HOW TO CORRECTLY ADJUST MY SNOWBOARD BINDINGS?

Adjusting the snowboard bindings is very simple and can be simply completed at home by following 3 steps: The board direction, the positioning of the bindings dependent on your stance and finally, the choice of the binding angles.
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OUR ADVICE TO CORRECTLY ADJUST YOUR SNOWBOARD BINDINGS IN VIDEO

THE EQUIPMENT
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1 PAIR OF BINDINGS
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2 DISCS
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8 SCREWS
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1 SCREWDRIVER

Ideal screw bit : Pozidriv N°3

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YOUR SNOWBOARD BOOTS
STEP 1 : ANGLE YOUR BOARD

There are two options, either you are "regular", so the left foot goes in front. Or you are "goofy", so the right foot goes in front.

There are several ways to know if you are goofy or regular:

How can I know if I am Goofy or Regular?
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Technique n°1 : the skateboard

Stand on a skateboard and push off. The foot that is placed on the front of the skateboard will be the front foot on the snowboard.

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Technique n°2 : the scooter

Second test using a scooter, do the same thing as for the skateboard and push off. The foot that is placed on the front of the scooter will be the front foot on the snowboard.

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Technique n°3 : the chair

If you place your right foot first when stepping on a chair (without holding on to anything), you are probably goofy. 

Same goes with stairs, if you place your right footfirst when trying to step up two stairs at a time, you are more than likely goofy.

In short

You are goofy (right foot in front) if you tend to: put the right foot in front when riding a skateboard, a scooter, or when you up to step on to a chair or when going up stairs. Of course, this is only an indication, if once on your snowboard you don't feel confortable, don't hesitate to change your front foot.

Now it's time for you to try!

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STEP 2 : PLACE THE BINDGINGS

Either you are a confirmed rider and you know the space you need between the bindings, or you are not and do not know the space you need.

 

How do I choose my stance (space between the bindings)?

 

As with all brands, Wed’ze has a recommended stance indication.

The first time you use the board, we recommend you comply with the "recommended stance". Subsequently, do not hesitate to change your position based upon how you feel.

If you feel you need to widen your position, you can slightly move the foot back. And, on the contrary, if you wish to move your feet closer you can set back the front foot slightly.

We should now focus on making adjustments !

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STEP 3 : SET THE ANGLE

1 - HOW TO SET THE RIGHT ANGLE?

You might know your angles thanks to your experience. If you don't know them, here is what we recommend, according to your level and what kind of snowboarding you do.

If you are a beginner or snowboard primarily on the slopes, as well as for all mountain snowboarding, we recommend a binding adjustment of (-6, + 18): +18° for the front foot and -6° for the back foot. The position of the front foot is therefore evidently facing the direction of descent.

This position should be used with a so-called "directional" board, hence, a direction based upon usage.

 

If you participate in Freestyle snowboarding, you will preferably set your bindings with a (-15; +15) angle position. The position of the back foot will open and extend to -15°, the front foot will close up slightly at +15° to provide a "duck" position, hence, the same angle on each side. This position allows you to progress more easily in both directions. A further advantage of this position is that it relieves the pressure on the knees when descending and primarily, with jumps.

If you are a beginner Freestyler, it is preferable to use a so-called "Twin-tip" board, a board which moves in both directions in the same way.  

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2 - HOW TO SET THE ANGLE?

Here, we have an all mountain board, so according to what we previously explained, we are going to set the bindings at (-6; +18) angles. 

Let's take the back binding, how do you set -6?

I advise you to put the small arrow of the binding on the 0 degrees. You then position the disc on to the 4 holes of the "recommended stance". You shift the binding backwards, towards the "minus". To do so, you lift up the binding with the disc, rotate your binding by 2 clicks because each graduation is equal to 3 degrees. Then you place the disc with the binding over the 4 holes. 

You can now place 2 of the screws only into the oblong holes of the disc. These screws can slide unlike in the other holes where there are 5 predefined positions. With these 2 screws, my angle is set and cannot be changed, but my binding can slide forward and backward. 

 

You do the same with the front binding.

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GOOD TO KNOW

If you begin in Freestyle snowboarding, don't forget it is better to ride with a "Twin-tip" board, meaning you can equally ride both ways with it.  

STEP 4: CENTER YOUR BOOT

Before fully screwing your bindings, you need to make sure that once your boot will be in it, it will be centered on your board. It is an important point to make sure of because if your are not centered on the board, your foot might scrape the snow while you are carving and make you fall. 

So, how do you achieve that?

Here you need to take your boot and place it into the binding. You need to find the position where there is as much boot protruding to the front as to the back. 

Once the position is adjusted, remove the boot while blocking the binding in its position and immediately put the screws in the remaining holes. Be careful not to tighten the screws excessively otherwise it can damage the screw thread. 

It is recommended to check from time to time that the screws are still in place.

Once this is done with the back boot, you need to do the smae with the front boot. 

STEP 5: SET YOUR STRAPS

And now for the last step, the strap adjustment on the boot.

 

1 - WHAT IS A WELL SET STRAP?

The front strap is well set when the metal buckle, which is the rigid part of the strap, once the strap is set on the boot, is well positioned on the side of the boot, and there are three or four clicks left at the bottom so you can adjust and tighten your strap when on a riding day. The metal part mus not be positioned on the toes where it might hurt. 

 

The ankle strap is well set when it is well centered on your boot.

 

2 - HOW TO SET YOUR STRAPS? 

To adjust your straps, you just need to unscrew, on the part with the buckle, the screw on the side.

You can then set the length of your strap according to your boot and your shoe size by choosing the right hole, then you just screw it back tightly. It is the same manipulation for both straps on your binding.

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WED'ZE'S ADVICE

Don't forget to check regularly all the screws, especially before and after the first time on the slopes with a new board, but also on the first day of the season.

Also, remind yourself that the tightening must be done by hand and not with a power tool.

Get the right equipement:

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         ADULT BOARDS

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SNOWBOARD  BOOTS 

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       BINDINGS

Just go hit the slopes now that your snwoboard bindings are well set!

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PHILIPPE TIERCIN

Snowboard product manager

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