Recommended Width of a Snowboard Binding Stance

Regardless of whether you prefer to lead with your left or right foot, choosing the correct stance width will allow you to maintain control of the snowboard during riding techniques such as turning and stopping. The proper stance width is unique to each rider as it's based on your physical dimensions. Perform a few basic tests to ensure a comfortable riding stance.

Stance Width

Setting your bindings to the correct position will enable you to efficiently transfer energy between the opposing edges of the snowboard. The distance between the snowboard bindings should roughly correlate with the width of your shoulders. If you have difficulty determining your shoulder width, you can perform another basic body measurement. The 360 Guide recommends measuring from the center of your knee cap to the base of your heel. Place your bindings this far apart to ensure a balanced stance.

Freestyle Stance

Snowboarders who participate in the freestyle riding discipline often tweak their stance width. Freestyle snowboarders are recommended to choose a stance that is slightly wider than their shoulders. Increasing the distance between your bindings will offer increased stability during hairpin turns and high-velocity maneuvers. The wider stance also helps you to keep your knees bent while landing high-impact tricks. While the freestyle stance will lower your center of gravity, it has been known to slightly decrease your turning radius.

Freeride Stance

When heading out to an off-piste snowboarding terrain, you may want to adjust the distance between your bindings. Freeride snowboarders utilize a custom stance for increased handling on backcountry terrain. Freeride snowboarders are recommended to choose a stance that is slightly more narrow than the width of their shoulders. The shortened stance width allows you to remain light on your feet while navigating your way through deep deposits of powdered snow. The freeride stance also helps to increase your turning radius.

Binding Angles

Once you have found the stance width that corresponds with your riding style, you'll need to tweak the angle of the bindings. Loosen the binding's mounting screws and remove the circular baseplates. Rotate your lead binding slightly to ensure your toes stay pointed toward the nose of the snowboard. Snowboarding-Essentials recommends placing your lead binding at an angle of around 20 degrees. Many riders prefer to place their back binding at a 90-degree angle, or perpendicular to the snowboard deck.

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