The slopes are calling and that means it’s time for new gear.
If you’re looking to step your game up this year you’re probably interested in one of the best snowboard bindings.
There’s a few things to consider before making your purchase and I’ll show you what’s most important – after you’ll see my top picks for both men and women.
I’m sure by the time you’re done reading you’ll see a product that you love on this list!
How To Choose Snowboard Bindings
When purchasing bindings, think about the following:
- Look at your skill level and what type of rider you are
- Decide on the type of binding you want
- Make sure the binding you select is compatible with your board
First and foremost, you need determine your own skill level and where you intend to ride. If you’re a beginner or primarily snowboard through the park, you want a binding that’s flexible and has a short highback (the plate that rests on the back of your foot) – this will give you a forgiving ride and ensures you have soft landings.
People with more skill, that tends to snowboard on trail or freeride off trail, will want bindings that are stiffer and have a higher highback – this gives you more precise carves and turns at higher speeds.
Here’s the four kinds of snowboarders and which bindings they would want:
- All mountain: All mountain means you like to ride on all terrains and parts of the mountain (this is what most people are). This class of snowboarders want soft to medium flexes and racers will want something more stiff.
- Freestyle: If you’re someone that spends the majority of their time hitting rails and jumps, then you’re a freestyle rider. If that’s you, you’ll want a binding with a soft flex.
- Freeride: Freerider’s love off trail riding and ungroomed conditions – this can be in the glades or down steep cliff sides. This group of snowboarders will want a stiff binding.
- Powder: These types of riders like to go where the powder is the highest and need stiffer bindings for more control.
After you have this figured out you need to consider the type of binding you want. There’s two kinds and they are:
- Strap Bindings: These are the most common bindings and have straps to keep your boot in place – the back is fixed. You get many options to adjust the straps for a perfect fit too. The only downside is you have to manually unstrap and strap, which can get a little annoying.
- Speed Entry Bindings: These bindings have a back that reclines so you can just slip your foot in quickly. Many recreational riders love this but high performers tend not to because they’re heavier.
Lastly, you need to make sure your bindings are compatible with your board. The picture below shows the common pattern of bolts on a snowboard:
The top two are the most common. You can find the bottom two on some Burton snowboards. Most bindings work with more than one of these patterns or all.
Here’s a video that pretty much sums up everything I said:
Not too bad right? Now that you know what to look for when making your purchase let’s take a look at my top picks for now – women are directly after.
Best Snowboard Bindings For Men
Price: Around $$$$
If you’re looking for top of the line bindings, look no further than the Burton Malavita – this is actually the bindings the guy in the video up top is showing off.
What makes these binding so great is they work for basically everyone. It’s extremely comfortable, easy to use and has a medium flex. Because of this, people who like to stay on trail, freestyle riders, beginners, intermediates and the advanced will enjoy being strapped into the Malavita’s.
The only group I would say should look elsewhere is big mountain snowboarders (people that go into the backcountry). Everyone else will get plenty of use out of these bindings.
Some features that you’ll like include:
- Baseplate that’s made with dual density EVA ensures you are in a natural stance when riding and this lessens fatigue and improves comfort.
- B3 Gel eases harsh landings and provides a good amount of padding.
- Canting Living Hinge Hi-Back takes away some unnecessary weight and adds a bit of performance. It also lets you adjust your forward lean.
- Heel hammock means you’ll get more responsiveness which equals better handling.
- Flex slider allows you to slide right into these bindings without being slowed down or letting anything get in your way.
- Double Take Buckles are durable and let’s you tighten up quickly, with less cranks.
Because these are so well made they’re not cheap. Do I think they’re worth it? Definitely. They fit almost any riding style and you’ll have a hard time finding a better set.
They also come in 8 different colors so you should find one that matches your board.
The GNU Mutant is an affordable option for people not looking to give up much in the performance department. In fact, this product can be used by pretty advanced snowboarders.
That’s mainly because of the quality of these bindings and the stiffness of the flex – it gets an 8 out of 10 in this department. This is perfect for any person that has a need for speed. It also works for people that like to cruise through powder and hop off trail.
Additionally, you’ll enjoy that they come with:
- Aluminum baseplate that’s made from Hyper core 6061 aluminum. This materials is ultra lightweight and improves responsiveness.
- Triple dampening wrap is handy when you’re going through bumpy terrain or getting air – it eats up vibrations and hard impacts for a more enjoyable ride.
- Comprex ankle strap ensures you’ll be in comfort all day long
- Micro buckle enables you to quickly add or reduce tension for a perfect fit.
- Auto Lever means you can slide right in your bindings without any problems.
I mentioned the price is pretty affordable and I believe that’s true. You don’t want bindings that are too cheap because they’ll be low quality and take away from your snowboarding experience.
At this price you get a product that’s quality and will make you happy out there. That’s a good deal in my book.
K2 Lien FS
If you’re someone that loves downhill riding or to test your boundaries off trail, the K2 Lien FS is not the bindings for you.
The Lien FS is best suited for the park and freestyle riders. The flex on these are about as soft as you can get and this means soft landings. This is perfect for anyone addicted to air and rails.
If that sounds like you, you’ll also like that it has:
- Tunable Tripod Chassis comes with toe strap adjustment and this means you can adjust the fit easily.
- Harshmellow Shockpads dampens harsh vibrations and ensures soft landings – again this is perfect for park riders.
- Canted Seamless EVA Footbed adds comfort and allows you to stand in a natural stance. Because of this you’ll be able to go longer into the day and get extra support.
- Tweakback FS highback is flexible and provides extra heel support.
- Hella Ratchet means it’s extremely easy to exit and enter these bindings.
Everything about this product is lightweight too and it’s designed to move.
The price is right where you’d expect it to be. Just remember, these bindings are made for the park – jumps, pipe and rails. If that’s your thing you’ll be over the moon for the Lien’s.
5th Element Stealth 3
If you don’t have a ton of cash to spend this year or just don’t feel like paying a few hundred for your bindings, the 5th Element Stealth 3’s will work for you – they’re one of the cheaper products on this list
This product isn’t really made for the best of the best and should be worn by intermediates and down (park riders can rock the Stealth 3’s too).
Some features that make these bindings worth considering are:
- Convertible toe straps ensure you are locked in place and gives you a good amount of control.
- The base comes with padding that prevents annoying vibrations from distracting you from the slopes. This means you’ll be comfortable out there too.
- The forward lean adjustment gives you the stance you want. This is a key feature and allows you to get a custom ride.
Like I said they’re pretty cheap. It’s rare to find bindings under $100 that are worth it but that’s not the case here.
They’re definitely not on the same level as the bindings you’ve already seen but not everyone needs that type of performance, especially beginners. So if you’re new to the sport or like to take it easy, this product will work for you.
Flow Fuse GT
Flow Fuse GT is another product that works well for almost all riders. It’s stiff enough that you can get precise handling but not too stiff where they won’t work in the park.
The only group I would recommend stay away are absolute beginners and people that like to take it slow – the Fuse GT is not for you.
If you have a little bit of skill (at least a sold intermediate), though, these bindings will be right up your alley. Some aspects that you’ll like include:
- Fusion Power Straps ensure you’re locked in place, comfortably. These straps give you control and support too.
- Reclining highback means you can slip your boots right into them quickly and easily.
- Steel Power Triangle cables give you even more control and let’s your transfer energy from the highback to the base with ease.
- Aluminum alloy heel cup gives you additional support.
- OC-Kush cushioned heel pads limit the effects of impacts and lessens vibrations. This leads to a much more enjoyable ride.
These aren’t cheap but they’re not overly expensive either. They’re a fair price for what you’re getting and one you shouldn’t mind paying. I know you’ll agree if you decide on this product.
Here’s another set of bindings from Burton and there’s a reason there’s so many on this list – they’re one of the best binding makers. In fact, they’re one of the best companies for snowboard gear and equipment. You can find high quality snowboard jackets, snowboards, gloves, snowboard boots, and more from them.
Their Genesis’ are top of the line too.
What I love here is these bindings work for everyone. You can be someone that loves bombing trails, cruising through powder, the park and you’ll get use out of the Genesis’. The flex is right in that sweet spot that’s perfect for all riders.
Also, they come with:
- Single component base plate is playful and ensures you’ll have fun out there.
- Lightweight Re:Flex Binding System. You’ll like how responsive this feature makes the bindings.
- B3 Gel adds a bit of comfort and cushion. This lessens vibrations and improves how well this product dampens.
- Ergonomic highback let’s you stand in a natural stance. This means you’ll be more comfortable while riding and you won’t get tired easily.
- Hammock straps use less materials and are easy to use.
- Double take buckles with Insta-Click technology. You’ll be able to crank and get the perfect fit faster than ever because of this.
The price is pretty high on these bindings. They’re one of the best products on this list, though, and it’s normal that they’d cost that much.
You get a 1 year warranty on the Genesis’ too and I’m guessing you’ll get much more than that out of these.
Rome 390 Boss
Like the product you just saw, the Rome 390 Boss is a product that works well for everyone – the stiffness is a 6/10 which means it excels pretty much everywhere. The only difference is the Rome 390 isn’t the same quality but it’s less expensive.
This makes the 390 Boss’ one of the best values on this list. Some other features include:
- V-Rod Baseplate is flexible and adds a bit playfulness.
- SubBase Pad is dampening and gives you a little extra cushioning for a better riding experience.
- Full Highback Rotation adds more responsiveness and more fun.
- AutoStrap technology means you’ll easily be able to slide into these bindings.
- Multi Strap Position gives you multiple straps for a custom fit.
- Quick-Adjust for Strap Length takes away the need for screwdrivers to adjust the length of the strap.
Even though these bindings are pretty cheap they come with a nice warranty – 2 years. Most bindings last multiple years but only have a 1 year warranty. It’s cool to see a product that isn’t hundreds of dollars and still has a good guarantee.
The only people I would say shouldn’t buy these bindings is anyone that rides in extreme conditions, like freeride or backcountry. This class of snowboarders will want a higher quality binding – one that’s a little more stiff too.
The Ride Revolt is yet another binding that has a flex that’s not too stiff or too soft. When you have a flex like that it means you can go pretty much everywhere except the untamed backcountry. This group needs a super stiff binding for the most precise control possible – their safety depends on it.
But a trail rider and someone that loves the park doesn’t need or particularity want an ultra stiff binding. They want something a little more forgiving and that’s exactly what the Revolt’s are.
If that sounds like something you’d like, you’ll also enjoy that these come with:
- Forged Aluminum Micro-Disc is lighter than most bases and you’ll be able to go a little faster because of this.
- EVA Basebad provides some cushioning and absorbs unwanted vibrations.
- Slimeback DE Highback also helps in the shock absorbent department and gives you additional support.
- Freestlye straps come in handy in the park because they help with soft landings and are cushioned.
- AstroGlyde buckles is really lightweight and rocks a minimalist design.
- Aluminum Edge Chassis System is easy to adjust and adds a bit of durability. You’ll be able to use this product year after year with this chassis system.
The price isn’t all that bad eithe. It’s not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive either.
So if you’re an all around snowboarder and want a quality binding, this is the option for you.
The Salomon District, like many of the bindings on this list, comes with a medium flex (5 out 10 stiffness). This is perfect for the casual and recreational rider. Someone that likes to get their speed fix downhill and get their park fix by hitting jumps and rails. Not an expert (even though professional Jeb Anderson rocks these) but by no means a beginner.
If that sounds like you, you’ll like the District’s. I definitely know you’ll like the ShadowFit Baseplate too. This feature takes away weight and this leads to more performance.
Other features that make this product worth it include:
- Kevlar Quickwire adds a bit of support.
- Full EVA Padding ensures you won’t be distracted by annoying vibrations and makes landing nice and soft.
- District highback gives you a forward lean for more responsiveness.
- 3D Asym Supreme Ankle Strap locks your heel in place and provides extra comfort.
- Powerglide Aluminum Buckles are easy to adjust and helps you get in and out the bindings very quickly.
- MP Ratchets means you get a tighter and precise fit with less cranks.
This price is about where you’d expect it to be. They come with that rare 2 year warranty too, so they’re definitely worth that and probably more.
Burton Custom EST
You’ve already seen two Burton bindings on this list that were pretty expensive. While the Burton Custom EST’s aren’t cheap, they’re not as expensive. For Burton quality that’s a good deal.
These bindings are very soft in terms of flex and that means they’re tailor made for the park. If you’re someone that lives and breaths getting air and hitting rails, this is the product for you. Anyone that is more into speed and the backcountry will want to look elsewhere.
If you’re in the first class of riders you’ll like the top features, which include:
- Single Component EST makes the Custom EST’s lightweight and ultra comfortable with added cushioning.
- Single Component Highback construction makes this product extremely responsive.
- Zero Forward Lean enhances the playfulness of these bindings and ensures a relaxed riding stance. This is key for freestyler’s.
- Gettagrip Capstrap locks your foot in place for more control.
- Lushstrap is extremely durable and protects your ankles from getting hurt.
- Smooth Glide Buckles that are easy to use and let’s you strap yourself in very quickly.
If you want Burton quality and performance (who doesn’t?) and don’t want to shell out $300, the Custom EST’s will definitely work for you. Just make sure you’re the type of rider these bindings are made for.
Best Snowboard Bindings For Women
First up for women is the Burton Lexa. This is a binding you’d be extremely lucky to ride with and one that I know you will love if you decide on.
Not everyone should purchase this product, though. It comes with a very stiff flex (9 out of 10) and that means you should be pretty skilled to have fun with the Lexa’s. Also, they’re not the best for freestyle riders either. So if the park is where you call home, you’ll want something a little softer.
These bindings are perfect for people to push their limits in terms of speed and for anyone that plans on facing challenging terrain, like the backcountry and big mountain.
If that’s you, you’ll like that this product comes with:
- A lightweight baseplate ensures you can perform your highest without being slowed down.
- B3 Gel adds some cushioning and gives you a damp ride. All vibrations are soaked up with these bindings.
- Single Component Construction makes sure the highback is nice and responsive.
- DialFLAD gives you control over the forward lean of your bindings. This is handy when you plan on facing different conditions and terrains.
- Asym Hammockstrap rocks a minimal design and is ultra comfortable/supportive.
- Double Take Buckles With Insta-Click fastens you in quickly and with less effort – this makes life easy and your day more enjoyable.
Because these are such high quality they’re pretty pricey. If you want to treat yourself and ride with the best this year (and you have the skill to handle them), you should definitely consider the Lexa’s.
If you don’t want to spend that much there’s plenty of other options for you to choose from on this list.
If the last bindings were a little too rich for your blood, then you’ll like the Rome Shift’s. They’re not quite the same quality but they’re similar in a lot of ways. They’re even made for a similar class of riders and that’s because they’re pretty stiff (7 out of 10).
These bindings work well in pretty much all parts of the mountain and most trails/terrains too. Maybe someone that spends 100% of their time in the park will want a softer product but causal park riders won’t mind the stiffness.
If you consider yourself a versatile snowboarder you’ll like the other features too, which include:
- SubBase Pad adds a bit of cushioning so your ride is much more comfortable and smoother.
- Full Highback Rotation gives your more control and responsiveness – it won’t take a lot of effort to get the board to move the way you want it to.
- Contour Ankle Strap is low profile and secures your ankle.
- Multiple strap positions let’s you get the exact amount of tightness and support you want/need.
- Quick Adjust Strap Length takes away the need of a screwdriver when making adjustments.
- Can adjust the forward lean with any tools as well and this gives you more control over the feel of your ride.
Even though you get all this and you get a two year warranty, the Shift will not cost too much. That’s a great deal for all that you’re getting and these bindings are one of the best values on this list.
The first bindings you saw were very stiff with a 9 out of 10 flex rating. The second bindings you saw were less stiff but still pretty stiff at at 7 out of 10. The Now Vetta’s, however, are smack dab in the middle in terms of flex at 5 out of 10.
This means the Vetta’s truly are perfect for all mountain riders. If you like to divide your time all over this is a set of bindings you must consider.
If you’re not sold yet, take a look at the top features:
- Light baseplate that’s also very strong
- Flex Hinge Highback with EVA Padding ensures you have a comfortable ride and takes away all chatter. Your focus won’t be distracted from the trail with these on your board.
- Sieva Ankle straps are ultra strong and durable. You’ll feel supported and locked in place with these straps.
- Buckles 2.0 can handle anything you throw at them and are meant to last season after season.
This product also comes with Skatetech which improves performance and your riding experience. Here’s a video that explains it a little better:
Pretty cool, right?
The Vetta’s are pretty expensive. I really do like these bindings, however, and believe they’re worth that. I think you’ll agree if you decide on them.
Flow Juno Fusion
Here we have another set of bindings that aren’t too stiff or too soft (5 out of 10 flex). The only difference between the ones you just saw and the Flow Juno Fusion is the Fusion’s are a little cheaper.
But not everyone needs top of the line, absolute best equipment on the market. If you’re a recreational snowboarder and aren’t super serious about your time on the slopes, these bindings will work well for you.
You’ll like that they come with:
- Glass Filled Nylon Baseplate is lively and lightweight.
- EVA footbed makes this product very comfortable and this means you’ll enjoy your day more.
- Fusion Powerstrap provides top level support and adds even more comfort.
- Locking Strap Ratchet Aluminum Buckles ensures you can slip right into these bindings without any problems – they take away a little weight too.
- Rear Entry System takes away the need to strap in all the time at the top of the lift.
- Is compatible with basically every screw pattern on most boards (2X4, 4X4, Burton 3D, Channel
I mentioned before these are pretty affordable. This is the perfect option for anyone not wanting to break the bank this year but still wants quality – you’ll get exactly that with the Fusions.
GNU is a company I like and a couple of my friends ride with their snowboards – they all love their gear and equipment. Their B-Forward’s is a nice set of bindings and one that works well all on all terrain.
The B-Forward’s can charge through the backcountry, give you precise handling when you open things up and you can have fun in the park with them. This is the type of day I like to have and I know a lot of others like it this way too. Why spend all your time on one part when you can go everywhere?
If you think that way, you’ll appreciate other features which include:
- Lightweight base ensures you have maximum maneuverability and edge response.
- EVA Footbed gives you comfort from your heel all the way to your toe.
- Asym Highback is ergonomic in design and is designed to fit your leg perfectly – it also improves speed and mobility.
- Reclining highback also helps in the speed department.
- Asym straps are extra supportive and this ensures you’ll feel safe and locked in place.
- Micro Buckles allow you to slide right in and out of these bindings. You can quickly adjust them too.
The price is pretty fair too and they’re not too high or cheap. This product may not be best for the most advanced riders on earth but everyone else will love these bindings – all the way from beginners to very strong intermediates.
Here we have another product from Burton and their Escapade’s are as high quality as the one you saw previously. The Escapade’s are made specifically for high performing women and you should have a good amount of skill to rock these.
I’m not saying you have to be an expert but I’d recommend being able to handle most trails on the mountain. A mellow intermediate and down will find this product too high performing the way a new driver would find a Ferrari to fast.
If you have what it takes to have these on your board, you’ll like that they come with:
- Single component baseplate is responsive and can handle all terrain.
- Re:Flex Binding System takes away some weight and provides a good amount of cushioning.
- B3 Gel that’s found on many other binding systems. This gel is dampening and does a good job eating up any vibrations.
- Zero Lean Canted High Back is ergonomically designed to fit the shape of your leg. You have the option to dial them forward for more control when you open things up.
- Hammockstrap has a minimal design and keeps you locked in place.
- Double Take Buckles With Insta-Click means you can crank in faster with less effort.
- Women’s specific True Fit Design is engineered specifically for the needs of women.
Since these bindings are so expensive they cost a bit of money. For the right rider, you should definitely consider this product, even at this price. Those who value speed and performance will love the Escapade’s.
A lot of the bindings you’ve seen already were specifically for women that are obsessed with speed and women that like to venture off into the backcountry. The Salomon Spell is designed for women that like to take things mellow or anyone that likes to primarily stay in the park.
The flex on the Spell’s are extremely soft and this is good for freestyle riders. You can take off from jumps and expect to land with out any issues.
If that sounds awesome to you, you’ll like the top features which include:
- Zone Baseplate is extremely durable and is comfortable too. You’ll like riding all day because of this.
- Full EVA Padding is another reason these bindings are so comfortable. This also reduces fatigue and ensures you get more out of your riding sessions.
- Freeframe High Back is lightweight and allows you to get more air during your park runs.
- Lock-In Toe Strap secures your foot and keeps you in place.
- Tool Free Strap Adjustment ensures you won’t need tools to make any tweaks.
- Composite Buckles are easy to use and won’t strain you.
The price is excellent too. At that price basically everyone can afford it. I’d look elsewhere if you’re pretty advanced, though. You’ll want something with a little more to it if you have a lot of skill.
The Flow Minx is a set of bindings that I like and is one that basically everyone can enjoy. It has a medium flex and that means you can take on almost any terrain with this. The only type of rider I would say shouldn’t purchase these are big mountain snowboarders – they’ll want something a little stiffer.
If you’re someone that likes to divide your attention all over the mountain (different types of trails, the park, moderate backcountry), you’ll like what you get here.
You’ll also like that it comes with:
- Molded Composite Baseplate is very durable and forgiving. This means you won’t feel overwhelmed when you’re going fast.
- Full EVA cushioning in the toe and heel for comfort.
- Molded Composite Uniback Hiback can recline fully and this means you can put your boots into these very quickly and exit quickly.
- Fusion Powerstrap provides a good amount of support and comfortably keeps your ankle/foot in place.
- Locking Slap Ratchet Buckles are another reason these bindings are so simple to get in and out of.
The best part about this product is they’re not that expensive. This is a really great price and a great value. If you want to save a little cash this year without giving up much in the performance department, you should definitely consider the Minx’s.
Last on the list is a high performing binding and the Ride Fame should be reserved for people that are quite aggressive. If you like to go slow and don’t like taking risks on the slopes, you should probably look elsewhere.
The Fame’s can be rode everywhere too. It has a flex that works well on all terrains and you can even use these bindings on pretty extreme trails.
Some top features include:
- Extremely comfortable and you’ll appreciate this if you’re someone that gets out there a lot.
- Aluminum baseplate takes away some weight and is ultra responsive – you’ll feel in complete control with these bindings on your board.
- Adjustable heel cup means you get a custom fit and this is good for comfort too.
These aren’t cheap, though. If you’re a high performer you’re probably used to paying a little extra for the best. The Fame’s are one of the best products on this list and it makes sense they’re a little extra.
Ride With The Best This Year!
There’s nothing better than hitting the slopes. To ensure you have your best day, though, you’re going to need high quality gear and equipment – this includes your bindings.
Get the right bindings and you’ll ride your absolute highest this year and be in complete comfort. Get the wrong ones and not so much.
No matter your budget or needs there’s a product listed here that should work perfectly for you.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll answer as quickly as possible. You can search around the snowboard section up top if you want to see more gear reviews and tips.
How excited are you to get out there with your new bindings this year?