Snowboard and binding compatibility is a really important part of finding the right bindings, for obvious reasons – getting bindings that don’t fit to your snowboard aren’t going to be very useful!
Below I will outline the 4 main binding mountain systems (2 of which are now not very common) used by snowboarding manufacturers and then show which brand’s bindings are compatible with which brands of snowboards.
The good news is that most systems are compatible with each other – and if not, you can often find base plate disc attachments that allow them to be compatible.
The 4 Main Binding Mounting Systems
Different binding mounting systems have different insert patterns. By that I mean that there are different patterns of holes drilled where the bindings are to go. These pre-drilled holes allow you to screw your bindings into your board.
Some systems will give more stance options than others in terms of stance width, angles and the position of the bindings across the width of the board.
Binding System #1: 4 x 4
This insert pattern is now very uncommon – most boards now come with the 2 x 4 pattern (or the Channel if a Burton board). The exception to this is youth boards which often still come with a 4 x 4 pattern.
The first is simply known as the 4 x 4 system. Aptly named for the two rows of holes that are 4cm apart and there are 4cm between each hole on each row. There are usually 3 holes per row.
Both the 4 x 4 and the 2 x 4 systems use 4 screws for mounting bindings.
Binding System #2: 2 x 4
The next one is the 2 x 4 system. Similar to the 4 x 4 system except that the holes on the rows are only 2cm apart. This allows for more stance width options than the 4 x 4 system. There are usually 6 holes per row.
This is the most common pattern for non-Burton boards.
Binding System #3: 3-Hole (3D)
All new Burton snowboards now use the channel system. However, if you buy and old Burton board it may still have the old 3 hole (3D) system.
Most snowboard brands use the first two systems. However Burton has used a couple of different types. The first of the Burton systems is the 3D system.
This system uses 3 screws to mount the bindings (in a triangular pattern).
Binding System #4: Channel System
Burton’s new (well not that new anymore as it’s been around for a good while now!) mounting system is the channel binding system (now used on all new Burton snowboards). Bindings are attached to a track insert and then can move along the track (a.k.a. rail or channel) until they are in the desired position and then are screwed in place.
You can have virtually any stance width you want with this system. You can also move the binding up and down width ways so that you can vertically align your bindings on the board.
Your bindings also flex really well with the board because there is minimal hard contact between the board and bindings – meaning that there is virtually no dead zone.
Burton EST bindings are designed to work with the channel system but other bindings will work with it to if they have the right base disc.
With all these different mounting systems you would think that it would be a difficult task to find bindings that are compatible with boards.
Fortunately most binding manufacturers create either universal discs that can be used on any system or they offer separate disks that you can buy to make your bindings compatible with a particular system.
Check out the table and notes below to see brand compatibility.
|Binding Manufacturer||2 x 4 OR 4 x 4||3D (Burton)||Channel (Burton)|
* Flow: Some flow bindings are compatible as they are whilst others require a M6 channel disk. Some bindings aren’t compatible with the disk so won’t be compatible with the channel system. Click here to see the M6 channel disc (also at that link is a full list of flow bindings that are automatically compatible with the channel system, those that need the M6 Chanel Disc and those that aren’t compatible). (Post 2011 channel system)
If you’re flow bindings aren’t compatible you might need one of these discs depending on the model of bindings you have.
- NX2 Multi Disc Kit (4×4, 2×4, 3D, Channel)
- Fuse Multi Disc Kit (4×4, 2×4, 3D, Channel)
- Combi Disc (4×4, 2×4, 3D)
- Channel Disc
* Flux: You’ll need separate discs to make Flux bindings compatible with the Channel System or 3-hole system.
Flux used to provide this at no charge and as far as I know they still do – but even if it costs, it’s not too much. Best bet is to contact Flux to see what you’ll need and where/how to get it.
* GNU: GNU Freedom, Cheeter & B-Real Bindings come Channel compatible but you have to get a separate disc for the GNU Pysch & B-Free. I believe they also have separate disks for the 3D system.
* K2: Some K2 Bindings are automatically compatible and some you’ll need to get K2’s compatible disc set
* Salomon: Salomon’s universal binding discs will allow their bindings to fit on any binding mounting system including Burton’s channel system (post 2011). I think most of the new bindings come with the universal disks – the Salomon website says “available with all bindings $139 & up” so would pay to double check that you are getting universal discs – but it will be the case for a majority of their bindings.
* Rome: They are compatible with the 3D and channel mounting systems if you get their conversion discs – there is a different conversion disk for the 3D system and the Channel system. New Rome Katana bindings come with discs that are already compatible with Channel System – at least they did up to the 2017 model, you might want to check for the 2018 model though.
* Ride: Compatible with channel system with ride’s convertible disc set.
* Rossignol: I couldn’t find any disc converters for Rossignol bindings – doesn’t mean they don’t exist but maybe harder to find. Best bet is to contact Rossignol before buying to make sure.
* Union: – Union bindings come with disks in a couple of combinations – combination of 2×4, 4×4, and The Channel or combination of 2×4, 4×4 and 3D. Check which one you will be getting before buying the particular model you are after, otherwise you will need to purchase a separate disc. Also, Union Mini discs (which come on the Contact, Contact Pro, Ultra, Ultra FC, Legacy & Milan bindings only work with the 2 x 4 and the channel system – but these are the 2 most common systems nowadays, so unless you have an older board you should be fine with this).
** As boards with the old 3-hole (3D) mounting pattern become less and less common, binding companies will be less likely to accommodate this pattern in their discs – so if you have a board with a 3-Hole (3D) pattern it pays to double check with the binding manufacturer that the bindings you are looking at will be compatible or have a conversion disc available that will make them compatible. The same goes with 4 x 4.
A majority of boards will have some version of the 2 x 4 pattern these days unless it’s a Burton board, in which case any new board will come with the Channel system.
If you have or are getting an older board you may end up with something with a 4 x 4 pattern or a 3-hole (3D) pattern. Most 2 x 4 discs can accommodate 4 x 4 (but not all – e.g. Union’s mini disc).
Burton’s old 3D system is being accommodated less and less as these boards slowly drift out of circulation – so you probably want to double check to see if the bindings you are getting are compatible if you have a board with a 3-hole (3D) pattern.
If the brand of binding that you are interested in is not in the table above, or you are not sure if the particular model is compatible, it is best to contact the binding manufacturer directly. They will know if their bindings are compatible or if they provide a disc accessory which makes their bindings compatible. Most should have one or the other but it pays to check.
Thanks for reading
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped with your research into the right snowboard bindings.
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