Hello and welcome to my K2 Formula bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the Formulas as all-mountain-freeride snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Formulas a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain-freeride bindings.
Bindings: K2 Formula 2018
Price: $219 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel: Medium-Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 76.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freeride Bindings
Out of the 13 all-mountain-freeride bindings that I rated:
- The average price was $283 (USD)
- The average score was 79.8/100
- The highest score was 94.7/100
- The lowest score was 56.4/100
- The Formula ranked 10th out of 13
Check out the table below for the available sizes for the Formula.
|Size||Fits Men’s US Boot Sizes||Euro Boot Sizes||UK Boot Sizes|
|S||2.0 - 5.0||33.0 - 36.0||1.0 - 4.0|
|M||5.0 - 9.0||36.0 - 41.5||4.0 - 8.0|
|L||8.0 - 12.0||40.5-46.0||7.0-11.0|
|XL||11.0 - 15.0||44.5 - 50.0||10.0-14.0|
Who are the Formulas Most Suited to?
The Formulas are great for anyone looking for a solid all round binding, that is responsive but that comes with a reasonable price-tag.
They’re a good bit less than the average price of the bindings I looked at in this category but still provide good response. If you like to carve the groomers or hunt for powder off them, but don’t want to or can’t afford to pay as much as you normally would for this kind of binding, then the Formulas are worth looking at.
Not for beginners – too stiff for beginners, in my opinion. And not for those that ride predominantly freestyle, IMO – I’d recommend something with better board feel for that.
The Formulas in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Formulas are capable of.
Bindings: K2 Formula 2018, Large
Date: April 15, 2017
Conditions: Cloudy with some sun in the morning. Started snowing around midday (have had so much snow in April – it’s awesome!) Some fresh overnight snow made the snow nice and soft in the morning – hardened up as it was compacted but was still soft-packed. Then Softened up again a bit in the afternoon with the snow.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
The Formulas are rated as Medium flexing, but to me they felt a little stiffer than that when riding with them. Closer to 7/10 but maybe 6.5/10.
The Formulas weren’t the most responsive bindings that I’ve ridden with, but they did provide good response. More than they’re stated flex of medium would indicate, but, IMO, they’re a little stiffer than that.
They felt a little dead underfoot to me. Not completely dead, but didn’t have the kind of board feel that I like to have – particularly for buttering and freestyle riding in general.
Like a lot of K2 bindings, the Formula have great adjustability and everything is super easy to adjust and is mostly tool-less.
Some good cushioning in them to absorb some shock from landing and chatter from bumpy, hard snow.
Pretty easy to get in and out of. Not the smoothest I’ve come across but does the job.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
The Formulas were pretty comfortable all-round. That’s helped by a canted footbed and a decent amount of cushioning in the footbed.
I would say they provided about average ankle support, compared to other bindings. Better than some, not as good as others.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The main change for the 2018 model compared to the 2017 model is an all new high-back, which is supposed to be 20% lighter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||76.6/100|
If you’re looking for really good response in a comfortable binding that you can adjust easily to fit your setup, and you want to do it without having to spend a fortune, then the Formulas are worth checking out.
They have a reputation for being durable also, but this isn’t something I can personally attest too, as I didn’t ride them long enough to test their durability.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Formulas, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Formulas compared to other all-mountain-freeride bindings or check out other options in that category, check out the next link.