About Snowboarding Boots & Bindings

About Snowboarding Boots & Bindings
There are three main pieces of snowboarding gear: snowboard, bindings and boots. Bindings and boots work closely together to give the rider full control over the snowboard. They are essential to turning, stopping and maneuvering the snowboard.

Function

Boots and bindings work closely together to allow you to effectively move the snowboard. The boots fit snugly around your feet, and the bindings, which are screwed onto the snowboard, wrap tightly around your boots.

Fit

Fit is the most important aspect of snowboarding boots and bindings. The boots need to be fitted to the rider and should be tight around the feet without causing discomfort. Bindings, in turn, need to fit the boots properly and fully secure the boots into place.

Styles

Bindings and boots come in several different styles, largely designated by how flexible or stiff each is. Bindings and boots that are ideal for park, pipe and jibbing are on the softer side, while those designed for freeride are stiffer to provide quicker response and more stability at higher speeds.

Types

Bindings come in two primary types: strap and rear entry. The main feature distinguishing boots is the lacing system, which can be regular boot laces, one-pull speed lacing or Boa cable lacing.

Purchase

Always be sure that your boots and bindings are compatible before purchasing new equipment. Check that the boots fit comfortably into the baseplate and also that the straps of the binding secure the boot.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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