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Old 07-20-2010, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Flow VS. Cinch

Looking at new bindings. Looking at Flow or cinch. Used ny friends cinch, but the flow's look better. His breaks a lot also. Or is there a other brand to look at also? I ride mostly all mt with a little park.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally ride the Flow FSE

Flow NXT-FSE Snowboard Bindings 2010

I love these bindings. I rode them hard this past season and I haven't had a single problem. I also do all-mountain, but I sprinkle the mountain with freestyle.

The Flow ATSE is sick too. These two are similar with the FSE being lighter.

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Your other alternative is the Ride Contraband. Be warned though, they are notoriously hard to set up. Once set up though, you are good to go. However, should you change boots, you will have to go through that set up process again.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can also look at something like the K2 Auto series... do yourself a favor though and skip the Cinch's. If you want a step in go with the Flow's for sure.
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Yea, the Autos are nice. I haven't demoed the various ones, but the one I tested was fairly stiffer. Set up is also slightly more difficult, but no where as difficult as the Contrabands. You ratchet the heel strap and the toe strap will tighten simultaneously.
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You probably used the Auto Ever... it's the more free-ride oriented of them. I believe they added a 3rd to the line for this season as well. Interesting tech, definitely not earth shattering but sort of fills the void between something like the Cinch and Flow
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I'd also avoid the cinch. They're heavy as all hell and, based on a buddy's comments, have not held up well over the past couple of seasons.
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Looks like you're getting some Flows buddy
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LOL yeah it does. Thanks for all the info everyone!
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I've had both.

I like the Flow NXT-AT's better than the Cinch CTS. The Cinches aren't bad bindings, but the Flows have less moving parts. The Cinches are more straightforward to set up, but the Flow NXT and M series are pretty easy to adjust as well.

The Cinch is the Rube Goldberg version of the Flow. I have nothing bad to say about their performance, but they are overly elaborate for what they have to accomplish. More parts = more that can go wrong.
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If you are looking at step ins, also consider the new 2011 SP Fastec bindings. SP? worldwide snowboarding

YouTube - HOTZONE.TV Snowboard Park Opening Hintertux 2009 - official video

In the Park ! Serfaus on Vimeo

I have both the CTX cinch and the Fastec Trooper. Fastecs are light and open fully to allow the foot all the way in. CTX has a nice secure grip with the ankle strap.
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