category: wakeboardbindings brand:obrien
Wakeboard Bindings Sizing Chart
Look closely at the sizing listed on the site. For a child you should try and put them in the lower end of the size range so as their foot grows, they have room. For adults you generally should be in the middle to high end of the range to insure proper hold and reponse. All bindings have a break in period. During this time they should feel very snug.
Newer wake bindings are going to be difficult to get into right out of the box. Buying Newt Juice (a non-toxic water based lubricant) will definitely alleviate some stress when getting into the bindings!
How to choose the right bindings
Each binding will have a shoe size in parentheses that fits that particular binding. So, choose bindings according to your shoe size. Example: Binding L/XL (9-13), fits shoe size 9-13.
Women choosing Men's bindings
Woman can use men's bindings with a correction for the smaller women's shoe size. The general rule of thumb is to choose a men's binding that fits a men's shoe size 1 to 1.5 sizes smaller. Example: If you have a women's size 9-9.5 shoe, choose a men's binding that fits a men's size 8 shoe.
Getting the proper sized wakeboard and bindings is very important when you are on the water. A wakeboard that is too big will feel heavy and hard to maneuver, while one that is too small will slice through the wake and feel somewhat unstable. Bindings are the most important part of your whole wakeboard setup. They are what give you the most comfort or the most pain. You want to find bindings that are not too loose and not too tight. We always tell people that you want them snug enough where your feet do not move around, but you don't want them too tight where your feet fall asleep within the first 10 minutes of riding.
Proper Stance on the Wakeboard
When it comes to mounting your bindings on a wakeboard, most people have never been taught the proper way. It is important to start off with a wider stance when learning, and then adjust it once you are comfortable on the board. The reason we start off with a wider stance is because it gives more stability. For most people, it will feel weird, which is why you learn how to get up and ride a little - then adjust it from there. Most people usually ride one screw hole in from each side of the board, and their stance is a little ducked out. By ducked out, we mean the feet are angled outward just a bit.
If you feel pressure on either or both knees, or on the outside of your feet, chances are your feet are parallel or straight on the board and you need to angle them outward a little more. Try wakeboarding with several different stances to find out what works best for you. Don't remain with your board set up the way it is because someone else set it up for you. You will find that a comfortable stance allows you to ride better.