Binding Review: 11-12 K2 Auto Agogo LTD
11 Apr, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the K2 Auto Agogo LTD’s on the K2 Fastplant with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.
Time to set up the binding: Tad longer than average to set up the bindings since you need to make sure the auto strap is adjusted right to your boot. Both were adjusted fine and rode fine without any issues.
Fit: I like that the auto agogo’s adjust good to my boots. The toe strap isn’t much but held secure around the toebox on my boot. The width of the binding worked with my boot and the ankle strap was adjusted and centered on my boot.
First Impression: The agogo has been a favorite binding and the LTD comes with the urethane highback giving for more tweakability and flex on the mountain.
Appearance: I took out the LTD version of the auto agogo which comes in the tortoise colorway option. I like the rad stripes/animal print on the urethane highback that comes in orange and black. The rest of the binding keeps a subtle black look with some gold to blue color choices on the ratchets to baseplate. It’s more eclectic styling but fun eclectric, not crazy grandma’s styling.
Comfort: The Agogo LTD’s just like the agogo’s are a super comfortable binding. Padding in the baseplate to cushion and absorb rougher terrain, super comfy ankle strap and highback. The canted seamless EVA footbed with harshmellow does a good job of making for a comfy ride and keeps your alignment a bit more natural.
Functionality: The auto system is set to make strapping in quicker on the mountain. It automatically closes your toe strap when you tighten your ankle straps so you can quick in and turning down the mountain. I think it’s very functional and easy to use. The hinge mount system moves the straps out of the way when you are strapping in so you don’t have to keep pushing them aside. The bindings are easy to adjust with tool less adjusts. They also feature harshmellow shockpad so the ride is absorbed on the mountain.
Flex: I’ve ridden the auto agogo’s since they’ve come out and since the inception, they’ve been in the middle of the road on flex. Stiffer lateral flex with the binding chassis and the ankle strap but in the highback you have a bit softer flex giving you a easier flexing forward/back. The urethane highback helped support me in the heelside turns with stability and comfort. Overall the bindings were a solid middle of the road on flex, handle it all and ride all binding.
Response: The auto agogo has been in the mid range for response, giving you enough when you need it but not overpowering the ride. The LTD version kept the same responsive feel in the baseplate to the straps but in the highback had a bit more forgiveness on the mountain. You could still get response into each turn but if you made a mistake, you had some give to the highback to adjust out of it.
Toe Strap: The auto agogo and LTD version both feature the EZ set auto toe strap which I rode last year, loved it because how secure it felt on the boot and liked it again this year. It holds your boot but doesn’t offer you anything from the toe other than keeping you in.
Overall Impression: The Auto Agogo LTD’s offer the same solid women’s bindings in a LTD version with the popular urethane highback that’s coming out in some K2 bindings. The Urethane highback gave it a more forgiving fun feel to the mountain so you could play without paying the consequences.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Auto Agogo LTD’s were a great match with the Fastplant board and the LTD version was a nice upgrade from the auto version if you were looking for something more flexy and forgivable. The auto agogo is still that solid women’s binding you can ride anywhere but now it is more tweak happy for those wanting a less aggressive ride.
On Snow Photos
K2 Auto Agogo LTD Description
Review Disclosure: I rode this binding at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware bindings may change, this review was done in February 2011.