How to Choose Snowboard Bindings

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When picking out snowboard bindings, it's important to consider what size shoe the rider wears, what style of a rider they are, and the difference between male and female bindings. Choose between snowboard bindings with soft or stiff high backs with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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And in this clip, we're going to go over how to choose a snowboard binding. First thing... are you male or female? That's very important. Also, what size shoe do you wear? And what style rider you are... if you're a female, you want to choose a female specific binding. Again, a lower high back, a narrower tray, and then your style is going to determine whether you need a softer high back, how it flexes, or a stiffer high back, meaning are you park rider or are you big mountain rider... or are you something in between? If you're a male, again, small, medium, large, or extra large will determine what size binding best suits your size boot. And then again once you have that, are you a freestyle rider? Do you want a soft or a stiff? Again, very soft high back, flexible try, ergonomically made heel strap... but is it stiff or soft? If you're looking for a soft back, it's great for freestyle--park riding, sliding rails, doing jumps... a little bit more mobility in the high back and in the tray to execute freestyle movers. Versus a stiff high back and a stiff heel strap and a stiff tray are great for big mountain riding, high speed groomers, hucking off of cliffs... you're going to have a better day with a stiffer high back. Then you can look at a medium flex, something not super stiff, something not super soft, something for that all around rider. Again, very important the heel strap, the tray, and the high back. And then some people, they just want ease. Something that they can get in and out of real quick, not a whole lot of bells and whistles... something that might be a rear entry binding where you can easily slip your foot in, lift it up, that's all you got to do. Ready to rock and roll, as fast as a skier, but a lot cooler.

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