There are few things that affect how your shred sled feels underfoot as profoundly as your bindings. Properly mounting your binders will ensure your board performs like it should, you can slash safely, and, most importantly, you feel entirely radical doing so.
And so we offer a few simple tips for you to take to the tune bench next time you’re putting binder to board.
You’ll want to make sure you’re working with a number-three Phillips-head screwdriver because it’s the best fit for your hardware, which will save you from stripping those precious bolts.
Although the shapely design of most of today’s binder’s make it seemingly obvious which one goes where, most of us have managed to mount the right binding under the left foot or vice versa at one point in our snow careers. Learn from our indiscretions, identify which binding fits each foot, and mount accordingly. Your binding ratchets will always be on the outside of your foot.
Fill ‘er up
When you buy a fresh pair of binders they should come with all the hardware needed to mount ’em on your board. Depending on the brand, you might need two, three or four bolts per binder, but whatever the number, make sure to utilize the right number of inserts. You can get away with only using a couple, but know that your binding won’t be tight enough, in time it will start to wiggle, and might inadvertently twist into an angle you don’t want anything to do with.
Tight Is Right
When tightening your bolts don’t crank one down all the way then move onto the next, instead half-tighten all of ’em, then work your way back around and re-tighten each a little more until they’re all good and snug. This will ensure equal amounts of pressure on all the contact points of your base plate.
Always carry a couple extra bolts in your pocket. You never know when you might need to replace one that mysteriously went missing.
“Once I get my bindings on I always take a Sharpie and trace
around my bindings, that way when I switch to my other boards or just happen to take off my bindings I can throw them back on without measuring out my stance.”-Eddie Wall