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Old 10-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just picked up a new board this weekend (LIB Skate Banana), and I'm looking to get some suggestions on the bindings. The Flows and GNU easy rear entry look pretty cool, what do you guys think? I can get a good price on the GNU Park or Choice (2012 model) or Flow Five or Flite2 (2012 model).
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Gnu Choice should be in a similar price range to the 2012 Flow NXTs, which I think would be a better comparison. When researching last year I found the general consensus was that Flow's lower end bindings were not as reliable, but that their top end stuff worked great (the other reason I suggest looking at last year's NXTs)

In short...I'd get the Flow NXT over the Choice...but would probably pick the Choice over any any other Flow line.
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Fives are good. And I'd almost take any Flow over any Gnu. They aren't adjustable enough and the ankle strap sits too low. Also the toe strap doesn't stay fixed so I found myself having to manually adjust that every time I strapped in. So they aren't even any faster.
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. Also the toe strap doesn't stay fixed so I found myself having to manually adjust that every time I strapped in. So they aren't even any faster.
+1 on that.
The new flow nx2 bindings are the ones to get.
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NXT's are real nice but out of my budget and may be a little stiff for me. What's more forgiving and better for carving, and some small jumps; soft or stiff?
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In my opinion DON'T get EITHER. The rear entry system looks fast but i bet i will get in my bindings faster. If you got the skate banana i guess you like to do park? I would go with a Rome 390 Boss or something like that.
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Flows are very fast to get into... more importantly they are very comfortable. If you have pressure points from traditional bindings you will love flows.

I currently don't have a pair, i ride two strap bindings as well, but flows are great.
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In my opinion DON'T get EITHER. The rear entry system looks fast but i bet i will get in my bindings faster. If you got the skate banana i guess you like to do park? I would go with a Rome 390 Boss or something like that.
No way in hell and I say that as nicely as possible. I don't own flow and I can get in and out of my traditional bindings quickly, but my friend has flows and I have watched other people with flow. There is no way you can get into a traditional set faster than rear entry unless your on a slope or in powder. When I would ride my friends I can slide in immediately after the off ramp of the lift when it starts to flatten while ridding, snap the high back up, and be gone before the rest of my friends even find a spot to stop and strap in. I watch other people with flows and other rear entry do this same thing constantly. Now it's nice and fast but you miss out on the screw off time with your buddies bullshitting and fucking around while strapping in.

Biggest reason I've never looked at flow is because I like to get my bindings tight when I'm riding park looser when just cruising and screwing around. Then on the lift I need to loosen my bindings up or my feet will start to cramp and hurt. Before you could never do this on flow and it was hard to get a tight fit if you wanted it. Gnu fixed this with having a relief button you can pop while on the lift and releases automatically when the highback comes down giving you extra room to slide your boot in. They also have ratchets. As your herd from nevik some of the issues and I've also heard they are just not as solid of a binding as flow.
Flow fixed this problem this year also with the release of the NX2 series. When the highback goes down the ankle strap hinges up to allow more room to slide your foot in. Flow has also added ratchets so you can adjust how tight your bindings are depending on how you feeling. They are expensive and out of my price range, but I'm definitely going to be looking at some next season if I can find some on sale!
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Fives are good. And I'd almost take any Flow over any Gnu. They aren't adjustable enough and the ankle strap sits too low. Also the toe strap doesn't stay fixed so I found myself having to manually adjust that every time I strapped in. So they aren't even any faster.
I have and currently use 2012 choice, and I agree with this 100%

But I do have to say that it is EASIER to get in to. My bro has fives and takes a little while longer to get in.
Adjusting the toe strap doesnt really take time, more of an annoyance you could easily live without.

Performance wise, I wouldnt be able to tell you. Tried to use the flows but it turns out my bro has tiny feet.
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For speed, Flow NX2's. After seeing how K2 and Fastec dudes reacted at SIA this last year, expect Cinch to be done in the next 2 years or sooner and Gnu is going to take a huge hit and probably go the way of Bent Metal. Only around cause Quik is still dumping money on them.
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