Binding Review: 10-11 K2 Auto Agogo
22 Feb, 2010
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain, flat-light riding conditions.
Setup: I rode the K2 Auto Agogo on the K2 Fastplant with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: The K2 auto bindings definitely need to be adjusted to your boot so it takes a bit longer to set up. I had the front adjusted perfectly but had to get the back foot adjusted better after a run.
Fit: The agogo’s fit my boots snug, the new toe strap definitely fit my vans boots better than previous years and I prefer to rock them cap strap so they fit very good with my vans once adjusted. No problems with the highback to my boot and barely any space between the width of the binding…some but nothing that would move around.
First Impression: These are gonna be my bindings next season….exactly what I want in a binding and looking good for 10-11.
Appearance: Finally the auto agogo’s are my style, the cougar has left the building and the fun young shred chick has entered. They are black or aqua for 10-11 and those aqua agogo’s just melted my heart when I put them on. It was a match made in shred chick heaven, bright color that’s fun and playful without being cheesy.
Comfort: The auto agogo’s continue to be a very comfortable binding, from the padding in the baseplate to the padding on the straps to padding in the highback. For 10-11 the agogo’s get a new harshmellow canted footbed which helped absorb any chatter on the mountain and offer comfy goodness beneath your feet. Canted footbeds are something I’m still getting used to but so far I’m enjoying riding with them.
Functionality: The auto system automatically closes your toe strap when you tighten your ankle strap, quicker to do and quick to get out of. I find it very functional and when I switch back to ratching both straps it’s kind of a let down since auto’s are so easy. Their hinge mount system is my favorite functional part, moves the straps out of the way so I don’t have to keep moving them when I’m strapping in standing up. Easy to adjust on the mountain with the tool-less adjustments.
Flex: The agogo’s have a stiffer lateral flex than forward/back flex which helps make the binding stable but not overly bearing on the rider, when it comes to heelside turns there’s enough support in the highback to give you stability on those turns. The highback is a good shape to women’s boots, good alignment when riding with no gaps. I still think the agogo’s are middle of the road in flex, not the stiffest women’s bindings out there but not soft either, just a good middle of the road mix that can handle park to pipe, freeriding to pow.
Response: The response in the auto agogo’s is from the mid flexing highback that offers up decent support but still a mellow cruising ride where you won’t find yourself in a turn you didn’t want to be in. On heelside turns you can hold the edge and have the support of the highback to guide you. It’s not an overly responsive binding but just enough to make it a good ride.
Toe Strap: For 10-11 the agogo’s get a new toe strap which in my opinion is an upgrade, it’s barely noticeable in how it feels on your boot and it secures you in without worrying about it moving on you. The best part is from what I’ve seen with my boots, it’s not difficult to adjust to your boot and have them work with more boot options.
Overall Impression: I had a great time with the auto agogo’s, they were a perfect match for the fastplant for shredding with. Every time I ride the bindings I’m impressed and rarely have any complaints, this time took more adjustment but once dialed I was set with the bindings. They can handle the mountain with enough response and make the ride super comfortable down the mountain. The auto tech makes getting in the binding fast.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The auto agogo’s have been a favorite of mine since they came onto the market, solid women’s binding that handles wherever you take them and easy! If there’s one thing I purchase based on how they look after how they ride, it’s bindings and the agogo’s are gonna be purchased by me for next season.
On Snow Photos
K2 Auto Agogo Description
Review Disclosure: I rode this binding at a demo day.