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How to adjust your bindings to your boots & mount them to your snowboard.
What you will need:
Screwdriver Philips Head #3
Optional: Tape Measure & Scissors/Cutting Tool
Boots (For Sizing)
Snowboard (To Set Up)
Step One: Sizing up your Binding with your Boots
These are the adjustments to make before mounting your bindings to the board. First, your boots should be in the size range that is ideal for your size of binding. To start, physically place the boot in the binding to see what adjustments are needed.
Adjusting the Full Wrap Heel Cup
Remove the foot bed by removing the center screw that threads into the four-hole disc, slide forward and pull up to remove. This will reveal the frame screws under the foot bed. The side screws need to be completely removed to adjust the binding. The screws under the footbed only need to be loosened. Once the side mounted screws and lock nut are completely removed, you can adjust the heel cup frame forward and back. Be sure that the holes are lined up with each side so that the lock nut and screw can set into place properly. Once aligned you can tighten down the side mount screws.
Toe Strap Location
With the footbed frame screws still loosened you can adjust the toe straps forward and back to your desired strap angle. For smaller boots we recommend the back slot for better strap hold. Large boots will get a little more reach from the slots towards the toe of the binding. Once this is completed you can now tighten down the foot bed frame screws.
Step Two: Mounting your Bindings on your Snowboard
The remaining adjustments can be made while the bindings are mounted to the board. So, grab your board and get it setup with your new Thrive Bindings!!
The Conduit’s dampening gasket is what helps to give the bindings a great ride no matter your speed. These little tricks will make it easy to get them locked into place. To align the gasket flip the binding over on a stable surface and be sure to lineup the pegs at either side of the mounting disc. This will allow all the pegs to lineup without much difficulty. Just lightly press down and the gasket should fall into place. Once the gasket is in place use one hand to hold the gasket and the other hand to flip the binding over. Then slide the binding with gasket onto the board so that the binding stays flush with the bottom of the binding frame.
Your stance width should be based on a width that is a bit wider than your shoulders and allows for the largest range of motion as you flex and extend your legs. The Thrive boards have a large range of stance options and a centered default stance that is a great place to start when setting up your stance and finding what works best for your. Be sure that your binding ratchets are facing towards the outside when setting up your bindings.
Your stance angles are adjusted by turning the mounting disc on the bindings. All you need to do is lineup the small black arrow with the desired degree marker. The angles are adjusted in increments of three degrees. At Thrive we recommend that adults ride with a positive 15 degree angle on the front foot and negative 15 degree angle on the back foot. This centered and balanced stance promotes good knee health and powerful ranges of movement. Dial your stance in to what you find works best for you and your riding style.
Toe to Heel Adjust
Don’t forget to balance your feet over the board from edge to edge. Grab one of your boots and put it into your binding. Now center your boot between the edges of the board so that you have equal overhang on the toe edge and heel edge. This will allow for balanced leverage when transitioning from one turn to the other and help keep you better balanced over the board.
Step Three: Fine Tuning your Bindings
You are almost done, but let's make a few adjustments to make sure you are getting the best performance out of your Thrive Bindings!
High Back Rotation
The high backs have adjustment points on each side of the binding. This allows the highback to articulate to better align with your set binding angle. We recommend adjusting the highback so that the highback aligns with the edge of the board. This will help promote easier movement from nose to tail of the board giving you freedom of movement and strong leverage to promote board flex.
Forward Lean Adjust
The Thrive Bindings come with some forward lean designed into the binding to help riders get into a strong athletic stance. If you want to set more forward lean, loosen the quick adjust and slide the forward lean adjuster down a notch or two. Be sure to re-tighten the quick adjust securely so that it stays in place while you are out on the mountain.
Last but not least, use the philips head screwdriver to adjust your Ankle and Toe straps so that the they are centered and the ratchets still have some room to work down the ladder strap if you want to get your bindings a little tighter while out on the mountain. Expect that the new straps will stretch a bit as they break in so a little shorter is usually better when setting up your new bindings.
Toe Strap Cut
Optional: Once the toe strap is set to the correct length the excess strap will extend past the front of the tongue lock. Feel free to cut the excess off your Toe Strap to avoid it from catching on the snow when you are getting into those laid over carves.
Now get out on the mountain and enjoy!!