Binding Review: 08-09 K2 Virtue
09 Apr, 2008
Location: A-Basin, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Bluebird with hard packed conditions
Setup: I rode the K2 Virtues on the K2 Duchess with my Vans Omni Focus boots.
Time to set up the binding: Really quick. JP gets it done.
Fit: I was able to get my boot in the binding, but I definitely would have sized up on the binding since it was a little too snug in the width of the binding. I just adjusted the straps a bit better.
First Impression: They are super neon…so they are super fun. Basically the Auto agogo bindings without the Auto.
Appearance: The neon is pretty funny to look at when you first get on it. It screamed “killer 80’s brah!” at me and who can resist that?
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: 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 (you can see this in the photo where my boot is not in the binding). Easy to adjust the straps while on the mountain which I messed around with a couple times to adjust the toe strap to my boot better.
Flex: I prefer a softer flexing binding that allows give and take when riding, and the virtue which has the same highback as the agogo is exactly that. 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 rocked the toe strap as a cap strap which I had no problem keeping over the toebox of my boot. It’s comfortable and no issues with pressure points.
Overall Impression: This is the binding if you want the agogo’s but aren’t interested in the auto binding. It’s basically the same binding with some very minor differences (ratchets). I am stoked on the bindings overall but I really like the idea of the auto’s. However these bindings are cheaper and definitely a solid binding for what you get.
On Snow Photos
K2 Virtue Description