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Old 02-23-2011, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Losing faith in flows?

I have 5 pairs of flows. Last year I didnt have one malfuntion with the one pair I had. This year Ive been using two of the five I have and both of them have problems where the back would unsnap and my foot will just fall out(a total of 10 times over three days).

Today my board went haywire just going down the hill carving and both bindings popped off and I rocked myself pretty hard.

Anyone recommend anything comfortable as Flows(thats the main reason I wear them, I have wide feet and most other bindings Ive used hurt)


FYI the two bindings Ive been using this year are 2003 flow n2000 and 2009 flow nxt fr.
I also have a brand new pair of flow 2011 quattros and some 2009 team bindings I have yet to give a chance to take up the mountain.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adjust the cables on your bindings to tighten the mechanism. If the mechanism is tight, they cant open or fall off. The cables will stretch and the bindings will Require adjustment after the parts break in. That is expetced out of anything with moving parts.
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Ive done that. When my boots are in, the cables are pretty tight. I also made sure my forward lean was past the +5 too.
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Tighten them more. I have Nxt fse's and there is no possible way they could come undone while going down the hill. they are hard to get out of at the bottom.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I Did. To the max forward lean and to the farthest notch in the bottom of the baseplates. If only it was that simple
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I too use to a Flow fan for nearly a decade. I love the quick entry, but they always end up malfunctioning. The later models (NXT and above) seem to be less troublesome. Older Flows I have all sorts of catastrophic failures besides the usual loose screws (entire highback snapping in half while riding).

I switched to Ride Contrabands. No quite as fast entry as flow, but a little quicker than traditional straps. I find them to be even more comfortable then Flows, and the canted footbeds makes a huge difference to me.
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I might have to try those since I dont think the Contrabands will squeeze my toe box tightly(ha sounds so dirty) like most bindings do. Yea the flows from 2002 dont actually snap into place in the back. Maybe Ill give my quattros a chance before I call quits with flow.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Look, I'm all but a total newb to snowboarding, but the same principles apply to anything you can buy and the products you use. The same company can churn out a poor product and at the same time put out a fantastic one. Yes, they do their best to at every price point and consistently over the years, but design, engineering, production cost and a lot of other influences come into play. You said you have some brand new bindings you've yet to use... did you buy them to sit around or just so you could post on an internet forum that you own them? Of course not. Is an aging binding failing? Just not feelin' good about last year's bindings after you gave them a decent chance? You have a selection at your fingertips. Use it. Sell what you don't like or want to recoup some costs and move on. I dunno', if last year's bindings were flawless, but they've failed you this year, I'm thinking it's something else. Did you change your boots, change your riding habits, do any maintenance or disassembly/reassembly? Lots of things it could be other than the manufacturer of the product. And if it is the product, use a different one. It's not rocket surgery.

FWIW...YMMV...my two cents
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Flows are junk. There are so many better binding brands out there. Don't be lazy, take the extra two seconds to strap in.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The lever that flips to tighten them. When you are leaning a hard toe side you take a lot of pressure off the highback. Without that tension it sounds like the lever is flipping down and releasing your high back.
Does this sum it up correctly???

Is there a locking tab or some type of clip that keeps the highback lever in place. I know my NXT's have one. If so, after all those great years of reliable riding that part has worn out, allowing the highback to release unexpectedly.

Just a thought, and I agree with HuskyFlip, why aren't you trying some of the other bindings. You bought them, never use or very infrequently use them, now your looking for a different brand of another new binding.

Wierd....just sayin....

I love being lazy as the line off the lift is deep with people strapping in, I just jump in, flip lever up and I'm off... I love it...
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