How to Install K2 Snowboard Bindings

How to Install K2 Snowboard Bindings
For ski racers who grew up in the 1980s, K2 was the go-to company for gear. As snowboarding has grown in popularity, K2 has become a popular company for that market as well. K2 makes a variety of snowboarding bindings, including the Cinch and the Auto. Whereas installing alpine ski bindings is something best left to a professional ski tech because of the adjustable Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) release settings, snowboard bindings are easy to install at home.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snowboard
  • K2 bindings
  • #3 Phillips head screwdriver
Step 1
Determine what your lead foot is. Allow yourself to fall forward; whichever foot you put out to stop yourself with is your lead foot. If your right foot is the front foot, it's called "Goofyfoot". if your left foot is your lead foot, it's called regular.
Step 2
Find the binding that matches your lead foot. The buckle will be on the outside of your foot.
Step 3
Stand in your normal snowboarding position to determine the stance width for your installation of the K2 bindings. Most snowboards have bolt holes labeled for a center installation, a wider installation and a narrower installation. This is personal preference and many snowboarders like to experiment with it.
Step 4
Take the base plate that comes with the K2 binding and look for the 15-degree angle mark. Take the lead foot binding and place the base plate inside the binding with the 15-degree mark at the center mark on the binding.
Step 5
Line up the four holes you are using for installation (center, wide or narrow), with the two slots in the base plate.
Step 6
Screw one of the screws into the snowboard through the slot in the base plate. Leave it lightly tightened, not fully tightened. Screw in the next one on a diagonal angle from the first. Screw in the last two screws.
Step 7
Adjust the binding forward, back or center, so that your boots will be in the preferred position when on the board. Typically, most riders like to have their boots centered on the board, but some prefer to have the heel a little back, or the toe a little forward.
Step 8
Tighten all four screws.
Step 9
Take the back foot binding and place the base plate in at the zero-degree tick mark, then line up the two slots over the holes for the back position.
Step 10
Lightly screw in the screws, going diagonally from the first one. Adjust the position of the binding to your preference, then tighten the screws.

Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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