Binding Review: 08-09 K2 Auto Agogo
14 Feb, 2008
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Clear day, hard packed groomers.
Setup: I rode the K2 Auto Agogo’s on the K2 Turbo Dream and my Vans Omni Focus Boots size 8. I also rode the K2 Auto Agogo’s on the K2 Zero setup as well.
Time to set up the binding: Reasonable
Fit: These bindings because the toe strap automatically tightens as you adjust the ankle strap…you will want to make sure the bindings are properly fit your boot before taking them on the mountain.
First Impression: Honestly on the mountain with the bindings I had some doubt that when I was tightening my ankle strap it would tighten the toe strap tight enough to secure it. That doubt soon passed however.
Appearance: The binding overall has a sweet design that isn’t too girly at first glimpse. Second Glimpse you notice the graphics of ribbons, pearls and gold necklaces.
Comfort: This binding is all comfort whether its in the ankle strap, the highback or the base. The ankle strap has neoprene gel zones that mold the strap around your boot.
Functionality: It’s quick to get in (but a bit harder to get out). When you unstrap the ankle strap, the toe strap takes a second to loosen up and you lift up with your toe to get out of the binding. It took a couple times to get used to the auto system but by the end of the demo it came a lot quicker to me. The ankle strap is set on the hinge mount so when you are not strapped in, it moves out of the way from the binding. Easy to adjust the straps while on the mountain, but I did not try to adjust the toe strap since it was adjusted to fit already. The ankle ratchet was fine ratcheting up the binding.
Flex: I prefer a softer flexing binding that allows give and take when riding, the Agogo definitely offered this. The highback molded great with my Vans boots and offered enough support and flex when riding.
Response: It’s not a difficult binding to ride, I thought it was fairly easy. The response is good but it’s not overally responsive either giving the rider a lot of leverage when riding.
Toe Strap: I rock most of my bindings regular strap, the K2 Auto is a universal toe strap so you can rock it regular or over the toe cap strap.
Overall Impression: This was the first binding of the day and I should have saved it for last. I got used to the only one ratchet to tighten down in the first 3 runs with the binding and when I went back to regular bindings from the auto…it was kind of a let down. I loved the look and feel of the binding.
This binding was hands down my favorite of the demos and without a doubt my #1 purchase for next year.
On snow Photos
K2 Auto Agogo Description