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Bindings - Flexibility, boot and board Compatibility
bindings Flexibility

Bindings also have different flexibilities and, just like the boards, softer bindings are more used in freestyle for their tweak ability and harder bindings are more used in freeride because they offer the so needed support in big landings, hard carves, and fast powder slashes.
Then each brand, and sometimes each model, has it's particularities. From smaller highbacks or even no highbacks at all to different designs and materials.




bindings / board Compatibility (Inserts type)

There are 4 types of inserts used in snowboards to attach the bindings (4x4 standard inserts; 4x2 standard inserts; burton 3x3 inserts; burton EST channel system), 2 standard ones and 2 from burton only. All the brands make boards with 4x2 or with 4x4 inserts and burton makes boards with all the four types of inserts.
Before burton invented their EST channel system and their 3D inserts all bindings came prepared to fit only 4x2 or 4x4 inserts. But because a big percentage of all the boards out there are burton snowboards, bindings brands have adapted and began to make bindings with discs that fit 3 or even all the 4 types of snowboard inserts. So it's not that easy to get some incompatibility nowadays, but keep an eye on it if you want be sure.
When buying bindings, if you already have a snowboard or if your are buying board + bindings, make sure that the bindings discs fit on your snowboards inserts.
If by any reason you end up with bindings that don't fit your boards inserts, you can look for replacement discs for your bindings that will fit your snowboards inserts.




bindings / boots Compatibility

What connects you to your board. The bindings have different sizes for different boot sizes (probably Small, Medium, Large). You don't want them to be too big for your boots and you definitely don't want them to be too small. Too small your boots won't fit and too big your boots will move inside the bindings and you will get less support from them.
Be careful if buying online, look for the specs. If buying on a shop, the best way to make sure you buy the right bindings for your feet/boots is to try and put one of your boots on the binding and see how it fits. If that is not possible and you're on a true snowboard shop, ask the seller for the appropriate bindings size according to your boot size (and brand and model). Check the specs. on the binding's box if you're buying on any random shop. Either way, you will need to know your snowboard boots size or to have them with you.




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