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K2 Hurrithane

- published March 2017

84

2017

RATINGS

Durability
6
Performance
8
Build Quality
6
Weight/Performance
7
Comfort
8
Ease of Use
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

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THE GOOD

  • Affordable
  • Fewer parts—less to lose/break
  • Easy entry

THE BAD

  • Meager toe binding strap
  • Replacement parts hard to find

THE VERDICT

The K2 Hurrithane is a reasonably priced snowboard binding (the least expensive we tested), with a unique look that’s great for freeriders looking for a softer binding. Simple in its design, set-up was a no-brainer. We’d like it even more if it had a beefier toe strap and buckles.

FULL REVIEW

The K2 Hurrithane is one of K2’s best-selling bindings. Thanks to a softer high back, it’s good for riders looking to tweak their tricks. Most adjustments are easy and don’t require tools.

DURABILITY 
The highback of the K2 Hurrithane is built from urethane and it showed minimal wear during testing. The ankle strap is burly and well built, but the toe strap in underbuilt. The buckles are leaner than most, which saves a few grams but may cause failure in the future, while the footbed wore well. 

PERFORMANCE
Great for surfy turns, the K2 Hurrithane is super fun for riders who prefer a binding closer to the freestyle side of the all mountain spectrum. The softness of the binding makes it slightly slower to respond, but the footbed also provided much better than average cushioning. 

BUILD QUALITY
The K2 Hurrithane build quality is mediocre, though testers liked the burly and padded ankle strap. The toe straps and buckles were less popular because they looked slightly anemic, but they never failed.

WEIGHT/RESPONSE 
A medium weight binding, the K2 Hurrithane offers adequate response, but is slower than others in the test. Testers appreciated it’s flex in all-mountain freestyle terrain. 

COMFORT
The overall comfort of the K2 Hurrithane is great. We tested the binding with a handful of different boots and there were no problems, whether the boot was Ride/K2 (both are owned by the same parent company) or other brands. The soft urethane highback is really comfortable. The straps are well built and integrate well with boots and the fit is fine-tunable via multiple bushings and two settings for the ankle strap.

EASE OF USE 
The K2 Hurrithane couldn’t be more simple. Lacking a traditional adjuster, the highback adjusts via two screws at the mount points located on both sides of the ankle—before getting on the mountain, set and forget. Adjusting the straps is easy—no tools required. 

How We Tested It

The bindings in this test were used inbounds and off-piste in variable snow conditions at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain, and in the Eastern Sierra as well as at various resorts in Utah.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other snowboard reviews, snowboard boot reviews, and snow goggle reviews along with our snow helmet reviews and other related ski and snowboard gear reviews. 

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar splits his time between Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles. A snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcycle guy, he skied 76 days last winter. He’s written about the outdoors for more than 16 years.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$219.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
6
Performance
8
Build Quality
6
Weight/Performance
7
Comfort
8
Ease of Use
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
84

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