K2 Cinch CTC 2015 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The K2 Cinch CTC is another quick release binding by K2 targeted for the entry level rider. You basically take the K2 Sonic and turn it into a quick release. We’d like to see them play around more with response/flex under foot than ease of entry but many prefer this style of quick release. Also, the base bottom tears up your snowboard top as it’s very hard plastic. You pay a lot extra for quick release/quick strap tech and if you want you could get the same performance from the K2 Sonic for $60 less. Also, we found that quick release with K2 as well as many of their competitors just don’t offer up the performance and support of traditional strap bindings. You lose a lot to get in and out of your K2 Cinch CTC bindings. For almost the same price you could get a K2 Formula or many of it’s competitors and have a much better binding. We say learn how to strap in standing up (doesn’t take long at all), take a few seconds longer and have a much better ride on the hill with traditional strap bindings.
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The K2 Cinch CTC Hasn’t changed much over the years.
Flex: Mediumish high back.
Adjustability: It’s pretty easy to dial out getting this binding to fit around the boot. Also, the quick strap tech does wrap well around your boot compared to other quick release bindings.
Comfort: It’s not terrible but the comfort is more at the level of an entry-level side of the binding instead of the bordering on $200 side of the binding world.
Turn Initiation: Turns fine but feels old.
Buttering: Feels like a binding from the early 2000s and it turns the board fine enough but it feels completely dead underfoot. It’s a far cry from the tripod technology they introduced for 2015.
Boot Support: Holds the boots in place but it’s nothing special.
Ratchet System: There isn’t much needed when it comes to ratchets but once they are in place all you need is the quick release. That works well enough and locks around your boots pretty well.
Shock Absorption: Almost none here. Feels hard and rough underfoot.
So let’s put it this way. Some love quick release and that is why this binding still exists. If you are willing to pay extra in price and loss of performance the quick release works.
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K2 Cinch CTC User Reviews
I've been riding with these for the last 5 years. I don't get out very often, so I wanted a low-cost/easy-access style of binding. I used to have the old K2 step-in bindings before they were discontinued, and I wanted something as quick to get in and out of as that because the rest of my family skis and gets sick of waiting for me at the top of the hill.
As far as ease of use goes, these aren't it. When you flip the latch in the back it raises the bindings and slides the high back down, which in theory should let you slip your boot out. The gap isn't really wide enough, and you end up having to strap out anyway. You have the same problem at the top of the lift as well. The gap isn't wide enough to just step in, you have to loosen the straps to fit your boot in, flip the latch down, and tighten the straps again. At that point you're basically strapping in anyways, so it makes sense to go for a standard binding with better quality.
The ride is... fine. It's not awful, the binding definitely works like it's supposed to. I never felt like the straps were going to raise on me while I was heading down the mountain, which was a concern I had when I initially bought them. But it's also not great. Aside from holding your foot to the board (which is an important quality in its own right), the binding doesn't really add much to the experience. There's no cushion to help with shock absorption, the binding has ok support but won't really help your turns, and it's not terribly flexible so it wouldn't be great in the park. You can find a better standard binding that will help you do at least some of those things for about the same price.
Essentially, if you're cutting corners to save some time strapping in/out, you're going to get what you pay for. Consider what's more important to you: a solid riding experience and higher quality runs, or more runs in a day. If a quick fix for a low price is what's important for you then go for it, but I don't consider this set-up to be particularly quick. I think you can do better for the same price with a standard binding.