Wow, smoke a fat one and fucking chill out bro.
If you took the time to read through more of the reviews and opinions, you would notice there are a bunch of other very good reasons why people use Flows. Reasons that are far better than why people don't ride them. Shit like "My friend tried the Flites and said it sucked so Flow blows!"
First of all, have you considered that not all of us are blessed with big ass mountains in our area? Did you ever stop to think that some of us have to endure snowboarding on a small ass hill not even worthy of a bunny hill on a bigger mountain? Do you realize how much I am riding the lift when I ride? Do you honestly think I need another reason to use Flows other than the speed when it takes me less than a fucking minute to get to the bottom of a run? The speed of entry into Flows adds up immensely and saves me the energy that I would otherwise be using to bend down/sit down and strap in.
Secondly, Flows are proven to have the best pressure distribution for human feet. Simply put, they never, ever make my feet sore like traditional bindings. Flows are very comfortable on the top of my feet and that reason alone is enough for me to use them.
Third, no traditional binding has the consistency of Flows. Once set up, the straps stay where they are. No tightening, loosening, and retightening. Always the exact feel as my previous run. I don't care what all these haters say (most of which have only tried crap Flites or are just too "core" to even try a decent pair of Flows), there isn't anything that my Flows have prevented me from doing. Bomb, press, jump, whatever.
Fourth, their customer service is awesome. One of the best around. To give you an example, I just got back from a test fest. My screws got misplaced. I asked all the vendors if they could give me and extra set. Their answer? No, we don't have extras. Yea, as they stood next to their tackle box full of screws. Flow gave me as many as I wanted.
Fifth, my 2010 NXT-FSEs are fucking light and stiff. The response of these bindings are just sick. I tested so many bindings at the test fest and I still prefer mine over them.
Sixth - Tenth, they aren't re-colored Drake bindings in disguise.
All of you "core" snowboarders need to get over yourselves. Who the fuck cares what others ride and why? Does it affect you in any way? No. Try appreciating brands and their products for what they're worth instead of pissing off users of said brands. Better yet, get some fucking hands on experience with more than just one of the brand's products before you go on your rants.
I hate the VW Beetle and I think it is a piece of crap car. Does that mean I hate VW? Nope. The GTI is a sick ass car. Get my drift?