- Sizes: M, L, XL
- Flex: 8
- Entry System: Classic
- Price: £229 / €269
The Lien FS has undergone a bit of a rebrand, but the K2 Lien AT snowboard bindings remain. More freeride-focused than almost anything else in the brand’s stable, these are nevertheless not your conventional pair of chargers.
The main point of interest on the K2 Lien AT snowboard bindings is the ‘Tripod’ chassis. The baseplate sits on three pads – one at your heel, and one each at your big and little toe – made of shock-absorbing urethane. As you ride, your bindings and boots move in unison, rocking from side to side across the length of the board.
“As you ride, your bindings and boots move in unison, rocking from side to side across the length of the board”
The result is a ‘surfier’ feel that many snowboarders have found to be more intuitive than the full-contact alternative. While the tough nylon highback will help deliver instantaneous heelside response when you want it, the overall feel has none of the straight-jacket vibes that some freeride bindings are guilty of.
The ankle strap is the only major change for 2018/19. Aptly called the ‘Sender’ strap, it has dispensed with all superfluous padding in favour of a low-profile, high-response design. We reckon it’s an improvement, and puts a bit more water between the K2 Lien AT and the Line Up.
If you like charging, but want to try something a little different, then these come highly recommended.