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02-14-2012 07:50 PM
LightninSVT Been riding the Auto's for years. 15-30 seconds to strap into traditional bindings? Maybe if it's your first time ever snowboarding you're sitting on the ground this might be true...

It takes me about 8-10 seconds tops...and the last 3-4 seconds of that I'm already moving, just a couple of last second "clicks"

I would love to get a new pair of Autos but I'm not feelin those cheap looking rubber band toe straps. I like the wider leather pad that was on my 08's and now my 09s.
02-13-2012 02:59 PM
Nivek I get in my Flows faster than I could with Fastech, and the strap wasn't movable and caused a pressure point on top of my foot. Toe strap reuired manual placement everytime I got in...

02-13-2012 12:44 PM
KIRKRIDER Same here. Second season on the CTXs. I saw those GNU the easy release ratchet. I can do the same popping my regular one. And now it's finally SNOWING!
02-13-2012 12:39 PM
Vaughanabe13 I reviewed all my options for rear-entry bindings this season and I ended up buying the GNU Choice. I've spent half a season using them now and I love them. Essentially you have the easy entry of the K2/Flow and you also have the comfort and stability of a 2-strap design. Plus the lift hill tension release on the back strap is just brilliant. I have no problems getting into the bindings unless I'm on a really steep slope, and then I just have to face up the hill, dig my toe edge in a little bit and then lean up the gradient while I put my boot in and tighten up the bindings. I can't speak to using them in deep powder, since I'm in the midwest and it's all groomed hardpack.

These have a fixed toe cap instead of a ratchet, but I don't find it to be a problem at all. In fact I actually like them better than the toe caps on my previous Burton Customs because the Customs always slid up like crazy, even with the ratchet. The back strap has a ratchet but I never have to use it because it's a "set and forget" design. I get it to the tension I want while closed and then I don't have to touch it the rest of the season. Getting your boot out is even easier because when you pull down the highback it automatically pops the rear strap loose so you have plenty of room to slide out. These bindings are also fairly light and adjustable and when I'm riding they feel comfortable with no pressure points and just the right amount of flex.

I can't speak to the long term durability but after half a season they're still working like new. I definitely recommend them over the K2 and the current flows. When Flow comes out with their new model that has the same(ish) features as the Gnu and two strap design, I'll probably go with Flow just for the durability and reputation. But for now these bindings are awesome.
02-13-2012 01:53 AM
k2 cinch cable slipping

Originally Posted by lisevolution View Post
The only thing I've been having an issue with at times is the cable popping out of the "channel" between the highback and the heel-cup. It's not the biggest deal as I can just open again and pop it back in but it's another one of those small annoying things with this binding. Has anyone else had this problem???
Hi Lisevolution, i just bought the 2012 Cinch CTX (with the toe ratchet)and im having the same problem as you with the cable popping out of the "channel" between the highback and the heel-cup as well.
Did you figure out any way to fix this?

This is a big issue for me as it defeats the purpose of a convenience binding.
also the cable gets jammed making the rear leaver impossible to operate.

Did you end up replacing with the K2 auto evers? how do these compare?

07-12-2011 10:57 PM
Summersucks i had the 2009 cinches and i hated them. i mean i loved how fast they were, it really was awesome. but the just kept coming undone as i was riding, and after a while i just couldnt get my foot in and then snap it. idk bout the 2011
07-08-2011 03:12 PM
supham I love my Cinches. 1) I'm old I don't want to put my ass on the snow. 2)My kids will not wait for me. 3)I had no problem getting them on in powder. 4)I had no problems with the first year I boarded with them.
06-22-2011 04:26 PM
Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
There is no point to a speed entry binding. It takes me maybe 1 second longer with a good two strap. So why get something else? Comfort.
I'm interested in the speed entry system because here in the UK we get like no snow, haha so I get away for ma be 2 weeks a year, the rest of my boarding is in the local indoor fridge slope! The runs in there are about 30seconds long so I'm constantly in and out of the bindings, which is why I started looking into these fast entry systems!
06-20-2011 06:23 PM
KIRKRIDER I got mine at SportChalet during a summer deal, 50% off. $150 for the 09/10 CTX. Love them so far. K2 hardware (screws and washers) kinda sucks, but I took the bindings off every time after riding, to wax the board. Other than that I love those bindings. Being able to use both function is great on the lift to release a bit of the pressure on your boot, and if you need to unstrap after you got stuck in the deep.

The GNU ones were great too...with an additional buckle to loosen up the binding for the lift ride. But I could not find them.
06-20-2011 06:10 PM
Donutz I tried the K2 Cinch a couple of years back, but they were the bottom-of-the-line model. I commented at the time that the design concept was great but the implementation sucked. I really need to try the higher-end stuff. I also want to try some Contrabands. I'm a gear whore. I admit it.

I have Flows on both boards right now. I love Flows, especially when coming off the lift. But they do bite when trying to strap in in deep powder. Actually even when trying to UNstrap in deep pow.
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