Best All Mountain Snowboard Bindings for Men 2019-2020

In this post, we have compiled a list of the best all mountain snowboard bindings for men for this season. We have researched and sifted through quite a bit of data and then further curated it for your convenience so you have what you need to choose from among the best snowboard bindings from some of the most popular and respected brands out there.

If you’re here reading this then you’re likely new to snowboarding or maybe you've got quite a few laps under your belt and are looking to replace your busted up bindings (hmmm was that screw that just fell out important?...oh well charge it!).

Or maybe you’re looking to get into a rear-entry binding to help make strapping in a little quicker.  Whatever the reason, you've got snowboarding on your mind, it’s on ours too, and you're thinking about taking some sweet turns while solidly strapped into a set of the best rated all mountain snowboard bindings you can get your boots into.  And this thought has got you pumped!

So keep reading to see what we’ve put together for you in this post.

Comparison Table: Best Rated All Mountain Snowboard Bindings for Men

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Brand/

Model

Binding

Entry

Flex

Our Rating

Union Force

Strap-In

Medium

Union Contact Pro

Strap-In

Medium-soft

Burton Cartel EST

Strap-In

Medium-Stiff

Flow Fuse

Rear

Medium

Burton Freestyle

Strap-In

Medium-Soft

Flow Alpha

Rear

Medium-Soft

Union Force

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium

Union Contact Pro

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Soft

Burton Cartel EST

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Stiff

Flow Fuse

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Rear

Flex

Medium

Burton Freestyle

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Soft

Flow Alpha

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Rear

Flex

Medium-Soft

Buying Guide: How do you choose the best all mountain snowboard bindings?

Snowboard bindings are crucial when it comes to the riding experience because these are your direct connection to your snowboard. As you ride down the mountain on your snowboard and move your muscles the energy is transmitted from your feet to your boots and finally to your snowboard. When your bindings are appropriately matched to your style of riding, and snowboard of choice, then your snowboarding experience has the potential to considerably improve.

What is flex rating and what rating should you consider for an all mountain style binding?

Most manufacturers provide various ratings ranging from 1 to 10 for the flexibility of your board and bindings. This means that 1 is the softest while 10 indicates the stiffest bindings. Usually, 1 to 2 rating is considered to be soft; 3 to 5 is medium; 6 to 8 is stiff while 9 and 10 are the stiffest.

For the category of all-mountain, medium flexibility is the most suitable because you will be doing a bit of everything including the park, groomed runs, and powder, etc. Medium flex bindings are best for all-purpose snowboarding.

What are the different types of snowboard bindings?

​​​​There are two broad categories of snowboard bindings:

Rear entry bindings

Rear-entry bindings are also known as speed entry bindings. They feature a hinged high back that goes down enabling you to step into them. This hinged back design boosts quick access, and you can conveniently take them off too. Riders who prefer to get off the lift and get moving as quickly as possible should consider this binding style.

If you’re seriously considering rear-entry bindings then I suggest you check out Rear Entry Snowboard Bindings Pros and Cons for more information including the reasons why I switched back to traditional strap-in bindings

Strap-in bindings

The other style is strap-in bindings. These are the most common choice of bindings for most riders. In this model, there are a two of straps. One strap goes over or across the toes while the other strap crosses over the ankle. This binding provides various options for cushioning, support and other customizable adjustments. These are ideally suitable for all riding styles and for this reason most riders prefer them.

What are highbacks and which ones are best for my preferred all mountain style?

Highbacks are a vertical plate that goes from the heel to your lower calf and controls the heel-side edge of the board you are riding. These are available in a variety stiffness ratings and are meant to support you during your ride down the slope. The short and soft highbacks are more suitable for park riders and beginners for easy control. During all mountain riding, you should opt for a longer and stiffer highback that is more suitable for a range of riding styles.

What base plate and footbed styles should you consider?

Base plates connect the binding with your board and are made of different materials to suit different needs of flexibility. Higher-end bindings often come equipped with bigger base plates that may even be made of metal which makes them stiffer and optimizes durability and power transmission.

You will also find cushioning on base plates and/or footbeds of some models for added dampening during landings.   Another great feature to look for is "canting" which is a built in ergonomic angle in the footbed for better positioning of your knees and stance and helps optimize power transfer to the board.

Some models have removable footbeds that tend to cover the entire base of the binding including the attachment disk and screws.  This keeps snow from accumulating and icing up in these areas.  I've ridden bindings without this feature and I find that as the ice builds up you have a little mound in the middle of the binding that protrudes into the sole of your boot.  This makes the bindings less comfortable and power transfer is no longer optimized.

What size snowboard bindings should I buy?

Some bindings are sold as one size fits all.  Other higher end bindings may come in sizes that are matched to the size of your boot.  In any case, make sure to check the manufacturer’s sizing charts to ensure the binding is compatible with your boot size.

Ready to learn all there is to know about snowboard bindings?  I highly suggest you read How to Choose Snowboard Bindings [The Ultimate Guide] before making your next purchase!

Quick Tips for Choosing Snowboard Bindings

  1. Beginner or Park Rider: Choose a soft to medium-soft flexing binding.
  2. Intermediate to advanced free rider: Choose a medium flexing binding.  The more advanced rider may even prefer a medium-stiff binding.
  3. Binding Sizing: check the manufacturer’s sizing charts to ensure the binding is compatible with your boot size.
  4. Try it on: Set up all your gear ahead of your snowboard trip.  Make sure the bindings are compatible with your board and boots and take the time to make sure everything is adjusted properly.

Product Reviews: Best All Mountain Snowboard Bindings for Men


Union Force Bindings Review

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Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium

OVERVIEW

The Union Force is our pick for the best all mountain snowboard bindings. They feature a nylon composite material that’s extremely light, strong, and durable yet flexible enough to provide quite a comfortable ride. With these bindings, you will get a lifetime warranty on all heel-cups and base plates from Union. The bindings are equipped with dual density injected bushings which contribute to high performance and excellent board flex. The plastic components are fitted with nylon for added durability and longevity.

PROS

  • Nylon composite materials and components are strong and durable yet flexible
  • The bindings are equipped with a solid base featuring dual density bushings
  • Taller highbacks provide better control during your ride and promote better body balance
  • The flex rating of this binding is medium and is best suited for all terrain riding

CONS

  • These bindings are slightly more expensive than some of the others on our list

BOTTOM LINE

Union Force bindings are slightly more expensive than some of our other selections in this post, but they do perform exceptionally well for many winters. These bindings are very durable and are incredibly comfortable to wear.


Union Contact Pro Bindings Review

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Soft

OVERVIEW

The Union Contact Pro is stylishly designed and has lives up to the stringent quality and performance standards of the awesome freerider Gigi Ruf.  They are considered one of the best all mountain snowboard bindings for all mountain riding. Their highback is exceptionally light and comfortable in all terrains. The full bottom cushioning system, branded as Vaporlite, improves natural canting, and it also lowers the vibrations felt by your feet. It is lightweight and durable and known for a precision fit to your boots as compared to other bindings in the same class that you may find on the market.

PROS

  • Highback is very comfortable and extremely light
  • Comes with full footbed cushioning system which prevents snow buildup
  • Equipped with quick release mini ratchets for quick adjustments
  • Medium flex for all-mountain snowboarding
  • Low contact area which allows the board to flex more naturally

CONS

  • Among more expensive selections
  • Designed for serious snowboarders so beginner snowboarders may want to make another choice

BOTTOM LINE

Union's Contact Pro is a quality binding that will deliver power-packed performance and comfort for a long time. Although it is slightly more expensive than other options this product is sure to satisfy the serious snowboarder.


Burton Cartel EST Bindings Review

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Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Stiff

OVERVIEW

The Burton Cartel EST is equipped with a dual-component base plate design. It uses a soft material on the footbed while the siding helps improve balance response during the ride. Burton has removed the hard material from under the foot and replaced it with cushioning, and it has contributed heavily to reducing the weight.  These are one of the best all mountain snowboard bindings that you can buy in this price range.

PROS

  • The base plate is made of dual components for better balance and feel
  • The footbed contains plenty of cushioning to give you a comfortable ride
  • Its highback hinges flex comfortably reducing fatigue in the ankles

CONS

  • Only compatible with Burton Channel system snwoboards
  • The straps are not as durable as some other models

BOTTOM LINE

These bindings are very comfortable due to plenty of cushioning in the footbed which means they are ideal for long rides and you won't get tired of wearing them.  They also provide the response you need to perform all over the mountain.


Flow Fuse Bindings Review

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Rear

Flex

Medium

OVERVIEW

The Flow Fuse bindings are made of polyester and nylon and offer medium flex rating for all mountain snowboard riding. These bindings are equipped with a footbed that is slightly canted at 2.5-degrees to keep your ankles and knees in a better position for long-distance cruising. They also come with Flow’s locking slap ratchets and of course their renowned speed entry highbacks.

PROS

  • The bindings are made of polyester and nylon for added durability
  • Footbeds canted at 2.5-degrees
  • Locking slap ratchets
  • Medium flex rating for all-terrain riding
  • Speedy entry highbacks
  • Comfortable to take on and off quickly

CONS

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Although these bindings feature an upgraded cantilever highback hinge that provides easier entry, the tradeoff remains between having the strap loose enough to allow easy entry but tight enough so that when you raise the highback the bindings are adjusted to your desired tightness. The exceptional ratchets on this model somewhat offset this issue by making the strap easy to adjust on the fly.

BOTTOM LINE

Although these bindings come at a high price, they can go a long way because they are made of high-quality materials that not only contribute to the longevity of the product but also deliver a very comfortable and high-performance experience during your ride.


Burton Freestyle Bindings Review

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Strap-In

Flex

Medium-Soft

OVERVIEW

The Burton Freestyle snowboard bindings come with a single component baseplate design that uses a single material. This means that the baseplate will be able to provide a suitable response for all terrains with consistent flex, feel and comfort. These bindings are extremely comfortable and lightweight and are made of polycarbonate, meaning they can endure very tough rides and keep on going run after run.

PROS

  • Offers flex rating of 3 and performs well in all mountain riding
  • Extremely durable, made of bomb-proof polycarbonate
  • Features a zero forward lean highback which beginners and park riders may prefer
  • Single component base plate that’s smoother flexing and easy to setup with all major snowboard mounting systems
  • Ideal for relaxed cruising for extended periods of time

CONS

  • Although a minor consideration some riders don’t like that the highback doesn’t fold down completely flat for transport

BOTTOM LINE

The Burton Freestyle is an excellent binding when it comes to their overall performance and durability all at a quite affordable price. The single composite base plate provides a stable platform on all terrains, and the bindings are incredibly lightweight. They can be adjusted for higher forward lean highback angles for carving performance and lesser or even zero lean angles for a relaxed feel and extended cruising.


Flow Alpha Bindings Review

O​​​​u​r Ra​​​​ting

Binding Entry

Rear

Flex

Medium-Soft

OVERVIEW

The Flow Alpha binding is a popular choice is a good performing and affordable rear entry snowboard binding. The Flow Alpha snowboard bindings for men are equipped with a molded composite base plate and rear entry highback. The corners of the baseplate are rockered which helps your snowboard maintain it’s natural flex.  It also features Flow’s Exofit Powerstrap mini ratchets for additional control and support during your ride. Its versatile combi-disk mounting system is compatible 4x4, 4x2, 3HP screw mounting patterns.  Note that if you are riding a board with a channel mounting system you will need to use an adapter to use these bindings.  The bindings come with a flex rating of 3 with full heel and toe EVA cushion inserts.

PROS

  • Full EVA inserts for both toes and heels is very comfortable
  • Molded composite uniback highback
  • Molded composite rockered base plate
  • Flex rating of 3 which is suitable for all mountain riding
  • Mini ratchets for improved comfort and control during rides
  • Extremely lightweight for quick turn initiation and control

CONS

  • The rear entry highback takes some getting used to.
  • There is a tradeoff between having the strap loose enough to allow easy entry but tight enough so that when you raise the highback the bindings are adjusted to your desired tightness. Picky riders may end up fiddling with the straps after raising the highback which defeats the quick entry benefit.
  • Need adapter for boards with a channel mounting system.

BOTTOM LINE

All in all, this is an excellent product for all mountain style because these bindings provide excellent support for your feet and knees during the ride. They also are an inexpensive rear entry binding style and are built to last for a long time.


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