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Old 10-23-2011, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I snowboard up in michigan so no big riding although I may take a trip to colorado over winter break. I was wondering if anyone has a review on the 2012 flow nxt fse bindings. I ride the terrain park and since the hills are so small its nice to be able to get in and out of the bindings quickly for more runs. However I don't want to sacrifice performance for easy access. I am trying to improve my terrain park abilities this year. Let me know what you guys think about this binding. My other go to binding would be the raiden zeros instead. Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't own Flows, so I can't personally say they are bad. I do know people who have them and they are far from what they're portrayed to be. I can actually strap in the same amount of time my friend can who has flows. Other than having the convenience factor they are not that great of bindings. I would look elsewhere, but it's up to you. It's you who is buying and riding it, not me. Many people on these forums will probably tell you the same thing too.
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I ride Flows and defend them when needed. They are solid well done bindings with better than average edge to edge performance.

I would look into M9se's, Fives, and Quattros. They're in order stiffest to softest. Though When I say stiffest, the M9se's are about a midlex park binding.

Fives are closer the Zero's. Those are a solid option if you want to just stick with traditional bindings and were going to be my choice for this year. Though I do also own this years M9se's.
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Would you says the flows are better than the zeros if you take out the factor of being faster to get in and out of? and are the three you listed better than the nxt fse for the price id be paying?
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FSE's are what my bro Jordan rides to drop corked 9's at Keystone. You don't need those.

Deciding factors for me between the two? Raiden has my favorite dampening/shock, Flow's are the most comfortable bindings I've been in and are just as responsive as anything else.
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Thanks for the help Nivek, always a pleasure.I rode flow quattros last year and enjoyed the experience but I have not ridden traditional bindings in years and was wondering if i was missing out. I think I will stick with the flow lineup for now.
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I don't own Flows, so I can't personally say they are bad. I do know people who have them and they are far from what they're portrayed to be. I can actually strap in the same amount of time my friend can who has flows. Other than having the convenience factor they are not that great of bindings. I would look elsewhere, but it's up to you. It's you who is buying and riding it, not me. Many people on these forums will probably tell you the same thing too.
Well, that's one POV. Now for another. I own NXT-AT's and Fives. I also own or owned Burton Missions, Salomon something-or-others, and Cinch's. I'm an intermediate rider, and more of a downhiller than a park rat, so take that into account as well. Anyway, the Flows are from what I can tell exactly what they're portrayed to be. I've not noticed a loss of responsiveness. In fact, over the course of the day the Flows are less likely to make my feet ache. The NXTs are better than the Fives, which is what you'd expect when you pay more. Actually the crappiest bindings were the Cinch's IMO. As far as strapping in, I come off the lift, kick my back foot in, and snap the binding shut without ever stopping, let alone sitting. I've never seen anyone with traditional bindings do that, although I suppose it's possible in principle.

The big problem with Flows if you're in the park a lot is not quick entry, but convenient entry in random situations. If you're on a moderate slope with Flows, you have to turn to face the hill to snap in. That's a PITA, and depending on the layout of your park you may find it much easier to sit and crank standard bindings.
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