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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.

The K2 Cinch CTS Snowboard Binding is effortless to get into and provides optimal heel- and toeside control for fast, precise carving, with enough lateral flex for park riders. Strapping in really is a cinch, because you just drop the hinged highback and slide your boot in, then flip it up and ride. On the snow, the CTS's lightweight baseplate is super strong and responsive for Euro-bombing groomers at Mach 1, but the nylon sidearms and aluminum heelcup allow some sideways flex—good for freestyle and park riders. A simple lever controls the highback for quick support adjustments and maximum forward lean. You can wear the two-way toe strap over the top of your boot for cruising or around the toes for a super secure fit.

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are these binding good for a train park

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are these binding good for a train park

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Nope. These bindings are stiffer and ment for all mountain casual riding. You want a binding with a softer flex that will help you get all buttery smooth to impress the strangers and snow bunnies that you will probably never see again =). (plus they are heavier which is no bueno in the parko)
Trying checking out the Flux Titan RK for a binding in the same price range.

2 5

Might as well buy Flow

In my opinion this system does not make things any faster or convenient. I ride K2 bindings but not these clunkers. They are heavy and a pain in the ass to get in and out of. If you want a K2 binding that make things a little speedier for entry/exit I'd go with one of the Auto models. As with all "unconventional" strap systems, keep in mind if you break parts and expect to be able to fix them @ the mountain you might be s.o.l.

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would they be ok for a train park

Do these bindgins work with Ride and Burton...

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Do these bindgins work with Ride and Burton snowboards?

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They will work with Ride but not Burton.

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These bindings will work on a Burton you just have to get Burton baseplate's for them. One of my friends has these exact bindings on his Burton Dom.

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Trying to set K2 Cinch bindings on my...

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Trying to set K2 Cinch bindings on my board, but I can't get my toe & heal overhang even. I need to get my toe further over the front edge and have set the screws on the base plate as far back in the slots as they will go, but it's still not enough! I can't find any slide adjustment in the frames of the bindings as there is on Flows, so I'm stuck what to do next.....has anyone got the answer...pleeease?

4 5

K2 CTS Bindings... Not all Bad

HI Uk guy currently still renting Snowboard Gear not for long though i hope.. Everytime i've hired iv gone with The K2 CTS binding, Yes they have been stiff but once in i was in, no lift, i guess the difference is i only get to ride for a week once a year so for us Family Guys there Gr8. I cant say i'd recomend them for tricks as you could easily un pop them as one guy said, if like me your just a recreational once a year rider there excellent. I have had one time where i spent a little time with all the catches making sure they where clear and adjusted properly, But thats ten minutes back in the room. Like i said im a family guy so i need to maximise my riding so sitting around clicking drives me nuts.

4 5

K2 CTS Bindings... Not all Bad

HI Uk guy currently still renting Snowboard Gear not for long though i hope.. Everytime i've hired iv gone with The K2 CTS binding, Yes they have been stiff but once in i was in, no lift, i guess the difference is i only get to ride for a week once a year so for us Family Guys there Gr8. I cant say i'd recomend them for tricks as you could easily un pop them as one guy said, if like me your just a recreational once a year rider there excellent. I have had one time where i spent a little time with all the catches making sure they where clear and adjusted properly, But thats ten minutes back in the room. Like i said im a family guy so i need to maximise my riding so sitting around clicking drives me nuts.

5 5

I love them

I dont Understand why you guys are having issues with these i have had mine for about 3 to 2 years now and never had issues with them i just love that you cannot sit down and pull the bar up to lock the back of the bindings, it also keeps you from having a wet ass. they are really secure and never come undone the only annoying thing for me bout them is that some times the bar DOES get hard to pull up and the reason for that is the upper strap tightens as i turn but it rarely happens. they are heavy but when you ride them they dont feel all that heavy. it mostly depends on what you expect out of these things but they are worth buying i have reconmended them to many people and they love them too so check them out.

2 5

Brix

Went to the store. Picked them up. Set them back down. Walked out. These things are frickin bricks. So heavy.

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go pick up a new pair. many refinements have reduced weight, and made the mechanisms worked so much better. as with all new inventions, time just makes them better. BUT, if your expecting all these new conveniences with the weight of super light strap ons, it just can't be done... check out the K2 Auto-straps; super light & 1 buckle works both straps. best of both worlds.

3 5

Okay but...

Bought these after getting tired of bending over so much (sts) (yes, I guess I'm getting old). Seemed fairly heavy, definitely bulky. Bought the XL due to size 11.5 Burton boot, but seemed like I could maybe get the L. Held up pretty well in some pretty extreme conditions the 2 days I rode them, but I'd be interested to see how they hold up over time (since the lever in the back is plastic and there are a lot of moving parts). Ended up returning them. Due to Dogfunk's excellent customer service (and prices) I just purchased a new board from them and will be purchasing whatever replacement bindings I decide to get.

2 5

good idea but..

It is a cool idea and when i went and bought these two or three seasons ago I really liked them. They had a cool look and worked really easily. Unfortunatly i have ended up having a lot of problems with them. Because i ride a burton board the k2 bindings sinmply wouldn't stay tight. eventually i realized that the screws were too long and i needed to put two washers in each to hold the bindings down. But with this setup its impossible to use the plate cover so i get ice in the bottom of my binding all the time. Additionally the wire in my back foot pops out of the guide all the time though they have proabably fixed this problem since then. I do notice however, that the wire seems to be twisted, but i cant take it out to fix the problem. Also like others have said the toe strap has a lot of wear and tear, and the metal piece designed to keep it in poistion won't let me place it over the toe which is really annoying. The straps are also hard to release which i understand is the point, but it gets frozen and can cause problems. Finally they don't seem to be holding my boot in very well anymore.

4 5

4th year on K2 CTS

I bought mine in October 2006 (for $219!) and ride on them about 25 days a year. This is the first year I have had any problems with them. Back binding won't release easily anymore. Investigation shows some wear on the cable that might be causing it to snag when trying to open it. Toe strap on the back foot is pretty beat up from hitting the snow and ice. Lots of cosmetic wear, but really I've loved these bindings until the recent difficulties. I'm a size 15 boot, and the extra large binding handles it just fine.

K2 CTS Closeup

K2 CTS Closeup

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Note wear on toe strap, and top of heal plate.

I've heard the '09 Cinch's are built a lot...

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I've heard the '09 Cinch's are built a lot better and can withstand the abuse better and the cable issue has been resolved. Anyone had exprience with the '09's that can verify?

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asking K2 directly would help

I was wondering whether the Cinch bindings...

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I was wondering whether the Cinch bindings folded forward for ease of transport? In other words, will they fit into my snowboard bag, or will they be cumbersome?

2 5

K2 cinch carbon 07

after getting hacked off with tradional bindings and the time spent strapping in each day, i decided to give these a try. in truth, the problems with these started almost immediately. 1st off was the 'universal' top strap. when set up in the 'round the toe' position (instead of over the toe) the strap only really goes over the tip of the boot (neither holding it down or pulling it back). the strap (on both bindings) would then, after only 1 run, slip off the toe, but due to the metal 'strap-postioning' clip, would then leave the toestrap almost sticking up. 2nd up was the small metal thing stopping the cable coming out the mechanism. it is far too flimsey. 1 got bent very easily & is impossible to straighten. with this now bent, the cable would come out of its housing everytime the highback was released (i.e. b4 getting on a chair). this would then mean taking a glove off everytime to hold it back in place while re-engaging the highback with the other hand, after getting off the chair. very annoying! the only way to fix this was to perminantly 'tie' the bent piece in position with a cable-tie. problem solved, but the highback can then no longer be laid fully flat 4 packing away. (unless i cut the cable-tie & then redo again). 3rd problem, and by far the worst, was when 'popping/ollieing' off rollers etc, the rear/left (goofy rider) highback, would release itself! as i'm sure u can imagine, this is highly dangerous, as my back foot would now be free to come straight out of the binding (which it was likely to do as i would be pulling up on the binding to cause the 'pop') when this happens at high speed off a roller, a huge wipeout is gonna happen sooner or later. all these add up to an unhappy and worried rider.

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hey Pow. 2 of your issues are solveable with adjustments. you need to tension your cables to prevent the closing mechanism from opening while riding. regarding your toe strap, sounds like it needs to be moved back 1 position in chassis. NOTE: with constant refinements to this newer binding, the entire closure mechanism on Cinch's has changed. no more metal tab needed on lever to guide cable. there are so many adjustment to these bindings that are UNusual to a traditional strap rider! go to a shop for expertise. they can dial them in so they perform like mine, which is great!

What are the differences between between...

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What are the differences between between the K2 Cinch CTX and CTS bindings besides color and $50? They seem identical. Also, Are the Men's MED and Women's MED CTS/Vette different widths?

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yeah i cant find any significant difference, go for the cheaper ones

5 5

i luv these all the way over flows

ok well iv been riding for 4 years and i luv these binding i suggust for more experience rider because of the performance and the price is worth it!

1 5

They Don't Work for Me !

These bindings don't work for me. According to 2 K2 dealers, my problems comes from the fact that I push around lift lines with my back foot on the toe side of the board, like a skateboard (which they claim is totally bad technique.) I've never had a toe cup before. As a result of the way I push, I hit the toe cup of the back binding occasionally. After 2 days, the toe cup was showing lots of wear. Also, while pushing, I would occasionally hit the release on the toe strap of the back binding. It took me a while to figure out that this is what was causing my toe strap to loosen up. It's really scary heading down the trail without knowing the toe strap has come undone. We've tried all of the adjustments, and nothing solves these problems.

More problems? Yep. The hinge lever can be difficult. Also, as others have mentioned, the wire occasionally comes out of it's guide. And one time, because it partially came out, one of the guides broke. Finally, when I use these with my K2 boots, I have to be real careful, because the ankle strap occasionally gets caught on a flap on the boots. Every time it happens, that flap sticks out farther and farther, making it harder to get the boot in.

I really wanted these to work for me. In the shop, they seemed like they were going to be great. K2 claims that they've never heard of these problems before. I wish I hadn't replaced my 9 year old Burton Customs!

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hey Joe. try skating with your back foot heel side. 2 benefits; it keeps your board flatter so it glides faster. and, as a board is much wider than a skate, it will keep your boot away from your toe edge, and minimize the inadvertant strap/ratchet contact. i ride these, love em, and rarely have issues. good luck man.

5 5

Buy me Bizzle

SO, Yes pick these bad boys up. They are sick! They give you the folding high back like Flow bindings. But, unlike Flow bindings, they actually give you control over your board. Flow bindings do not have a toe strap, just that big flap of uselessness over your foot and you get no control. These give you the folding high back and the adjust ability of the toe and ankle strap. Bomb ass bindings.

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I use my K2 Cinch's for teaching and free riding. I had to shave some rubber off the highback padding for easier entry while loading on a chair..so I can immediately do a 3200 foot vertical drop without stopping to mount up on pow mornings. Added a cord so I can reach the closure strap. In and out for teaching is great, too. Binding works well on hard snow, in bumps and pow or crud. Only thing better would be a magnetic binding..except for a power outage!