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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by trekchick
My nephew has a K2 snowboard. I'm not sure the model, but he's happy with it. He has a birthday coming up. Would these bindings be a good gift for him? How complex would it be for me to buy something like this for him, I'm assuming new boots would be in order too???
My nephew's birthday has come and gone. He'd told me he wanted money toward a new car so I commited to do that for him. He finally got his new car and didn't need the extra money from me, so he said, "Is the offer still good to get me some new bindings for my snowboard?"

Of course! I had some good deals scoped out for the k2 cinch 05x(x-large), but now there doesn't seem to be anything out there.

Can anyone offer advice on the 06 model? I see they are available at buckmans.

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post #32 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
I had some good deals scoped out for the k2 cinch 05x(x-large), but now there doesn't seem to be anything out there.

Can anyone offer advice on the 06 model? I see they are available at buckmans.
I didn't see them on Buckman's website (nor anywhere else, yet), but the '06-07 model of the Cinch is supposed to come in three flavors and have a Baltimore/Cap-Strap style toe strap.

I don't know what else may be new / changed.
post #33 of 44
I found them through Amazon.com.
Maybe I'm not well enough informed, but they say:
K2 Cinch Bindings 06, and since the other models I was looking at were 05S, and 05X, I made an assumption that this was the 06/07 model???
Am I wrong?
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by trekchick
I found them through Amazon.com.
If the photo is to be trusted, then those look like the current 05s.

I would guess that the '06 versions won't even be available from K2 (to retailers) until mid summer.
post #35 of 44
So.....are you saying, that I may be better off waiting until the 06-07 models are clearly out and get them before the next season starts?
post #36 of 44
Yah, I would wait. Especially if you want to see if they have the toe cap strap option. Which is worth it imo. I love the T9's with the Baltimore Strap.
post #37 of 44
Thanks. I'll try not to bug you guys too much, but I'll keep checking back to see if anyone has more info on the stuff that's coming out. This information is a great source for me, since I don't know anything about snowboards.
post #38 of 44
I brought this thread back up because I want to get some bindings that will keep my 50-year-old-ass off the ground. Are the K2's still the way to go?
post #39 of 44
Crank,

As far as step ins go, IMIO (ignorant opinion), K2, Flow or Rossi SIS could work out great for keeping 50YO old asses off the snow. I've semi retired my Rossi SIS setup due to wear. I'm riding Burton SI right now, but it's no longer available. My buddy the Flow rep is getting rave reviews from his customers. My experience has been that the modern step in bindings may need a little tweaking to get a performance fit, or little tricks in being able to get in and out the quickest.

Update - My mountain went Burton strap instead of Flow for it's rental fleet replacement.
post #40 of 44
I'm a skier, not a snowboarder. My friends and my brother-in-law have all gone to the new K2 Cinch CTS binding this season. I got about 5 days with them this season before I blew up my leg. All I can say is that the difference is like night and day for them. The Cinch lets them be ready in seconds instead of minutes. As long as it's flat enough they can all snap in without sitting.

The main advantage though (as has been told to me) is that the Cinch rides just like traditional strap-in bindings. It doesn't "change" things like step-ins or the Flow bindings. The Cinch can also be used just like a traditional strap-in binding. This is a big deal if you need to get into the bindings in steep conditions where there isn't enough clearance to flip down the heel.

The Cinch is much lighter this season (that's what was holding off one of my friends from making the switch last season). It has a ton of adjustments (I actually did the mount and setup for my brother-in-law). It even has the option to run the toe strap in the traditional position over the metatarsals or you can set it up to run at an angle over the toes (this makes it easier to get into the bindings, but changes the feel a bit from a traditional setup).

As a skier I love that my friends aren't on their butts all day and can get going much faster.
post #41 of 44
Thanks, that sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.
post #42 of 44
Anyone who owns the k2 cts know how to set the forward lean? I have tried unscrewing and moving down the black plastic piece at the bottom of the back latch and it doesn't seem to connect with the metal support at the bottom of the back and push the back forward.

The instructions with the cts are basically useless as well.

Thanks
post #43 of 44
We ran into the same problem over the holiday for my brother-in-law's setup. We spent hours trying to figure out the forward lean to get the highback to sit flush with the back of his boots.

Hopefully someone can help. The instructions included with the bindings are an absolute joke.
post #44 of 44
Regarding setting the lean and moving the highback so the lean block hits the heel cup, K2 customer service sent me the following. It works, but a little poorly designed.

" If you look at the highback where it mounts to the heel cup, you will notice it has a screw on each side of the binding with a teardrop shaped washer. This screw has several positions in which it can be placed to adjust the position of the Highback in the heelcup. Once you have set you lean, you can make the adjustment as to where the highback sits, so the lean block will contact the heelcup and give you the desired lean. "
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