OK, here goes another Flow thread...I'm growing weary.
I've been rockin' a pair of '09 Flow NXT FRX's on a NS Titan for a couple of seasons now. First time I was able to buy the equipment I really wanted, not just what I could afford. And the higher-end Flows are definitely spendy. Anyway, I posted several times here how much I like them, and that the haters were just whining and/or buying the cheapo models. Well, I'm beginning to grow weary of defending them.
First of all, I still REALLY like them, at least, I like the quick entry, the way they feel riding, etc. But I was out last weekend and was having some problems after like my second run. Just didn't feel right, like I had forgotten how to ride. Couldn't seem to really control the board the way I was used to. After my third (slow, cautious) run, I discovered the problem...one of the four straps had lost the screw that holds it to the metal base plate. Turned out it was "only" missing, but the repair guy at the mountain first thought the head had sheered off the screw. Fortunately no, but I took time out of my day to get it fixed (they did it for free, so I slipped a guy a ten-spot for saving my day). And of course, I was still really apprehensive for the next few runs while I wondered if the repair worked.
So, shit happens. But I've now had a strap break -- just split right in half. And the night before going to Tahoe last years, I discovered that one of the aircraft cables that pull the high-back up had split. Fortunately, Flow has great customer service, and they overnighted a whole new cable and high-back ratchet assembly straight to Tahoe Dave's repair shop, waiting for me when I got there. But damn, for an expensive binding, there seem to be a lot of problems. I ride this board hard and fast, and I'm losing confidence in my bindings. I'm afraid I'm going to be bombing down the hill one day and the things are just going to disintegrate. I know, regular bindings break sometimes, too, but jeez, these are only a couple of years old and I've had to do some major repairs to them already. Me no likey...though I still love the Flows, I'm not as ardent a supporter as I once was.
Oh well. More fuel for the Flow haters.