While shopping for our entire snow gear setup, the many different pieces can start to add up. That’s why we’ve been continuing to write our budget-specific guides for those who are in need for a certain price-point, especially for a staple point such as snowboard bindings. As seen in our best snowboard bindings guide, this particular type of gear can start to get costly. They are however very important to invest in considering they’re what holds us all together in the first place. We tried to find different styles, gender-specific models, feels, as well as price-ranges below. We do have a snowboard bindings under $100 you want to read for some more frugality, otherwise let’s get down to bindings under $200! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions!
The best snowboard bindings under $200
To start the list off, we’ve got one of the best snowboard bindings for under $200, a great price point if you want quality gear that won’t break the bank. The Rome United bindings are quite popular and have been since first introduced. They’re super versatile and come with different adjustment points to ensure that you get the best fit possible. The entire backing rotates and moves with your legs, and the straps come with a quick adjust system for minor adjustments so you don’t have to waste any of your time on the mountain fixing your bindings. They’re super lightweight so they won’t slow you down and have a medium flex and a high back, giving you room to move but also support to back you up. They also come with EVA sub and in base pads and an easy lean adjuster that doesn’t require any tools (another opportunity for on the spot adjustments that are quick and easy.) Not to mention, the Rome United hit around the middle price point for our list making them not just practical, but affordable as well. We love the combination of great fit, essential technology and affordability of this pick as our choice for the best snowboard bindings under $200 dollars.
Burton as we all know is one of the most well-known brands out there for snowboarding, and these bindings do a great job of proving why that is. At first glance, they just look more comfortable than some of the other brands, probably because of the EVA padding added to the ankle straps and ‘Full Bed’ cushioned platform attached to the base plate of the bindings. They have a softer flexibility than the previous bindings, and that same high back system that’ll keep your legs protected from twists and turns. Their comfort specs make them some of the best bindings under $200 bindings alone, but the perks don’t end there. In terms of material, they use polycarbonate buckles that are sturdy and dependable, and Lycra straps that are stretchy and will grip to your boots. Lastly, the Burton Freestyle come in three different colors making them more customizable than some of our other options, which is a big plus for the more fashion forward boarders.
5th Element Stealth 3
This was also in our snowboard bindings under $100 guide. If you’re looking for simple, no hassle bindings, these are going to be the best option for you, for less than 200 bucks (way less.) They’re made to work on the entire mountain, have a softer flex that works great for beginners, and use a basic padding system that focuses on functionality. However, functional doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable, because they have a covered foam strap that is super flexible and will keep the plastic straps from digging into your boots. Also, the simple high back setup is ideal for riders who aren’t ready for crazy tricks on the half-pipe but mainly want to stick to the main mountain. They have a really standard and versatile connecting system that works with a wide array of boards, and come with a one-year warranty just in case you don’t love them. All in all, the 5th Element Stealth 3 are great bindings that are basic and one of the least expensive on this list, making them perfect for those of you who prefer function to fluff and want to save as much money as possible.
We couldn’t limit ourselves to just one Burton option (again, one of the biggest boarding brands that are out there) so we decided to add the Citizen bindings to our list. These come in a blue and white pattern and hot pink, making them even more stylish than the Freestyle (they also come in black, for those wanting a more classic look.) These are awesome because they’re made to work for boarders of all levels and come with a lifetime warranty, so they make a great investment at a reasonable price. They use the lush strap and full bed cushioning that the Freestyle has, and also have a single component high back that makes them very user-friendly. They work with virtually every snowboard, and the straps are so easy to use that you don’t even have to take off your bulky gloves to make adjustments. For the rider that wants easy to use bindings that don’t skimp on comfort and are under $200, the Burton Citizen are one of the best binding systems in the market.
To contrast the more basic, no-fuss, Stealth 3, we’ve got the newest edition of the K2 Indy. This option is a little bit pricier as far as our list goes, but it still comes in under $200 and is definitely one of the best options in the market for snowboarders. They come in a few classic colors and are recommended for the more mid-skill set rider. With ankle straps that can adjust to multiple positions, these are one of the more fit-tailored options and the toe strap doesn’t require any tools so you can make any adjustments right on the mountain. The buckles are made out of aluminum to withstand even the roughest rider, and have a slightly bigger than average release lever so that you can manage to use them even with ski gloves on. Also, the Indy uses a universal mounting system that fits to most boards. But comfort is where you really see the attention to detail with these bindings. Padding covers any hardware that could stick out or cause any discomfort on your ankles or feet, and the base plate uses canted foot beds that move and fit to your leg position while you move. Although they are a little more expensive than some of our options, the K2 Indy are one of our best performance based options that also prioritize comfort, all for under 200 bucks.
These bindings are for those of you who really aren’t looking to spend a lot of money but still want dependable bindings that you can count on to last a day on the slopes. The Avalanche Serenity is the least expensive option on this list, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their fair share of perks. They’re compatible for a standard four-hole snowboard mount, and use universal straps that work with any boot. Heat molding technology makes the straps on these bindings fit exactly to your ankles, and the medium flex rating gives support that is perfect for any beginner boarder. They also offer easily adjustable straps that can be modified really quickly and without the hassle of having to use any tools. Don’t let the low price fool you, it just makes the Avalanche Serenity bindings the best option as the best snowboard bindings under $200 for the rider who’s just starting out and wants their equipment to be both reliable and budget friendly.
Rossignol is a big name in snowboarding equipment for their great, wallet friendly designs and this binding model is no exception. Their equipment could really make it on any “best of” list, but these bindings specifically are loaded with perks that make them some of the best snowboard bindings for under 200 dollars. For starters, the Battle bindings are easy to use with a traditional strapping system and freewheel ratchets so you can get in and out of them quickly. They come with special high back frames that increase your movement not just with lean but from side to side, too. With respect to comfort, they have a two-zone compression set up that uses heat-molding EVA padding to absorb bumps in the snow and vibrations from the board. They’re compatible with all mountain terrains and engineered to uniquely respond to your movements so regardless of where you board the Rossignol Battle are made to give you the best support possible.
Now we’re getting back into the upper price range with the Union Force bindings. They come in at just under $200 depending on where you look, but you know what they say, you get what you pay for, and what you get with this model is the absolute best. These bindings come in many different colors and just look durable and comfortable (which they are.) They use a duraflex baseplate that is virtually indestructible, magnesium injected buckles that are four times the strength of aluminum (and lighter too), and steel hardware that is twice as tough as the more basic models. They specially make their straps to minimize stitching and maximize continuity so that they evenly distribute pressure along your boot and are long-lasting. EVA bushing uses thermal forming on the base plate and absorbs shock and unexpected bumps so that you have a smooth ride. So although these may be a pricier option on our list, they’re going to last you quite a while and are just about guaranteed to please. Not to mention, professional snowboarders have been known to use the Union Force so you know they’ll be prepared for when your skills get more advanced.
Another option from the upper price range of our list, the Nitro Zero bindings are similar to the Union in that they live up to every penny spent with perks and specs not offered in lower range models. These come in more eccentric colors with two multi color options, an army green option, and a classic black. They use memory foam ankle straps that mold to your boots and have a medium flex rating, which together make these bindings supportive and firm once you’re all strapped in. The straps are also cased in leather so they won’t be subject to wear and tear from the harsh outdoor elements. These bindings use air-dampening technology that works like an air bag to create a barrier between your ankles and any bumps or hard landings, and a convertible toe strap that locks you in for a customizable fit. In regards to versatility, they’re hard to beat in that they’re perfect for every aspect of the mountain from the half-pipe to downhill. We have a lot of great models on our list for just about every type of rider, but if you’re willing to shell out some extra cash for bindings that will last you throughout every skill level, the Nitro Zero are going to be the best bindings under $200 that you’re going to find.
These next bindings take us back to the mid price range for those of you who aren’t ready to head into the upper range quite yet. What makes these bindings unique on our list is the strap system. Using what is called an “Exo-Fit” the straps connect in the middle to create a supportive frame that is easily adjusted and locks your entire boot in. Anther distinct feature of these bindings is that the high back reclines all the way flat, so if you get your straps and bindings perfectly set, you can slip your feet out from the back without having to unbuckle. They have a softer flexibility rating than the other options on our list giving you more room for movement and less structure, and EVA toe and heel inserts to add comfort and cushion. The buckles on the straps are smaller, making them stick out less and appear less bulky, and micro adjusts to fit specially to your boots. These are more basic and functional bindings in respect to the other options on our list, but if you’re the type that doesn’t need luxury the Flow Haylo are going to be a great find for snowboard bindings under $200 for you.