We offer numerous options for bindings on skiboards. Skiboards Bindings – Non-release, snowboard and ski release bindings – advantages of each. Binding options include the standard non-release bindings which don’t release in case of fall. The advantage of non-release bindings is basically, they don’t release if you fall. This comes in handy for those who prefer riding the parks or often in the glades. The disadvantage is the risk of injury so I would say this is for those riders who are experienced and not just beginning. Another disadvantage is it takes a little more time to put them on and you have to use leashes on both legs. These work with ski boots only.
Then we have the ski-type, release bindings with brakes. These mount directly to skiboards such as the Summit Custom 110. Since these come with brakes, no need for leashes. The real advantage of release bindings is safety. These will release in case of fall so your legs are saved. The brakes hold them to the ground so they don’t go flying down the mountain. These bindings also allow flex and performance without any flat spots. The advantage of these bindings, like the Atomic L10 bindings, is also how fast you can get into them. Just step in and go. When heading to the lodge, just push down the back lever and you are out. Not really a lot of disadvantages to this type of binding. These of course work with ski boots only.
Snowboard Bindings – recently, snowboard bindings have been developed to work with skiboards. Of course, since snowboard bindings are wider, sometimes more than the skiboards, a riser plate is necessary. One such riser plate is the all new Summit Snowboard Binding Riser Kit. This kit allows precision carving as it rests on a round disc. The snowboard bindings are then placed on top of the riser and used with snowboard boots. Bindings like the Technine Custom Pro DS skiboards with a 3rd buckle strap, metal base and wrap around cuff that provides performance similar to ski bindings. The advantage is you can use snowboard boots. The disadvantage is that these do not release in case of a fall and do take a little more time to put on initially.
It is just a matter of preference as performance is similar between these different bindings. If safety is of top concern, then ski release bindings are the best option. If comfort is a priority or you already have snowboard boots, then obviously snowboard bindings are the best choice. Comfort however can be experienced with the Alpina XTrack ski boots, which are one of the most comfortable ski boots available and you can then use the other two binding options.
Keep in mind that whatever you choose, you are going to have big fun on the slopes on skiboards and that is the bottom line. Fun!