The K2 Formula Snowboard Binding is going to make . No gimmicks but just a binding that is made to last a long time. We like the ratchet system and long term reliability that this binding offers. It has some quirks we weren’t happy with but it could work for you.
The 2015 K2 Formula kept the same general ride but has a nice new high back from the discontinued Company. It would of been nice to see it get the Company’s base plate but still it’s a nice improvement from last year. I use to find the Formula binding from about 6 years ago sub par but every year they have improved on this model to where it’s a good choice.
Boots: Burton Imperial
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin
Flex: The 2015 mellowed out the flex while still accomplishing the same performance and feel of the 2014 model.
Adjustability: Still super easy to dial out and I’m a pretty big fan of how quick it is to micro adjust on the fly.
Comfort: The ankle strap might be a bit different from last year but it seems pretty similar in feel. I’m usually not that into the wide in the middle ankle strap but this didn’t cause any pressure points for the day I rode them.
Heel-Toe Response: Same middle ground response as last year and the new high back makes the binding feel a little more smooth edge to edge than past years.
Tip-Tail Response: Not much change when it comes to buttering and there is still pretty much a dead spot under foot.
Boot Support: There is a nice wrap around your boot that holds you in place pretty well.
Ratchet System: Nothing ultra smooth but nothing glitchy either. It works.
Shock Absorption: The 2015 K2 Formula still has the same canted cush of the past model and it’s pretty easy on the body.
So all in all it’s a nice change from last year but with the addition of the Lien models this year it’s not quite as sexy. Still it’s a good reliable and predictable binding that isn’t a bad choice with most all mountain boards. Maybe in 2016 the Formula will get a slightly refined tri-pod tech hand me down from the Liens?
The 2014 and 2015 K2 Formula changed very little from last year and continues to be a good binding that can work for riders on a mid level budget.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, K2 Happy Hour
Flex: Feels Pretty stiff for the K2 line and it borders on stiff. T
Adjustability: The K2 Formula has the same excellent adjustability as the higher end bindings like the IPO and Company. It’s super easy to dial out the ankle strap and toe strap exactly to your boot. Also high back rotation is tooless and pretty easy to adjust.
Comfort: Most of us aren’t normally into this type of ankle strap which is kind of thick in the middle but it works and works well. The whole binding integrates well with the boot and most won’t have pressure points.
Heel-Toe Response: Pretty solid response edge to edge and you could pair the formula with pretty aggressive boards if you want. It’s best with more moderate turning boards but it can work with semi-challenging and easy turning boards as well depending on your preference.
Tip-Tail Response: There isn’t much going on here when it comes to buttering or making the board flex lengthwise. It’s got a lot of direct contact with the board that creates a dead spot underfoot. Still it’s fine with a softer board if you want to butter, press and what have you.
Boot Support: Your boot and ankle feels supported but it doesn’t have a super conforming grip around the ankle that some bindings have.
Ratchet System: Not bad. I don’t think any of us really noticed any issues but at the same time noting called out to us on how quick and easy it is.
Shock Absorption: There is a lot going in the heel and the canted foot bed is good for reducing ankle, knee and hip stress/fatigue. Pretty cushy.
All in all this is a good binding that has a traditional feel with a few modern upgrades like a cant. We’d like to see more flex under foot but still this is a pretty good binding for it’s price range.