Binding Model: K2 Lien AT
Binding Size: Large
Stance and Angles: Goofy, 21in wide, 12/-6
Board Used: Niche Aether 156
Boot Used: Ride Fuse
Boot Size: 8
Rider Weight: 155lbs
Conditions:Good early spring snow, not spring hot temps yet though.
Binding Adjustability: The straps are on flip cams that are easy enough to pop and clip back down. The highbacks are on tool less levers that are easy to spin off. They can be a little uncooperative to get started back in, but once you get them threaded they tighten back down easy. The forward lean is controlled by the slider on the inside of the highback arms where they mount to the frame. The further forward the sliders are in the slots, the more forward lean you have.
Straps: The toe strap is dual adjustable. You have your traditional shorter longer adjustment, but you can also independently adjust the length of the lower piece of the toe strap to better fit different boot shapes. The ankle strap is no longer an Asym shape and it fits very well around the ankle of the boot with no extra pressure and plenty of drive.
Ratchets: Smooth cranking and release. The shape of the levers is a little different, they’re a little weird to grip but don’t really present any problems.
Highbacks: It’s a pretty basic all mountain style back. Just a little bit of torsional flex, a hair rearward flex, but responsive and supportive.
Binding Flex: The tripod frame gives a different feel in the way the binding flexes. The pods support the frame more front to back than side to side. So front to back the binding feels stiffer and more like a traditional binding. Side to side it’s a skatier surfier flex and feel.
Ride: The tripod frame is what this is about. The pods are your main point of contact and drive for the frame. They’re positioned under the points of your foot that provide the most drive and support front to back, but with only three you have some play side to side. The idea is to change the concept of binding and board as one unit into boot and binding as one unit. And that’s really what it does. Instead of feeling like you’re in a binding using it to drive the board, you’re just on the board.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider looking for a smoother surfier feel.
Personal Thoughts: I have actually been riding Liens for two years now. They offer a playful feel for moving your weight around on top of the board and still maintain a good amount of response front to back. The new ankle strap is a welcome change that I think fits better than the older asym one.
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*Disclaimer this binding did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*