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Old 07-23-2013, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

I'm quite new to snowboarding and have recently bought my first board (a Ride).

I'm trying to work out which bindings to buy and like the look of these 2:

- Ride VXN Bindings 2013
- Flow Gem Bindings 2013

Would either of these bindings suit for a beginner? At the moment I'm just doing general riding and falling over a lot.

I've looked on comparison sites and the Ride have a "medium" flex whereas the Flow have a "soft" flex. Not sure what this means!

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The big kicker on flow bindings is the rear entry system, depending on where you shred this may be a big deal or a minor detail. I personally ride a small mountain with 2 min runs so you can see how speed entry appeals in those situations.

The downside to Flow is a lot of their new tech that hugely improved their men's NX2 line is not present in the women's bindings. the NASTY strap tech is awesome.

As far as the flex on the bindings, the stiffer the binding the more responsive it will be in all mountain conditions. Soft flex bindings and boots are usually preferred for park while stiff binders and boots are for speed

If your already prepared to spend 130$ on the Flow Gems but rear entry isn't a big deal, i'd check out the Ride Fame 2013 binders on Evo
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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fwiw I find Ride's metal frame/baseplate to be not comfy.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I personally think any bindings will do since you are still trying to learn how to stay on your feet.

I started out with some cheap $50 bindings from 686, I think. They were crap but it did it's job by holding my boots to the board.

After you get a little more comfortable, then you go get some better bindings tailored to your riding style. After you figure out what your riding style is.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the Flow rear entry bindings but many people are.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ekb18c said it. you could save some cash and just hit up a decent craigslist. if you "need," a new pair of bindings, whatever evo, backcountry, etc have on outlet/clearance mostlikely will be good enough for your first pair of bindings.
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For this season Flow is coming out with the womens ISIS model, also featuring the NASTY active strap. Check out the new catalog;
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I personally think any bindings will do since you are still trying to learn how to stay on your feet.

I started out with some cheap $50 bindings from 686, I think. They were crap but it did it's job by holding my boots to the board.

After you get a little more comfortable, then you go get some better bindings tailored to your riding style. After you figure out what your riding style is.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the Flow rear entry bindings but many people are.
I learned on some Bent Metal bindings and they were just that, big & heavy.
I had no issues learning with these.

I have since moved over to Flows, on my 2nd pair only because of the tech upgrades last year.
I love them, I'm old and hate sitting and our runs are very short with long lines here in the Midwest.
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