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Old 06-02-2011, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If there's already a thread on the Five, I could not find it... so here goes.

I just purchased a Rossi Angus Amptek board and Flow the Five bindings? This is my first rear entry binding and the general consensus on this forum is that I need to really pay attention to setting them up ahead of time or the first day will be an "adjustment". Can someone point me to links where I can read/research how to set these bindings up?

Also what are your thoughts on the the Five? I see lots of discussion about NXTs and M9s but not much on the Five. Maybe there's a reason for that...

If it matters, I'm an intermediate all mountain boarder. Ride regular and switch equal time.

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There isn't anything wrong with the Five, they are an entry level binding though. I rode the Trilogy's compared to the NXT's the main differences are customization, stiffness, and weight.

The issue I had when I first got flow's was that I did the strap up too tight, so my boot wouldn't go in far enough. It made pulling the back plate up really hard. Once I realized my bindings didn't need to strangle my feet ... it got easier.

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I own a pair of Fives and a set of NXT-AT's. There's not a lot of difference. The NXTs look better, have better padding, couple of other extras, but the basic design is the same. My Fives have a pretty inconvenient highback lean adjustment -- that's probably the biggest practical difference. But setting up the NXTs was dead easy since I was already used to the Fives.

Aiidoneus has already mentioned the biggest mistake with setting up Flows -- making them too tight. They don't need to be cranked down because the H strap covers so much of the boot. With my Flows, I can kick my back foot in while skating down off the chair, lean down and snap the back up, and continue down the hill without ever stopping. It should be that effortless.

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Old 06-02-2011, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks all. Appreciate the input and thanks for the link to binding setup... duh , it didn't occur to me to check the Flow website first.
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There is a big stiffness difference between the NXT and Five. The Five is a 15% glass/polycarb baseplate and the NXT is Aluminum...

Fives make a good park binding for lighter guys. On an Amptek I would at least bump up to M11's if not NXT's.
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My middle boy had issues with the ratchets packing with snow and tightening up on him. I had to zip tie the ratchets down so this wouldn't happen. This was my only complaint about the "Five's".

Note though that if you are just setting them up and not riding yet you may need some time on the hill to adjust them or fine tune them so-to-say. Just plan for some time so you don't get a warped and flustered that 1st day on the hill. Once you got the hang of it if you ever need to adjust them again, takes only minutes. I am new to the sport and stuff took me max 1 hour to get them dialed in my 1st time out with them.

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Old 06-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, I heard about the adjustment issue from others too. Thanks for the warning about ratchets... something for me to keep an eye on next time I'm out.
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