Flows aren't that bad... My GF bought a pair of Amp 9L mediums for her size 9 Burton Casa boots. The boot fits in like a glove, there is no space behind the heel for wiggle and since she has been riding step ins since she started 9years ago they were the best option... Cables of that guage rarely stretch... The cables used for your hand brake on your car are of the same guage (thats a hell of a lot of tension)... From my experience with my strap ins (Ride,Burton, Union)) the straps and ratchets will wear out a lot quicker than those cables... I like my Strap ins, but I am impressed with Flow and if you find the Base to big then you were using the wrong size... My GF's base is contoured and there is no more wiggle then you would find in your conventional Strap ins (we tested around 10 bindings, 8 of which were strap-ins, by Ride, Burton and Technine)... The Flow Flite 3's and Amp 5's are less refined and I'd agree that the baseplate is largish... But, I find most companies low end have their issues anyways (the reason they are cheaper).
I don't see how youlose a board when you wear a leash... I've seen people not wear a leash... Then the ski hill does a random check and they get their ticket cut lolllerz.
Never really been a brand whorre, I've ridden Liquid, 5150, Lamar, K2 (makes 5150 and Liquid, I believe), Union, Butron and I tried a friend's Rome. Every company has their strong points, even the "Crap" ones... They all have their weak ones, my GF rides a 5150 Dynasty women's, the board is pretty schweet considering I got it for her for $120.00 off E-bay brand new... It sure as hell beats the Burton, K2 and Arbour low end boards going for 250-300, i saw some of them (Burton Feather really isn't anything special for $300.00 + tax)... I'm talking Canadian funds. Yeah when we start getting into the real high end, then the lower companies drop out, but for the purposes of most boarders I'd say msot companies have a decnt product for them. There are a couple companies I hate (Firefly and Avalanche to name a few).
Thats my 2 cents.
Last edited by Leon22; 01-28-2007 at 12:28 AM.