I also had the same problem with the base plates--it took a lot of maneuvering to get them to fit on my board. This should have been the first clue that these bindings are not so great. I had several other problems with them, as well. The front straps ripped after just a few uses. To K2's credit, they sent me replacement straps fairly quickly--but these ripped, too! (I think they are probably not made to withstand being strapped across the front of your foot, despite the fact that they are advertised as "universal." You can't just make a claim, K2--you need to make a product to support it!) My final complaint is that the release on the straps often sticks, and I often spend far too long at the bottom of a run trying to get my back leg out so I can get back in the lift line. Bottom line: I'd definitely recommend shelling out a few extra bucks for a better set of bindings. You won't be sorry.