With a unique adjustable pod system that allows riders to customize the overall feel of their binding, the Lien AT holds its place as the most well-rounded model in the K2 lineup. A true all-terrain binding, the Lien AT is a tad softer than advertised, with testers finding its medium flex pattern to be versatile in handling everything from Northwest steeps to East Coast parks. And with upgraded ankle straps that now match the Lien's existing minimalist toe straps, the entire package is a simple, sleek design that performs as well at it looks. Dialing these babies in takes time, but once set, they can handle anything you can.

Binding Features & Details

  • AT Opti highbacks
  • Sender ankle straps
  • Perfect Fit toe straps
  • 3-degree canted footbeds
  • MSRP $270.00

Rad: A versatile binding that allows a customizable feel.

Bad: Sleek in aesthetic, forward lean adjustment is not especially efficient.

K2’s Lien AT proved to be a true all terrain binding. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Perfect Fit toe straps provided just that: a perfect fit on any boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The upgraded Sender ankle straps were an improvement from models past, optimizing power and comfort. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Straps were simple to adjust, with no need for tools to shorten or lengthen. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen


Testers appreciated the improved joint alignment provided by the Lien AT’s 3-degree canted footbeds. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

While testers still wanted a more efficient system of forward lean adjustment, the clean aesthetics are hard to top. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Tested + Approved 2019 presented by evo.com

Since its inception four years ago, Tested + Approved has swiftly and proudly established itself as snowboarding's most comprehensive and bullshit-free product test. With an endless sea of gear to choose from—bindings and boots, helmets and goggles, gloves, layers, and everything in between—it's not getting any easier to know where to spend your money when everything seems to be touted as the next great innovation in performance and technology. We set out to navigate this deep sea because, like everyone, we get bummed when something fails on its word.

We start the Tested + Approved process by reaching out to brands with reputable product offerings, asking them to submit qualifying gear across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished product knowledge and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, busted zippers, fogged up lenses, and gimmicky tech is sifted out. What remains is a collection of the industry’s most proven products; all of it Tested + Approved.

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