Last updated on January 18th, 2021 at 12:06 pm
If you are looking to start park riding this season, you will need the right type of snowboard bindings.
Bindings are a vital piece to every rider’s board setup. Sure, it is excellent to have the best board. However, the board is only as good as the pair of bindings you mount on it.
Your bindings are your connection to your snowboard. Whether you are doing nose presses or hitting jumps, you need a binding that is responsive enough to get you to the jump or rail yet flexible enough to help you hit the jump or rail.
Freestyle bindings are slightly different from all-mountain bindings. They have specific unique characteristics that make them perfect for use in the park.
Since every manufacturer’s freestyle snowboard bindings are different, we wanted to compare and review our top 5 to help you find the right gear for your riding style.
So let’s get right to the list.
Best Freestyle Snowboard Bindings for the Money
The Union Contact Pro is a light freestyle binding with a four out of 10 flex rating. These bindings are perfect for any riders who might be looking to build a park-specific board set up for their quiver. If you are used to riding an all-mountain binding, it will not be difficult to get used to the Union Contact Pro. These are some of the most responsive freestyle bindings you will find on this list.
In addition to its lightweight, the real selling feature of the Contact Pro is its flex. These bindings use Union’s CP3 Duraflex material, which is designed to maintain its playful flex in all temperatures. You will notice this flex material the most in the bindings’ highback. There is flex when you twist the highback left or right, and virtually no flex when you push it back as if you were to make a heelside carve. The flex in the highback will help you land spins and get your balance perfect on jibs without losing too much of the responsiveness in the binding.
The Contact Pro bindings are perfect for butters and jibs, thanks to the flex you will feel under your feet in the base. The base features a mini-disk as well as the same CP3 Duraflex used in the highback. Another call-out feature of the base is the amount of shock absorption you will feel. Union added in a full-bottom Thermoformed Eva foam bushing under the base to help you stomp landings softly while adding in a superior level of vibration dampening.
New for 2021, Union upgraded the straps. The ankle strap is called the Forma Elite Direct Connect. It features comfortable padding, the perfect level of flex, and is lightweight. The straps feature aluminum ratchet buckles that are extremely fast to get in and out of. To get out of these bindings, you simply pull up on the ratchet, and you will be out. The Hexgrip Toe strap has a new multi-pin system that makes it multi-positional. You can put the toe strap in a few different positions to maximize how much comfort and response you need. Its hexagon pattern is designed to keep your boot locked in without adding in any extra pressure points.
The heelcup of the Contact Pro is an Extruded 3D Aluminum Heelcup. This is an adjustable heelcup that allows you to center your boot directly over the binding. It is also designed to minimize drag and be insanely durable. These are the strongest heelcups you will find.
If you are looking for a lightweight, flexible, yet still responsive binding, check out the Union Contact Pro.
- Flex in highback and baseplate
- Minidisk compatible
- Soft and surfy boardfeel
- Upgraded no-slip hardware
- Not the dampest binding. These are best suited for park riding rather than going fast on rough terrain.
SizesSmall (US Men’s 6 – 7.5), Medium (US Men’s 8 – 10), Large (US Men’s 10.5+)
Best Snowboard Jib Bindings
The Rome Vice snowboard bindings are perfect for park riders who want a smooth flex, lightweight binding that offers a ton of customization features. You can adjust every detail of this binding to get it dialed into perfection for you. These are durable, and they will take the abuse of park riding. The Rome Vice are made with a lightweight, durable blend of 70% Nylon and 30% fiberglass material. They also come with a three-year warranty, so if you run into any issues, you have support to get parts or a replacement pair.
A core feature of the Vice is its AsymWrap platform baseplate. When you look at these bindings, the first thing you will notice is that the baseplate’s entire structure is asymmetrical. One side looks like it has more of a side structure than the other. That was deliberate. The Vice was designed to give you more power and maneuverability over the ball of your foot. The shape plus all of the customization these bindings offer makes them a powerhouse of a freestyle binding.
The footbed is canted, so your boots, legs, and knees will align to a more natural position. This will help your legs from getting tired while you ride and allow you to get a few more park laps than you would otherwise. Additionally, the Vice has a superior level of shock absorption and dampness thanks to the EVA foam lining the entire baseplate.
The highback is made with 100% nylon, and it has the perfect level of rotatable, twistable flex for park riding. This highback was designed to help you with presses, jibs, and correcting your landings whenever you are slightly off-center. The Vice’s highback has a toolless lean adjustment, so you can perfect the amount of forward lean that you may or may not need while you ride.
The straps are very light and have a ton of cushioning to make them comfortable. The ankle strap features EVA foam in its padding so it will mold around your boot. The Progrip Toe strap features Auxtech, which is designed to enhance the comfort and boot hold of the binding. You will notice the Auxtech in the toe strap as the piece that rests over the top of your toes is a thicker, harder plastic, while the piece resting in front of your boot is more of soft, flexible rubber. One additional call-out feature is that the straps feature a PivotMount that allows you to have 16 total custom configurations. The higher up the ankle strap sites, the more turn initiation the Vice offers. While the lower the strap sits, the more surfy, tweakable your riding will be.
If you are looking for park bindings that offer a ton of tech and customization, get the Rome Vice Snowboard Bindings.
- Asymmetrical shape – allows for the ball of your foot to have more motion.
- Tons of customization features
- Comfortable straps with autostrap bungies that make it easy in and out.
- Tool-less strap adjustments
- Durable with a three year warranty
- The heelcup screws can come loose. Leave a snowboard tool in your car, and you will be good to go.
SizesSmall (US Men’s 5 – 7.5), Medium (US Men’s 7 – 10.5), Large (US Men’s 10 – 12)
Also check out some alternate colors available too.
Best Medium Flex Park Snowboard Bindings
The Burton Malavita is the go-to binding for Burton’s pro riders like Mark McMorris and Danny Davis. The feature the pros love most is how this bindings baseplate can flex to match the same flex of your snowboard. Park riders will love jibbing with these will make it simple for doing nose or tail presses.
The Malavita is freestyle focused all-mountain binding. It has a 5.5/10 flex in most places, yet its baseplate is really where it gets its park friendliness added board feel from while still being responsive enough to get you through all terrain types.
The baseplate is made of 30% composite plastic mixed with fiberglass. Burton managed to make a rigid yet flexible binding with this material. The baseplate features Burton’s AutoCANT Fullbed Cushioning system. The entire baseplate is lined with a soft eva foam with added B3 gel to help reduce shock while stomping your landings. Additionally, the canted position helps your boot rest in its natural position and helps improve comfort while reducing leg fatigue while riding.
The highback has a medium flex that can twist left or right easily. There is the perfect level of resistance and responsiveness as you will not beable to bend the highback backward while you are doing heelside carves. The highback is canted to contour your legs. This feature offers you maximum control and comfort while you are carving between features in the terrain park. The highback has a heel hammock built into it that is designed to keep your boot locked in with less pressure on your feet. The highback offers a ratchet system to dial in your settings. Additionally, one of those settings is a Zero forward lean. That setting is where the highback is completely vertical. That is the perfect setting for park riders who want a more playful, relaxed feel while hitting rails.
The ankle and toe straps of the Malavita snowboard bindings are asymmetrical. They are designed to allow your feet to maneuver more naturally while your carving, hitting jumps, or doing butters. The ankle and toe straps are both minimal and designed to keep you locked in comfortably. Both straps feature tool-less adjustability, so you can get your settings perfected at any moment while you are on the mountain.
Both the ankle and toe straps are made of an injection-molded, glueless material. The benefit of using injection-molded material is that there is no fabric that will wear down over time. That said, if you prefer the luxury look and feel you might want to check out the leather ankle strap version of the Malavita snowboard bindings here.
The buckles of these bindings are made of the durable composite plastic material. The best feature about the buckles is that they feature Burton’s Insta-Click. This feature increases torque per each ratchet crank, so you will be the first to drop in.
If you are an intermediate to advanced rider looking for a binding with a mid flex that is responsive enough to carve while still perfection in the park, get the Burton Malavita bindings.
- Flexible base is perfect for butters, presses, and jibs.
- AutoCant footbed allows your boot to aligns joints in your natural position.
- Responsive enough to ride the whole mountain.
- Fits with all major mounting systems – 2×4, 4×4, or Burton’s channel system.
- There is minimal stance width adjustment on the disk that comes with these snowboard bindings. That said, this does come in an EST version that allows you to use Burton’s channel system to really adjust the width. If you ride a Burton board, go with the EST version. If you don’t go with the version, we reviewed. You will find a stance adjustment that works for you.
SizesSmall (US Men’s 6 – 8), Medium (US Men’s 8 – 11), Large (US Men’s 10+)
Also check out the upgraded leather version too.
Best Lightweight Park Snowboard Bindings
The Nitro Zero is a lightweight freestyle snowboard binding with a medium flex. This binding has many customization features that were explicitly designed to help you perfect your park riding.
The Zero has an open-air base frame that gives this binding more lateral movement and a skate like feel, and overall lighter weight. Nitro added an airbag right into the heel. This will allow you to softly stomp landings and absorb chatter while you ride rougher terrain.
The footbed of the Zero features a three-degree canted footbed. This allows for more natural leg placement, prevents your legs from getting tired quickly, and adds to the binding’s skate-like feel.
The ankle strap is thin, padded, and designed in a way that maximizes your ability to tweak your snowboard. This is a softer flexing ankle strap that was made with 3D thermoform padding. The toe strap gives you placement options. You can place it over the top toes or put it in front of your toes. Both straps have tool-less adjustments, so you can make adjustments easily while you ride.
The buckles are made with aluminum. They have wide, easy to use levers and are simple to get in and out of. Additionally, the Zero has a stainless steel cable running through its straps. This greatly improves the durability of the straps in cold weather. You won’t have to worry about accidentally stepping on a strap and breaking it.
The Zero features the Asym Zero Highback. This is a flat, forgiving highback with the perfect level of twistable flex for freestyle snowboarding. The highback has a standard forward lean adjustment, and you can easily adjust the heel cup to extend by removing both screws.
The Zero features a 2 x 4 mini disc with an angle adjustment that locks in place. The benefit of using a mini disc is that it adds a smaller footprint and offers your board to flex with the binding more naturally. The locking features allow you to choose your stance and never worry about the angle slipping again.
If you are looking for a lightweight binding with a ton of tech and a skate-like board feel, get the Nitro Zero snowboard bindings.
- Asymmetrical highback with flex – designed to help in the park
- Reinforced cable strap connectors to prevent strap breaks
- Heel airbag to help soften landings
- Three degree canted foot bed to help reduce fatigue.
- Mini disc with full stance adjustability – reduces your board’s dead zone underfoot and improves flex.
- Only comes with mini disc plate.
- A stiffer option on the list – still can butter and press easily.
SizesSmall (US Men’s 3.5 – 7), Medium (US Men’s 7 – 10.5), Large (US Men’s 11-14)
Best Freestyle Snowboard Binding Under $150
The Salomon Rhythm snowboard bindings are perfect for someone looking for a budget-friendly snowboard setup. While these bindings are more on the entry-level side, they will serve you well in the park as well as the whole mountain. If you are looking for the cheapest yet best quality park bindings, the Salomon Rhythm are the ones you want to buy.
To keep the cost lower on these bindings, the first detail you will notice is that the entire binding uses plastic over aluminum in most areas. The ratchets, heelcup, baseplate, and most of the base itself are all made of durable plastic. While plastic was used to keep the overall cost low, the quality you will get is still there. This is called Composite 30% plastic, and it is insanely durable. You will not need to worry about these cracking from the moment you land your first jib.
The Rhythm snowboard bindings are rated as having a two out of five flex rating. They are on the softer side, and that makes them a perfect option for the park, hitting rails and doing butters.
The Rhythm’s highback features an asymmetrical flex. You will notice the flex while standing in the binding. There will be more flex on the outside of your leg than the inside. This feature will help you in the park as you tweak your board while the binding still offers some rigidity on the opposite side. It also allows the binding to be flexible in the places it needs to be while still keeping the perfect anatomical shape to remove painful pressure points.
The Rhythm snowboard bindings’ straps are comfortable, and the buckles make it easy to get in and out. The ankle strap is a 3D molded padded strap. You will notice it contours around your ankle with a lot of soft padding, so you will not feel any painful pressure points while riding. The toe straps are minimal. They are a cored out durable rubber that allows the tip of your boot to fit through them comfortably while they keep your boot locked in perfectly.
The base of the Rhythm snowboard bindings features a full EVA foam padding. This cushioning adds shock absorption while stomping landings and offering some dampness to reduce the chatter of ridings on rougher terrain. There is an adjustable toe plate, so if you have a larger boot, you can extend the baseplate to fit under your boot comfortably. The base also features a canted style footbed, so your ankles and legs will be in more of their natural position as you ride.
The Rhythm’s baseplate features Salomon’s patented Integrated Mounting system. This is a neat feature where if you were to flip the baseplate over, you would see an additional piece of plastic that keeps your hardware in place without falling out even when they are not screwed in and flipped upside down. The benefit of the additional mounting system is that your bindings will not become loose on your board. When you are hitting the park for the first time, you will want your snowboard bindings to stay where you put them, and these will. The baseplate fits standard 4×4 or 2×4 channel mounting systems.
If you are looking for an inexpensive park binding, go with these.
- Low price point yet still durable option
- Mounting system will keep your board in place
- Eva foam cushioning in base and straps
- The majority ofthe binding is made out of plastic to keep the cost low.
- They will not be as durable as some of the other aluminum or metal options on this list.
SizesSmall (US Men’s 3 – 7), Medium (US Men’s 7 – 10), Large (US Men’s 10 – 15)
So there you have it.