A bit o’ plastic and a dab of metal.
More often than not, your bindings will survive the impact of flat landings and unexpected roof-rack airs that would snap your delicate snowboard in two-they’ve got staying power.
This year manufacturers have focused on further improving the strength, stiffness, and adjustability of bindings, advancing the power transmission from boot to binding and ultimately to your board. Ray Fortier at Technine says, “Reliable performance and total comfort are the main requirements on our bindings.” Technine stepped up with “extra comfortable straps” and a lifetime warranty on all its models, including the Signature Models by Nico Droz, Marc Frank Montoya, Ali Goulet, and Scotty Whittlake.
Drake takes the adjustability torch and runs with it in its Matrix and Limited models, which feature the new axis technology. According to George Klechner, worldwide marketing manager at Drake, the Axis discs and two-piece highbacks allow for “infinite adjustability.” These bindings are so damn adjustable, you could put down the game controller and pick up a Drake for entertainment.
With all the tech-adjustability talk and blingin’ pro-models, it’s easy to forget that bindings come in different sizes (S,M,L) and often come in women’s and kids’ models, too. Take your time picking out the right binding at the local shred shop, because if we’re to believe Technine, you just might be stuck with them for the rest of your life.--Annie Fast