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Old 12-20-2007, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. This is my first post.

I am trying to upgrade my bindings. I currently ride a pair of Flow FL19's

The K2 Cinch and Auto seem like an interesting alternatives. That said, the Cinch is way to heavy and there are a lot of moving parts on that puppy (a little scary).

The Auto seems like a great option, but most of the "reviews" out today are opinions by folks who have not ridden them.

Can someone who has put some mileage on a pair please chime in with a serious review and opinion on the bindings.

Comfort and convenience are key.

Thanks

Brian

Riding since '91
First Rig - Avalanche snowboard with Burton Customs
Second Rig - Avalanche board with K2 Clickers and Shimano boots
Current Rig - Salomon 550 board with Flow FL-19 bindings

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used the Auto, but I can't say about mileage. As far as performance it works well enough. You set the toes strap to where you want it. There is a cable that tightens it up when you crank the ankle strap. It takes a minute to set the toe strap but once you have it dialed in cranks to exactly where you want it everytime. The only question I have about it, same as you, is durability. How does the cable hold up over time? Everything else is pretty standard so I expect that stuff to take abuse. The cable on the other hand, does it run a chance of getting frayed? It's well protected but only time and use will tell. Years ago Airwalk made bindings where the straps used cables. Ooops, bad idea. Those things frayed and snapped left and right. Could this be a problem? Boa seem to work fine, so maybe it's not. Then again maybe it is...
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Kill.

I have to imagine that the cable materials and design came from their experience with the Cinch. I used my Flows for a long time and while other components went bad the cables were fairly bomb proof. That said, these cables appear to be thinner than the flows (the Cinch cable has been thinned over the years). They also operate in a pretty tight groove.

As you say.. only time will tell.

Let me ask, why did you choose to ride them. Did you come from Step-ins like me or was is just a novelty at first.

Brian

P.S Nice name by the way... gives me the warm and fuzzies all over.

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I've used the Auto, but I can't say about mileage. As far as performance it works well enough. You set the toes strap to where you want it. There is a cable that tightens it up when you crank the ankle strap. It takes a minute to set the toe strap but once you have it dialed in cranks to exactly where you want it everytime. The only question I have about it, same as you, is durability. How does the cable hold up over time? Everything else is pretty standard so I expect that stuff to take abuse. The cable on the other hand, does it run a chance of getting frayed? It's well protected but only time and use will tell. Years ago Airwalk made bindings where the straps used cables. Ooops, bad idea. Those things frayed and snapped left and right. Could this be a problem? Boa seem to work fine, so maybe it's not. Then again maybe it is...
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Hello everyone. This is my first post.

I am trying to upgrade my bindings. I currently ride a pair of Flow FL19's

The K2 Cinch and Auto seem like an interesting alternatives. That said, the Cinch is way to heavy and there are a lot of moving parts on that puppy (a little scary).

The Auto seems like a great option, but most of the "reviews" out today are opinions by folks who have not ridden them.

Can someone who has put some mileage on a pair please chime in with a serious review and opinion on the bindings.

Comfort and convenience are key.

Thanks

Brian

Riding since '91
First Rig - Avalanche snowboard with Burton Customs
Second Rig - Avalanche board with K2 Clickers and Shimano boots
Current Rig - Salomon 550 board with Flow FL-19 bindings
Ok hey, i just bought myself a pair of those bindings. Now when i got them, i asked him if they would break and what would happen if i did, i bought them from the US outdoor store, he said he's been riding the bindings forever, never had a prob, if they DO break, take them in to US outdoor and they will replace cable and all for free, i also have the solomon brigade boots and the inside strap broke, they fixed those free of charge also. I'll post more aftetr i get up on the mountain...
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you have this years version the cable breaking should not be an issue. They did have a problem last year, which was that riders were stepping on the cable at the connection point too much, bending it, causing it to fray. This year they added an extra swivel to it giving it 360 degree motion. So you can't really bend the cable. It seems to be a good solution.
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