So the K2 Cinch CTS is a quick release version that sits in between the Formula and the Indy. This is a very uninteresting binding because the base plate is old and outdated compared most bindings with modern tech that allows better performance and flex under foot. Despite our un-interest in this quick release binding works better than most and has a good fit around the boot compared to many of the Flow bindings we have tried. We must say the Cinch CTS is reliable and has an old school predictable feel that some might like. It is interesting to always see these bindings lingering in shops during the summer which kind of sums up our opinion of them too.
The 2015 K2 Cinch CTS got the CTX’s high back from 2014 but it doesn’t really change the ride up much.
Regarding K2’s Quick Strap/Release System. It’s not as quick to dial out your flex as they market. You have to keep the ankle straps a little loose to get your boots in so after you quick strap you still have to crank down the toe and ankle strap if you want a good fit like traditional bindings offer. I stand up when I strap my boots in so I don’t like bending over and reaching around behind to pull them up. It feels awkward and its better to do this on your knees. The thing is I don’t want to get on my knees or sit down to strap on my bindings. I found that a good pair of traditional strap bindings is almost as fast or faster if you put them on standing up. If you don’t mind a loose fit around the ankle and toe it’s faster. So most of us feel you loose a lot of performance and support to have quick release.
The bottom of the base plate is very harsh compared to other bindings and it really leaves a serious mark on the board’s top sheet. For the price we feel there are more responsive bindings so you do pay a premium for the quick release feature. We feel you would be much better off going with something like the K2 Formula instead of the K2 Cinch CTS. It’s less expensive and offers up a better ride.
For 2011 the Cinch CTS added some lighter ankle straps and a canted foot bed. The 2012 is just about the same as the 2011 The canted footbed gives more pressure on the outer parts of your board as well as keep your body in better allignment. Better allignment usually means less fatigue.