Looking for that park binding that will stay strong on those hard landings and still give a little when you need to tweak that highback? Park bindings are going to do that for you. If you mostly like jumps go a little stiffer in the highback and if you like rails, boxes and jibbing, get a softer highback. Look for flex ratings to get an idea.
K2 Lien FS
Moving into next season the 2016 K2 Lien FS Snowboard Bindings pick up where they left off, with a proper foot pressure map, all terrain flex zones, and power transmission pods that insure correct biomechanics and consistent flex of the snowboard. The urethane Tweakback Highback allows for pinpointed pokes. Comfort is crucial for riders who demand the best and the Lien AT Bindings have it; the Harshmellow™ impregnated ankle strap and Canted Seamless Shockpad Footbeds align for all day satisfaction.
Fix Truce’s first statement in freestyle speaks loudly. Audaciously thin highbacks balanced with leather straps allowed for a sturdy fit that maintained response. The Truce Series is a lightweight and responsive binding that is ideal for park and freestyle riding. Its hardware free, hardback and strap design add to the simplicity of the design and eliminates the need for ever tightening your screws. All levels of park riders appreciated these bindings, especially those towing line through the jump lanes.
The Salomon District Snowboard Bindings are the choice of Jed Anderson and Louif Paradis when they head out for a street session. These Pros love the unique and progressive flex of the Salomon District, as well as the super cushy 2.5 degree canted SCS footbed. The District ShadowFit, Lock-In Deluxe Toe Strap, and the District Highback make it qualified for torquing turns and perfecting presses. Excellent comfort and shock absorption put this binding in the front row of freestyle contenders. The District is the Game Changing Binding for you… get yours now!
Rome 390 Boss
The construction of Rome 390 Boss has been perfected to be the kind of bindings that will take your riding to the next level and never stop. Built with a medium flex that is responsive and stable for slashing lines and stomping jumps yet friendly enough for open-to-close park laps. Its baseplate creates a more natural and even board flex with improved lateral mobility for presses and turning power. Enough power for laying into a deep pow slash or popping the lip of a jump. Enough tweak for styling out a crail or locking into a front board. Where you go and what tricks you throw with the Rome 390 Boss Bindings are for you to decide, but trust that the possibilities are endless.
Switchback Gulli Gudmundsson Pro Model
Used by Icelandic street slayer Gulli Gudmundsson, the Switchback Gulli Gudmundsson dismantles the burliest urban rails and gaps. The insanely tweakable ST highback gives you maximum mobility for street and freestyle riding, and it snaps off for compatibility with the included Noback insert. Removing the highback gives the binding a much more skate-like feel when you’re jibbing, plus it’s awesome for surf-slashing powder. The shorter Midbacks won’t restrict movement when you’re finessing into presses and spinning onto rails in the terrain park. Miller Straps wrap over your boots with pre-curved TPU padding for high levels of comfort without nasty pressure points.
Switchback Ethan Morgan Pro Model
The Switchback Ethan Morgan Pro binding was made with the input of everyone’s favourite German-American shredder. It is a snowboard binding for aggressive all-around shredders like Ethan Morgan, who personally assembled this binding. Ethan chose Forward Lean highbacks to match his aggressive, balls-out style of riding. Standard Padding offers superior cushioning and impact protection all over the mountain, without sacrificing board feel. Like all Switchback bindings, the Ethan Morgan Pro can also be ridden without highbacks, for a skate-like feel in the park and a surfy feel in the pow.
The Burton Mission snowboard binding is comfortable, responsive, and secure. The manufacturer has developed the binding for versatile snowboarding styles including freestyle and all-mountain. The design of the baseplate is as a single component and with EST support, which adds to the responsiveness of the snowboard. It also makes the board more easily adjustable. Ankle and toe straps have been FlexSlider and Gettagrip design features to make the binding fit securely to the boot without creating extreme pressure on the user’s feet.
Get great tweak-ability in a lightweight design thanks to a soft and flexible Ultima freestyle highback made from super tough nylon and a hybrid EVA soft and hard cushioning for shock absorption and maximum support.
The IPO is a go-to binding that excels in all types of terrain. Crafted for those that consider every area of the mountain a “business opportunity,” the Now IPO Snowboard Bindings will help you conquer and profit off 10+ inch dumps, slushy park days and chowdery trail hopping. IPO has some well-deserved finessing, which entailed getting fitted with not only the Freewing highback, for added lateral support and a taller profile, but also the NEW SIEVA straps and NEW buckles 2.0. This new Sieva strap is about durability, comfort and reducing weight.
K2 team rider Chris Beresford’s style defines the Hurrithane’s existence as the ultimate in tweekable freestyle and park performance. Hurrithane takes greater advantage of its flexible high backs to make it one of the most comfortable and natural-feeling bindings in the park. The baseplate is K2’s Pro Fusion PC, a soft-flexing polycarbonate chassis with Tool-Less Power Ramp adjustments for on-hill tuning. There is a good bit of shock absorption going on in the back and it creates a nice buffer between your joints and the snow.
Union Atlas, exceptional in every type of snowboarding, has great style and is tough as shit. Atlas has a whole new aesthetic and performance driven design. Duraflex ST Nylon, SonicFused straps, and a canted base are just a few of the insane features of the new Atlas. To alleviate pain, the Canted Gas Pedals on the Atlas supply extra leverage for ollie power, as well as allow the ankle and knee joints to be aligned. Its highback eliminates highback bite for improved comfort and is cored-out to minimize weight without sacrificing response; plus, Vaporlite bushings dampen vibrations for a smooth ride.
When you can’t decide between park laps, pow stashes, ripping groomers, or spraying tourists, then bring the Nitro Team Series Snowboard and just do it all. Pressed firmly, supported flat landings in the U-ditch, stable, and just boosted. “Any trick, any terrain, any situation” is Nitro’s slogan for this board, and for the most part, our testers backed that up on this directional twin attack vehicle. The Powerlite core uses ultra-lightweight poplar for an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, and Reflex core profiling thins the core between your feet to increase torsional flex for easy steering. Biax glass keeps the flex buttery and consistent for locked-in presses and smooth turns, and the Speed Formula HD sintered base is lightning-fast and tough to withstand impacts.