K2 Cinch CTX
I want from 4 years on a trusty pair of "cartels" to this "Mercedes" like binding. It takes a bit to figure it out at home, but just because I like to have everything down before I use something....otherwise you could just buy the binding set it up strap it and tune it the first 15 minutes of riding. Done.
The are very well built, feel solid and are really not that heavier than any other binding...besides UL ones like the Ride SPI for example, the system works really well, materials feel and look top notch.
I strapped the first one (too tight at first), Once on the lift I could use the closed straps of the other binding to hold the board up. A nice addition.
Pushing the foot a little more would set it up in the binding,itself making you ready to go right off the lift, both feet planted in the bindings...wich is great.
You only have to use the short slide in front of the "sitting crowd" to nonchalantly pull your cam mechanism up your calf, and keep riding...no need to stop at all. On a slope you would go down on a pushup, slide your foot in, lock, go.
They transmit your movements to the board perfectly...my Driver X were welded to the highbacks, I realized my back toe strap was completely open only because I looked down at it...the binding can ride with just the upper strap. One good thing you can do is set up your back foot with the toe strap in front-boot position, tht would make it easier for you when you slip your foot in.
That also is a very easy manouver, especially with a lower / thinner profile boot (I choosed my boots with that in mind). My instinctive way of doing it was to go down on both palms in a sort of extendeed push up, fit my back foot in, shift my weight on the back foot, so that my leg was aligned with the higback, lock it and go.
I'm sure you can do that standing, if not on the chair after a bit of practice.
So for all of you wondering if the back entry is faster and or more practical..It is. Hell yes it is.
Once "locked" in you can fine tune your straps if you need to. I left my front binding untouched all day, and once I found my sweet spot on the other I didn't touch it either.
Long snowboard pants tend to snag under the upper strap once you lock the back in, giving you a weird feeling that someone is trying to pull you off your board as you carve..so check that before you take off!
Last edited by KIRKRIDER; 11-25-2010 at 03:34 PM.