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Rec binding style?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi,
My kid is moving to Tahoe next week and I'd like to get him a snowboard - probabably used on ebay.

It appears that there are three styles of bindings:
Two straps
Plastic flipper-thingie
Metal Pin

Which is the best type?

I know nothing whatsoever about snowboarding and he doesn't know anything either - other than he's done it a couple of times and thinks it will be fun. He's NOT going to be a star snowboarder and money is an issue.

Thanks!
Phoebe
post #2 of 5
It is a matter of personal preference. The most common is the two strap model.

The "plastic flipper thingie" is a binding produced by Flow, and they are a lot easier to put on on top of the hill (you don't have to sit down), but some people think they lack support, and others complain about pressure points.

The metal pin bindings are step-in bindings which require special boots. As far as I know, they are more or less obsolete.

Your safest bet would be the two strap model - they are the most common, and therefore you'll find a lot more of them on ebay.

On a side note - you should make sure you get a board suited for beginners, and in the right length. Advanced boards are a lot harder to ride when you are a beginner.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
I figure the right size is up to his chin - about 152cm.

He weighs 140 - how do I know if it's a beginner board?
post #4 of 5
look at the board brand and model, and then do some research online. see if the brand has current season version of the same model, or do a google search...
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by Phoebe3 View Post
I figure the right size is up to his chin - about 152cm.

He weighs 140 - how do I know if it's a beginner board?

I started on a 154 - Burton Custom.I weight 142. I'd look for a deal on the right length freeride board. There are some web sites you can get leftover models.
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