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Old 01-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I live on the ice coast and only snowboard at local resorts to the NoVA/DC Area. I'd like to get some rear entry bindings due to the short length of the runs and me hating having to clip in every 5minutes.

Im in between the GNU Streets
$189.99
and the Flow Flight2's $159.99

Anyone have a yea or nae on these? Or maybe another another set of bindings? Im also thinking of getting another board as well as I have an old burton board. Any suggestions, would rather not go over $250 on the board as well.

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Cheap rear entry binding: blue loctite (wait for it....)

Um, juvenile humour aside, I haven't specifically used the Flite 2, but I used to own Five's.

I believe the Gnu raises the ankle strap to make it easier to get in, but it's probably a fussy and breakage-prone mechanism. The Flow is the simplest of mechanisms, but unless you have the strap set up just right it can be a pain to get boots in and out. How long are you planning to use them as your primary binding? If only a season or two, I might try the Gnu. I doubt they'll last more than 2 though.
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Cheap rear entry binding: blue loctite (wait for it....)

Um, juvenile humour aside, I haven't specifically used the Flite 2, but I used to own Five's.

I believe the Gnu raises the ankle strap to make it easier to get in, but it's probably a fussy and breakage-prone mechanism. The Flow is the simplest of mechanisms, but unless you have the strap set up just right it can be a pain to get boots in and out. How long are you planning to use them as your primary binding? If only a season or two, I might try the Gnu. I doubt they'll last more than 2 though.
I only go around 5-6 times a season if Im lucky, my $100 Burton bindings have lasted 4 years with no issues. So the Gnu Streets still have the function of normal bindings as well?
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In my opinion, everyone I know who has used rear-entry bindings has a hard time getting in and out of them unless they have the straps way loose and then they end up having to adjust them anyway. I can almost always strap in as fast or faster than the people around me with rear-entry bindings.

Instead, you should learn to balance well enough to stap in without having to sit down, that'll save you a few extra seconds and it will save you some strength too since you won't have to push up every time.
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Check ebay. You can find NXT-AT's for under $200. Far better then the Flight 2's.

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I can almost always strap in as fast or faster than the people around me with rear-entry bindings.
I have yet to see one person strap in faster then I did with my Flow NXT-ATSE's.
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Check ebay. You can find NXT-AT's for under $200. Far better then the Flight 2's.



I have yet to see one person strap in faster then I did with my Flow NXT-ATSE's.
Not trying to start a rear-entry vs normal binding debate.
Just would like to know decent rear entry bindings under $200 please

Thanks a ton, I found a pair of 2012 NXT-ATs for $200. Pulled the trigger on those. I have a pair of size 12 Burton boots, I shouldnt have an issue using those with these bindings should I?

Also, I have a a burton board, will these bindings work on the board? (I'm thinking about getting a new board as well)

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Not trying to start a rear-entry vs normal binding debate.
Not sure that's even possible

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Thanks a ton, I found a pair of 2012 NXT-ATs for $200. Pulled the trigger on those. I have a pair of size 12 Burton boots, I shouldnt have an issue using those with these bindings should I?

Also, I have a a burton board, will these bindings work on the board? (I'm thinking about getting a new board as well)
I have the same binding, size large, size 10 boots. You didn't say what size bindings, but in any case you'll have to just try it.

As to the board, you can get adapter plates if it doesn't have starndard mounting holes (Side question: Burton has the channel, and a weird triangle-shaped mounting pattern. Do they also make regular mounting pattern?)

Also, my earlier comment about the Gnus. I was working from memory, I think it's the Gnus that had a weird ankle-strap extender that would extend the strap when the highback is down. If so, that just strikes me as something that would either fail outright or get sloppy after a while. I have no actual stats to back that up.
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In my opinion, everyone I know who has used rear-entry bindings has a hard time getting in and out of them unless they have the straps way loose and then they end up having to adjust them anyway. I can almost always strap in as fast or faster than the people around me with rear-entry bindings.
I accept your challenge sir! Point of order though. If you don't actually stop when strapping in, how does that get counted in terms of time to strap in?

Seriously, Flows do have to be set up properly. I did half my first season with my Fives too tight and hard to get into. I had to readjust them after I took the straps off for something, and got it right when I put them back on. The swearing at myself was epic!
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I have the same binding, size large, size 10 boots. You didn't say what size bindings, but in any case you'll have to just try it.

As to the board, you can get adapter plates if it doesn't have starndard mounting holes (Side question: Burton has the channel, and a weird triangle-shaped mounting pattern. Do they also make regular mounting pattern?)

Also, my earlier comment about the Gnus. I was working from memory, I think it's the Gnus that had a weird ankle-strap extender that would extend the strap when the highback is down. If so, that just strikes me as something that would either fail outright or get sloppy after a while. I have no actual stats to back that up.
I bought size XL bindings. My boots are size 12 and the board has the triangle hole setup. And while Im here, any suggestions on a $200 board? Are all models fair game?
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[QUOTE=Donutz;615649] Do they also make regular mounting pattern?)QUOTE]

They do make regular (4 hole) mounting basplates to go with their bindings, but they do NOT have any boards with regular 4-hole pattern inserts. Most binding companies will include 2 sets of basplates with the bindings- 1 for traditional/universal 4-hole pattern boards, and one that will be compatible with burton's 3-hole system. You can also pick up a baseplate conversion kit that will make your bindings compatible with the burton EST system, most retailers will carry these if you ask.
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