Don’t wait ’til a cold parking lot on opening day to put your new kit together—get it done before the season even starts. Grab a Phillips screwdriver, a tape measure, and dive in.
1. Binding Angles
Once you know your stance, you can set your binding angles. It’s all about what’s comfortable for you and your knees. Basic stance angles are between 12 and 21 degrees up front and zero in the back. If you plan on riding switch, put a lil’ negative angle on your back foot for a duck stance. Want to Euro carve? Add positive angles. Test different adjustments to see what feels best.
2. Stance Width
This is the distance between your bindings from the center of each binding disc. To find a general width, start by measuring the length from your kneecap to your heel. The number should be slightly larger than the width of your shoulders. The best stance width is whatever feels most natural.
3. Slap It Together
Tighten your bindings with a #3 Phillips screwdriver to avoid stripping. Now do up your boots, step into the bindings, and crank the straps— they should be centered on your laces with equal pressure from toe to heel. Adjust the length of the straps if they’re not lined up.
Use a hand file to round your contact points—the part of the edge that digs into the snow first. On a camber board they’re at the last four inches before the tips rise, but they vary on other board profiles.
Just The Tip
Although most resorts provide access to tools, when you’re still experimenting with your stance and bindings, it’s a good idea to
pack a snowboard tool for adjustments on the fly.
ILLUSTRATIONS: Shawn O’Keefe