How to: Choose the Correct Wakeboard Bindings
Flex is one of the most important factors in deciding which wakeboard bindings are right for you.
The flex of wakeboard bindings can vary dramatically between models from stiff to very flexible. The flex of your bindings are a personal preference. Some riders like to feel locked into stiff boots with a lot of ankle support while other riders like a softer flex which gives them the ability to tweak their wakeboard in different directions during tricks.
Similar to snowboard boots, the stiffer your wakeboard bindings, the better it is for carving and speed. The softer it is, the more maneuverability you will have for tricks.
Most often beginner wakeboard bindings are more flexible (softer) than bindings geared towards advanced riders.
Your wakeboard bindings should be snug but not so tight that they are painful. Most wakeboard bindings are designed to fit a range of shoe sizes, while some higher end wakeboard bindings are single sizes. Many wakeboard bindings now feature heat moldable liners that significantly improve fit, reducing the need for boot lubricant that helps you get into a snug binding that fits correctly. Listen to your feet!
Wakeboard boots have many features you will want to consider when choosing a new boot. For the best fit, many riders choose to have their own set of boots even if they share a wakeboard. Remember, boots may easily be swapped out on the boat between rides if this is the case.
This gives your toes some breathing room. A big benefit of open-toe boots is that you may be able to squeeze a few more shoe sizes into an open-toe boot than you can into a closed-toe boot. Open toe boots are a good option if you are purchasing just a single board for your boat, or if you have kids who are still growing.
Closed-toe wakeboard boots offer a more precise fit, which allows for more control, increased leverage and quick heel to toe responses. Closed-toe can also keep feet warmer, which is a big plus during shoulder seasons in places like the Northwest. Finally, they are usually higher end models and can be more expensive than their open-toe counterparts.
System bindings take a nod from snowboard bindings. Utilizing a highback frame with ratchet straps across the ankle and toes, System bindings take a specifically designed boot (no, you can't use your snowboard boots), and allow riders to further customize fit and engage the entire leg — rather than just heels and toes.
Laces with Fasteners
These are a common, simple, and efficient system.
Boa® Lacing System
Boa® is designed for speed and strength, incorporating aircraft grade stainless steel laces with a dial ratchet closure. No laces to tie! Boa® can also be found on products such as cycling shoes and snowboard boots.
These are another common system found on wake boots. And once again, no laces to tie!
Similar to the Velcro Strap for customization through out the wakeboard binding, but with notches, holds a stronger hold.
Having trouble getting into your wakeboard bindings? Try the following tips.
- Get your wakeboard boots and feet wet before trying to put them on.
- Loosen up the boot and slide in your foot.
- If putting on your boots is still difficult with wet feet try using a biodegradable lubricant.
Do not use soap! Soap dries out the boot materials, causing cracking and is not environmentally friendly. In other words, not only your boots, but the little fishes, plants and microscopic organisms that live in your lake do not appreciate soap. Don't make your fish taste like soap, yuck.
Will any wakeboard boots fit on any wakeboard? Most should! If you are hesitant please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you mount your wakeboard bindings without actual wakeboard binding screws from the manufacturer?
All wakeboard binding screws share the same universal 1/4" thread but not all companies use the same length screws. When mounting a binding without the factory screws, be sure that the screw is the correct length. The screws should be shorter than the thickness of the wakeboard and use a plastic washer to protect your binding plate. We do not suggest mounting your wakeboard bindings without the factory screws, but it can be done. Using a screw that is too long can result in a loose connection between your wakeboard and boots and damage your board and void a manufacturer warranty.
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