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Old 01-18-2011, 09:56 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Have you ever had any problems with the reclining highbacks? Do you think the I-straps are an improvement over top-caps?
The only problem I've had with the highbacks is that it became unlocked once during a crash. It wasn't from a jump or anything though. I just lost my edge and slid down on my back head first. In the process of the slide, one of my highbacks caught ice patches and unlocked.

This only happened once and it didn't make anything worse. I was rather embarrassed though

To be frank, toe straps give you more response. I won't deny that. However, they aren't that much more responsive. I can do anything in my Flows that I can in my Bosses.

The biggest benefit of the Flows for me is the comfort. As comfortable as the Bosses are, they do not hold a candle to the comfort of my Flows. This is just an inherent problem with strap bindings. They cause pressure points. Flow doesn't. The cap evenly distributes the pressure.

If you have never used Flows, it does definitely take some time to get used to. If you want the cap to be tighter, you will have to learn techniques to kick in properly. My first time on Flow bindings, it took a day of adjusting to the feel and kicking in aspect. I can now tighten them down and still kick in very easily.

My Flows were my binding of choice for last season's test fest (demoed like 34 boards in 3 days) and I will be using them for this year's test fest.

Comfort > a little more response... Anytime of the day for me.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Which Flow's would you recommend for bombing and jumping? I have bad ankles so I figure I should go with something medium-stiff. Canted footbeds would be nice too.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I wish Flow had canted footbeds. Still more comfortable than traditional bindings with them.

If you want Flow, look at the NXT ATSE.

Flow NXT-ATSE Snowboard Bindings 2011

I use the slightly stiffer FSE.

Flow NXT-FSE Mens Snowboard Bindings 2011
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It's more your boots than the bindings. Maybe you should've gone SF45 though since it has a stiffer base and taller highback.
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