For some reason people always want an easier in snowboard binding. K2 tried their hand at the Clicker it failed so now we have the Cinch series of binding. A three piece hinge that reclines the highback and you can slip your foot in. Here’s how the Cinch CTX worked out one spring day at Arapahoe Basin.
Board Used: K2 Lifelike
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Early morning spring laps that consisted of some of the more firmer snow you’ll see this time of the year. Mix that with high winds and bluebird skies.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: It’s a K2 on a K2 and designed for easy entry for a hard charging guy.
Binding Adjustability: There’s not as many adjustments on this binding as their are others in the K2 line up. You have your toe ramp, strap placement, and the new top and bottom toe strap adjustments to fit any boot, plus forward lean.
Straps: The straps look like they’re just pulled off other models and shoved on this binding to accomodate it. The heel strap has give in the top and bottom but sits right over the instep to lock you in. While the toe strap can be adjusted to fit any boot and stop you once you’ve slid in from behind.
Highbacks: It’s a stiffer highback not giving it a lot of give for tweaking.
Binding Flex: Stiffer than most due to having the hinge in there making it more rigid. They tried to give it more flex if you look at how the plastic in the chassis looks similar to what is used in their Hurrithane model.
Ratchets: Stick because they shouldn’t be needed to open and close every lap like a standard two strap binding. Other than that they’re super solid and what you would expect when you need to micro adjust your bindings.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants an easy in and out binding that can still charge the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Possibly one of the worst bindings I’ve ever used in my life. It just doesn’t have the response I wanted for charging or playing around on the mountain. I will say though that the 3 piece hinge that gives these bindings their ease of entry opens up far better than what Flow has and gives more room to get in and out.
What They Say: It doesn’t get any more refined and easy to operate than this. The CTX combines the very best in K2 binding tech with the patented Cinch System. Harshmellow cushioning and canted footbeds add the luxury touch to push the CTX into a class all it’s own.
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