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Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I'm looking at getting some flow or k2 cinch or any other easy entry bindings. Does anyone have reviews or comments on their quality and ability for terrain, jumps and cliff drops?

Are they easy to use when skating and do they get damaged?

Has anyone's bindings snapped?

I know this question has been asked lots but wanting to get opinion for use as an intermediate rider who loves rails and jumps.

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Hey guys,

I'm looking at getting some flow or k2 cinch or any other easy entry bindings. Does anyone have reviews or comments on their quality and ability for terrain, jumps and cliff drops?

Are they easy to use when skating and do they get damaged?

Has anyone's bindings snapped?

I know this question has been asked lots but wanting to get opinion for use as an intermediate rider who loves rails and jumps.

Cheers, TDFB
I own both flows and the K2 Cinch and I love the flows for their lightweight and high performance (my K2 weigh 5 lbs and makes me say "fuck when is the lift over?!"). I know some people bash the shit out of flow because everyone is hooked on 2 strap bindings and with good reason, 2 straps feel more secure than flow mono strap. Flow bindings collapse all the way down unlike the K2 which goes a little less. As for difficulty flows have to be the easiest of bindings to strap into on hard pack conditions (heaven forbid you get stuck in powder, which the K2 excels in that category).
As for the K2 is has a street performance in my personal opinion and a great all mountain binding.

As for your riding style I'd recommend the NX2-SE has the softest flex out of the line which is great for park riders.
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I love K2. But Cinch's are garbage. If you want back door entry Flow's are the only thing worth the money.
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I was an early adopter of Cinch but agree with an earlier poster, that they were far too heavy. I switched to flow and love them. I would not recommend anythhing lower than their AT series however. I currently own GNU's quick entry binding (rides well) but I dont like their pop up side closure thing, and will be going back to Flow but likely to their new NX2 dual strap design. Im hoping it will give me what I want which is 2 strap feel with the quality and ease of use of Flows.
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I would not recommend anything lower than their AT series......
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I am riding NXT-AT, NXT-ATSE & NX2-AT's and find them all to be excellent.

No problem skating in them, have never had a breakdown, never broke a highback.

However, just like boards, if you can demo them, you can find out for yourself if they are your "cup a tea"
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not exactly easy entry, more of the step in assortment, but these may be something taking a look at..
im certainly waiting to hear more about them

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not exactly easy entry, more of the step in assortment, but these may be something taking a look at..
im certainly waiting to hear more about them

Next Generation Step-In Snowboard Bindings | Indiegogo
me too and by that I mean Angry's latest (future) editorial

I'll admit i was intrigued by the concept that your own weight keeps the back closed, but its hard to tell if that is just words or if it is actually an improvement on physics by removing a mechanism. Another major issue I just thought of is that "unweight" is a major physic in riding technique, which makes it seem that the binding would move alot as opposed to providing static support. Part of the problem I see with companies like this is that most of their parts look a little crappy and generic like the straps and buckles here look like what I would get on $30 bindings from kmart. Also the bindings look a little bulky/heavy. The rest of the binding should have a fit and finish that match the supposed tech advantage, as opposed to offering an unproven tech advantage for 180 bucks and throwing on $5 worth of shitty straps, highbacks and ratchets. Also should mill out/punch holes in that aluminum, it looks like they have like 3 big flat pieces in there.
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me too and by that I mean Angry's latest (future) editorial

Part of the problem I see with companies like this is that most of their parts look a little crappy and generic like the straps and buckles here look like what I would get on $30 bindings from kmart.


how true.
its such a shame that companies develop an idea that has the potential to be revolutionary and are in such a rush to get it out that they skimp on the other areas --- ive heard similar things about the Now IPO straps if i remember correctly at least. I mean why develop that rocking system and then put straps on that dont even have toe caps. unless for some reason the toe caps would hinder the rocking mechanism but i dont see how that would happen

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me too and by that I mean Angry's latest (future) editorial

I'll admit i was intrigued by the concept that your own weight keeps the back closed, but its hard to tell if that is just words or if it is actually an improvement on physics by removing a mechanism. Another major issue I just thought of is that "unweight" is a major physic in riding technique, which makes it seem that the binding would move alot as opposed to providing static support.
Erm, did you actually look at this? That is not the concept at all.
Note: I am not promoting/supporting the product - in fact, I have no real interest in it, but your criticism is BS.
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Erm, did you actually look at this? That is not the concept at all.
Note: I am not promoting/supporting the product - in fact, I have no real interest in it, but your criticism is BS.
Yah, from what I saw, pressing down with your heel onto the footbed causes the highback to pop up and "snap" into place behind your boot.
It is locked there until you release the mechanism by pulling the unlock bar to the side of the binding.

This thing has potential imo.
Remains to be seen how it stands up in practice.
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