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Just a couple of updates on this subject, since the thread has been revived. As mentioned before, I'd been swapping bindings and boards around the last month or two of this season. I've been using a Heritage and a Proto, and NX2-ATs and Targas. What I found was that I could feel a difference in responsiveness with the Proto -- significant enough that I won't use Flows on the Proto any more. On the Heritage I didn't notice much of a difference. I noticed more of a difference between the NX2-ATs and my older NXT-ATs.
If I was still riding at Seymour, where the runs are short, I don't think I'd want to give up my Flows regardless (I can get down the Mystery run in 4 minutes and that's the longest run). On Cypress where the runs are probably twice as long and can take 3 times as long to ride down (more challenging), the strap-in time is less of an issue and things like the highback getting in the way when you're skating becomes more significant.
For the short term, I'm going to keep my Targas on my Proto, the NX2-ATs on the Heritage, and the old NXT-ATs will go on my Ride Havoc for summer balance beam work. Longer term, I'm going to buy some new traditional bindings like maybe Unions or something, and move the Targas to the Heritage.
Partly this is also because I'm doing more off-piste and park stuff, and I think you do notice the difference a bit more in those circumstances. I'm not going to diss Flows or criticize anyone for using them. It's a personal preference thing. And understand, we're not talking light-years worth of difference. The difference is subtle and may not be enough to override the convenience. As with everything, YMMV.
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Last edited by Donutz; 05-04-2014 at 03:09 PM.