Split Snowboard Binding Backs

Snowboard bindings? What! It’s getting into summer when I’m posting this, so it’s a bit strange to even think about snow – but hay! Like a good Minnesotan, in summer I wish for winter, and in winter I wish for summer! These bindings are split down the back, adjusting the cant of the high back for “greater support and control.” Better for your ankles? Better for your mind. But you can’t be too furry! It’ll get caught in there.

Also check out the aluminum block holding all the straps and high back in place. What’s up with your knowledge of straps? In skateboarding, as well as with snowboarding, the only thing the average first-time buyer of a setup is the design of the board. Pretty skulls and gore and knives and whatnot. Are these designed for you, the audience reading this post?

Also, what kind of bindings do you use now?

Designer: Joshua Benjamin Harris

6 Comments

  • david r says:

    hmmm, i have about 20 years snowbaord experience under my belt and am dubious as to the point of these highbacks.

    firstly having the split in the highback almost defeats the purpose of having a high back – highbacks are to support your lower claves – the theory being the more contact, the more control.

    highbacks supoort your legs only in a forward and backward motion to help retain a good stance or posture on your board thus negating the use of split bindings which would offer freedome from side to side.

    Highbacks are not to offer flexibility and freedome but rather rigidity and control.

    • joshua says:

      the high back is only adjustable, not actively moving. it is stiff when riding, but each binding highback can be adjusted to lean left or right depending on where your leg enters from. for instance, if your stance is wide and the bindings are far apart, you can adjust the “cant” so it leans towards the center more like this: __//_\\__ or if your stance is less agressive, you can adjust them so they lean less like this: __!!_!!__ . this feature does not actively change while riding

  • Jon says:

    For me, stiffness is the key. The flexible back would not allow you to push the edge in as well, making for more effort on a serious turn. For beginners, I can see this being used as a training aid. I have been an instructor for years, and the hardest part is to get people to lean forward (most are scared and lean on the back foot). Starting them in a forward lean would help them with turning at slow speeds.

    Ill stick with my F-60 LTD and Podiums.

  • Nathan says:

    My stance is so wide my highbacks are at a completely different angle to my legs. I can see that being able to adjust the highback angle could help keep them running parallel to my leg as well as staying in line with the heel edge of the board.
    My main concern would be that the top of the highbacks would then be at 2 different heights, which could cut into the back of your legs. The highback needs to roll away from the leg at the top to avoid this.

  • Snowskate says:

    These look pretty sweet! Still waiting for a true step-on, step-off binding without any sort of buckles. I know it may be tough, but there has to be a way.

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