Are Snowboard Bindings Universal? (All You Need to Know)

Snowboarding is becoming a popular pastime as destination vacations are coming on the horizon. It is a fun activity to do on your own and with your friends and family as well. For a proper and safe snowboarding experience, proper bindings are extremely important.

Are snowboard bindings universal?

Most modern binding companies make their products compatible with the channel system, so they are universal in that sense. Burton bindings will always work with any and all Burton snowboards, but for other brands, Burton bindings need them to have four-hole discs and not three-hole discs.

A snowboard’s binding is an integral piece of equipment that makes or breaks the snowboarders riding experience. Since they are directly connected to the board itself, they transfer the muscle movement of the rider to the board.

So it is imperative they are matched to the board and your riding style for a smooth riding experience.

Are all snowboard bindings universal?

Despite some bindings being labeled universal, no, they are not. There are some that may fit other designs, some may not. Burton has a unidisc that will fit both 3 and 4 holes, but it is mostly dependent on the model and manufacturer.

There is no one singular disc that will fit all bindings since they are proprietary to the manufacturer. But most binding companies will try to make sure their products are compatible with the Channel system since that is one of the most popular designs.

The dark side of having such a “universal” binding system is that they are in the higher price range, but they can be customized to have a “universal disc” that can be purchased separately.

When they label something “universal” in most cases they mean they are universal for select brands and products, so that’s where they can be exchanged for one another.

Most bindings that have bolts in them will fit the 2 x 4 variation and the 4 x 4 one as well. However, the 3D and Channel fits will mostly work with Burton gears and a select few exceptions.

It is recommended that you check the mounting system before buying a new board or replacing them.

Do snowboard bindings fit all boots?

Snowboard bindings do not fit all boots if they are off different brands. Snowboard bindings have three general sizes, Small (s/m), Medium (m/l), and Large (l/xl) so you need to have the right size of bindings that will work harmoniously with your boots.

It is a rather good idea to check out the manufacturer’s binding size chat so you know what size of binding you will need and you can be expertly prepared.

A properly fit binding will allow the rider to easily flex the boot, but not sway. They should securely grip and fall into place with each other.

By boots, we mean proper snowboarding appropriate shoes, which have their own size charts which in turn have their binding counterparts. Fret not; most boots tend to fit into most bindings, regardless of the brand.

Just make sure you have the binding size be based on your boot size by checking the manufacturer’s size chart.

Are snowboard binding discs universal?

Most brand manufacturers make and provide universal discs for the easier usability of their products. Even if they are not in the “universal” design, there are still multiple compatible discs that will cover the different mounting holes.

Drake bindings have the option of making two discs that are basically compatible with all board mounting patterns, so you could look into them, for a simpler solution.

Are snowboard binding screws universal?

Snowboard binding screws are not universal if they are off different brands. Snowboard bindings screws depend on the specific binding you are using. Usually, they are a standard M6 size/thread and run around 15 mm long.

Again, such intricate gear parts are entirely dependent on the brand, model, and maker.

Do snowboard bindings have sizes?

Snowboard bindings come in three sizes generally- small, medium, and large. But they can also include small/medium, medium/large, and even large/extra large so their grounds are covered for everyone regardless of their height and weight.

However, it should be noted that these sizes are not universal or the industry standard. This means one brand’s small boot might not fit another brand’s size labeled small.

It is advised that you look through the products page when going for sizing so you know the exact measurements and do not have buyer’s regret.

What size bindings do I need for my snowboard?

The binding you go for is highly dependent on your boot size, as it is mentioned earlier. 

For Burton, they have the option to measure the binding size by going for men’s or women’s boot size, and you can even find UK, Euro, and even Mondo boot size comparisons.

So, when going for binding sizes, you need to know the size of your snowboard boots. A typical medium-sized binding will correlate with a size of 7 to 9, this means that binding will fit and work correctly with a snowboard boot sized 7, 8, or 9.

You should also know that for snowboard bindings, gender matters since the sizes are different for men, women, and kids.

This does not inherently mean that if you are a woman you have to find and wear a women’s binding. Think of it more as a guiding point that will help you find one suited best for your needs.

How do I know what bindings to get for my snowboard?

As mentioned earlier, your bindings must correlate with your snowboarding boots. Knowing the size of your boots will also help you to know which binding to get. A perfectly fit binding will let your boot flex, but not wobble or shift too much.

You will know you got the right binding when the boots will not hang excessively off the bindings once placed and strapped in. They should not be strapped painfully tightly either.

You may also look into which type of binding you are going for the common ones are Strap in and Speed (rear) entry bindings. Both types have their pros and cons and so are dependent on your riding style.

It is advised that beginners do not go for the strap in bindings since it is rather more difficult to strap in standing up for amateurs.

Overall, the three main things you should look into when going for bindings are Fit, Flex, and Features of the bindings and what they can allow you to do.

How much should I spend on snowboard bindings?

Snowboarding is a rather expensive hobby, but this does not mean you have to break the bank for it. The products are well-made and sturdy enough for them to pay themselves off in the long run.

Since the three main components of the snowboard setup are the board itself, the boots, and bindings, a portion of your budget has to understandably be dedicated to the binding.

A decent used snowboard with bindings can be around 100 to 300 dollars, whereas a spanking brand new one can be anywhere from $400 to $600. If you want to get new in-season bindings, they can set you back for 150 to 210 dollars.

However, you can save some bucks by going for the past season or closeout models. Entry-level bindings are about 150 dollars whereas the top of the range can be $400 and more.

How far apart should snowboard bindings be?

The distance you need your bindings to be is technically called Stance Width. In this case, it is a personal preference for all snowboarding enthusiasts as it depends on how and where you feel most comfortable and in control.

To begin with, you can try having it be around the same distance as your shoulder width as a starter. As you get used to it, you can start bringing them closer or wider to see which one works better for you.

A wider stance means you can have more stability but less control over turns and spins. It is the exact opposite when you bring them in close since now you will be able to make turns easily as well as spin easier, but it will also feel less stable when riding.

Binding position and foot angle also matter when looking into how apart the snowboard bindings should be. In the end, it truly is dependent on the individual riding the board.

Are step-on bindings worth it?

Step-on bindings are steadily becoming a cult favorite amongst snowboarders but whether they are worth it or not depends fully on the user and their riding preferences.

They make it easier for beginners to hop on the snowboard, are also great for kids who would rather not deal with buckles. However, they are also quite expensive, which would explain why neither beginners nor kids might not want to go for them.

They are also recommended for those with knee or back issues, so it is great to have that option available. They are known to be extremely convenient, but the snow and ice build-up on the gear can feel too frustrating for some.

Since they offer little to no movement, they take some time to get comfortable and used to them as well. But it should be said that there are more and more people who have tried the step-on binding and have found themselves going back to it.

Snowboarding is a fun, lively activity that can also provide a great workout, which makes sense as to why so many people are looking into it as a pastime or hobby, if not going for it professionally.

To have the best snowboarding experience, you must make sure to have all components of the setup up and running smoothly and well fit.

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