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I tested the Flows, Fastec by GNU and the K2 cinch and i didnt like any of them. i ended up with Ride EX's because the soft rubber toe strap was supportive and comfy and the price was much better
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As long as you found a set of bindings you liked. If there was one set of PERFECT bindings for everyone, we would all be using them.

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So I ended up going with the CTX's...at the end of the day the traditional strap set-up won me over. I was so close to going with the NXT-AT's though in the White/Black/Green colorway because it would have matched the new legacy perfectly but since I'm not as much of an aesthetic whore at this point in my life I went with what I preferred comfort wise ;-) I'll give some feedback once I get them on my board and ride for a couple of days.
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Ok I would like to revive this thread if there is any interest. Since going through the CTX's, i had the mutants (until the ankle strap recall) then went to the Psychs, and now just got the Freedoms. The psychs were the most comfortable to me but I occasionally had problems with the toe cap moving up and then not able to get in quick without fiddling a while. They are pretty flexible but still responsive. Now the Freedoms have come out which are stiffer and have a ratchet adjustment on the toe cap so you can get in and out in the traditional sense. I liked this idea so I thought I'd give them a try. I've had them out once and found them much stiffer than the psychs and maybe more than the mutants (but really been too long since I've used them). But, i have a lot more trouble getting in and out of them. I think this is mainly because the toe cap by default goes over the toes ie a toe strap, and not as a cap. The cap was nice because you could jam your foot in and it would stop your foot at the right point. Likewise getting out, the toe cap would not bind and my foot would come out easily. So I took the toe cap off to look at the adjust-ability and there are basically two little holes to hold the adjustment i.e. not really any way to set this as a toe cap and ensure that it will stay there. I think that the freedoms now have more of a feel of flows meaning for it to be easy to get in and out of, they have to be pretty loose. The psychs felt a bit more locked in. I'm now pretty frustrated and what i think should be a pretty easily solved design flaw in being able to use the toe strap to be a toe strap or cap.. Am i missing something? Anybody else try the gnu freedoms?

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above is why i ditched GNU and went to flow, never looked back. the GNU toe cap either fit or it did not. for me it did not
of all the Rear entry bindings flows are the best. can they improve, sure they can, but IMO FLOW>GNU
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Flow is best if you get the NASTY nx2 version. If you get the lower end models you have the same issues as when this thread was started. I have used flows since 2008 though and even liked them then when K2 had a better overall product
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I have had all 3. I prefer my GNUs. Maybe because I don't have any toe tap issues.
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Flow is best if you get the NASTY nx2 version. If you get the lower end models you have the same issues as when this thread was started. I have used flows since 2008 though and even liked them then when K2 had a better overall product
Uggghh.. Ok, going to try Flow Fuse Hybrid GTs with the NASTY tech. I like the toe cap and if it works better than the Freedoms then I should be a happy camper and the Freedoms go back. One thing that may make a difference for me is the fact that my Freedoms were on the upper end of size i.e. i have an 8.5 boot and a medium binding. I'm going to a large binding in the flow so maybe a tad roomier side to side and easier to slide on and off. What a money pit! :-)

Edit: I went for the fuse because of the medium stiffness i think will work better with my NS Proto HD
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I have had all 3. I prefer my GNUs. Maybe because I don't have any toe tap issues.
You have the freedoms? Do you use the toe strap as a cap or strap over top?

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Go with large binding. And adjust the heel cup to your liking. Fuse is easier to adjust than the nx2 for heel cup. My only beef on fuse is on the footbed. It is not as easy to remove than one on nx2. Toe cap is slightly different as well, but still way better than gnu one. May take a few runs to tweak it but well worth time.

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