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A Brief History Of Bindings

Shared By: Red | March 04, 2014

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Snowboard bindings have come a long way since the days of jamming your foot into a rubber hoop and hanging on for the ride. As the main point of connection to a snowboard, bindings have a lot to do with how a board rides. From toe and heel response to ankle support and dampening, bindings give you the power you need for those wild carves, air times, and extra salty butters.

Nowadays, there are bindings for every type of riding from splitboarding to street, concocted with different blends of composite plastics and fiberglass to offer varying levels of support and response. If that wasn't enough, Burton bindings come in a variety of formats, with EST® offering the most amount of board feel and underfoot flex, designed specifically for use with Burton's Channel mounting system. Look to the Malavtia EST or Lexa EST for an example of that flex. Re:Flex� bindings offer more underfoot flex than a traditional disc binding and work on all major mounting systems from 4-hole to 3D and The Channel, the Cartel and Scribe are good examples. And the traditional disc variety, now only available on Burton's youth bindings, which also work on all major mounting systems. With Burton bindings designed specifically for men, women, and children down to as small as a 5C boot, there are literally options for everyone.

What started as a way to just stay on the board has morphed into an integral segment of a snowboard setup, and one of the most technically advanced as well. Each year, new breakthroughs in binding technology are released, and that progression train seems to show no signs of slowing down. Hear from Doyle, one of Burton's longest binding developers, and one of the industry's most influential, about how bindings have changed over the years, where they are now, and why the future looks so bright.

(Filmed/Edited by Alex Adrian. Words by Chris Zimmerman.)