A snowboard binding connects you to your snowboard. Soft bindings with a so-called strap-in system are the most common. A strap is fixed over the ankle (ankle strap) and the toes (toe strap) by means of a ratchet. With rear-entry systems, the straps are fixed, but the highback can be folded down to enter the binding. A rare system are the step-in bindings. In this system, the snowboard boot is connected to a baseplate with a click system.
When choosing a binding you should pay attention to the binding size and the flex. Softer bindings made of flexible materials are suitable for beginners. They make it easier to turn and forgive slight mistakes. Softer bindings are also suitable for freestylers and jibbers, so that tricks are easier. Advanced riders who are on the go in any terrain go for a medium stiff binding. These are ideal for all-mountain use and offer the necessary support, responsiveness and control without being too stiff. For freeriders and carvers, hard bindings are ideal. Thanks to their stiff flex profile, they provide extra control and support.
Your snowboard binding should match your snowboard and boots. The most important thing is that the binding fits the size of your snowboard boot. A binding size covers a shoe size range, such as 41-44. Also make sure that the binding can be mounted on your board. Some manufacturers like Burton have their own mounting system and special binding versions.