Binding Model: K2 Lien FS
Binding Size: Large
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 9/-9
Board Used: Niche Knew 154
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Warming up with a little bit of fresh snow left from the last storm.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are on flip cams that are easy to pop, get the strap in the place you need it, and pop back down. The toe strap is independently adjustable in the top and bottom portion so you can tailor it to different toe shapes.
Straps: The toe strap is a little different shape now with more spread between the upper and lower wraps. It fits fine and should give an even more secure fit over rounded toe boxes. The ankle strap is very asymmetrical. The outside portion under the ratchet is the widest part and it continually tapers towards the medial side. I found that unless I rode the strap adjusted almost all the way to the strap side that I’d get instep pressure from how wide it is on the ratchet side. It’s not an uncomfortable strap but in a comfortable position for me it didn’t provide a ton of support to the inside.
Ratchets: The levers are a little funny to grip when you first start using them but you get used to it and they climb and release smooth.
Highbacks: Was there one? Seriously it’s so soft if might as well not even be there. Pure noodley torsional flex and you can fold the whole thing backwards. Minimal support or response.
Binding Flex: The frame comes stock without the foam gasket like the AT gets. So side to side it’s softer. Front to back you still have the pods so driving toe-side you still have some power, but straight back it’s all your boot. That highback just doesn’t offer much of anything.
Ride: Soft skate inspired flex. The Tripod frame works well to change the gear dynamic from board and binding, to boot and binding. It’s an intuitive and smooth ride.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle/jib kid
Personal Thoughts: I rode the 2016 version of the FS as my everyday binding this past season. To be blunt, this is a disappointment. The highback is really just useless now. And shipping without the gasket just removes some of the ability to customize. With the Hurrithane in the line I just can’t see the justification for how soft K2 made these. If the Tripod frame interests you I suggest looking at the AT unless you want a super soft and gypsy jibby binding.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*