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The 10 Best Snowboard Bindings of 2021-2022

Bear-traps, grabbers, ratchet-bags, strappers, graspers, boot-magnets, clickers… whatever you wanna call ‘em, they’re one of the most important parts of your setup! That’s right, we’re talking snowboard bindings, and we’ve got our picks for the best snowboard bindings of 2022 for you to check out.

What makes a snowboard binding the best though? Well, first of all, they have to be reliable in all sorts of weather conditions, temperatures, and snow types. Secondly, they either need to be a really good all-arounder, or they need to perform extremely well in a specific type of terrain. In all honesty, though, a binding that’s working well is a binding you’re not going to notice. You want to feel the board and the snow, not a bulky buckle, a loose strap, or a pinch point on your ankle. The best bindings for you may not be the best for your bud, so we tried to cast a wide net, and focused on versatility over specialization.

We think these offerings from Union, Burton, Arbor, Salomon, and Jones will cover most styles of riding, hold up to abuse, and be comfortable for all-day shredding. Represented here are some tried and true models like the Union Force and the Burton Mission, but also some relatively new additions like the Jones Meteorite and Union Strata, both featuring some wild new tech. Continuing on a theme this year, every binding here has at least one almost all-black colorway. So if “stealth shredder” is your vibe you can keep that mysterious energy going with a pair of binders from this list. Though there ARE a few wilder options for those who want to really show their style side. Either way, let’s take a gander at what’s on offer to keep your boots stuck to your board in 2022.


Union Force

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings
 

First out of the gate, we have a real “Force” to be reckoned with! The Union Force Bindings feel like they’ve been around forever. In fact, you probably have a pair on your old board right now that still work after seasons of abuse. The Forces are famous for their durability, do-everything design, and appeal across all sorts of rider types and styles.

The Forces are a medium-stiff binding, and this can work for pretty much any rider, depending on what board and boots you pair them with. Possibly at the outer ends of the rider spectrum, you might want something more tailored, but the Force is going to cover 80% of terrain and riders. Canted footbeds (these lean slightly in toward the center of the board), Multi-Density Thermoformed EVA foam, and strong but flexible straps make the Forces extremely comfortable. Tried and tested magnesium buckles and extruded aluminum heelcups will last you literal years of strapping in.

Finally, we’ve got the styling. At this point, the Forces are a classic design, and Union has some fresh new colorways for you without messing with their timeless lines. Grab bright orange or yellow for pop, all black or camo to blend in, or bright blue or white for some spiritual snow vibes!
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate - AdvancedStiff$279.95

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Burton Cartel

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings


Ah, the Burton Cartel Bindings, another absolute classic that’s been kicking around ski resorts, street missions, and backcountry jaunts for many years. Burton has had a long time to hone these snowboard bindings into one of the best all mountain snowboard bindings in the game. Consider the Cartels Burton’s do-everything workhorse. Another medium-stiff binding that’s going to be great in a huge range of conditions. 

Burton has really packed in the tech features on the Cartels, but we’ll try to give you a bit of a highlight reel of some unique features. Let’s start with the Zero-Lean Canted Hi-Back Design. These single-component highbacks are canted inward (just like your legs are!) for maximum contact and response. They come standard with no forward lean at all, which is great for those park rat style riders. Dial it up with the tool-less adjustment system when you head for the groomers or in the trees. Underfoot is the FullBED cushioning system, which adds max comfort for all-day sessions. Continuing in the comfort realm, the Cartels feature the Hammockstrap 2.0 heel strap with Smooth Glide buckles, ooh la la!

One final feature we want to point out is the Flex Slider feature on the straps. This makes it easy to fold your straps out of the way while you are getting your boots situated, and then fold them back over to strap in. This sounds like a small thing, but when you are hyperventilating at 9:05 AM on a powder day, with an entire lift full of powder-hungry hordes on your tail, speed and simplicity are your friends!
 

Ability LevelStiffnessOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$274.95

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Jones Meteorite

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings


If you’re interested in making a big impact at the mountain this year you might want to look at the Jones Meteorite Bindings. Coming in hot like a flaming boulder from outer space, the Meteorites can take on any terrain you throw at them. They even have some really impressive convertible components so you can customize your ride.

Built around NOW SkateTech the Meteorites feature a central connection point or “Hanger” that acts similar to skateboard trucks, transferring power to your edges as you lean into turns. You can customize the feel of your ride by swapping out softer or firmer bushings depending on what terrain you’re going to ride. Further customization is possible by flipping your ankle straps around for a firmer or more flowy feel. And if you’re feeling really wild, the Flushcup technology allows you to ride without your highbacks for the ultimate powsurf feeling.

These medium-flexing bindings may take a bit of tweaking out of the box, but if you put the time in you can have something that feels custom-tailored to your riding style. Or you can have two distinct setups for park and pow, or hard pack and slush. Choose your own destiny with the Jones Meteorite Bindings!
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$299.95

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Arbor Spruce

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings
 

Arbor has been in the snowboard world for quite some time now, but they are relatively new to the binding game. The Arbor Spruce Bindings made our list this year because they are a solid, reliable binding at an amazing price point. Coming in at just under $175 for the pair, the Spruces are going to be perfect for someone just starting out with a new kit, or looking to move on from an old pair without breaking the bank.

The Spruces are a medium-flexing binding with clean lines and functional features. They’ve got canted footbeds to keep your knees aligned and legs fresh. The EVA footbeds will cushion your landings when you want to step to some park features, or when you are blasting through tracks at the end of the day. Tool-less adjustments on ankle and toe straps mean you can tweak your fit on the hill whenever it’s needed.

We said at the beginning of this list that a good binding is one you don’t notice. And though the Spruces do look pretty sweet, that’s exactly the case when riding. They eschew extra features and adjustments for an affordable do-it-all binding that’s essentially ready to go right out of the box. Spruce up your rig for 2022 with one of the best budget snowboard bindings!
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Beginner-IntermediateMedium$174.99

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Union Strata

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings
 

Next up we’ve got the Union Strata Bindings, and check out that Iridescent Purple colorway! That’s one of the wilder looking bindings we’ve got on offer this year, and it might just match your wild moves in the park or off that backcountry booter! The Stratas are one of Union’s high-performance freestyle offerings. They’re a touch more playful and a bit more expensive than the Force’s we profiled above, let’s take a look!

The Stratas are all about layers, hence the name. These bindings incorporate layers of Thermoformed EVA, Duraflex ST Nylon, and Fused Vaporlite material for one of the smoothest rides around. These materials work together to dampen vibrations and lessen the effect of impacts from riding hard. This all sits atop a Union Minidisk, which is a smaller connection point to your board. It’s still strong, but it makes for a more flowy and flexible feel underfoot. 

We think the Stratas will be perfect for anyone but the most die-hard Alaska-bound triple-corker. Pair them with your park board for an overall forgiving but responsive ride, or throw them on your pow stick for surfy lines AND the strength to pull off drops and jumps. Add some depth to your riding this season and strap into some Stratas, one of the best freeride snowboard bindings in the business!
 

Ability LevelStiffnessOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$319.95

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Salomon Hologram

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings
 

No, you’re not seeing things! Well, actually you are, you’re looking at the 2022 Salomon Hologram Bindings with some futuristic tech features! Let’s get right into it because we have a ton to talk about. First, an overview; the Holograms are medium-flexing, freestyle-focused bindings, equipped with Salomon’s exclusive Shadowfit technology, coming in at a mid-level price point at just under $300.

What is Shadowfit you ask? Shadowfit is a 3-piece baseplate system that features a flexible heel loop in place of a traditional solid heelcup. This heel loop increases comfort and tweakability, as well as heel hold on toeside carves. Kevlar Quickwires loop around the back of the heel and under the front of the binding to maintain torsional power transfer. Padded Shadowstraps, canted footbeds, and the Optivibe Basepad mean the Holograms are as comfortable as they are powerful. The highbacks come with built-in cant and forward-lean, so you are pretty much ready to go as soon as your bolts are tight.

We think the Holograms could work for a wide range of riders, from beginners looking to upgrade their board feel to freestyle chargers who want to try out something new and are in search of one of the best snowboard bindings for park. If you get foot and ankle pain from the beartrap-like feel of other bindings, the Holograms might help in the comfort department as well. 
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$299.95

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Burton Mission

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings

 

If you’re on a mission to hit the slopes as soon as possible with a bunch of cash in your wallet, and a desire to hit every run from green to black, the Burton Missions are your ticket to ride. At home in the park, on high-speed groomer descents, and in deep pow, these bindings continue to do it all, year after year. 

These are a true medium flexing binding, and they can be tailored to pretty much whatever terrain you want to ride. They ship with zero forward lean canted highbacks, ride ‘em out of the box like that in the park, or dial it up if you're in the mood for turning and burning. If you’re deep into the rail game, we’d suggest the Black/White colorway. This specific pair ships with a winged highback, giving you max leverage to crank those nose and tail presses as high as possible. 

Even though the Missions are at the lower end of Burton’s price range, they come standard with a ton of features. FullBED cushioning footbeds, Reactstrap and Supergrip Capstrap straps, and Smooth-Glide buckles are just the tip of the iceberg. Take a deeper look to complete your mission to shred-dom this season as these are one of the best all mountain bindings of 2022!
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$219.95

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Union Trilogy - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings

 

If you’ve followed snowboarding at all over the past 10 years, there’s a certain someone you’ve likely heard of. Her name is Jamie Anderson, and she’s arguably the GOAT of competitive snowboarding, full stop. Year in and year out, Jamie keeps winning, and winning, and winning. Oh, and she’s no slouch in the backcountry either, stepping to serious lines and huge jumps into soft snow. Across all of the competitions, backcountry booters, and heli-lines, Jamie trusts the Union Trilogy Bindings to handle everything with style. These are, quite simply, one of the best women’s snowboard bindings we’ve ever seen.

Now we’re just gonna say it because it’s obvious to anyone who looks; The Trilogy Bindings are a women’s specific version of the Union Forces, which we’ve profiled above. If you put their tech features side-by-side, you’ll see they align exactly. Their profiles are also identical, save for a shorter highback on the women’s side. And why not? The Force’s are a legendary binding, so an appropriately sized version with exclusive colorways is a no-brainer on the women’s side. We even think the Trilogy colorways are a bit nicer than this year’s Forces. That “soft pink” look is on point. 

If you need a refresher, the Trilogy Bindings are a medium-stiff flexing binding from Union. They put comfort, functionality, and durability at the top of their priority list. This year both the Force and the Trilogy feature the all-new Exoframe 2.0 ankle straps, ditching some weight and upping the comfort game to unheard of levels. We think these bindings could work for most riders, but they will be a good bit stiffer if you are upgrading from a true beginner’s setup, so keep that in mind! 
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$279.95

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Burton Scribe - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings
 

The writing’s on the wall y’all, it’s time to upgrade your setup with the 2022 Burton Scribe Bindings! These bindings are a medium-flexing binding that put playfulness and comfort as top priorities. They’re easy on the eyes with three subtle colorways plus one with some extra flare in bright coral and white. And coming in at under $220 the Scribes are easy on your bank account as well!

Featuring canted highbacks, FullBED cushioning underfoot, and ergonomic heel and toe straps, your dogs will be comfy for all-day carving adventures. Run zero forward lean for freestyle playfulness or dial up the MicroFLAD for quicker edge-to-edge responsiveness. Strapping in is as easy as it's ever been thanks to Burton’s Smooth Glide Buckles and patented Flex Slider tech, which allows the heel straps to fold fully out of the way while you snug your boots in.

We think these bindings are perfect for beginner to intermediate riders looking to up their game in the park and on all-mountain adventures. If you are looking to leave your mark at your local resort this year, then the Burton Scribes can help! 
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedMedium$219.95

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Union Rosa - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings


 

Looking to step out of your comfort zone and look really sweet doing it? Then take a peek at the Union Rosa bindings for 2022! Union is pulling out all the stops for an entry-level binding, so you don’t have to sacrifice functionality while still getting an amazing deal. The Rosas are a medium-soft flexing binding, with minimized materials for an extremely light and responsive ride.

These bindings feature the same high-end construction as the entire Union line, but with a few less features to save you some precious dollars. The Rosas feature padded ankle straps and a Thermoformed EVA Bushing underfoot for maximum comfort, and of course the straps and forward lean adjustment are tool-less so you can make adjustments on the fly. Speaking of fly, did we mention these things are light? Featuring the Stage 8 Duraflex baseplate, the Rosas shave 10 grams off of previous iterations just in baseplate tech! Before you scoff at that number, it’s well established that an extra pound on/below your feet is the equivalent to carrying 5 extra pounds on your back.

If you are a beginner or intermediate rider, or if you just want a minimal and forgiving binding underfoot, then the Union Rosa Bindings will be an amazing fit on your 2022 snow-sliding kit as they are one of the best beginner snowboard bindings! 
 

Ability LevelFlexOriginal Price 
Beginner-IntermediateMedium$169.95

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