Top 5 Snowboard Bindings for 2020

It’s Never too Early to Start Thinking About Snowboarding Season...

Sure, April isn’t even over yet. And yeah, maybe we are all pent up in our homes because of a global pandemic. But 2020’s new gear is already being shipped and it’s never too early to start thinking about snowboarding season!

So, let’s get to it and check out Blauer Board Shops top 5 snowboarding bindings for the 2020 season!

To make the most of this year's snowboard season, you’ll need to get down to the basics and start with a good set of snowboard bindings. A solid set of bindings are the foundation of your gear, connecting you to the board! They help maintain good posture and provide you with more control as you fly down the slopes.

But which ones should YOU choose? As a snowboarder, choosing the right bindings can be one of the most important things to consider. Your bindings can impact how enjoyable your entire ride will be and help you stay safe on the slopes. Whatever your style, you need bindings that offer the best comfort and support.

Bindings come in a wide variety of styles, fits, and functions. Higher-end bindings are available in a variety of specific performance options from bindings for backcountry powder, to aggressive bindings for all-mountain riders; one thing’s for sure……there's a perfect binding for snowboarders of all skill levels. 

Of course, these choices can be a bit overwhelming, so we've picked our five best snowboard bindings for 2020, to help narrow down the options.

Check out our recommendations below…

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  • Top 5 Men’s Snowboards for 2020
  • Top 5 Women’s Snowboards for 2020
  • Top 5 Kids Snowboards for 2020

2020’s Best Snowboard Bindings

1.   Burton Genesis

The Burton Genesis Bindings are a longtime favorite of many snowboarders. They're flexible, comfortable, and fun to use, so it's no surprise that snowboarders keep coming back to them. Simply put, the Burton Genesis is the most comfortable binding ever, with strength and power that can match the rising intensity of riders. With a slightly softer flex and advanced anatomical design, it combines plush cushioning with straps and a high back that can cradle your boots in maximum comfort, all while the advanced composites keep it lightweight. People find them to be highly responsive and accommodating.

  • Flex-Medium Flex- A happy medium to binding flex. This model performs equally on all terrain. They are responsive, comfortable, and forgiving.
  • Baseplate-Single Component 30% Short-Glass / Nylon Composite Lightweight Re: Flex™ – Responsive yet playful. Consistent response and feel for all-terrain due to the usage of one material throughout.
  • Re: Flex™ AutoCANT FullBED Cushioning System with B3 Gel – Dual-density EVA automatically settles your boot into a natural position regardless of stance width or angles for improved comfort, reduced fatigue, and more direct board control.
  • Highback-18% Short-Glass / Nylon Composite – A high‑performance blend featuring ramped up strength in a soft‑flexing package.
  • Zero-Lean Canted Hi-Back Design – This ergonomic design maximizes control and comfort. Riders who prefer a more playful and relaxed feel will dig the Zero Forward Lean design on select hi‑ As always, you can still choose to crank ‘em forward for quicker control when carving or climbing icy pipe walls.
  • Kickback Hammock – A lighter weight upgrade to the heel hammock, this two-piece heel hugging highback is literally built-in suspension in a highback. This provides a dynamic interaction with internal spring and rubber over-molded hammock that creates an increased response and reduced vibration while your heel is cradled in complete suspension.
  • MicroFLAD™ – The higher the Forward Lean angle on your highbacks, the quicker you heel-edge turns. Crank them forward for icy hits in the pipe or back them off for jibbing. Tool-free and micro-adjustable for easy fine-tuning and maximum angle options.
  • Straps-Hammockstrap™ – Reactstrap roots in a stitch‑less construction for ultra‑response with minimal materials. The addition of a nylon cross spine equals a more direct connection with the board.
  • Supergrip Capstrap™ 2.0 – This minimalist design merges two materials in a technologically advanced toe strap. A firmer material used in the spine provides a supportive, and lightweight skeleton, and the softer material improves boot wrap and comfort. They feature ultra-minimized and are fully injected with an over-molded design. Ultra-durable, glue-less, stitch-less, and PU-free construction. 3D curved with a triple axis spine and a true wrap toe window.
  • Buckles-Double Take Buckles with Insta-Click – Be the first to drop in with the rapid ratcheting of Burton's Double Take Buckles. Helical teeth and "Insta-Click" engagement combine for increased torque per crank, faster uptake, and fewer cranks to tighten. The result: vastly improved strength, speed, and ease of use.
  • Additional Features

Re-Ground Materials to Reduce Waste

Compatible with All Major Mounting Systems

BEST for: AGGRESSIVE RIDERS

Aggressive All-Mountain riders may see the most success with the Burton Genisis bindings, which absorb more impact than other bindings and allow you to really get after the mountain. The two-piece highback reduces tension and vibration against the shin, which can give more flexibility when carving around the backcountry.

They are flexible and durable, which means you can take these bindings into the park and complete a full day's riding or out in the trees for some grounding and pounding. The adjustable design allows more flexibility in how you like your bindings- but you probably won't have to with these. They are excellent for any rider.

2. Burton Malavita EST®

The Malavita is known by you and loved by us. They are a pro favorite season after season, and the men's Burton Malavita EST® snowboard binding carved a reputation for destroying everything that gets in its way. Burton's team favorite is also a favorite of ours this season. These bindings do not fall short of their reputation of being one of the most seamless ways to attach your boots to your board. The Malavita Bindings are committed to comfort with the ability to kick back with the Heel Hammock, Supergrip Capstrap™ 2.0, and Asym Hammockstrap™ wrap the boot with a seamless fit that provides ultimate comfort. No matter which Malavita you choose, you will shred with confidence that you have one of the best bindings from Burton.

  • Flex-Medium Flex– The happy medium of binding flex. Medium flex models perform equally on all terrain. Great for progression - responsive, comfortable, and forgiving.
  • Baseplate- Single Component 30% Short-Glass / Nylon Composite Lightweight Re:Flex™ – More responsive yet playful. One material throughout creates consistent response and feel for all-terrain domination.
  • Re:Flex™ AutoCANT FullBED Cushioning System with B3 Gel – Dual-density EVA automatically settles your boot into a natural position regardless of stance width or angles for improved comfort, reduced fatigue, and more direct board control.
  • Highback-Living Hinge™ – This exclusive technology eliminates hardware and weight but allows you to adjust your Forward Lean and highback rotation independently.
  • Zero-Lean Canted Hi-Back Design – Your legs don't go straight up, and neither should your highbacks. This ergonomic design follows the natural contours of your left and right legs to maximize control and comfort. Riders who prefer a more playful and relaxed feel will dig the Zero Forward Lean design on select hi‑ As always, you can still choose to crank 'em forward for quicker control when carving or climbing icy pipe walls.
  • Heel Hammock – A reinforced rubbery material wraps response around the heel of any boot. Run your straps a little looser and still get a lightning-fast response out of turns with your heel cradled in complete suspension.
  • DialFLAD™ – The higher the Forward Lean angle on your highbacks, the quicker your heel-edge turns. Crank 'em forward for icy hits in the pipe, or back 'em off for jibbing.
  • Straps-Asym Hammockstrap™ – With a minimal and seamless design as same as the Hammockstrap, this asymmetrical pad and spine shape wraps the boot. Flip the straps for an increase in freedom or run stock for added power and support.
  • Supergrip Capstrap™ 2.0 – Minimalist design merges two materials into one technologically advanced toe strap. A firmer material in the spine provides a supportive and lightweight skeleton, while a softer over-molded material improves boot wrap and comfort. Featuring Ultra-minimized and fully injected with an over-molded design. Made ultra-durable, glue-less, stitch-less, and PU-free construction. 3D curved with a triple axis spine as well as a true wrap toe window.
  • Buckles-Double Take Buckles with Insta-Click – Be the first to drop in with the rapid ratcheting of Burton's Double Take Buckles. Helical teeth and "Insta-Click" engagement combine for increased torque per crank, faster uptake, and fewer cranks to tighten. The result: vastly improved strength, speed, and ease of use.
  • Additional Features:

Re-Ground Materials to Reduce Waste

Compatible with All Major Mounting Systems

BEST for: ALL RIDERS

Many professionals have anointed Burton Malavita’s as the best bindings out there. While the name may be quirky, the facts are not: they are by far one of the most durable, reliable, and adjustable snowboarding bindings. They are perfect for an All-Mountain rider with the medium flex and canted, or rotated, footbed that gives a comfortable feel in all conditions.

When looking for bindings for the park, backcountry, or trail and carving, Burton Malavita will meet all your needs. They are a bit pricier than many models, but the highly recommended bindings are suggested for any rider looking for a reliable set.

3. Union Force

Force delivers levels of both durability and purity of performance that are demanded by riders who hit the slopes 100-plus days a year. They are an indestructible binding that can handle any condition or terrain and have all of the features you want and nothing you don't. They boast all-day comfort and season after season dependability. Best yet- they are backed by a lifetime warranty base. The Force is down for the duration.

  • Baseplate-Stage 4 | Duraflex ST – Duraflex ST is the same material as regular Duraflex, but with increased glass for more response without the weight. Designed for cold temperatures.
  • Multi-Density Thermoformed EVA – Multi-density bushings sustain their function each season - unlike urethane rubber or other materials that change color and become brittle over time.
  • Extruded 3D Aluminum Heelcups – The Union 3D Extruded Aluminum heelcups were designed for optimum heel hold and minimization of drag, making them some of the strongest in the business.
  • Canted Footbeds
  • Highback- Force | Duraflex ST – Simply put, Duraflex St is the same material as regular Duraflex, but with increased glass for more response without the weight. Designed for cold temperatures.
  • Classic FLAD – Pull the lever away from the highback and quickly adjust your forward lean angle to suit the terrain in front of you.
  • Straps- Classic Pro Ankle Strap – A wider and more traditional design, this strap compliments the Force model perfectly - a time-honored legend of a snowboard binding.
  • Ultragrip Toe Strap with Secure-Lock – Multi-positional options and thermoplastic anti-slip material keeps you locked in and on point. Each version has differing amounts of material based on weight.
  • Buckles- Magnesium – Union's proven bombproof ratchet system, Magnesium buckles are light, sleek, and durable on the mountain.
  • Tool-less Strap Adjustment

4. Union Contact Pro

With a design made and endorsed by Union Pro Rider Gigi Rüf, the Contact Pro has become a staple in the Union collection among team riders and retailers alike. They have a nominal binding-to-board contact footprint with a softer flex overall, making it the perfect tool for riders looking for total freedom that gives a surfboard feel.

  • Baseplate- CP3 | Duraflex – Duraflex material was specifically engineered to maintain consistent flex in a wide range of cold temperatures. Exclusive to Union for snowsports products.
  • Full Bottom Thermoformed EVA – The Full bottom Bushing system allows for natural canting, incredible vibration dampening, and a surfy feel.
  • Extruded 3D Aluminum Heelcups – Designed for optimum heel hold and minimization of drag, Union 3D Extruded Aluminum heel cups are the strongest in the business.
  • Highback- Asym S2 | Duraflex – Duraflex material was specifically engineered to maintain consistent flex in a wide range of cold temperatures. Exclusive to Union for snowsports products.
  • No FLAD – Just ride.
  • Straps- Forma Elite Ankle Strap – New for 2021!
  • Ultragrip Toe Strap – Multi-positional options and thermoplastic anti-slip material keeps you locked in and on point. Each version has differing amounts of material based on weight.
  • Buckles- Aluminum – Fast in and fast out - the new mechanism combined with Union aluminum is superior to any binding buckle eon the market = with the exception of Union magnesium.
  • Additional Features
  • Grade 8.8 Hardware – The strongest steel available on the market, Union's use of Grade 8.8 represents a commitment to delivering the strongest and most reliable bindings on the market today.
  • Mini Disk – Compatible with 4x2 and The Channel™.

5. Rome Katana

The mountain is waiting to be seized like a storm bent on destruction with the Rome Guild snowboard bindings made for women. They have desirable flexibility and responsiveness when it is required, making this sweet set the skeleton key to unlock optimal performance across every run. These highbacks are ergonomically designed to be best friends with female legs. Rome goes and dashes in EVA SubBase to elevate the comfort underfoot to insist upon all-day comfort.

The Katana pushed the envelope on customization and comfort by being an ultra-light binding by Rome. They are a staple in the line because of the groundbreaking AsymWrap Tech that adds a versatile beast of board-feel that helps to keep you darting through trees while maintaining the power you need to rail euro carves. The Katana gets the new ProGrip Toe Strap for an even more snug fit. The AsymChannel Highback provides the backbone for all-mountain precision, while the fan-favorite Ultralight Ankle Straps keep the good times cranked to 11.

 

  • Baseplate- D30-Powered V-Rod SubBase Pad – D30 technology under the baseplate offers the highest level of impact absorption. Compared to standard EVA, D30 absorbs 30% more impact, resulting in a premium dampening for bigger drops and flatter landings.
  • AsymWrap Technology – The flex comes before the pop in this platform. With three points of heel hoop connection and Rome's UnderWrap concept at a single point on the medial side of the toe, the AsymWrap platform focuses on a smooth, flexible feel. This technology is for riders who like to surf freeride terrain and folks who like to tweak and play on freestyle features.
  • Yes, I Cant– An interchangeable footbed padding system lets you choose the level of canting on each binding. This brings you, even more, control and stability on the nose and tail of the board while giving your knees a little extra cushion.
  • Highback- AsymChannel Highback – Powerful glass filled Nylon with a line of coring for a responsive flex pattern.
  • Full Highback Rotation – Riders have the ability to rotate the highback, so it aligns with the heel edge of their board. Being able to adjust the highback provides better power transfer, more tweakability, and proper edge hold.
  • Cant-In-The-Back II Technology – This technology offers detailed points of customization for those riders who want to optimize performance like you would by tuning the engine of a sports car. Since the angle of your lower leg changes with the width of your stance, Rome lets riders adjust highback canting to keep the highback in seamless contact with the back of your boot.
  • Tool-Free Highback Forward Lean Adjuster
  • Straps- Ultralight Ankle Strap – Enjoy superlight mid-range support thanks to a combination of an injected EVA pad and an interlocking TPU band down the middle of the strap. The result is a super comfortable, mid-flexing ankle strap.
  • AuxGrip Toe Strap – An futuristic injected toe strap that uses an auxetic pattern for unmatched hold and connected comfort.
  • PivotMount Max Technology – Just loosen a screw and snap the PivotMount's arm into different position arrangements to control whether you have a flexible, mid-range, or powerful toeside performance profile.

BEST for: ALL MOUNTAIN RIDERS

Best for fast-flying technicians on the mountain, the Rome Katana bindings offer an ultra-lightweight alternative for riders looking to fly down the trail with some added maneuverability. The padded baseplate and uniquely molded design cups to your boots to absorb over 30% more impact compared to standard technology.

Perhaps the friendliest feature of these bindings is its highback, which requires no tools to adjust its forward/back lean, an attribute that will aid your riding. This feature allows you to vary your tilt to the mountain on the fly without carrying along any ratchets or wrenches in the cold. This board also has plenty of other high-octane features to complement its stature as one of the lightest and most maneuverable bindings on the market, making it a top pick for beginners and veteran boarders alike.

Solid Bindings Will Save the Day.

It can be argued that the most important quality of snowboard bindings is the ratcheting system. The last thing you would want to be doing is messing with your bindings for 15 minutes when your buddies leave you behind because they have already taken off down the run. A lot of people may buy bindings based on looks alone, but a strap may break on the 3rd trip up the mountain, trying to tighten them.

Then they’re out a day plus the cost of a lift ticket while they go buy higher quality bindings that would have saved them all that trouble in the first place. That’s why experts will say buying expensive bindings are a “cost-effective” investment. You’ll probably want to stay away from cheap snowboard bindings unless you’re a greenhorn in which a budget pair of bindings starts to make a lot more sense.

That's why you need new bindings that can do it anywhere. Gear up with the best all-mountain snowboard bindings of 2020 to ensure your season is flawless wherever you choose to cruise.

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