When shopping for snowboard bindings you will no doubt come across many different models from various manufacturers. You will be tempted to choose what looks the coolest, but the most important decision you will make when selecting your bindings will be the size you need. If you get a binding that is too small your boot will not fit into the boot placement area, or you may not be able to buckle it in. If you do manage to strap it in, it may break easily because of increased pressure from a large boot in a small binding. Comparatively, you do not want a binding that is too big, otherwise you will get little-to-no support and your foot will slide around in the binding. This can be very dangerous.
For this, and other reasons, we recommend that you review the snowboard binding sizing information outlined below. This guide will give you tips on what to look for when sizing for snowboard bindings. Additionally, you can review any one of a number brand specific snowboard binding size charts, or use our general sizing chart if the brand you are looking for is not provided.
- Snowboard Boots
In order to determine what size snowboard binding you will need you must turn to another essential piece of snowboard equipment, your snowboard boots. Each binding should have a boot size in parentheses that fits that particular binding (e.g., Binding Size L (11-13).) This makes it very simple to select your bindings according to your boot size. However, since your snowboard boot size will be the determining factor in the size snowboard binding you will need, it is essential that you take the steps necessary to properly size for your snowboard boot. If you already own a pair of snowboard boots and you’re simply looking to replace your bindings, you can simply use the size of your current snowboard boots to make your determination, matching it to the sizing in parentheses, as outlined above. If you’re shopping for boots and bindings we recommend that you review the tutorials below to learn how to properly fit a snowboard boot, the differences between men’s and women’s boots, and also some general differences that exist between snowboard boot models. This will ensure you have the right sized boot to make the right binding size determination.
For female riders there are many brands on the market that manufacture women’s specific bindings. The design is made to accommodate for the anatomical differences that exist between men and women. Some of the notable differences that exist between a men’s snowboard binding and a women’s binding are the lower highback on a women’s binding due to the lower position of the calf on a woman’s leg. Additionally, the frame of the binding on a women’s specific binding will be narrower due to the narrow design of female feet. In all, the benefits to women’s specific bindings for female riders are many. For more information on differences between men’s and women’s snowboard bindings, please review the following video tutorial.
It may not come as a surprise but men’s snowboard bindings are designed to accommodate men’s snowboard boots and women’s snowboard bindings are designed to accommodate women’s snowboard boots. However the number of snowboard bindings for men still exceeds the number of bindings designed specifically for women. For this reason, many female riders will seek out men’s bindings. While we will strongly recommend female riders to use a female specific snowboard binding because of the many benefits they provide, we cannot stop any female rider from choosing a men’s binding.
For this reason, it should be noted to all female riders who select a men’s snowboard binding that sizing for women’s bindings is a given and should pose no problem. A unisex binding or one labeled as men’s should present no greater hurdle than a reevaluation of the size range. Because women’s snowboard boots are designed narrower than men’s boots the addition of 1 to 1 1/2 sizes to the existing size range of the binding should provide the women’s range that the binding will accommodate. This will eliminate the loose fit that was outlined in the video tutorial above.
Sizing measurements for snowboard bindings will vary from one brand to the next, which makes it extremely difficult to compile one universal sizing chart. For this reason, we have compiled sizing information for snowboard binding manufacturers and provided them below. If you are interested in a snowboard binding from a specific brand, locate the sizing chart below to find information on the appropriate size you will need.
If the brand you are looking for is not provided, please use the general sizing chart to best determine the size you will need. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the general size chart since certain brand boots may vary in width/length, but it should guide you in the right direction.
(Click on Brand to View Sizing Chart)