What’s a better name for a binding than The Company from possibly one of the biggest companies in snowboarding. New for 2012 this binding seems to be showing that it’s going to be a flagship model. After a few days of trying it out a couple different decks this is how it stacks up.
Board Used: K2 World Wide Weapon, K2 Protohype
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Location: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny spring slush, firm hard snow, over cast skies, blue bird skies, the wide range of typical Colorado spring conditions.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB Size 10
Binding Compatibility: Little too much binding for the WWW but perfect for the Protohype.
Binding Adjustability: Ability to adjust the strap lengths, the setting of the top and bottom of the toe strap, toe ramps, and the highback forward lean is also incorporated into the rotation on the side of the chassis.
Straps: The uniqueness of the toe strap is that you can adjust the top and bottom part of its placement for optimal fit over your boot. The heel strap is designed to cover the instep but have give on the top and bottom. This allows the strap to better cup your foot near the ankle and drive into the strap.
Highbacks: The Highback grips the back of your boot almost like a suction cup to give you better hold in the heel pocket. The one thing you will notice is the highback height is about a half inch more than most others on the market, so think of it similar to the older Burton Cartel.
Binding Flex: The base is a little stiffer even with the abundance of padding which adds a lot to how damp it is. Over all the binding sits more towards all-mountain than freestyle.
Ratchets: Smooth as butter on a hot bagel. They don’t slip, they grip, and you can release them with one finger.
Rider in Mind: The bigger guy charging the mountain that demands peak performance and a damp ride from his binding.
Personal Thoughts: The canted footbed was nice because it wasn’t so much that it forced your knees into an awkward position it just aligned them the way it needed to be. What I think was over kill was how thick the padding and chassis was it honestly felt like I was sitting on a riser pad and really deadened the feel of the board. The suction cup on the highback was an interesting addition as you can actually feel it sticking to your boot unlike ones other companies claim. This could be due to the fact I do rock K2 boots and it is a K2 binding.
What They Say: Answering the call for a two-strap binding stacked with K2’s high-end feature set. The Company is the team choice for all situations. From jib fun to critical bangers, the K2 Company is a sound investment.
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