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I've had these bindings for the 07-08 winter season. They've worked well until now, after my 10th run with them. The latches on one binding has come loose and I've tried to hook the wire back on, but there's not enough wire to withstand the latch action that you do when strapping/unstrapping the bindings to your boots. In other words, the latches don't bounce back to the strap. This may sound confusing, sorry, because I don't really know what to call those pieces that got loose. The problem is quite an inconvenience and I had hoped that I had paid more for better bindings. I suggest you spend a little more for yours unless you plan to use them for only one season.
As far as getting them to fit on my board, it does take effort to put them on my burton board and I've had to tighten the screws after every two or three days on the slopes. This may be an issue with bindings in general (I don't go through a lot of bindings).
cheap=not so good
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.