If your days are split between sessioning the park and scaring the crap out of the rest of the mountain, the K2 Cinch thinks you and it should hang out.
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These are pretty good bindings. There are drawbacks like you can't put them on while sitting, well you kinda can but it's really hard and you could mess up the binding doing it. But after that these are a good buy. i've ridden them for a solid 40 days and i have no problem, they are a little heavy but are really quick and good for park because of easy to get in and out rel quick and good for resort slopes once again because they are easy and quick to put on. another plus is when you're in the lift line and your back foot is out of the binding everything folds down real nice and neat so you don't run over any straps and wear them down. so overall a good buy. i recommend them. DO NOT BUY FLOWS there BAD. and bulky -much better to go with the k2
They have a comfortable feel, I liked the step in, however they started falling apart a little on me after about 3 weeks. The cable started to fray a little, all the finish on everything came off, the loops to hold the cable broke. I would have kept them if they werent too small. I switched up for some Nidecker Vipers and I was much happier. Lot better hold, more lateral flex a lot lighter.
In summation if you want a good binding for just riding down the hill that you can get in and out of quick then get the K2's. 06/07 were much sturdier than the 07/08, a little heavier, but Im happier with those than I am with the ones Ive returned
I'm a snowboard instructor in Lake Tahoe so I ride at least 65-75 days consistently every year. I bought K2 cinch because I needed a binding that I could get in and out of quickly. I teach kids ages 7-11 so being able to get in and out of bindings quickly is essential. I was amazed at how good the cinch system works, K2 did a great job! The bindings are durable, easy to use, and responsive. Now to the cons: The bindings are heavier and bulkier than most on the market. I wear a size 12 boot (Burton SL1) so I need a large binding, these bindings make it difficult to transport the board in a regualr board bag. Second, the toe strap is a little bit of an issue (really needs to be a cap strap like Burton bindings). It's a standard strap and has the issues of a standard strap ie.. preasure on the top of your foot, it also needs to be adjusted every couple of runs to maintain a snug fit. These bindings are perfect for what I use them for and I would definately recommend them to others who are looking for a quick entry/exit binding. I do have one word of caution! These are not the bindings you want in moderate to deep powder. In the last week we have had some beautiful powder days, 2 days in a row I had serious problems in powder. Don't get me wrong the K2 Cinch is a great binding but if you are a powder junkie and spend a lot of time in the backcountry this is not the binding for you.
Damn fine, FAST, not too heavy...
I've been happily using K2 Cinch bindings for a few years now, and just recently made the move to the '08 CTS.
I see many comments about weight, so I weighed mine and compared them to some traditional bindings that I own. 2008 Cinch CTS: 45 ounces each. 2005 Cinch 05X: 50 oz. 2007 Burton Cartel: 35 oz. 2002 Burton Mission Black: 35 oz. 2006 Salomon Malamute boot: 48 oz.
So 10 ounces difference is about a 12% weight difference when the boot is factored in. Big whoop! The convenience is worth it.
The biggest improvements on the '08 models is the redesigned closing lever, which has a new way of retaining the cable so it can't accidentally work loose (that seemed to happen once per day on the older models). They've removed the extraneous padding along the side plates that came unglued on my '05s, and reduced the amount of padding along the back plate. Setup is pretty easy with two different mounting plates to center the binding on the board, and qucik lean & tension adjustment using just a screwdriver and 4mm allen wrench.
The Cinch took some experimenting to learn the best way to get into it without sliding down the hill, but now i just dig my back edge into the downhill side of the snow and shove my foot in. The lever can be difficult to pull up, but if it is, I simply lean forward into the hill (Take a knee!) and reach back to flip it closed. But the new '08 latch / strap design is easier to grab and close compared to previous years.
All in all it's about 5-6 seconds to shove my foot in this binding, flip it closed, and I'm sliding! Great stuff!
Just what I wanted
I bought these as a Christmas present to myself this year. This is my third year boarding and wanted something that I could get into and out of faster than the normal bindings. These work great! Fast entry and exit, and I feel very comfortable going down the hill. I feel very in control and am able to push my limits a bit with the bindings. They are great and I haven't had any trouble that others have noted previously. I also made sure to get the latest ones, and not the cheaper versions.
had for bout a month after breakin my flows no probs with the k2s yet other than the fact they are pretty heavy i got x large and im size 11 my feet go in perfect they are dope bindins
Let me start out with the fact that I've been riding for 10 years and consistantly get 50+ days in per year. I've ridden traditional straps, switch step-ins and now the 2007-2008 K2 Cinch CTS. Also note I currently live in the midwest with short runs, so a little speed at the top means more runs for me. I really do like them, but there are a few cons as well and I'll start with those.
First, they are heavy, not super heavy, but you definetly notice it on the chair lift, but not at all when riding. Second, they're bulky. They do fit upsidedown on my roof rack (something Flow can't claim), but barely. Also, I'm a small guy, 8.5 boot, but I still need a Large binding since mediums don't fit over an 8, so this means extra weight for me when I'm used to medium sized bindings. Third, they're expensive. Lastly, they take a bit of muscle to pull the high back up. My girlfriend got the female bindings and has some trouble with this, but for me it hasn't been an issue.
Now to the good stuff. They're fast. not as fast as my switches, but darn close. They're super responsive. If you adjust the strap with the back up, then drop the back and give it another click on each ratchet you can get them super tight and get great control. I also think they're easier to get into than the Flows two of my buddies ride with. This is thanks to the pivoting straps when you drop the high back. Another benefit over the flows is that they have a heel cup for extra stability. But all of this comes at the price of a little added weight. I also really like the fact that I can use them like traditional straps in deep powder if need be. I would recommend spending the money on the mid range CTS over the CTL though, the straps are definitely nicer.
I also wanted to note that I've been hitting the biggest jumps in the park (which aren't too big yet since it's early season still, maybe 30ft gaps) and haven't had any problems with the bindings when landing as others have mentioned. But those sound like they were from previous versions and K2 seems to have worked some kinks out this year. People have also complained about a metal tab that breaks, this has also been removed from the current model and I haven't had any problems with the bindings so far (I've been out on them about 10 times this year). Overall I'd recommend them if you're looking for a faster alternative to traditional straps. If I lived in the rockies though, I'd probably have saved a little money and stuck with traditional straps.
A big disapointment..
I was really bummed after I used these bindings for the first time. I was super excited to use these. I had owned Flows prior to this and was looking forward to be able to use these like a Flow (rear entry/exit), as well as have the strap versatility. Well, these are extremely difficult to get in and out of compared to flows using the reclining high back. The back binds up etc. Not only that, but the bindings began falling apart and showing wear the first day! The cable near the attachment on the high back was sheered through the plastic to the metal and the padding on the inside of the high back was peeling off. I rode the second half the day using these as a normal strap binding. The ratchets don't release that well. Nowhere as smooth as a Burton binding. Overall, a huge disapointment. K2 needs to do some work on these guys...