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Old 12-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Softish boot with a stiffish binding? Flow NX2 with Sololam

*edit. On an iPad and somehow posted while trying to write subject line. Supposed to say Salomon Faction. Great way to start my first post.

Getting back into boarding after 23 years out. My last boots were Sorels.

I have some Solomon Faction BOA's on salesman recommendation. Used a friends old old no name bindings for a day and had a great time but the bindings are basically worn out, hard to strap, and done.

I would like to get the Flow NX2- AT which is rated an 8 for stiffness, and my boots are a 4. Is that a mismatch of any significance, or within a range that will be tolerable?

I read the entire 51 pages of the flow thread and didn't see an answer that referenced these boots, or a soft boot with a stiff binding scenario. I will never see the inside of a park, I most ride east coast with 1-2 trips West per winter, and love bowls, trees, and pushing it speed wise.

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Old 12-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll be fine. The better question is, what board are you planning to mount stiff bindings on? Boot-binding variance in stiffness isn't a big issue, but binding-board variance in stiffness can be; unless their is a personal preference for it.
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Thanks for responding. I am on a Ride Antic which I believe is a middle of the road all mountain.
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Personally I'd go with something a little softer for that board.
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Any suggestions for Flow bindings that might be more appropriate to that board? Their website sucks. I like the idea of setting the binding up and leaving it so I am wanting to like the Flows but rear entry certainly seems to be a fringe thing.

What happens with a stiff binding on a mid flex board?
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Too stiff of a binding on a board will allow you to over leverage the board, this can cause it to feel twitchy and interfere with turning. I can't offer any help on flows.
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Why are you chosing the NX2-AT's? The Fuse-SE's would be a better fit for your board and boot. That would also save you a decent amount of money.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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John Doe you are famous now in my mind with your dang strap/ratchet issue I read that whole thing!

I only chose the NX2-AT because I figured I wanted top of the line, they were 8's instead of 10 for stiffness, and I didn't want the toe strap falling down. I chose flow because I am seeking a consistent no-hassle entry, and I love gear, gadgets, features, and being a touch different. Not sure they are consistent and no hassle but still drawn to them ....

However, being that my last boots were Sorels and I was riding a Burton Free6 circa 1989, I also don't know what the hell I am looking at yet gear wise, and I am trying to catch up.

Sometimes I equate highest price with best, but now realizing with all the options out there these days "best for me" is a whole different animal.
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It looks like Ride lists the Antic as a 6 for stiffness. As an old guy (42), when I start picking up the speed I really want to feel solid. Wondering if the Fuse SE would feel squirrelly?

Appreciate any insight. I don't mind spending money, I just don't want to buy the wrong stuff because I didn't do my homework. Like I did with my boots.
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You'll be fine. The better question is, what board are you planning to mount stiff bindings on? Boot-binding variance in stiffness isn't a big issue, but binding-board variance in stiffness can be; unless their is a personal preference for it.
This. IMO, a really stiff binding on a soft board is the worst combination possible. Soft bindings on a stiff board leads to a sluggish ride, but stiff bindings on a soft board is damn near unrideable.
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