How to mount snowboard bindings.

You can always let your local snowboard shop mount your bindings, but it’s best to do it yourself. That allows you to experiment with different stance options, optimize on the fly and add your own special tweaks. This episode explains the steps to mount your bindings and tips we think will help your set-up.

A few recommended snowboard bindings:

All things related to your stance are very personal. You may experiment and adjust your stance until you find what works best for you.

You’ll need the following tools:

  • #2 Philips screwdriver
  • #3 Philips screwdriver
  • Teflon tape (recommended, but optional)
  • Bindings with base-plates and screws
  • Tape measure
  • Your snowboard boots
  • Your snowboard (duh)
  • Rubber gasket (optional)
  • Scissors and pen (only if you choose to use rubber gasket)

Step 1— Determine if you’re regular or Goofy

If you surf, skateboard or wakeboard, you already know if you’re regular or goofy.  For everyone else, put on a pair of slippery socks and slide across a wood floor. Which foot do you naturally prefer to lead? It’ll feel balanced and normal if you lead with your natural leg, and weird if you put your unnatural foot in front.

Regular riders have their left foot forward (which is most people)

Goofy riders have their right foot forward

Step 2 – Determine snowboard stance width

If your stance is too narrow, you won’t have as much stability or flexibility. Too wide and you can’t rotate the board effectively. You can always go with the recommendation of the manufacture for stance width, or try to customize. While there’s no true formula, here are some guidelines:

  • Measure the distance from your kneecap to the floor—your stance should be at least that wide.
  • As a minimum, your stance should be wide enough for you to sit between your bindings.

Step 3 – Determine stance placement

Depending on the type of snowboard and riding goals, your stance will either be centered on the snowboard (as with a twin-tip park board), or set back slightly (as with all mountain and powder boards). You can follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to help you determine yours.

Step 4 – Measure and place bindings

Measure your stance width from the center of each base-plate. The base-plates should be set at 0 degrees when you place them on the board. First put your front binding on. Be sure to grab the correct binding—there is a right and left. Your bindings are contoured to each foot, just like your boots. To make it easier, the spiky plastic strap is usually on the outside.

Now put the back binding in place and measure to get a rough idea of your stance width. You’ll notice your snowboard has holes, or inserts. Line up the holes in your base plate with the insert pattern so that each hole has its very own insert.

* Bonus tip—If you plan to re-sell your snowboard, it’s a good idea to place rubber gasket between the top-sheet and bindings. You can pick this up at your nearest hardware store. Not only does it keep the graphics pristine, it also adds a little cushion under your feet. Simply trace, cut and place under each binding.

Step 5 – Teflon tape your screws

You can find Teflon tape at most hardware stores. Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of each screw. While this step isn’t mandatory, it will help the screws stay tight—and that’s a good thing.

Step 6 – Angle your stance

Drop a screw in each hole and, with your Phillips #3, screw it in just until it begins to grab. No one should ever have a 0-degree stance. At 0-degrees your feet are more likely to hang over the side and get in the way. Also, it’s very hard to get enough flexibility to work the snowboard.

Stance angle gives stability and flexibility. A duck stance is a good beginner stance. Mine is 12 and -6. Grab hold of the high back and crank your front binding 12-degrees, that’s 4 notches over.  Rotate your back binding to about negative 6-degrees, or 2 clicks over. Remember, the screws should be inserted, but not tight. This will give you a nice basic stance that works well whether riding regular or switch.

Step 7 – Level your high-backs

You want your high-back to be parallel with the heel edge. This gives you more precise control over your heel-side turns by giving more pressure along the full length of the edge. You’ll thank us later.

With a #2 Phillips, loosen the screws on the sides of the bindings. Grab the high back and twist until it’s parallel with the heel edge.

Step 8 – Adjust your binding straps

Riding without adjusting your straps is like running without tying your shoes. Grab your boot and place it in the binding. Tighten the straps. If the straps look tight, without too much extra stuff hanging off, you’re all done. If not…use that handy #2 and loosen the screws on the side of each strap. Slide it forward or back so that your straps cup the boot nicely. Follow the instructions on your bindings, since each model is a little different. There’s a pretty good chance that your bindings will stretch out during the season, so a little tighter is better than too loose.

Step 9 – Check it

Try everything on to make sure things fit right and tight. Bend your knees and flop around the carpet to make sure the stance is comfortable. It’s better to adjust now than on the hill while your friends are waiting and a -25 wind chill is raging on your bare hands.

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8 Responses to Mount snowboard bindings
  1. Doug
    March 10, 2011 | 7:42 am

    With changing your angles, what did that do for you, or how does it change your ability on the mountain? Before boarding I skateboarded and roller bladed for a long time (no park riding, shredding, craziness, just enjoyment). For the most part, kept goofy front foot directionally forward. That won’t work with boarding and I’ve never seen anyone with a config even close to that on the mountain. I like having it around 20 and that seems a bit easier on my knees too – Not as sore after the day. Does that make sense or go along with your experience?

    Great videos, would you consider maybe a quick one on mountain etiquette for the newbie (calling out a pass on the left or right side), Safety – importance of helmets / inherent danger with music players… Just advice for “regular people.” Hope you both enjoy your kids and family! Before you know it they will be boarding 🙂

  2. Or
    February 27, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    First of all, I love your videos, keep up the great work.
    I recently bought a Burton Deuce (2010) with Burton Mission bindings.
    I let the guy in the shop mount the bindings for me, and well, the setup is comfortable.
    What I’m wondering about is Step 7 though.

    Could you guys please elaborate on leveling the high-backs of the binding or point me to somewhere I can learn about it?

    Thanks a lot,

    • Eric
      March 1, 2011 | 6:53 pm

      What step 7 is saying is that by default the toe edge of your binding and the high-back are in line with each other. So if you mounted the binding at 0 degrees the toe edge of the binding would be parallel to the long edge of your snowboard and the high-back would be in parallel to the long edge of the snowboard that would be towards your heel.

      So now when you rotate the binding and set it to whatever degree you like the high-back is no longer parallel to the long edge of the snowboard. You now in this step rotate it independently to be back in parallel with the long edge of the snowboard.

  3. Heidi
    January 12, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    I started learning snowboarding indoor. I took a lot of
    lessons from certified instructors indoor and on the hills
    (Austria). I never go into the park, so mostly on pistes and
    sometimes off-piste (start learning). My binding angles are 0
    (back) and 27 (front). I got those from my teachers? Is that wrong?
    What would be the benefit of changing my angles? I snowboard about
    1- years now and still cannot make perfect continuous

    • Jill
      January 16, 2011 | 5:24 am

      Hi Heidi,
      Stance angles are pretty personal. If you want to experiement, try changing your angles a little bit and see what you prefer. I’ve changed my stance a bit recently and liked my recent changes. I changed it just one setting at a time (3 degrees). My stance is 20″ wide, 21 (front) and -18 (back).

      Try changing your angles and see if you like it. 😮


    • Satpal
      February 1, 2011 | 12:04 pm

      I rode for many years with my rear angle to 0. I recently did a one week course and worked a lot on switch riding. I now have both front and back set to 15 and I can ride switch quite well.

      I agree with Jill, experiment with some different angles. It may feel a little odd with a higher back angle, but your switch riding (and hence 180’s) will be much better for it.
      Have fun!

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