The 8 Best Snowboard Bindings of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Burton Malavita Snowboard Bindings at Amazon

"Delivers the connectivity, support, and control needed for snowboarding."

Best Value: Flow Fuse Snowboard Bindings at Amazon

"Focuses on a comfortable fit without sacrificing performance."

Best All-Mountain: Arbor Hemlock Snowboard Binding at Backcountry

"A binding that can handle groomers, powder, glades, and the park."

Best for Parks: Union Contact Pro Snowboard Binding at Backcountry

"Delivers the loose feel of a skateboard over a stiff-flexing snowboard binding."

Best for Freeriding: Jones Apollo Snowboard Bindings at Amazon

"Ideal for technical freeriding and high-speed carving."

Best for Women: K2 Bedford Snowboard Bindings at Amazon

"Simple and sophisticated without sacrificing response, control, or comfort."

Best for Convenience: Burton Step On Snowboard Binding at Amazon

"Blissfully simple to clip in."

Best for Freestyle: Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings at Amazon

"Excels when you target the pipe, the park, or any other part of the mountain."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Burton Malavita Snowboard Bindings

Burton Malavita Snowboard Binding Mens
Amazon

A bona fide pro favorite for several seasons running, the Malativa EST from Burton provides a mid-flex snowboard binding that’s geared toward freeriding but will deliver the connectivity, support, and control needed for any type of snowboarding. Burton has achieved this years-long success thanks to a bevy of technologies, including a reinforced rubber Heel Hammock that secures the boot in place, a Supergrip Capstrap that lets you dial in a comfortable, performance-focused fit, and a strap system that wraps the binding around the boot to provide a seamless fit.

The EST designation means that they’ve reduced materials beneath your feet and replaced them with cushioning that’s compatible with loads of stance options. That comfort is further reinforced with dual-density EVA underfoot, which settles into the natural position of your stance — regardless of your preferred mounting position — to provide direct board control and reduce a rider’s exhaustion. They mount via Burton’s Channel system to give you flex and feel and employs a Hinge within the base plate to increase foot roll, reduce fatigue, and make it easier to pop. The high-back, meanwhile, adds tech that reduces hardware (and weight) to let you adjust your forward lean and high-back rotation independently.

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Best Value: Flow Fuse Snowboard Bindings

Fuse uses glass-filled nylon in both the high-back and base plate in their snowboarding binding to drastically reduce its overall weight without sacrificing performance, all while focusing on a comfortable fit. The one-piece PowerStrap has been 3D-shaped to fit your boot, with a wider overall contact surface area to provide more comfort and control of the board. The high-backs are also built asymmetrically to follow the boot contour and canted riding angles, with a newly designed supportive spine that provides a forgiving lateral flex without dampening the drive you generate with each turn. Aluminum-alloy adjustable side wings in the baseplate make the feel both responsive and direct, almost mirroring the touch of a molded base plate. Locking “slap-ratches” buckles make it easy to strap on your board, and affords both side-entry (similar to a two-strap binding) or a “set-it-and-forget-it” speed entry that lets you pre-set your tightness for quick clip-and-go convenience.

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Best All-Mountain: Arbor Hemlock Snowboard Binding

Arbor Hemlock Snowboard Binding

Backcountry 

For a snowboard binding that can handle groomers, powder, glades, and the park, look no further than the Arbor Hemlock. The secret for that versatile control lies in the System X Base Plate, which uses 15 percent fiberglass that makes the binding intuitively responsive by dispersing the pressure you provide to the board’s four main control points. The EVA footbed provides loads of cushion without making it feel soft, with a 50A durometer outsole constructed of a special TPE rubber to cut high-frequency chatter and deliver rebound and padding for high-impact landings. That comfort and control are further reinforced in the asymmetrical high-back, which comes with five degrees of lateral pre-rotation to make your preferred stance assertive without being too aggressive. And the days of wrestling with your straps are over thanks to Arbor’s “Bow-Strap Adjuster,” which swings the main strap out of the way to make it easy to strap in, with a pre-curved structure that aligns naturally with the contours of your boot.

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Best for Parks: Union Contact Pro Snowboard Binding

Union Scott Stevens Contact Pro Snowboard Bindings

Backcountry

Snowboarders who prefer the parks or tearing across the snow-covered urban streets looking for new tricks may want a pair of bindings that deliver the loose feel of a skateboard over a stiff-flexing snowboard binding. And the Scott Stevens Contact Pro from Union provides this “loose trucks” feel by minimizing the binding-to-board contact to let the snowboard’s natural flex work with you. Only five percent of the binding attaches to the board and that loose flex pattern carries through on the high-back as well as the straps. An asymmetrical high-back mimics the natural shape of your leg, with EVA to suck up vibrations and reduce shock on hard landings, flex that’s amped with CP3 Duraflex base plates underfoot. Pressure points are a thing of the past thanks to the newly-designed ankle strap, with a low-profile toe strap that’s cored out to wrap around the tip of your boot to attach securely to the board without reducing the binding’s intuitive feel. The base plates and heel cup come with a lifetime warranty, with one year of protection on the other parts, including its aluminum ratchets.

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Best for Freeriding: Jones Apollo Snowboard Bindings

If you're looking for a beautiful snowboard binding, the Apollo — with its wood-grain textured high-back — will win out. But these pair of bindings from Jones Snowboards don’t rest on just their aesthetic. The pro-level set-up uses a mix of the brand's proprietary Asym Flax material and carbon in its wide high-back that keeps your boot locked into your binding to drive more power whenever you initiate a turn, with a pre-rotated configuration of five degrees to better follow your leg angles whenever you bend or pivot. This combines with a host of other features to make it ideal for technical freeriding and high-speed carving, including ankle strap positions for either surf or freeride modes, with more play while surfing, and maximum response when driving forward in freeride. The Apollo also employs Jones’ Skate Tech to reduce foot fatigue and board chatter, enhance control and edge-holding, and lean into a customized dampening experience.

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Best for Women: K2 Bedford Snowboard Bindings

Building on K2’s women-specific A-Line chassis, the low-cost high-performance Bedford snowboard binding offers mid-flex control, with a canted high-back and a three-degree canted footbed to match your natural leg position while riding. Tool-free adjustment allows you to dial a custom fit, while the plush, multi-layered ankle strap has been engineered to be adjusted to match any boot. Best suited to work with all-mountain snowboards, the Bedford proves that a binding can be both simple and sophisticated without sacrificing response, control, or comfort.

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Best for Convenience: Burton Step On Snowboard Binding

Rather than wrestling with stiff straps, Burton uses their new Step On tech to make it blissfully simple to clip in. The Step On snowboard binding connects with compatible Burton snowboard boots to three points in the binding, two at the toe and one at the heel, which then releases via a single lever positioned at the ankle. In addition to the step-in/step-out convenience, this binding provides the rider with a single-component high-back with a slight canting and a zero forward-lean architecture that delivers immediate response and a more playful ride. That single-component construction carries through in the base plate, which is made of a composite of short glass and nylon that’s more responsive than other materials. Underfoot, Burton placed a flexible cushioning system to max out comfort and reduce foot fatigue, with a stealth “trap door” that makes it easy to access the mounting hardware. And though the bindings only work with Burton’s Step On boots, they’re compatible with all major snowboard mounting systems.

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Best for Freestyle: Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings

Though the Rodeo snowboard binding set from Ride can handle any snow conditions, it really excels when you target the pipe, the park, or any other part of the mountain that’ll launch you into the air. The nylon high-back delivers an even mix of comfort and control, with easy edge-finding and an intuitive touch. That comfort carries through in the asymmetrical stitched ankle strap, made of multi-density 3D padding and formed EVA. Micro binding discs create a skateboard-like connection to the board, with an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis system that syncs the bindings to the heels of your boots, while linkage ratchets add stability and a touch of forgiveness to smooth out rough landings. The ultralight footbed adds subtle angles to align the ankles and knees and provides leverage to press the board for huge pop, making the Rodeo perfect for most adventurous and creative freestyle snowboarders.

Our Process

Our writers spent 6 hours researching and testing the most popular snowboard bindings on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different snowboard bindings overall, screened options from 8 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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