There are now more and more children’s snowboard bindings to choose from in a variety of designs, sizes and even colours!
The smaller models (up to a UK1) tend to be designed around ease of use and the need for smaller and more compact components to fit around smaller boots. And larger models (from UK 2 or 3 up) tend to be scaled down versions of adult bindings – although normally with an child appropriate flex.
- One Strap Bindings
Smaller bindings often have just one strap which is much larger than a normal binding strap as it covers a bigger area of the foot.
- Two Strap Bindings
There are also traditional two strap bindings available in kids sizing – one across the toe and one across the heel. Always secure the heel strap first to make sure the foot is in the correct position before securing the toe.
- Rear Entry Bindings
There are also some more unusual binding designs – notably the rear entry Flow bindings as well as the lesser known Gnu rear entry bindings – both of which use a rear entry, toe first, step-into binding with closure via pulling up and securing of the high back.
When looking to buy a pair of child’s bindings remember to look at the sizing and think about your child’s boots – be aware that bindings and boots from different manufacturers often vary massively in size so check they will fit together before you buy or buy both from the same brand.
It comes down to personal preference, your child’s dexterity, price and availability as to which are the right set of bindings for your child.