Binding Review: 12-13 K2 Agogo

07 May, 2012


Location: Winter Park, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the K2 Agogo bindings on the K2 Highlite with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8.

Time to set up the binding: Pretty normal time to set up the bindings. It was more about making sure the adjustments for the auto strap fit so took a couple minutes to get it dialed and tested.

Fit: I tried the Agogo bindings in the medium size which have fit my boots fine in the past and for this pair. The toe strap was secure around the toebox on my boot and the width of the binding worked with my boot just fine.

First Impression: Continues to be the Agogo with Auto, all mountain riding and good comfort.

Appearance: The Agogo comes in black for 2013 with a subtle addition of blue and silver colors implemented in the binding. The black also features jagged patchwork that blends in really well with the binding. It’s good looking in the black and I like the overall look of it.

Comfort: Good comfort overall on the Agogo. This binding has padding in the baseplate to cushion and absorb bumpy terrain while the straps keep a lot of comfort in them just as well. For those seeking a natural alighnment, the canted seamless EVA footbed helps with marshmellow for more cushion and alignment.

Functionality:  The Agogo binding comes with the auto system so strapping in is easier than ever.  It automatically closes your toe strap when you tighten your ankle straps. I’ve owned and tried these bindings for the past couple years and they are easy to use and very functional. The Agogo also comes with a hinge mount that helps move the straps out of the way when you are strapping in. For 2013, the Agogo bindings feature a new tweakback AT highback and new ultra ratchet.

Flex: The Agogos are a good middle of the road binding for women’s flex which makes them great for all mountain riding. Not too stiff and not too playful, just a fun mix of both in the right areas. They have a stiffer laterla flex with the chassis and the ankle strap but the highback gives you a more supportive/easy going flex. The new tweakback AT binding offered good comfort and plenty of flex.

Response: Enough response but not overaly responsive. That helps the Agogo be supportive without overly aggressive on the mountain. I liked that the highback could handle ques to get the board into each turn but didn’t take the reigns and drive me into each turn.

Toe Strap: The Agogo features the same toe strap as last year which I was very content with. Once it’s dialed and adjusted for the auto system, it works and keeps your boot in place without any slips. It holds your boot comfortably but isn’t overbearing or too much pressure on the toe.

Overall Impression: The K2 Agogo binding is built for all mountain riding, from freeriding to park laps and for the woman who doesn’t wanna wait for the boys…she’s ahead of them. The auto system has been used for years and offers a easy quick way to strap in. Overall a favorite binding still and continues to be a good choice for all over mountain riding.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I really appreciate board combos when they completely match the binding setup. That was the Highlite and Agogo, even though the Agogo aren’t overly responsive and the Highlite could be more demanding…it still handled eachother pretty good. The Agogo’s have kept up with the charging K2 women and delivers a fun easy all mountain binding.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo to shop their full line of 2012 K2 snowboard bindings until the 2013 bindings come in.

On Snow Photos

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K2 Agogo Description

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Review Disclosure: I demoed this binding at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.

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1 Comment

  1. Frank
    May 07, 2012

    Hi Shay,
    How you find out the new Ultra Racket? Are they better?
    thanks

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