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Old 08-08-2007, 02:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a pair of Flow bindings but I'm going to switch back this season. Getting in them is awesome - I could start riding down the hill and strap in at the same time but they are pretty difficult to get as tight as I like them.

I also had to un-do the sock part so I was able to fold down the highback to fit my board into my board bag. This is a royal pain because you have to re-adjust the bindings each time out.

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Old 08-10-2007, 11:06 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I picked up a pair of NXT AT's last season on SAClast season. I decided to put them on my resort setup vs my splitboard. Funny enough I ended up with a Flow Solitude board that I used the bindings with.

Performance wise. They were just fine. It does take a bit to dial them in. You don't need them as tight as regular straps to get the same performance. Much more comfortable than regular straps when set right. Still, I would get foot pain from time to time. At least they were nice and quick to get out of.

It is pretty hard to them on sitting down. For sure. If you flip around and put them on while on your knees it was simple.

Deep pow, there are a few slackcountry runs at my resort I frequent. A few times I found the need to take my board off in knee to waste deep snow. Putting them back on was problematic a couple of times. They are hard to put on while on your knees in deep snow, the best solution was to pound out a platform get one on, and pound again to get the other. Straps are not much easier in that situation, but they are easier.

I am thinking about moving the NXT's to my bc set up for this year as I believe I figured out how to use them without causing me a major hassle out there. For switching from split to solid mode and back, every little second saved helps. Especially when you are out with a bunch of AT and Tele skiers.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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"This is what I have heard" I'v pretty much heard about 85-90% of snowboarders bash flow bindings, It seems as if, if you have them you will not be excepted in the snowboarding world. Minus the retarded garbage this is what else I have heard, there uncomfy, they have less control, you can never get them as tight as you want. These arn't just people on this forum or forums, there also from many reviews written on them from pro's who rate products & from user reviews on websites selling flows. Give them a shot, if they work for you go for it, if not buy strap in's
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Old 08-10-2007, 02:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You do realize Flow is the second largest binding manufacturer in the world? Second only to Burton. I believe they are number 1 in Europe.

I agree that people tend to be polarized on Flows. At least in the Colorado scene I don't see it being 85-90% of riders bashing them. Maybe 50%. A lot of Flow's image problems stemmed from durability issues they had in the 90's. The flip lock was constantly breaking on riders. They seem to addressed that problem, so I gave them a try this year. I was pleasantly surprised with them. Mind you I bought a pair of their high end bindings. I have heard their budget bindings are not very good, then again I have never demo'd them either.
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Like I said thats just the image they have & what I keep hearing, not what I think about flows. I just think of them as a product advancing whats already out there, not an image of flows
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Flow bindings are great if its what you're looking for. Saying you saw reviews from "pro" reviewers I have to point out that those people are tards. Seriously 90% of all reviews are pure crap and by people that couldn't tell you any difference in the product at all. The problem with America is that they aren't open to new ideas or smaller companies like Europe is. I'd actually be interested in seeing these reviews or who these "pro's" are.

There are no control issues with them, comfort is all personal opinion and severly biased its like boots you can't tell someone how its going to feel. Flow puts a lot of R and D into the bindings far more than a lot of other companies.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I had a pair of flows... hated the damn things, they had a manufacturing defect in the I-lock latch (which Flow never took care of, bah). However, I may have just had a bad model or a bad boot/binding fit. I would give them another shot. They would be good for hiking the same feature over and over again and if you ride alone a lot they do actually save you some time. However if you ride with friends (which most of us do), it doesn't save squat since you have to wait for your friends to strap in anyway.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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i got next years nxt fx's right now. i like them for just cruising around the resort but in the bc or deep pow i hate them, too hard to get in and out of. i also broke a buckle on a pair of fx a had before, then striped the threaded insert for the heal piece on my new ones. now i will say the first pair i had was a proto type lent to me, so they werent as well put together as the manufactured ones and i also broke it on my split board in ski mode, the inside buckles bashed together a few times and one snaped off. the heal peice problem was probably me over tightening, but i still wasnt impressed. as far as getting in and out quicker then straps....i call bullshit on that, i havent found them any faster. the major benifit i like with flows is there comfy, no presure points, and respond nice they have a lot of adjustabelity.

something else that i like is when i broke the buckle on one i was in the bc, because of the suport in the strap i was able to ride out no problem. if i had the buckle break on strap in bindings it would have been alot harder to ride out.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:51 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i would suggest not getting them, just because ive tried a few out,
and their ratings are not far up. its better to have some gear that
takes 30 more seconds to strap in and have better performance than
to have something that doesnt perform well. but thats for me. they
might work great for you, and save you time.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:44 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Don't sacrifice stability for convenience. In some cases Flows may be an alright choice but they will limit your ability in other areas. Strap-ins are a more versatile design.
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