I've been kicking around the idea of getting flow nx2-se's and besides the convenience/speed of them being rear entry, which is not a bad thing, what are the real advantages they would have over side entry bindings? The closest resort to me is about 2 hours away, so when I go I'm usually on the hill from open to close for the entire weekend. During the end of each day, I would love to just step in, lock up, and go! I've narrowed it down to nx2-se's & malavitas, but my LBS does not carry flow, so no hands on comparisons. The malavitas reputation kind of speaks for its self. So, what are the pros and cons of the two?
TLDR: Short answer, equivalent performance, more convenience... like others said. So it comes down to how much this convenience means to you. To me it's HUGE.
Secret to success? Invest the time to set them up properly at home first or you will hate them. More later...
I started out with Ride EXs and bought a pair of Flow the Fives (the traditional power strap). Really liked the ease of strapping in. I'm a first chair to last call kind of guy and I don't stop for lunch (pack and eat on the lift). So I think I get 2-3 extra runs a day using Flows
, and no wet butt
(in CO and UT. The more you lap, the bigger difference the Flows will make).
Went back and forth between the EXs and Flows just to see if I could detect a difference in performance. Couldn't identify any difference in responsiveness, so I sold my EXs. Then I got some NX2 ATs - the 2013 models that lift the strap when you unbuckle. Amazing binding, even more responsive and adjustable than my older T5s (obviously). You can even set the strap tight to where it even "feels" more like a traditional binding, yet just as easy to step in and strap up
(kinda leery of the SEs, have heard mixed messages on the toecap).
With the T5s and the NX2 ATs, it took me a couple of hours each (maybe I'm slow
), to get them properly adjusted to my boot and cant... a good bit more than your average traditional bindings. But this is a one-time deal. Don't invest in this somewhat careful/cumbersome setup and adjustment process, and it may be hate at first sight
Flow fan boy now, so take this with a pinch of salt... actually, I hate vendor lock in and am a value shopper with little to no brand loyalty. So I'm "stuck" with Flows until something better comes along
. End rant.
Hope this helps.