A Good Beginner Binding binding that is much better than renting a different pair every time if you only go up a few times a year. You can’t expect much or ask much from an entry level binding. All you can ask is that it’s reliable and compatible. You get a check from both of these requests. Even though the Ride LXH is cheap it won’t come apart on the hill. This doesn’t have much padding but most beginner bindings have next to none. The LXH has pretty comfortable and reliable straps. This binding beats renting by a long shot and will help you learn how to snowboard. There is one major change from 2011 to 2012 that isn’t that great. The LX changed the ratchet system in the ankle and toe strap. The new ratchet system is sticky and looks like it might break very easy. This is why we strongly recommend the 2011 or below.