Best Use: Freestyle
Highlight: Solid comfort for a minimal price
Rider Profile: 6’2”, 165 lb male with size 13 feet
These binding feel good all day long, providing a solid and comfortable connection to the board. The reason I opted for these mid-level bindings is that they had no gimmicks, no extra frills to break. With two pairs and multiple seasons, I have never had a binding failure.
Along with the mid-level cost of these bindings comes lesser plastic and construction quality. After about 60 days of riding, they feel too soft for my liking. By season three, the flex is compromised, strap padding is loosing all it’s stitching and the foot padding is all torn up. The bindings have served well but they seem to have faded quickly, only lasting two season.
I’m on my second pair of K2 Formula bindings. I was sold on them by a shop rep and his recordation for a no frills, performance oriented binding. The K2 Formula’s (2011 and 2013), have provided for me, through thick and thin. I’ve ridden these being in all type of condition on both an all mountain board and more so on a freestyle park board.
No broken parts, no malfunctions, just comfort and performance. I’ve been riding them with Nike boots and they cup the boots really nicely. No heal lift, no major pressure points. They ratchet well but release only decently, nothing to write home about there. The foot plate is comfortable and strong. The adjustments are simple and relatively easy to use.
I would recommend these for freestyle riding over anything else. They are really comfortable mid-stiffness binding. I feel that they don’t have the stiffness power you want for a true big mountain board. Out of the box thy are medium stiff but they break in and soften a little, making them more ideal for park riding.