In order to achieve the highest level of performance from a Burton snowboard, snowboarders should first understand how to set up their Burton bindings. Properly mounted and adjusted bindings call for better a performance, feel, and connection between the snowboarder and snowboard. Some sports shops do this for a customer in need, however one risks ending up with an awkward stance and no recourse for correcting it alone. With the right products, tools, and basic knowledge, even beginner snowboarders can successfully set up their Burton bindings.
Check the Compatibility
Consumers must first make sure they plan to mount Burton bindings to Burton snowboards, as Burton bindings and boards use a three-hole pattern, while other brands use a four-hole pattern. If mounting Burton bindings to a non-burton snowboard, a special plate is necessary. Secondly, Burton EST (Extra Sensory Technology) bindings are for Burton ICS (Infinite Channel System) boards only and require a different setup. Many models are available as either regular or EST bindings.
One must consider the features they find most important while riding in order to choose the most suitable binding/board combination. Things to be aware of include heel support, flex, and compatibility vs. adjustability.
Gather Tools and Hardware
The only tool needed to set up the bindings is a Phillips head screwdriver. Otherwise, just make sure the screws that came with the board, bindings and board are all clean of any dirt or debris before assembly.
Regular or Goofy Stance
Before anything else, first time riders must figure out whether they ride regular or goofy. Regular means the left foot is the leading foot. Goofy (or switch) means the right foot goes in front. One way to figure this out is to stand on both feet and fall forward. The foot that goes out first to correct the balance is, in theory, indicative of a regular or goofy stance. For regular riders, place the left binding over the holes in the board closest to the nose. For goofy riders, place the right binding over the holes closest to the nose of the snowboard instead.
In order to set up the Burton bindings properly, there are a few necessary steps to take. It is important to measure the setback and stance width, determine the stance angle, and finally attach and adjust the bindings.
Measure the Setback
Setback refers to how far back the bindings are from the centre of the board. Standing toward the back of the board keeps the board's nose out of the snow, which is ideal in situations like deep powder snow. First time riders should start with their bindings centred and adjust as they become comfortable with the snowboard.
Measure the Stance Width
Stance width measures how far apart the feet are on the snowboard, and thus how far apart to mount the bindings. Stance should be slightly wider than one's shoulders, allowing for a slight comfortable bend in the knees.
Determine the Stance Angle
A binding mounted perpendicularly to the snowboard has a stance angle of zero. If the toe of the binding points toward the nose of the snowboard, the stance angle is positive. If the binding points toward the tail of the snowboard, the angle is negative. The usual stance used by most snowboarders is the forward stance, where both bindings have positive stance angles. The goal of adjusting the stance angle is to find a natural position for the body and knees and to minimise toe overhang. Line up each mounting plate according to the stance angle.
Attach and Adjust the Bindings
Once everything is measured and adjusted for a safe and comfortable stance, it is time to attach the bindings. Take the Phillips head screwdriver and tightly insert each screw into the snowboard. Once the bindings are ready, adjust the forward lean on the back of the binding's high back.
Because screws can become loose, it is important to check the security of the bindings throughout the season. Remember, there is no one right way to mount a board. It depends on the individual, thus it is important to pay close attention to what feels right.
How to Buy Burton Bindings on eBay
Sellers on eBay offer a wide variety of Burton bindings for beginner and expert snowboarders alike. Use the search bar on any eBay page to type in your terms, such as 'Burton Bindings'. When shopping for bindings, keep in mind the kind of board you intend to use as well as how much flex, adjustability, and support desired. With the necessary knowledge of how to mount your Burton bindings, you can find bindings that match you, your board, and your snowboarding style.