Funny how skeptical people are of new technology when it involves removing a part of the equation you’re so used to using. That’s how it was when Auto Technology came about, but here we are a few years later and it hasn’t gone anywhere. Here’s how the Auto Uprise stacked up to being put through the paces this past spring.
Board Used: K2 Fastplant and K2 WWW
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Spring slush, firm hard packed, bluebird to over cast, just the usual conditions of the winter that wouldn’t end.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: Perfect binding to slap on a board like the Fastplant or WWW so that you can get loose and play around.
Binding Adjustability: Forward lean and highback rotation in one, toe ramp, heel strap, and a dual toe adjustment that allows it to fit any boot shape. Add to that Auto Technology that makes the heel and toe strap function as one once properly adjusted.
Straps: The heel strap is designed around having give in the top and bottom portion while the middle has plastic internally to cup over the instep of your foot. The toe strap has that dual adjustment design so the top and bottom portion can be independently adjusted to better sit on the contours of your boots toe box.
Highbacks: The RockLock highback sits higher than others and you’ll notice that right away when you see them. This gives more support and drive when you push back into them. The highback also has a slight suction cup that actually works and pulls the boot back into the heel pocket.
Binding Flex: True middle of the road where you can go jib all day or charge around the mountain.
Ratchets: Smooth on the fly ratcheting on the heel strap that gives you easy in and out.
Rider in Mind: The guy that likes technology and will ride the whole mountain playing around as he goes.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve never had a problem with the Auto series of bindings and the new Uprise is no exception. It does what it’s made to do and rides really well. I’m still not sold on the height of the highback but that suction cup does work exceptionally well.
What They Say: Back again and packaging the same tech punch that has won over team and shop riders worldwide. Lightweight, Auto quick and Harshmellow smooth, the Uprise, is versatile and solid for however you ride.
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