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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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I own Flow NXT-ATs and Rome 390s. I use the Flows, and the Romes are gathering dust. That's dependant on my local mountain and my riding style as much as the bindings themselves.
Rear entry bindings suck to get into in deep powder, because you tend to just force the snow into the boot area then compress it while trying to close the binding. They also suck to get into on the side of a significant slope, because you have to face uphill to strap in. However, for normal off-the-lift situations they can't be beat. I can literally kick in while skating from the lift to the beginning of the run. Where this matters most is when you're coming off the first chair with 3 other people and the fresh snow is waiting for the first person onto the run (I've been there more than once).
I can also unstrap without stopping when I come to a point where I need to skate (like coming out of Brockton Bowl onto Manning), then strap back in again without stopping at the end of the flat. So I guess it's a question of how much that matters to you.
As to any loss of control, if there's a difference it's not enough to make your eyebrows go up. Not like the difference between a camber and rocker board, for instance.
As to getting the bindings adjusted properly, I had a lot of trouble with my first pair of Fives because I wanted them tighter than they're supposed to be. Once I got over that, things went much better.
It really comes down to personal preference. Some people try them and go back to traditional bucklers, some people stick with them. Same as with rocker/camber, boa/lace, paper/plastic...
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