Little tweaks make all the difference.Let’s face it, adjusting your bindings has gotten a little intimidating these days. You’ve got forward lean, strap length, highback rotation, toe ramps, and numerous other bells and whistles to deal with. Sometimes it’s just easier to slap your bindings on your board, hope the stance is something similar to what it was before, and go. But all the carbon-fiber highbacks and chrome details in the world won’t keep you from slipping out in the pipe when your setup is whack, so taking a few minutes to customize your bindings is well worth the time.-Julia Milan

Nobody wants to get to the mountain and realize that their straps are too short. Likewise, you don’t want your straps to be too long. Put your boots on and strap them into your bindings. Your ankle straps should be centered over the top of your arch, and your toe straps should be centered over the ball of your foot. If you have toecaps, make sure they fit snugly around the front of your boot.

Note: The strap length on single-strap bindings (like Flow) only needs to be adjusted once, when you initially set up the bindings.

Next, make sure that your toe ramps are correctly adjusted. The ramp improves response time when initiating toe-side turns. Slide them out (or in) so that they line up comfortably with the front of your boot.

Now you can put your bindings on your board, using the “How To” section on as a reference. All this fine-tuning won’t make a difference if your stance (width and binding angles) isn’t correct, so make sure that it feels comfortable before you get on the lift.

Once your bindings are on, adjust your forward lean a little bit. Forward lean transfers power to the heelside edge. If you’ve never ridden with forward lean before, ease into it, adjusting throughout the day until you find the most comfortable position.

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When the basics are dialed in, consider rotating your highback within the heelcup of the binding. A highback that’s aligned with the board’s edges allows more freedom of movement laterally, and it can be more comfortable, depending on your binding stance angles.