Binding Model: K2 Formula
Binding Size: Large
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 15/-3
Board Used: Bataleon Carver 158
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: A little bit of fresh snow leftover, but otherwise pretty average Colorado spring conditions.
Binding Adjustability: Everything is tool-less. Straps, highback rotation and forward lean. The toe straps lower strand can be independently adjusted to better fit different toebox shapes. It makes it so it fits near perfect on any boot out there.
Straps: The ankle strap is a pretty average and classic design. Enough padding to eliminate any pressure points but slim enough not to feel bulky or blow out over time. It fits well and provides a nice medium level of support. With the toe straps dual adjustability it fits near perfect and clamps down hard without any pressure.
Ratchets: Smooth glide on and easy release.
Highbacks: This is a new highback from K2. It felt great to me. That really nice medium flex both straight back and torsionally. The type of feel that’s always there and never in the way.
Binding Flex: Medium to just above medium. The board I rode these on is by far the stiffed damn thing I’ve ever ridden, and the Formulas were able to keep up. That says a lot about a binding at this price.
Ride: Canted footbeds made of a nice medium firm EVA. The wanting is there to help, but the foam is soft enough that you can compress through it when you need to. Not the smoothest ride, but far from the harshest.
Rider in Mind: This is K2s catch all. Jib, got it. Slope, got it. Freeride, it’ll keep up. All mountain, yes please.
Personal Thoughts: With all the zany new features and tech that are out there it’s nice to get into a classic workhorse binding. Like the girl next door. She probably won’t wow or surprise you, but you know you’re gonna have a great time whatever you end up doing.
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