You can put together an almost infinite number of snowboard and bindings combinations…you can mix brands, styles, flexes, colors, etc. And none of that is wrong. But when you get the “right” pairing, it can bring your riding experience to a whole new level.
I have been riding Now Snowboarding IPO’s since their introduction four years ago. And I love them. I love the way they feel and the way they ride and they suit everything that I am going to do on the mountain. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best binding for every board out there.
Many snowboard companies also produce bindings. They design their bindings and boards to compliment each other. So for a very aggressive, stiff board, they will tend to pair an aggressive, stiff binding. It makes sense. If you are riding a stiff, aggressive board, you likely want/need something very responsive and stable, and you would expect the same from your bindings.
Likewise, if you have a noodle of a board, you want soft bindings to compliment it. If you put very stiff bindings on it, it doesn’t make sense. It’s like putting a sports car suspension in a Cadillac. They are designed to do different things and they aren’t interchangeable without completely changing the point of one or the other.
So even if you are buying boards and bindings from the same company, that’s just a start. You need to make sure that they match up style-wise for the type of riding you do. But don’t limit yourself to buying from the same company…there are several “bindings only” companies out there that are making some of the best bindings on the market. And because bindings are all they make, they tend to be ahead of the pack with their designs, features, and technologies.
Flux is one company that only makes bindings, and they have been doing so for over 20 years which is pretty much forever in the world of snowboarding. Flux bindings are excellent…their ratchets are top notch and they have easy to use (in most cases) tool-less adjustments for their straps and highbacks. They offer a full range of bindings, from entry-level, to top of the line bindings that are so comfortable you can forget you are wearing them. Flux doesn’t make snowboards and Arbor doesn’t make bindings, so the two companies have partnered up to create product lines that go together like peanut butter and jelly.
If you ride an Arbor board with different bindings, it will still be awesome. And if you ride Flux bindings on another board, they will still be awesome. But when you match the right two up, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and everything just seems a little more “right” in the world.
Now, Jones, and Yes Snowboards are all distributed by the same company. Here is another example of complimentary gear. I have ridden my bindings on a wide assortment of boards, but when I put the NOW bindings on the Jones Twin Sister, it was kind of a next level experience. The flex pattern of the board, and the flex of the bindings went together like pb and j. The Jones Carbon Flagship pairs up perfectly with the NOW Overdrives which are a crazy stiff carbon binding. This combination is not for the faint of heart…it’s for big, technical lines where quick response is a necessity, not an option.
There are no hard and fast rules about what you can pair together, but if you want to get the most from your equipment, keep in mind that if you get the right pairing, you can enjoy your ride that much more. If you are only replacing or purchasing one piece of the puzzle, then keep in mind what will match up with the piece you are keeping.
Too often people look for the least expensive bindings because they don’t realize how important they are to your overall experience. Or the main concern is how well they match the color of the board rather than how they match the flex and ride of the board. Sometimes spending just a little bit more to get the right pairing can make all of the difference to your ride. If you aren’t sure what you should get, visit your local snowboard shop and they will help you match things up to maximize your fun.
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