Mounting bindings on your new snowboard is easier than it seems and only requires a few basic hand tools. Still, you’ll want to pay attention to a few details such as binding angle, stance, and stance width. This video from Next Adventure will show you everything you need to know to get your bindings mounted quickly and correctly so you can enjoy more time on the snow.



- Hey everyone, my name's Curran. I work at Next Adventure. Today I will be talking about setting up your bindings on your snowboard. We’ll be demonstrating on the Rome Mod Stale Sandbech and Rome Crux bindings. The first thing you're going to do is unwrap your new snowboard. Next, you're going to want to decide if you ride in a regular or goofy stance. What that means exactly is if you ride with your left foot forward, then you ride “regular,” and goofy your right foot will be forward. Typically, your dominant foot will be in the back.
Cool, let's get started. So, this is what you'll get in your bindings box. You'll get two bindings, eight screws and washers, and two base plates. Depending on your bindings you may or may not have a base-plate cover. Flip that plate cover up - to keep it out of my working space I'll close the toe strap over it and move the heel straps behind the high back. Now I've got a nice space to work with.
Next, you're going to want to choose your stance. First, choose the width of your stance and then determine the angle of your stance. I recommend for everyone setting up their board for the first time to start centered, which will be marked on the board by some sort of X. After that, decide the angle you want your feet and body to be at. For people just starting out, I recommend you have your front foot at about 12 degrees and your back foot at about negative 6 degrees. What that means is if you look at these notches right here, you'll see zeros in the center. If this puck lines up at 0, the binding is at 0 degrees. If I want it to be positive, I'll move to the left and negative I'll move to the right. Each mark is 3 degrees. For my back foot, I want it to be negative 6 and for my front foot I'll have it at positive 12.
To anchor the binding to the board, start by sliding the screws into the concave part of the washer - I personally like to put them all together when I take them out of the bag and that way they're ready when I need them, then slide those into the appropriate inserts. Next, start tightening the screws using a large Phillips head screwdriver. For the first go around just get them nice and firm, I'd say hand tighten them. Don't break your back but get them nice and solid. I like to do it in an X pattern to tighten the binding evenly. I'll start in one corner and then I'll move across the binding, tighten that one and repeat the x pattern until all the screws are snug. Once I've gotten them all nice and firm I'll go back over each screw and do one additional quarter turn to just really lock in the bindings and make sure they don't get loose when I'm riding.
When you're working on your snowboard, I would avoid using power tools because it is possible to over tighten your board. You run the risk of drilling through the bottom with your screws or potentially warping the bottom if your screws are too long or you go too far down.
And just like that, we're ready to rock! As you progress in your riding, I really encourage everyone to play with their stance and make it very personal. For instance, through playing with my stance I've found that I like to have it as narrow as humanly possible on the board. I have my front foot at 18 degrees and my back foot at negative 15 degrees. That leaves me nice and open for quick turns and leaves me standing tall for hard carving. Alternatively, having a wide stance gives you a really wide footprint, a little more stability, more torque when you're turning, and can help with balance on things like rails and other jibbing features. I really encourage everyone to play with all stances until they find exactly how they like it. There are infinite possibilities for you and your binding profile.
If you're curious about stance or need recommendations for how you want to ride, feel free to come into the shop we can help you mount up your board for you or give you suggestions on how to maybe find your perfect stance and even help you modify your bindings so that fits your boots perfectly. We look forward to seeing you in the shop and on the hill.