reader to learn how to install and change the bindings at pleasure. 

Reasons Why You Should Install the Bindings by Yourself

Snowboard Binding and the Board Compatibility
  • Saves money for you: It is true that shops do not charge exorbitantly to install the bindings. If someone can save a dime a day, they would have a few more dollars to spend on a rainy day. 
  • Unexpected occurrences: Sometimes, there are random occurrences where immediate installation skills will be required. Such knowledge will be of great benefit during such times. For example, if the equipment breaks while riding and the rider happens to have the necessary installation skills, they will have saved on the loss they would incur by cessation of their adventure.

Fitting the Bindings to the Boots

Typically, bindings are made of different sizes. The first thing, in this case, will be ensuring the bindings an individual gets are the right bindings for their foot. The next thing is to ensure that the various sizes are appropriately adjusted so that the bindings can fit on the boards appropriately. 

A wrench will help achieve this task which initially involves removing the bolts found at the base of ankle straps. This is followed by moving the straps outwardly or inwardly and then replacing the bolts.

Snowboard Binding and the Board Compatibility

The binding base plates have bolts or discs that are attached to the snowboard binding interface. They come with multiple plates, a crucial factor in enhancing their compatibility with most snowboards. 

Ordinarily, many snowboards feature 4×4 or 2×4 bolt mounting patterns. Others, such as Burton boards, feature a diamond-shaped “3D” bolt pattern. 

Other Burton boards have The Channel System, which is designed to work with Burton EST bindings. There are other boards from various manufacturers specifically designed to be compatible with the Channel System if someone purchases those compatible with them. 

Tools Used to Mount Snowboard Bindings 

Most of the snowboards will require a No. 3 Philips screwdriver which is used to mount the bindings. The other essential tool is a wrench which helps to fit the bindings into the boots. Quick adjustments are possible with a multi-tool which usually comes with other additional tools like Allen keys, wrenches, and flathead screwdrivers. 

Reasons Why You Should Install the Bindings by Yourself

Find the Right and Left Binding

The direction of the curve is crucial in helping to determine the difference between the right and the left bindings. Another way of identifying the bindings is by looking at the binding straps. They usually start on the inside and buckle towards the outside.

Finding and Offsetting the Stance Width

Stance width: There are markings on the boards that indicate the center-mount screw holes for each binding. One should start with the center mount and see how it rides. There are innumerable variations between the foot angle, binding position, and stance width. When riding, it is advisable to play around with the various options till one can acquire the right balance. 

When riding bigger snowboards or in cases on experiences high pressure on the quads, they should shorten the stance. This is best done by fine-tuning the stance, something achievable by measuring the length of the shinbone. An individual’s shinbone distance, which is the distance from the heel to below the knee, is a good measure of an appropriate distance for the width of the stance. 

Stance offset: Most of the boards direct for a mounting position close to the center of the board. The position is vital in providing easy turning and all-around control. As someone gains experience snowboarding, they may find that they prefer offsetting the bindings towards the back of the boards. Offsetting adds more fun to the activity by offering better flotation and aggressive turning.

Choosing the Correct Binding Angles

One may position the snowboard’s bindings so that the feet can be angled backward, between, or forward. Newbies should mount the snowboard bindings in the “duck stance” position. Usually, the position has the angle of both feet positioned far from each other. 

Most of the snowboards usually position the front biding at an angle of 15. The rear one is usually somewhere between an angle of -6 and 0, which is a great learning position. It enhances the rider to distribute their weight properly and also to learn accurately. 

A duck stance is a great default position since most riders don’t like forming the habit of adjusting their stance angles whenever they are riding.

Fitting the Bindings to the Boots

Steps followed to Mount Snowboard Bindings

The steps outlined below will be useful for those who intend to mount bindings in the default “duck distance,” relying on the standard stance width (front binding at 15 back binding at -6). If someone prefers the bindings to be set at different angles, they will have to adjust and follow the same steps. 

Installing the Front Binding (Disc Bindings)

  1. Get the front biding (the left binding if the person rides regular or the right for goofy riders) and the disc. Then position them at an individual’s desirable angle.
  2. Afterward, someone should then place the snowboard bindings and the disc together. That is, over the center screws of the board in the snowboard. 
  3. Loosely, turn in the first screw.
  4. Insert the other screws and continue to screw them in loosely. Tighten the screws once you are sure the bindings are properly positioned. Avoid over-tightening the screws. 

Mounting the Front Binding (Burton EST Bindings)

  1. With the aid of the screwdriver, bulge the Channel plug out of the channel at the snowboard front. If someone is unsure of the end at the front of the snowboard, they can identify the writing on the board. The end that is above the writing is usually the front. 
  2. Next, slide the channel inserts to fit on The Channel opening and then reinsert the plugs.
  3. Get the front biding (the left binding if the person rides regular or the right for goofy riders) and place the binding above The Channel Inserts.
  4. Take the screws and insert them into The Channel inserts ensuring that they are sufficiently secured to aid the sliding of the binding.
  5. Slide the binding to the desirable stance.
  6. Swivel the binding to set the stance at an angle of 15. The degrees are visible on the window of the stance indicator. 
  7. Place the binding in a position that enhances the same angle for the front boot and behind the heel. 
  8. Finalize by tightening the screws one at a time until they are sufficiently and properly tightened. 
Choosing the Correct Binding Angles

Mounting the Back Snowboard Bindings

This involves applying the same steps outlined for mounting the front snowboard bindings. However, the angle is set at -6 instead of 15.

More Tips with Snowboard Bindings

Someone may have never had a chance to try different stances or angles with their mounting position. However, once someone has gained experience installing the bindings, it will allow them to experiment easily with whatever positions they may please. 

Most snowboard riders usually ride with whatever stance they are given without exploring numerous of the available options. Notably, even a slight change of the angle or stance can grant more comfort and better performance. 

It is vital to regularly check the screws to ensure they are both in place and tight. This is because a loose binding poses a great danger to the rider. It can also damage the board. Therefore, it is important to examine and shake the bindings before going for adventures visually. This will reveal any screws that may require tightening. 

Final Thoughts on How to Install Snowboard Binding 

As we have noted throughout the article learning how to install snowboard bindings is full of fun as it teaches fine details of the process. It is also a money-saving experience and, therefore, a worthy course. 

It is good to note that nobody should attempt to install snowboard bindings if they are unsure of the correct methodology. Rather, they should consult with an expert who will either guide them appropriately or install for them. This is because a slight mistake can lead to injuries or damage to the board.

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About the author 


Brad is a professional climber in the discipline of traditional climbing. He often jokes that he can get a book to read during the long climbs. Of course, it always goes well with a good cup of coffee. Drinking coffee is his safer hobby.

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