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There are many different types of wakeboard bindings for you to know about.
These different wakeboard bindings, sometimes called wakeboard boots, are created through the use of many different styles in boot from features like the closures and toe of the binding.
Each of these features can be changed allowing for a different wakeboard binding, even though all bindings follow the same principal layout that works to attach you to your wakeboard by connecting to your feet.
Your bindings are a critical piece of equipment necessary for a wakeboarding.
Without them you are unable to have your feet fixed to your board which can make the experience challenging and unenjoyable.
For this reason, you will want to be careful about what type of binding you select making sure you are comfortable with your binding’s features and fit.
Flexibility of boots
A good starting point when looking for the best wakeboard bindings for you to use is to look at the proper flex and fit of the bindings.
Flex is an important factor in picking out the best bindings as it focuses on the flexibility of your boots.
When deciding between a stiff or flexible boot, it all comes down to your personal preference as you can ride a wakeboard either way.
Having a wakeboard binding that is stiff will provide your ankles with a great deal of support and help you feel more firm in your stance.
Stiffer wakeboard bindings are also great for increasing your speed and ability to carve on the water.
A more flexible wakeboard binding will be softer in its stance and allow you to move more easily in the boots.
This increased maneuverability will allow you to easily move and control your wakeboard, which is perfect for performing tricks and switching between directions.
For this reason, beginners often prefer to use a wakeboard boot that is stiffer in stature to provide them greater support and help them learn more about their growing skills and abilities.
Boots with greater flexibility are used by more advanced wakeboarders who are looking to complete complex and advanced wakeboarding moves.
Finding the best fit
Similar to any other footwear, the fit of your boot is extremely important.
Not only will the fit of your wakeboard boot affect your comfort level, it will also have an impact on your ability to maneuver well, perform tricks, and even affect the entire experience.
When a boot fits too loosely, you are going to see problems right away.
Attempting to control your wakeboard will be difficult and your discomfort and frustration with the ill-fitting boots will rise.
Likewise, a wakeboard binding that is too tight around your foot can be discomforting, sometimes even painful to wear.
Your will want a binding that fits snugly around your foot to prevent it from falling off and to keep your foot in place.
But it should not be so tight that it makes moving difficult or cuts off circulation.
Heat molded liners are a popular addition to your bindings that allow you to get that perfect fit while also reducing the effort and time needed to remove the binding after you are done wakeboarding.
Always look over the size chart provided by the brand you are purchasing your boots from.
If a size does not fit, do not try to make it work.
Simply replace them with a more ideal fit.
Open and closed toe boots
There are two toe design options for you to choose from whenever you are selecting your wakeboard bindings.
The toes of your boots are one of the first features that differentiate binding types from one another.
Open toed boots are designed in such a way that your toes are not confined to the binding.
Instead they are able to have a little extended space which is great if you struggle to find wider bindings or are a younger wakeboard who is still growing.
This also allows your toes to breath while you are wakeboarding.
Close toed boots are a binding style that completely closes the boot around your foot, toes included.
These binding types are designed to offer a more exact fit around your foot and to protect your toes.
Closed toe bindings actually offer several other benefits to their users beyond that extra protection.
These binding types will work to allow for greater control to you as you ride your wakeboard.
They will also increase your toe and heel response and leverage.
This binding is recommended whenever you will be out in colder waters due to the fact it provides full coverage.
System wakeboard binding
A system wakeboard binding is similar to the binding used in snowboarding.
The boot and binding are not actually one thing but rather two separate pieces with the binding being screwed onto your wakeboard.
The binding is designed to be adjustable to your foot size, allowing you to tighten or loosen the binding around your toes and ankles in order to receive that perfect fit.
This is done by utilizing a frame with a high back and a ratchet strap.
These wakeboard bindings are great for those with their own boards and those who are looking for the best fit from their boots.
When using screws, you will not have to worry about finding the one best suited for your board.
All screws used come in a universal size of ¼ inch thread. However, the length of the screw may change company to company.
When finding the best screw, you will want the length to be shorter than that of the wakeboard’s thickness.
You will also want to use a washer that is plastic in order to protect your binding’s plate.
Screws that are too long can cause damage to your board and end up being too loose making the binding unsafe.
The easiest way to find the best screws is to use the factory screws that come with your wakeboard gear.
Lacing systems used
There are three basic lacing or closure systems used for wakeboard bindings: lace, boa, and Velcro straps.
Each of these closure systems work to provide you with different benefits and overall fit.
Using a binding with laces is a great option for those looking for a closure system option that allows them to completely adjust and customize their binding’s fit.
Laces allow you to easily loosen or tighten the overall fit of your boot while providing you with a strong secure closure.
Laces do take some time to lace up properly or to be untied.
Velcro straps are another popular option to consider as they will also allow you to adjust the fit of your boot, though with less range than that of a lace designed binding.
These will need proper cleaning after use in order to prevent them from becoming unkept and worn down which can damage their hold.
Boa is one of the quickest closure systems available for bindings and is designed in a similar way to that of snowboarding bindings.
When using a boa set up, you will adjust a dial in order to tighten or loosen the laces on your binding.
This is extremely fast to use but will not allow a customized fit and it can be difficult to replace the laces if they break.
Tips for wakeboard bindings
Beyond the features discussed in this article, there are other things to consider when you pick out your wakeboard bindings.
These tips will help you take care of your binding and allow you to enjoy your wake boarding experience.
First, remember that your binding will stretch out as time passes.
This is due to frequent use causing the interior of the boot to be reshaped to the outline of your foot.
It is important to remember this when trying on a binding for the first time and take the stretch into consideration when finding the best size.
Another tip is to help you make sure your board and binding are compatible.
The best way to do this is to purchase the board and the binding from the same company or manufacturer.
This will guarantee that the two products feature the same design and construction along with similarities in their other features such as their screw sizes.
Finally, remember to take care of your wakeboard binding by putting them on correctly.
Sometimes it can be difficult to slip your foot in, so try loosening up your boot or getting your feet wet.
You should never use soap to help you get the boat on.
While slippery enough to assist you in the action, soap will dry out the material of your binding which leads to cracking and eventually the necessary replacement of your binding.
Types of wakeboard bindings
There are many types of wakeboard boots or bindings to consider using for your next wakeboarding experience.
Each of these types is defined by a feature of the binding such as the flexibility, closure system, and toe of the binding.
The fit of your binding is also important as you will want a perfect, snug fit to make sure you are comfortable while wakeboarding and able to utilize the board with a complete range of movement and control.
A binding that is more flexible is best for advanced users as it will allow for better control and movement which is ideal for completing advanced tricks.
On the other hand, a more stiff binding will be best suited for a beginning wakeboarder who needs the extra support and speed.
You can either have the toe of your binding opened or closed.
Open toed bindings are good for those needing that extra space for their toes as it increases comfort.
Close toed bindings are better for colder weather and those looking for better heel and toe response times.
There are three closure systems available for you to select from as well, allowing you to find the one you like best.
Each of the three offer different adjustability and overall speed in securing your boot.
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