- The Boots or Bindings Are Uncomfortable
- The Snowboard Slows Down Significantly
- Foothold Is Insecure
- The Traction Pad is Missing or Broken
The Boots or Bindings Are Uncomfortable
Your feet go numb, lose circulation, or fatigue quickly.
The Highback Plate Angle May Need to be Adjusted
Just like a bike seat needs to be adjusted for comfort, so does the highback angle. Correct highback angle depends on user skill level and style of riding, as well as personal preference. Experimenting with different angles may improve your balance, control, and performance. To adjust the highback angle there is generally a screw or built-in lever that will need to be loosened before the plate can be adjusted.
You May Have the Wrong Size Bindings or Boots
When you put on your boot, it should feel snug without being uncomfortably tight. Boots that are too small may cut off circulation. Boots that are too big can cause rashes and not give proper support or protection to your ankles. If you do not think your boots fit, visit your local action sports store to get your boots properly fitted.
The Snowboard Slows Down Significantly
On medium or flat slopes you slow down or even stop and find yourself walking half way back to the lifts.
There Is Not Enough Wax
Wax is added to the bottom of snowboards to fill in small imperfections and create a smooth water resistant surface. Wax should be reapplied every three uses. If in doubt, wax the board. For information on how to wax your board, see the Snowboard Wax Guide.
There Are Gouges on the Bottom of the Board
Running over rocks or hard pieces of debris can cause deep or wide scratches that create unwanted friction between the board and the snow. Gouges that are too large to be filled in with a normal wax job will need to be patched with a plastic filler known as P-Tex. To apply P-Tex see the P-Tex Repair Guide.
There Are Dangerous Splinters
If the side or top of your board comes into contact with another object, it may cause sharp or pointy metal/fiberglass slivers to stick out from the board that could do harm to you or other people. Also, it could slow down your board significantly. To fix this, simply sand down any slivers or nicks until it is flush (level or even) with the board surface.
Foothold Is Insecure
The foothold is insecure if there is poor response or control of the board or if your feet or bindings move significantly.
The Bindings Shifts Side to Side
If the whole unit wiggles or feels loose, check the bolts attaching the base plate to the snowboard. If they are loose, tighten them using a standard phillips screw driver.
The Bindings Rotate
If your hardware is tight and your bindings are still able to rotate, the base plate angle disc may be broken. For more information on how to replace the angle disc, see the Binding Replacement Guide.
Your Feet Move Separately from the Bindings
If your feet move separately from the bindings, you may have one of two initial issues: your boots may be too big for your feet, or your boots may be too small for the bindings. For proper board control and response make sure you have boots that are properly fitted to your feet and the bindings are the correct size for your boot. Bindings generally come in three sizes: small, medium and large. Information on the range of boot sizes that fit in each binding are generally provided with your bindings at purchase.
The Ankle or Toe Strap is Broken
One of the most common fixes to a snowboard are the two straps. Straps wear out over time, or can snap if they are overtightened. Visually inspect straps for tears and rips. If there are any issues, replace the ankle or toe straps immediately. For more information on how to replace ankle or toe straps see the Binding Strap Replacement Guide.
The Highback Plate is Broken
If the highback plate is broken or cracked it will not be able to hold the boot at the desired angle. It will have to be replaced.
The Base Plate is Broken
Visually inspect the board for breaks and separations. If you feel a lot of shifting in any direction, the base plate may be broken. If you believe it is broken, see the Binding Replacement Guide.
The Traction Pad is Missing or Broken
The traction pad is a rubber or metal pad that is used for traction while getting off the lift. If the pad is peeling, worn out, or missing, see the Traction Pad Replacement Guide.