Speed-entry snowboard bindings
Why and how to choose a fast snowboard binding?
What is a fast snowboard binding?
No, a fast snowboard binding is not a binding that will allow you to win the race against your friend equipped with a classic snowboard binding. It doesn't go any faster, and if you paint it Ferrari red, it won't do anything but make you look better on the slopes. On the other hand, fast bindings are all about saving you time when putting on and taking off your boots.
When we talk about quick-release bindings, we mainly think of rear-entry bindings, which the Flow brand has made its trademark but other brands also offer a few models. The principle of the rear entry snowboard binding is to lower the spoiler and retract the foot from the back of the binding, rather than having to undo and redo the straps each time. Less time spent in the snow adjusting your straps or getting angry when a strap gets stuck, more time riding. Their only weak point is that they are a little more expensive than traditional bindings and, according to some snowboarders, a little less precise in the transmission of the supports.
Good to know:
Many rear-entry bindings are actually double-entry front/rear bindings. You can also fit them from the front and adjust the straps optimally.
The Step-On revolution
The latest arrival on the market, the Burton Step-on technology revolutionizes snowboard bindings with a new system that makes it possible to do without straps while retaining all the necessary responsiveness and control. Since 2017, Burton offers a system that locks the boot into the binding via a mortise and tenon system, i.e. via small parts on the bindings on which the boots are wedged. Much lighter and more comfortable while remaining reliable and efficient, the only drawback of this fastening system is that it can only be used with Burton Step-On boots.
How to choose your fast snowboard binding?
If you have decided to go for a quick binding system, the questions to ask yourself about which model to choose are the same as for a classic binding. First of all you need to evaluate your level of practice, to find a binding that will give you pleasure and won't put you in trouble. However, you should also think about your riding style, what you like to do with a snowboard under your feet. Are you rather a fan of curving and carving on packed snow, a freestyle genius whose favourite terrain is the snowpark, or an off-piste enthusiast who goes off the beaten track to find his own space of expression? It is these combined parameters, level and program, that will be the main criteria for your choice of binding.
To help you in your choice, we propose a classification of bindings by level (beginner - intermediate, intermediate - confirmed, confirmed - expert) and by program (freestyle, freeride, polyvalent freestyle, polyvalent freeride).