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PassTheDutchie 03-07-2010 12:39 PM

Best step in alternative
 
I'm getting back into boarding after many years off, I used to use Switch bindings & boots, but my old boots are too tight now and needed to be replaced. I ended up getting some Salomon Savage boots (which I like), and some Ride EX bindings which work well but are too much trouble to get in and out of. My GF skis, so it would be nice if she didn't have to wait while I wrestle with the strap bindings. I am considering Flow NXT AT bindings, any brands or models I should consider?

MunkySpunk 03-07-2010 12:56 PM

I love my Flow NXT-AT's.

K2 Cinch's are another option.

I hear a lot of good stuff about the K2 Auto Ever's too.

You'll find a LOT of opinions on all of them with a search here.

CoopersTroopers 03-07-2010 04:13 PM

There are also the Ride Contraband line of bindings if you're looking at convenience binding alternatives. The 2011 Optimos are even fully adjustable on board (a knock again previous iterations).

PATKOUG 03-07-2010 05:04 PM

Speaking of Contrabands, I've got a pair of hardly-used 2010 Contrabands for sale...

Click here to view my classified advertisement for them:

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...2010-ride.html

PassTheDutchie 03-08-2010 09:12 AM

I think the Ride stuff is pretty well made, the 2011 Contrabands look like a good improvement over the '10 ones.
I really want something I can have my foot in off the chair, and engage w/o sitting down. Looks like the Flow and K2 are the best bets, still leaning toward the Flow given it's simpler design and positive customer feedback.

killclimbz 03-08-2010 09:16 AM

Why would you need to sit down to put your bindings on?

PassTheDutchie 03-08-2010 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by killclimbz (Post 270631)
Why would you need to sit down to put your bindings on?

Is that in reference to strap bindings or Flow type bindings?

jputtho2 03-08-2010 10:01 AM

In all honesty, I could strap up in conventional bindings without sitting down but it took a lot of balance, HOWEVER my flows ('10 NXT ATSE's) are 10X's easier to do that. Infact now I just kick my rear foot in on the lift and ride off and as I'm riding off I throw the back up and tear down the hill. At the bottom I don't even stop (well I slow down of course) but instead just keep riding over to the lift and as I'm riding over I reach down and pull the back down and go right up to the pick up zone. It's nice when it's a week night late b/c there aren't many people there so I literally don't have to stop until I need to when the chair is swooping in to pick me up.

I have yet to see ANYONE using conventional bindings do that. In fact when I do that, the lifties comment every once in a while sayin it's pretty cool to be able to do that when they notice me doing that.

killclimbz 03-08-2010 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PassTheDutchie (Post 270641)
Is that in reference to strap bindings or Flow type bindings?

To any binding...

PassTheDutchie 03-08-2010 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jputtho2 (Post 270650)
In all honesty, I could strap up in conventional bindings without sitting down but it took a lot of balance, HOWEVER my flows ('10 NXT ATSE's) are 10X's easier to do that. Infact now I just kick my rear foot in on the lift and ride off and as I'm riding off I throw the back up and tear down the hill. At the bottom I don't even stop (well I slow down of course) but instead just keep riding over to the lift and as I'm riding over I reach down and pull the back down and go right up to the pick up zone. It's nice when it's a week night late b/c there aren't many people there so I literally don't have to stop until I need to when the chair is swooping in to pick me up.

I have yet to see ANYONE using conventional bindings do that. In fact when I do that, the lifties comment every once in a while sayin it's pretty cool to be able to do that when they notice me doing that.

THAT is exactly what I'm after. Like I said, after using step-ins, straps just don't seem logical to me.
How do you like the ATSE's, I've narrowed it down to ATSE or FSE Flows...


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