Everyone loves a comeback, whether it’s Sylvester Stallone picking himself up off the mat in Rocky IV to deliver a crunching blow to floor Dolph Lundgren or chess maestro Esteban Canal clawing his way out of the jaws of defeat by playing the infamous Peruvian Immortal at his 1934 exhibition in Budapest. K2 has brought the thrumming excitement of a comeback squarely into the snowboard industry with the revival of their Clicker binding project. They originally piloted their step-in bindings in the 90’s, and now more than two decades later, they’re back with the redesigned and revolutionary Clicker X HB boot and binding interface.
“Way back when, in the days when snowboarding was still emerging from the primordial ooze, K2 brought their initial step-in concept to market”
Since the dawn of time (the 90’s), a quiet battle has raged on in snowboarding, to paraphrase old Billy: “to strap, or not to strap, that is the question”. Way back when, in the days when modern snowboarding was still emerging from the primordial ooze, K2 brought their initial step-in concept to market, and despite the proclivity of the masses to ‘step on’ to the latest trend, there’s always been at least some form of resistance towards quick entry bindings.
Granted, they’re not for everyone. Like beer for breakfast there’s a time and a place for a step-in binding system, the point isn’t to replace traditional bindings, it’s to augment the choices already on offer. This isn’t an ‘either/or’ scenario, traditional bindings won’t get fed to the wolves if we give the proverbial thumbs up to Clickers. Gian-Franco Kasper isn’t going to kick your door down and come storming into the gaff with a SWAT team demanding everyone slowly place their straps on the table and back away with their hands in the air if you dare to give Clickers a whirl.
“Traditional bindings won’t get fed to the wolves if we give the proverbial thumbs up to Clickers”
We’re not here to tell you what’s right or wrong, because to be honest, it’s all down to preference. Although, we do think it’s important to have an open mind when assessing concepts like the Clicker X HB. You might not choose to ride them, but there’s a myriad of health, personal and physical reasons people might choose to use these easy entry bindings.