Snowboarding is more than a sport — it's a feeling, a flow. The best way to tap into the sensation is to get hands-on with your equipment. Mounting your bindings on your snowboard forces you to understand how your board works so you don't feel dependent on a shop. It's easy to do, and though there's definitely a wrong way, there are millions of right ways.
It's super simple. You need only a #3 Phillips screwdriver to mount the bindings, and a wrench to fit the bindings to your boots. Optionally, you can use a multitool. They're compact and come with other handy tools like Allen keys, flathead screwdrivers and wrenches.
To find out which foot will be at the front of your board, stand still and then let yourself fall forward or have someone push you (be nice!). The foot that you stick out in front to catch yourself with is considered your lead foot. If your left foot goes forward, your stance is "regular." If your right foot goes forward, your stance is "goofy."
Check out your bindings: There's a left and right. You can tell the difference by the direction of the curve, just like with a shoe or a boot. If you're still not sure, note that the strap starts on the inside and buckles on the outside.
The four center-mount screw holes are marked with arrows on most boards. You should probably start with a center mount and see how it rides. If you later feel like a narrower or wider stance would be more comfortable, you can easily remount your bindings using the other holes.
Note: The screws should always be centered in the holes in the binding. Sometimes, if the board is too wide, you may have to push the binding forward so you can engage your toe. If you get your board fitted properly, this will not be necessary.
Bindings come in different sizes, so make sure you get the right one for your foot. There are some micro-adjustments within sizes to make the binding fit tighter or more loosely. Using a wrench, you can remove the bolts at the base of the ankle straps, move the strap inward or outward, and replace the bolts.
There are lots of variations in stance width and foot angle. Once you get comfortable riding, you may want to play around with these options until you feel well-balanced.
Example: If you're riding a bigger board or if you feel too much pressure on your quads, you may need to shorten your stance. A great way to find your stance width is by measuring the length of your shinbone. This distance, from just below knee to your heel, is a good starting point for the width of your stance.
The +15° and -6° stance is called "duck stance." It's the best position for learning to ride because it forces you to learn correct technique and distribute your weight properly. Most riders don't like to adjust the angle of their stance each time they go out and ride, so "duck stance" is a good default position. If your technique is solid, you can try experimenting with the angles. Some riders like to turn the back foot further inward.
Contributors: Erica Horn, REI Seattle snowboard shop tech; Susan Schnier, snow sports writer.
By Susan Schnier
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Last updated: Thu Aug 16 09:48:43 PDT 2012
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