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How To Mount Snowboard Bindings

Azure lent me her Option SuperCharger for the season since she tore her ACL and she's in Europe anyway. I gave it a tuneup last night, but couldn't find a good illustrated how-to for mounting the bindings. So I decided I'd make one. This guide assumes you know your riding stance (goofy or regular), and have a few common tools handy (screwdriver, measuring tape).



1. Remove the bindings, measure the length of the board, and put a sticky note in the center (across the waist line).


2. Your stance width should be the width of your shoulders, or about 1/3 of your height (20" for the average sized male). Place your bindings on the board so they are the proper distance from each other AND the stance location (the half waypoint between the two bindings) is a few inches behind the waist line. This shifts your weight back a bit, giving the nose a bit of lift for riding over powder. This step is mostly trial and error. It also helps if they actually line up with the binding holes :) (If you're especially tall, or if following this step doesn't yield a comfortable stance width, see the comment below)


3. Set your stance angle. I use +20° in the front and 0° in the back.


4. Center the boot across the snowboard by sliding the binding back and forth (notice there's a row of screw holes to choose from). This is done after the stance angle is set because the angle affects the effective length of the boot (i.e. the bigger the angle, the shorter your boot seems). Too far in either direction and you won't be able to turn. Even worse, too far toeside and you'll drag your toe when you turn toeside. Also, ever notice how you drift one way or another when your back foot isn't strapped in? This might be why.

5. Once everything is lined up, screw in your bindings. Tight. No, tighter. They should be tight enough that if you use all your strength, you can't tighen them another iota. Binding screws are notorious for coming loose at the worst time. Tighten them every few trips up the mountain.


6. Set your forward lean, by loosening and adjusting that mysterious tab at the base of your highback. I've heard that 10° is average, but honestly how can you tell what the angle is when there isn't a reference point at 0°? So this is really something you'll have to tweak a bit, then strap in, and tweak some more. A healthy amount of lean will force your knees to bend into a proper riding stance. Too much will put excess strain on your quads, tiring you out too quick and making it hard to turn.


That's about it. Expect this whole thing to take 30 minutes or so. Have fun up there!

If you found this guide helpful, please consider making a small donation to Outdoors For All, a charity that helps disabled people ski and snowboard. Thanks!

References:
About.com
abc-of-snowboarding (this one has some advanced tips, such as adjusting highback rotation)

Comments

( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Great instructions
These insturctions were the best ones I have found on line. Thanks

Alex
bostonsteamer
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Great instructions
You're welcome! Now go shred!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 11th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Thanx
Thanks for the simplicity of the instuctions, I could actually understand these.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 24th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
These instructions are so much simpler then any others I've found. I bought my first board used from a thrift store, and I'm headed up the mountain Friday, so I need to get them adjusted, now if only I had a screw driver that fit.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 25th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks....this made it very easy
(Anonymous)
Jan. 1st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
i need help i have a Burton King and Lammar MX30s and i dont know how to put the bindings on. the set up is way different than shown in the pictures
(Anonymous)
Jan. 5th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
thx!
thx, very nice guide
(Anonymous)
Jan. 30th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
for whatever reason my screws are way to short or something it just wont seem to catch the threads of the insterts
bostonsteamer
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
you can buy some longer ones at the hardware store, just take your old ones with you so you can match the diameter and thread type.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
is the washer necessary?
bostonsteamer
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
It depends on your bindings, but odds are, without the washer you'll either reduce the lifetime of your bindings and/or increase the risk of them falling off your board while you're riding.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 13th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
stance width
Nice tutorial, but you should explain the stance width a bit better. Obviously for somebody sized 6'5" 1/3 of the hight isn't exactly feasible. A stance of 25.7 inches obviously isn't feasible.

Shoulder width is a good start, but it really comes down to with what you feel comfortable.

In my case for example my shoulder width is close to 23 inches but anything over 21" stance width simply doesn't feel right to me.
bostonsteamer
Feb. 13th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: stance width
Good point. I'll update the tutorial with this info.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Nice info
thanks for the walk through man, easy to understand
(Anonymous)
Oct. 4th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
you dont tighten your screws as tight as you possibly can. if you do this you'll see them bowing out of the bottom of the board. use a little lock tight
(Anonymous)
Nov. 29th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Dont tighten them too tight---screws
Tighten your screws yes, but once they start grabing and pushing force back on your hand , just turn it one more time and thats plenty of enough. if you tighten it too much you will start hearing your wood start splintering or whatever is inside the board, and SPLINTERING sounds is not good.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Storing with bindings attached?
Should I remove my bindings during the off-season? Would keeping them on cause any damage to the board, bindings or compression pads? Thanks!
bostonsteamer
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: Storing with bindings attached?
I don't know what a compression pad is, but I've stored my board with bindings on for the past 8 years and nothing bad has happened to it.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 14th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
This all is probably true for bi-directional boards, but if my board is not? Should the forward part be longer or the back part? And how it would effect riding in different conditions (for example powder vs park)?
bostonsteamer
Feb. 15th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
That's a great question! I've never owned a board with a front and a back so I'm not sure. If I had to guess, I'd say set the bindings towards the back for powder riding, and center them for park riding. I guess you'll have to experiment!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
What if you're a lefty?
Do the instructions differ?

Thanks!

Amanda
bostonsteamer
Dec. 29th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: What if you're a lefty?
Presumably, you'd just flip everything!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 18th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Great tutorial
One of the best step-by-step instructions I found online. Thanks!
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