Burton is one of the largest and oldest snowboard gear companies in the world. The company crafts a variety of snowboard bindings for every skill level. Bindings are essential for snowboarding as they are what keeps snowboard boots attached to the board. Burton bindings are slightly different from most manufacturers. Instead of the traditional four screw pattern, Burton uses two different systems: 3D (3 screw) and EST. Mounting bindings is a relatively easy task that can be accomplished in under an hour.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Mounting screws and bolts
- Adaptor plate (needed if mounting onto a non-Burton board)
- No. 3 Phillips screwdriver
- No. 2 Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
Find a flat surface, preferably indoors, to work on your installation. Clean the area of the snowboard where the bindings will be mounted.
Position the bindings in the right spot. Snowboard bindings have a left foot and right foot. You can tell the difference by the curve in the binding. The snowboard binding strap always buckles on the outside of the boot.
Determine stance. This is which foot goes at the front of the snowboard. The left foot in front is called "regular." The right foot in front is called "goofy." Imagine skidding across an icy pond. The foot that you put in front is usually the stance you would use snowboarding.
Determine stance width--how far apart your feet should be. Place the bindings shoulder width apart as a standard starting point. This adjustment can easily be changed later.
Determine the stance angle. This is the angle of the bindings relative to the snowboard. A stance angle of zero means the bindings are lined up perpendicular to the length of the snowboard. There is no "correct" setting--it's based on rider preference. Play around with different angles until you find a comfortable one.
Adjust the toe straps to a 45-degree angle and centred. Loosen the screw on the inside of the binding strap by hand and tighten it down with the No. 2 Phillips screwdriver.
Install the adaptor plate if you are using a non-Burton snowboard. Pop out the centre circle of the footbed and position the adaptor plate into this area.
Line up the bindings over the screw holes based on stance, stance width and the stance angle. Put the snowboard boot into the binding, and centre the binding so that neither the toe or heel hang too far over the board.
Mount the bindings. Lightly tighten each screw into the proper hole. Verify that the stance is satisfactory, and tighten the screws.
Double-check all equipment. Make adjustments as necessary during and after a day on the ski hill.
Adjust the footbed. Unscrew the bottom baseplate from the binding using a No. 2 Phillips screwdriver. Pop the toeramp out of the baseplate with the flathead screwdriver. Snap the toeramp into the proper position where it will fit the snowboard boot. Reattach the baseplate to the EST binding.
Place the front binding. Pop out the channel insert with the flathead screwdriver. Slide the two bolts into the channel. Set the binding on the bolts and move until the guide drops into place. Replace the channel insert.
Determine stance width and angle.
Fine-tune your stance. Position the binding so the toe and heel are an equal distance from the sidewall of the snowboard. Lightly tighten down the two screws into the two bolts. Double-check stance, and tighten the screws.
Mount the rear binding in the same manner as the front binding.
Tips and warnings
- Most ski areas have adjustment tools located in the base area.
- Purchase a portable snowboarding screwdriver to make on-the-fly adjustments.
- Always tighten all screws before riding each day.
- Before purchasing Burton bindings,verify that they are compatible with your board.
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