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5 5

cinch 05s

Great bindings! People that complain about the cable slipping out of the highback either have the old model from 04-05 or are using the 05-06 model incorrectly. The 05-06 model has a metal band that locks the cable in the highback release lever. There are a lot of people that don't know how to tuck the cable under the metal band, and just attempt to close the highback. That’s the biggest problem.

4 5

Cinch 05s

My impressions of Cinch05s have been pretty positive. I used it for 2 days last week and now that most of my friends have been converted from skiers to boarders, I now have to wait for them. They are pretty easy to use but one thing I noticed is that at the end of the day, my forearms got pretty tired from pulling the lever in the back. If I rode them all season, I think I'll have Popeye for the feel of it...I think they are better than my old ride bindings...they are extremely responsive. They are also a little heavier but I do not notice it while riding...overall, I like these bindings a lot...want big forearms? Stay away from steroids and get yourself a cinch.

5 5

K2 Cinch 05S Bindings

I think they work great, it takes less time to take bindings off and it takes less time to get you feet together on the bindings. They are just awesome!

4 5

Great Bindings

These Bindings are great! They are the best of both worlds. I'm half way down the mountain by the time everyone else gets strapped in. They are tight and very responsive. One bad thing is the little metal sprung tab on the high back that holds the cable in tends to get bent outward allowing the cable to come out. Covered under K2's warranty.

5 5

As advertised

The bindings were more than I expected. Having never owned any k2 gear before I wasn't sure what to expect. The cinch does exactly what it's supposed to and then some. The adjustable lean angle of the hi-back was brilliant, and the adjustable gas pedals allow instant initiation of toe side turns. High performance all the way. these things together with the advertised easy-in, easy-out system, made them more than what I bought them for. Easy set-up, rock solid feel, fully adjustable. Couldn't be much better

5 5

The best step in ever.

These are the best step-in bindings ever. I have ridden many styles and these by far are great. I never have ridden Flows, but I know a couple of advantages over them. Number one the high back can fold down when in storage, and number two they look like normal bindings and fit like normal bindings.

5 5

These are great!

These bindings are so fast and easy to get in and out of. I started to get back into them on the lifts on the way up. They stay in place as they should and as the other reviews stated, just tuck the cord under the metal flap on the highback, and you're all set.

3 5

Eh...could be better

I've had these bindings for one season, at first they were difficult to use, but after I got the hang of it I enjoyed them. Then the cloth strap that kept the wire in place broke. This site is being very helpful and providing me with a new pair of bindings. So, for the time I used them I like them.

4 5


These bindings are so nice because they are definitely like a step in, but have the tightness of a strap. A little downside is it's hard to stand up on the slope. I tended to slide around, but got in pretty easy. Definitely everything I wanted.

5 5

Great Binding!

I absolutely love these bindings. I need a binding that I can get in and out of easily. This is exactly that. I also like how easy they are to adjust. I would highly recommend these bindings to anyone.

1 5


Mine have had pieces fall off in multiple spots and the highback has snapped off while landing many times. They were a good idea, but you shouldn't buy them, go for some Flows. They were the ones with the original idea.

4 5

Good product--just need to be smart enough to set them up

The Cinch is a good product with nice features: greater ad-hoc adjustability than Flows, similar easy entrance to Flows, and ability to strap in while sitting heel-side. Since I have to guess, I would say that the people with the negative reviews failed to insert the cable under the retainer on the highback, hence it kept falling out. Unfortunately the bindings come with the cable outside, and the instructions do not tell you to anchor the cable under the flexible metal clip. It was seemingly obvious, but apparently not to everyone. The ratchets work flawlessly, at least on the ‘06 model. My girlfriend found the Cinch to be a great improvement over the Flows, since she has a hard to fit foot and experiences foot pain if her boot/binding setup is not dialed in just right.

5 5

Best Hybrid Out There

The negative reviews must be by people who are very technically challenged OR from older versions. The heelpiece is now locked in with a metal tang and nylon strap. They have never failed on me. Even easier entry than flows - the K2 has a dual action release mechanism - when the highback is lowered the straps are raised making it even easier to exit. The flows only have the highback release - still forcing you to kick into the straps... These bindings are the real deal - stiff, snug fit, easy in/out and much more easily adjusted than flows.

1 5

Worst bindings ever

A good concept, but an absolute disaster in product. I bought these bindings on the way to Vail, CO, thinking they would be user friendly, but they were a nightmare. The major problems:
1. The ladder straps are too stiff.
2. The ratchets got stuck each time I tried to loosen the straps. 1,2,3 times and those ratchets wouldn't give. Have you ever tried to open a jar of pickles and failed the first few times? You're exerting too much strength and feeling frustrated at the same time.
3. The step-in technology is useless. The cable keeps coming out of the heelpiece. It's hit or miss each time you're ready to step into those bindings. I ended up having to "step into" my bindings the traditional way. That's why problem #2 was such a major issue.

4 5

K2 Cinch, it works!

I added these new binding to my K2 Zeppelin as my all-mountain bindings. I did have to learn how to change the setup for the cable retention system. It does require just a little more time and effort to set up but I think it was worth it. The bindings did take less time to put on or take off and are stiff enough and comfortable to be in all day. The bindings had a positive feel and I experienced fine board control using them. They certainly turned heads at the lift as it took almost no time to go from the lift to riding.

2 5


I thought the Cinch was going to be the answer to my prayers. Step in convenience with strap advantage. I was wrong. They sucked! The cable kept coming out of the holder on the heelpiece each time I stepped in and out. Put it back in and it would slip out again. I called K2 to report the problem. They sent another heelpiece which was exactly the same as the original.

5 5

Like 'em

This binding is exactly what I was looking for. My buddies are skiers and I'm able to get in the binding on the lift and go. It is very stiff, there are no problems mechanically (easy in/out) and it has easy adjustments. I recommend them. They were used with K2 T-1 boots with BOA-great boots as well.