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Old 06-21-2011, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i was hoping to see a "how to choose bindings" sticky but i dont seem to see one so heres a few of my questions.
per my thread in the Board section i am almost certain i am purchasing an NS Heritage x online and i want to make sure i get proper bindings.

1. should i purchase boots first and then try the boots with different bindings? (i plan on trying many boots out because of the horrible foot pain i had in the burton ltr's i learned in)

2. will any binding work with any board or are there some exceptions?

3. i see everyone crapping on flow bindings, are they an issue with newb riders or is it just the experts that dont like them? (id be willing to purchase top of the line flows)(quite frankly im fat and i cant breathe when im trying to put bindings on and it takes forever, so they look tempting)

4. should i choose a binding based on riding style like you would with a board and boots? im just a newb on the east coast carving and maybe popping off some small jumps.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Boots first.

4-hole bindings work with 4-hole boards, 3-hole with Burton's 3-hole, EST with Burton's EST. Only Burton boards have EST or 3-hole setups. Many bindings have 3-hole and 4-hole sets in the binding disk, some you can buy EST disks for (I think).

Some people just don't like easier in bindings, some people just hate on things. They're good, far as what I've really heard.

Yes, more or less. It's not as big a deal, but it's probably better to go for bindings that work with your riding style.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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there are other easy options out there like the ride contrabands and nitranes or even those K2 auto somethings cant remember the name. But my expierience of flows is any one who buys them never buys other ones after that. But then again i would never try flows because i prefer straps.
But at the end of the day if you want to get flows get them they good bindings especially if you getting top of the range, but get the correct ones for your riding style
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Flow makes a really good binding. Anything Quattro's and up. Though if you're claiming to be a bigger guy, not Quattros.

Basically whatever someone recommends to you, get the one model up as it will most likely be stiffer. Like if someone says Ride Contrabands, get Nitranes. Rome 390 bosses, get Targas. Ride Delta's, get Alpha's. K2 Indy's, get Formulas. K2 Formulas, get Auto Evers. Flow NXT-AT's, get FSE's.

Something that rides great for me all mountain (I'm a lightweight) will feel more like a park binding for someone significantly heavier. You have more weight to flex a binding, so stiffer bindings will feel softer for you than they would for me.
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thanks all, i really do appreciate the advice.
so for a freeride style a stiffer binding is recommended? and for that matter a soft boot is what i want right?
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A stiff boot will give you more support, which is good for freeride, maybe less for park? You do park?
I love my BUrton Driver X they are STIFF. they fit great in my K2 cinch CTX...rear entry binding.

Choose a boot that fits really well...and keep it on in the shop TIGHT for at least 15 min. before buying it.

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There's nothing wrong with Flows, it's a great concept and there's a lot of people who love them. It's just if you want maximum performance people prefer regular strap-in bindings. If strapping in is a pain in the ass for you, Flows or other easy-entry bindings may be the way to go.
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2 things to watch out with Flow bindings and other brand boots. -consider for choosing boots if you want Flow bindings:

1) Some boots have a heel that is wider and will cause grief when flipping up the back. Can be resolved with trimming the sides of the heel.

2) Some BOA boots bottom most eyelet can hang up in between the front and rear strap portion when pulling your foot out and cause tearing. Nothing to resolve this that I know of except extra caution and manual intervention.

I like Flow bindings. I have NXT-AT and FSE.

I slip my foot in, squat down, flip up, and then get bored waiting on others I ride with to sinch into their non-Flow bindings.

Another big plus is you can slip your foot into your binding to hold your board up while on the lift. When you have to put your foot under your board you can suffer cuts on your pants, cuts leading to brakes on boot laces, it can even ruin the cable on BOA boots.

I'm going to try the K2 CTX next go round. I like the idea of the canted foot beds. At times my ankles wish Flow would offer the option of canted landing pads.

Everything has pros and cons. Evaluate and choose what works best for you.

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