Wakeboard binding or boot connects your board to your feet and they are often used interchangeably because they describe the same thing. On this website we describe them as bindings.

Wakeboard bindings come with different flex patterns and other features that have a crucial impact in comfort and the control of your board. There is no best wakeboard binding – you are going to have to try and see what fits you the best.

Wakeboard binding flex

Binding flex ranges from very soft to very stiff and it can dramatically change how your board rides. For example, the softer your binging is the more forgiving feel you will have. This makes them ideal for freestyle riders who enjoy the additional help at doing tricks and landings. Stiffer bindings, on the other hand, are better at carving and aggressive turns. Just as with everything else, binding stiffness is a personal preference. Some rider’s still enjoy doing tricks with stiffer bindings and vice versa.

Unlike snowboard boots and bindings, wakeboard versions range from 1 to 5 in stiffness.
Here is a little chart of wakeboard binding flex:

  • 1 Very soft
  • 2 Soft
  • 3 Medium
  • 4 Stiff
  • 5 Very stiff

Bindings should offer a snug fit but still be comfortable.

Binding fit and different features

When it comes to comfort, the most important thing is to find the right size for your bindings. While some higher end models only come in one size, the majority of models come in a variety of different sizes to fit every rider’s needs. Often times you can even find heat-moldable liners for extra comfort on the water. We suggest to try out different bindings before you buy so that you don’t waste your hard-earned money for something you do not enjoy using. The best wakeboard binding is the one you feel comfortable in.

Wakeboard binding styles

Wakeboard bindings come in three different forms; closed-toe, open-toe and system bindings. They all have their own properties and can dramatically change how your board performs. Bindings are easy to switch which means that you can even bring your favorite bindings to a wakeboard session if you are using the same board.

Open-toe bindings

The best thing about open-toe bindings is that they leave some breathing room for your toes. This means that they can be used by different riders with different shoe sizes, or if you are still growing, open-toe models will have a longer life-span. These are the best wakeboard bindings for beginners, young riders and if you have one board in use.

Open-toe bindings are great if you are still growing or if you are sharing the board with others.

Closed-toe bindings

Closed-toe bindings offer a more secure feel on your board, which leads to enhanced control and better response from edge to edge. They are also warmer than open toe versions for more comfort on those cold morning sessions. However, closed-toe models do not leave much room for growth and they tend to be more expensive.

System bindings

System bindings have a high back and straps, very much like snowboard bindings. This gives the rider the possibility to customize the fit and feel of the binding. Just remember, system bindings need boots that are specially designed for wakeboarding in mind.

Securing your feet to the board

Wakeboard bindings use BOA lacing systems, traditional lacing and even Velcro to connect your feet to the board. The most common method is the traditional lacing system with fasteners and it offers an easy, yet efficient, connection to your board. BOA lacing systems use stainless steel laces with a center disk to quickly loosen or tighten your bindings. Great for fast adjustments, but be careful not to break a lace because this will surely end your session early. Finally, we have the Velcro straps, that are incredibly easy to use and offer comfort for even the longest wakeboard sessions.

Binding hinges

Some binding models are built with hinges in the heel so you can quickly step in or exit the bindings. This eliminates the need for lubricants, such as soap, that often have environment-harming chemicals.

Almost all bindings and boards are compatible with each other.

How wide should your stance be?

A simple rule to set your stance is to have your feet in line with your shoulders and toes pointing outward towards the nose and tail. You should be able to squat in this position with ease, which means the angle of your ”duck stance” varies from person to person. Just make sure that your knees bend towards your toes. We suggest that you start with a symmetrical stance and go from there, because it reduces injuries and gives more control of your board. However, just like with any piece of gear, try to find a perfect stance where you are comfortable and in control of the board.

Did our wakeboard binding buyer’s guide help you learn anything new? Let us know in the comments.

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