Adjust snowboard binding

Finally you hold your new snowboard in your hands. The joy is great, and you would like to immediately use it on the mountain. Before you throw on your boarding gear, however, you’ll need to adjust your snowboard binding. With the tips and tricks of the snowboard experts of INTERSPORT Rent this is very easy.

How do I adjust my snowboard binding correctly??

One thing in advance: There is no right or wrong way to adjust a snowboard binding. Because it always depends on the rider, his physical characteristics and sporting needs, how the binding is optimally adjusted. The main thing is that you feel comfortable with your set-up on the board.

There are two steps to adjusting a snowboard binding:

  1. Mount the binding on the snowboard.
  2. Adjust the binding to your boots and set it correctly.

Let’s get started with the assembly!

Adjusting the Snowboard Stance

The stance is the position of the binding on the snowboard. Before you start screwing, you must first be able to answer the following question:

1. Goofy or regular?

In other words: Which foot is in front when riding?

  • Goofy: The right foot is in front.
    The right binding is positioned at the nose (front), the left at the tail (back).
  • Regular: The left foot is in front.
    The left (front) binding goes on the nose side, the right (back) on the tail side.

Tip: If you don’t know how to stand on the board yet, the famous "push test" can give you some information. Let someone push you forward unexpectedly. The foot you step on first is most likely the foot that will be in the front of the board later on.

But you can also simply stand on a skateboard and find out in which position you feel safer. Then put the binding on the snowboard in the appropriate orientation!

2. Stance: the correct position of the binding on the board

If you want to adjust your snowboard stance, you have to answer the following questions:

  • How far do I position my bindings in the direction of the nose and tail??
  • Which angle is the right one for me?
  • How far is the distance between the left and the right foot?
  • In which holes do I finally tighten the binding??

Important! To make the right adjustment, you should also know your preferred riding style.

Tip: On new snowboards, the "Reference Stance" is usually marked, a mark on the second and fourth screw holes. This classic position is generally recommended by manufacturers for snowboard beginners and all those who like to ride on different terrains (all-mountain riders).

3. The binding distance on the snowboard

The width of your Reference Stance determines,

  • how well you can control your snowboard and
  • whether you feel comfortable while riding.

The rule of thumb is that a shoulder-width leg position is comfortable for most boarders. Measure the exact distance from the center of the front to the center of the rear minidisc of your bindings.

Once you have found the right binding distance, you can screw the bindings lightly onto the snowboard – but only so tightly that they can still be moved for the next step.

Tip: The wider the stance, the better the stability on the board. Especially in the snow park, but also on the slopes, a large distance provides more safety.

4. The position between nose and tail

How far your bindings are from the nose and tail depends on the type of snowboard and your riding style.

This is how you mount the bindings on the different boards:

freestyle board: centered (same distance of the respective binding to nose resp. Tail)

The central alignment makes it easier to ride backwards – best conditions for cool tricks!

Freeride board: a slight setback of one to one and a half centimeters (place the binding slightly backwards – towards the tail – from the center of the board)!)

This position shifts the weight backwards, lengthens the nose and thus improves floatation in deep snow.

All-mountain board: same or similar position as on the freeride board

5. Adjusting the binding angle

We are now directly on the binding resp. on the minidisk. To determine the binding angle, it’s best to start with the bindings in a neutral position – that is, at zero degrees. From there you slowly turn the bindings until you have found the right setting.

The degrees on the minidisk range from about minus 20 degrees to plus 20 degrees. So you can read exactly in which position the binding is located.

Tip: As a beginner, it’s best to stick to the neutral stance, which is ideal for easy forward riding.

For freestylers:

Most freestylers swear by the Duck Stance. This means: the front binding is placed at a positive angle, the rear at a negative angle. Often the front angle is a bit steeper than the back angle: This results in a V-position. It is perfect for riding backwards as well as for tricks and turns, because the weight is evenly distributed on the board.

Guide values: around + 15 degrees in the front and – 15 degrees in the back

Tip: Pack a small tool for adjusting the binding for your first attempts with the new board! Here’s how you can fine-tune your settings on the mountain.

For freeriders:

As a freerider you are well advised with a somewhat narrower stance. For this you mount both bindings in a positive angle. With this position you can put more pressure on the edges in the turns. In combination with a slight setback (see point 4) you get the perfect setting for fantastic powder descents.

guideline values: maximum + 21 degrees in the front and + 9 degrees in the back

For all-mountain riders:

If you don’t want to specialize in one riding style, a moderate duck stance (see Freestyler) with a slight setback (point 4) is right for you. This will give you a good edge grip, high stability and enough flexibility for tricks and deep snow adventures.

benchmarks: around + 15 degrees in the front and between – 9 degrees and + 6 degrees in the back

Once you have set the degrees, you place the binding back on the board. Screw it to the minidisk in the pre-determined holes on the snowboard! Make sure the minidisk is resting horizontally on the board!

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