Okay so I know I’ve made a snowboard gear guide that tells people how to pick snowboard gear, but I also know most people are lazy and don’t want to do the research themselves.
With end of season gear sales ramping up, I’m getting more and more questions related to gear choices, so I thought I’ll take one step out for you guys and just tell you what I’d recommend as far as snowboard gear goes, and today we’ll start with bindings.
These are the bindings I’d look at buying if I were buying new bindings this season:
1) K2 Formula
The K2 Formula have been my go-to bindings for several years now for a good reason. They ride everything I want to ride.
They’re great all-round bindings with a nice flex that I find works for riding everything from powder to park to rails.
The only downside of them in the past was that they didn’t have canted footbeds, but they’ve since put canted footbeds into them, so I don’t really have anything negative to say about these bindings.
They’re well priced (not too pricy, not budget end) without gimmicky features that you don’t need and offer great all-mountain performance with flex that’s not too stiff and not too flexible.
2) NOW IPO
I’ll tell you a secret – I actually keep my binding straps done up with a tiny bit of give in my ankle straps. I do this because it lets my ankles flex a little when I steer my snowboard and I prefer the feeling of controlling my board when I flex my ankles.
Maybe it’s because I used to skateboard… I don’t know, but either way the NOW IPO incorporates a brand new skateboard like kingpin that basically has that ankle flex built into the binding.
After trying it out earlier this season I’m convinced and the technology does work. I really do like these bindings. They’re the first bindings to tempt me away from my good old K2 Formulas and that’s saying something.
I’d highly recommend giving them a go yourself because they really impressed me.
One more thing…
Remember, these are my preference, so I still recommend trying bindings out for yourself if you can.
However, if you’re not in a position to try different bindings out, I’d highly recommend these bindings to any snowboarder looking for something that can ride pretty much anything.