Sizing Guide for Snowboard Bindings
By Steve Kopitz
With so many variances in size, style and fit it is easy to get overwhelmed when searching for the perfect set of snowboard bindings. Worry not though we here at Skis.com are ready to help and ensure you make the best decision possible when it comes to your bindings. Here we will go over the differences in snowboard binding sizes based on brand, gender and more. You will learn how to correctly size your snowboard bindings and how to make adjustments for your perfect fit.
Size your snowboard boots – You will need to before sizing bindings
The size of snowboard bindings you take is going to be directly taken from your snowboard boot size. Correctly sizing your boots first and knowing the size is going to be imperative when selecting a snowboard binding. Snowboard bindings are sized by the boot size that they will accept. For example a typical size of a snowboard binding might be Medium and this will correlate to a size of 7-9 which will implicate that binding fitting correctly with a snowboard boot with the size of 7, 8 or 9.
Finding your snowboard binding size
Now that you know the size of your snowboard boots you can correctly find and size your snowboard bindings. Snowboard bindings are fairly easy to size and most brands will give you a fairly clear depiction of what size snowboard boot a binding will be best suited for. You can find many brand specific size charts for snowboard bindings here. Not all bindings are going to fit each snowboard boot the same based on the size as some snowboard boots are bulkier than others causing the fit to fluctuate in these instances. You can combat this by adjusting some of the settings on the bindings which we will cover more in the below fine tuning and adjustments section.
Gender matters – Men’s, women’s and kids snowboard bindings
There are men’s women’s and kids snowboard bindings and each one of these bindings is going to offer a slightly different fit. Just like you want to get the right snowboard based on gender you will also want to purchase the correct bindings as well.
Men’s snowboard bindings – Men’s bindings are going to offer a bit wider fit as men’s snowboard boots tend to be more bulky and wider to accommodate a men’s foot type. The size of these snowboard bindings is going to be based on a men’s boot size.
Women’s snowboard bindings – Made narrower to fit better with a women’s snowboard boot these bindings are not just prettied pink versions of the men’s and will offer a better fit for a women’s foot. The sizes of women’s snowboard bindings will be based on women’s boot size.
Kids snowboard bindings – Kids bindings are smaller versions of what the men’s and women’s bindings are and offer similar benefits. Sometimes with only one strap depending on the size these bindings are specifically designed to work with kids boots and will be sized accordingly.
Fine tuning and adjustments in snowboard bindings
Right out of the box sometimes you will need to adjust your snowboard bindings to get the correct fit. Adjustments can often be found on the straps to lengthen or shorten them as well as the highback area being able to be adjusted to offer a bit more room or less room depending on your boots fit. You can adjust these settings while the boots are in the bindings to get the correct size.
Snowboard binding canting – You can also adjust the lean of the snowboard bindings by adjusting what is called the canting adjustment on the rear of the bindings. This adjustment will allow the binding to give you lean forward at various degrees or a standard near flat setting which most use as standard.