Just like with snowboards, bindings vary in flex which greatly affects their performance. The stiffer something is, the more responsive it is.
Very Soft bindings are the most forgiving option for a beginner rider. They are even less responsive than “soft” options, making them even easier for first time riders to gain their confidence.
Soft bindings are ideal for a beginner because they are forgiving and will not react to every movement like their stiffer counterparts. Some park riders also prefer soft bindings as they allow the rider different positioning and leverage over their boots and board for various tricks.
Medium bindings are slightly stiffer, providing the progressing rider a bit more response without totally sacrificing a forgiving feel as they continue to explore their riding style.
Stiff bindings will respond quickly to movements made by the rider with very little energy lost. These bindings are ideal for hard charging aggressive riders who tend to find themselves riding at higher speeds. A beginner will find a binding that’s too stiff, hard to flex and control, therefore sending the wrong signals to their board.
Very Stiff bindings are the most responsive, aggressive bindings out there designed to be ridden by advanced riders looking for top performance. They tend to hit the highest price points and are not intended to be ridden by riders still progressing their abilities.