Getting the right size snowboard bindings is really important. Bindings are the connection between you and the snowboard.
They transfer the energy from your muscles into the snowboard to tell it what to do.
Whether you get the right or wrong size will affect the effectiveness and efficiency of that energy transfer.
The bindings need to be sized so that they are;
- The right size for your boots; and
- The right size for your board.
Thankfully this isn’t too difficult and there is a bit of leeway.
Sizing with your boots
Bindings typically come in Small, Small/Medium, Medium, Medium/Large, Large & Large/X Large. Unfortunately there isn’t an industry norm for which boot size fits which binding size. For example a medium size binding in one brand might fit a size 10 but in another brand you would need a large size binding.
The tables below show roughly what binding size you want to go with depending on your boot size and depending on the brand.
As you will see the sizings are far from standardized. One brands medium doesn’t fit the same sized boots as another brands medium. Also some brands size by Small, Medium, Large, X Large whilst others size by S/M, M/L, L/XL.
Having standardized sizings would be great – but, for now at least, we have to work with what we have.
In some cases a certain boot size will fit with two different sizes. For example with the Burton Men’s bindings a size 8.0 could fit a small or a medium and sizes 10.0 to 11.0 could fit a medium or a large.
If you have any questions regarding the sizing in the tables just leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
All shoe sizes are in US sizing. The Men’s table shows shoe size in US men’s and Women’s table shows shoe size in US Women’s sizes
Men’s Binding Table (in US Men’s Boot Sizes)
|Burton Men’s||-||6.0 - 8.0||-||8.0 - 11.0||-||10.0 & up||-||-|
|Burton Youth||2.0 - 3.0||3.0 - 5.0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Flow Men’s||-||-||-||4.5 - 8.5||-||7.5 - 11.5||-||10.5 & up|
|Flow Youth||-||2.5 - 4.5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Flux Men’s||-||4.5 - 7.5||-||7.0 - 10.0||-||9.0 & up||-||-|
|Flux Bindings with Transfer Base (XV, XF)||3.0 - 5.5||5.0 - 7.5||-||7.0 - 9.5||-||9.0 & up||-||-|
|GNU Men’s||-||4.0 - 7.0||-||7.0 - 9.0||-||9.0 & Up||-||-|
|K2 Men’s||-||2.0 - 5.0||-||5.0 - 8.0||-||8.0 - 11.0||-||11.0 & up|
|K2 Youth||-||2.0 - 5.0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Ride Men’s||-||-||-||6.0 - 9.0||-||8.0 - 12.0||-||11.0 & up|
|Ride Youth||-||2.0 - 5.0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Rome Men’s (Katana)||-||-||-||-||8.5 - 11.0||-||-||-|
|Rome Men’s (underwrap)||-||-||4.5-9.5||-||-||-||9.0 & up|
|Rome Men’s (Unibody)||-||5.5-8.0||-||7.0 - 10.0||-||10.0 & up||-||-|
|Rossignol Men’s||-||-||4.0-8.0||-||8.0 & up||-||-||-|
|Salomon Men’s||-||4.5 - 7.0||-||6.5 - 10.0||-||10.0 & up||-||-|
|Union Men's||-||5.0 - 8.5||-||8.0 - 11.0||-||10.0 & up||-||-|
|Union Youth||3.5 - 5.5||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Note: Union have changed their sizing from the 2016-17 season on:
- S/M is now S
- M/L is now M
- L/LX is now L
This has been changed in the table above. This is a welcome change in my opinion.
Note 2: Flux sizes have also changed for 2017 models. They have been updated in the table above.
The 2016 & earlier models had the following sizing:
- S: 5.5 – 6.5
- M: 7.0 – 9.5
- L: 10.0 & up
Women’s Binding Table (in US Women’s Boot Sizes)
|Burton Women’s||-||4.0 - 6.0||-||6.0 - 8.0||-||8.0 - 12.0|
|Burton Youth||3.0 - 4.0||4.0 - 6.0||-||-||-||-|
|Flow Women’s||-||-||-||5.5 - 9.5||-||8.5 - 12.0|
|Flow Youth||-||3.0 - 5.5||-||-||-||-|
|Flux Women’s||5.0 - 7.0||7.0 - 9.0||-||-||-||-|
|GNU Women’s (B Free)||-||4.5 - 7.0||-||7.0 - 9.0||-||9.0 - 11.0|
|GNU Women’s (B Real)||-||-||4.0 - 7.0||-||6.0 - 9.0||-|
|K2 Women’s||-||3.0 - 6.0||-||6.0 - 10.0||-||-|
|K2 Youth||-||3.0 - 6.0||-||-||-||-|
|Ride Women’s||-||4.5 - 7.0||-||7.0 - 11.0||-||-|
|Ride Youth||-||3.0 - 6.0||-||-||-||-|
|Rome Women’s (underwrap)||-||-||5.5 - 10.5||-||-||-|
|Rome Women’s (Unibody)||-||6.5 - 9.0||-||8.0 - 11.0||-||-|
|Rossignol Women’s||-||-||5.0 - 10.0||-||-||-|
|Salomon Women’s||-||5.5 - 7.5||-||8.0 - 10.5||-||-|
|Union Women's||-||3.0 - 6.0||-||5.5 - 9.0||-||8.5 & up|
|Union Youth||4.5 - 6.5||-||-||-||-||-|
Note: Union sizings have changed for the 2016-17 season. They have been updated in the table above.
The Union women’s bindings sizings used to be:
- S = size 4.5 to 6.5
- M = size 6.0 to 9.5
These tables won’t guarantee you get the right size but it’s a good starting point and should be pretty accurate and get you there most of the time.
If you want it to be fool proof then you will need to try your boots in the bindings in person if possible. If not you could try ringing or emailing a store and asking them if they can put a pair of boots the same size as yours into the bindings that you are thinking about getting.
Smaller than average and larger than average boot sizes are likely to need to be more careful in making sure they get the right size.
Boot Size Conversions
The tables above are all in US sizes – to convert to other sizes check out the table below.
The table below shows conversions for snowboard boots. This differs from a lot of shoe size conversions. Also, some snowboard boot brands convert slightly differently so it pays to double check with the particular brand of boot. If the brand of boot you have doesn’t have their own conversion chart, then this is the best one to use.
|Foot length (cms)||Foot length (inches)||Men’s Boot Size (US)||Women’s Boot Size (US)||Euro Boot Size||UK Boot Size|
Sizing with your Board
It’s also important that your bindings fit with the width of your board. If the bindings are too big and overhang the edges too much they will dig into the snow when you make sharp turns and cause you to wipe out.
On the other hand if they are too small for the board then you won’t be able to apply as much pressure to the edges of the board which will make it less responsive and feel heavy and labored during turns.
It all centres around the boot really. If your board is the right size for your boot and the bindings are the right size for your boot then the bindings will be the right size for the board.
Check out the article at the link below to make sure you get the right sized board for your boot/foot size.
This is why it is best to buy boots first. Then you can get the right width board for your boots and the right sized bindings for your boots and then your board and bindings will automatically be size compatible.
Hopefully now you have a better idea of how to get the right size snowboard bindings. It’s a good idea to favourite this page in case you need to refer back to it later.
There are other things that you should also know to make the best bindings choice. Check out the articles below to see what else you should know before you purchase your bindings.
If you have any questions or comments just leave them in the comments section below and I will answer them as soon as possible.