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Old 01-09-2013, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been waiting a few weeks to finally try these out and do a review, and had them fit awesomely on my board centering my boot perfect with the offset baseplate disc.
With Rey getting half a meter of snow within 48 hours I thought I'd better take a sick day off work and head up to the hill.
Near 3 Valley Gap i get stopped for a scheduled avalanche control 9 minutes of them closing the road for 2 hours...
At least I was near the front of the line and once the hwy reopened I was off.

5'10" 200 lbs
Size 12 Northwave Decades (Pretty stiff)
Lg 2013 Formulas
07 61 Lib Dark Series wide (Camber MTX)
96% freeriding, steeps and trees. 4% Park and most of that is in the pipe.

So A few hours late finally strap in. My initial reaction was my board suddenly feels way more responsive. Nothing complicated about strapping in, straps and footbeds both feel super comfy. Had done the toe straps up around the front of my boots. Unstrapping was easy peasy.
Basically the new binders felt great and predictable right off the bat. And I proceeded to find some pow. Rode the bindings thru hard pack and ice, to super crud to knee deep fresh all without issues.
The board felt more responsive, almost felt like a new board way more nimble. At higher speeds I felt in control and would say the bindings must have helped absorb a lot of the chatter and felt stable in the more difficult terrain like chopped up ridden out mogul infested runs. In the pow they just felt like a natural extension of the board .

All in all I really like them. I had some freestyle technine bindings on there before and notice a world of difference getting something more freeride orientated. I think I would prefer something even stiffer to get even more response out of the wide board, but I might set the forward lean up 5% and see if that helps.
I have no complaints about these bindings so far.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good review. I just bought last years K2 Companies and I'm hoping for similar results. My last bindings were made before canted bindings even existed so...

ON WITH THE TEST.
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Good review. I just bought last years K2 Companies and I'm hoping for similar results. My last bindings were made before canted bindings even existed so...

ON WITH THE TEST.
Curiosidad to hear your thoughts on the companies. Also got last years companies so hoping for good results.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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nice review. i have the formula;s from last year and love them. the canted footbeds are the bomb
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I upgraded to these from 07 K2 Indys and they feel so much more responsive than the Indy. I wanted the Company at first but decided to save some money and hope that these were good enough. Really liking these bindings so far.
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I heard that the k2 rachets slip a lot and are a lot tougher to work with than burton bindings. does any1 know if this is true?
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I heard that the k2 rachets slip a lot and are a lot tougher to work with than burton bindings. does any1 know if this is true?
rubbish, never slipped a notch
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rubbish, never slipped a notch
I second that
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I have the hurrithanes only been out a handful of times on them so far but no ratchet slipping or any issues at all so far.. Definately a super nice binding IMO.. Gonna put them through a good test tomorrow basically the first time on them not riding with my 5 year old or at least first time riding all day without cruising and teaching him
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I love my k2 formulas, I have two pairs. The only thing I have a love/hate relationship with is the ankle hinge, it is normally great, but I have found sometime that if I have had to skate/ride one footed and go to strap in, the strap will be under the board.

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Bullshit, they are fine.
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