Locked and loaded.
Sick of being the last one to drop in? Get first dibs on the pow stash or park run with the help of the K2 Cinch TS Snowboard Binding. A rear-entry design means the highback reclines back for you to slide your boot in, fold the highback up, and go. The straps are already preset at the exact tightness you want so you don't have to mess with them on each run. Minimizing the binding's contact with the board, Tripod power transmission pods on the bottom of the binding allow your board to flex naturally while ensuring immediate energy transfer for a responsive feel. It also comes with three sets of different density pod bushings so you can customize the feel to your liking. Whichever combination you choose, rest assured that this binding's medium flex gives it the versatility to conquer everything from park laps and groomer runs to pow slashes and cliff drops.
- Hit the slopes faster than ever with this rear-entry binding
- Rear-entry highback quickly and easily straps you in
- Canted footbeds accommodate the natural stance of your feet
- Tripod power transmission pods boost responsiveness
- Plush ankle strap delivers a snug fit
- Toe strap pulls the boot back and is tool-less adjustable
- Mini MC disc provides universal use
- Item #K2S00C5
- Q & A
Easy in/out. toe strap is a bust.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought these two months ago, upgraded from tired 15yo Burton Sessions, and have been riding on everything from groomers to back-country in Northern Japan. Currently mounted on a Burton Fish.
They come with mounting plates that work with 4-hole and channel as well as a set of offset plates if you need it, which i was pretty stoked about. Install was pretty straightforward, you just have to flip up the padded layer and screw them down. I had some issues getting the padding for the adjustable toe extensions to click back down, but once i was able to put some force on it, it was good. Since I probably won't ever have to adjust that again, not really an issue, but if you can't get them to click in, the extensions will just keep sliding. The pad for the foot sole clicked back down without issue. There aren't any written instructions that come with them, so figuring out how to set up the cable for the highbacks is a bit obscure, it may take a minute to figure out what is going on there. The highbacks are adjustable for lean and rotation if you are into plane matching. There's a lot going on in the back and takes a bit of getting use to.
The hardest part about setting up is probably the straps. Centering the upper is standard, but that toe strap is a mess. It's essentially four pieces, AND it can be set up as a toe end cap style or over the top style. What the extremely basic and barely useful hierogrlyphics of the instruction picture poster doesn't show is that to adjust them from front to top is that you have to push the main straps IN to the frames, rotate them, and then pull them out til they click into the new position. Had to learn that from YouTube. figuring out how to align the four pieces is a chore. Your best bet is just to game it. Try to shape the top and bottom straplets to something that looks like a toecap, and then push them into the inner clip together, and then try to center the whole production. It takes a few tries. I've had the "set and forget" inner latches open at the drop of a hat many times. Once on a lift foot bar, but usually due to underbrush in the tree runs and back country.
The odd cables on the highbacks seem helpful when you skate because they sort of push the highback up and out of the way, but there have been a few times when they would get in the way, shortening my gait or tripping me up. They're pretty easy to "unhook" from the highback for travel/storage.
Getting your boot into the reclining frame is actually pretty awesome and quick, but if you have wider snowboard boots you may have issues getting your heel to seat right. My older burton boots often get stuck with an inch of gap under them. Maybe its just time to replace my 15 year old boots, but if you wear Vans you will probably have similar issues. Once your foot is in and the backs are clipped up you will have a few minutes while you wait for everyone else to marvel at how well all the pieces of the reclining chassis come together and that strap on the highback clip is pretty awesome for extra torque when you latch/unlatch it. I have been able to easily get in and get clipped standing, sitting, while moving and even in deep powder, despite hearing that sitting and powder were impossible for rear entry types. The only issue is simply getting the snow off the footpad.
Once in and riding, these feel really good and secure. The harshmellow really eats up vibration, but sometimes if I've been on the hard for a while the outsides of my feet get sore, possibly because the 3* cantor, but could just be my surf stance.
These bindings are really easy to adjust on the fly throughout the day, which is pretty common here in Japan going from clear bright days to white outs and back and forth as the powder deepens.
Despite that mess of a toe strap and the highback occasionally getting in the way when skating, I have to say I really do like these and recommend them. I have not tried adjusting the Tripod bushings