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11-01-2012 03:19 PM
Cycle4Fun I ride the GNU Mutants. I wanted a quick entry binding last year to keep up with my skier fiance.

Last years Flow's did not have the toe cap. I found the toe cap on the GNU gave me better torsional flex control in the store. The lack of toe cap seemed to hurt the torsional flex control of the Flow's compared to the GNU's.

The GNU's were also easier to get into. This was due to the auto tension release on the ankle strap when the high back was brought back. The Flow's did not have this and it made entry harder.

I think both items have been fixed with the new generation of Flow's. The differences in the bindings at equal stiffness ratings and equal costs are probably minimal. Just make sure you try one of them before you buy it.
10-30-2012 09:42 PM
t21 I'm waiting to purchase the NX2-AT from my local shop once it arrives. the Five's i have is good but the AT would be
10-29-2012 11:46 PM
jml22 Love flows
They've come a long long long way
Anyone who says they're hard to put on, hasn't taken the time to set them up properly so it's your own fault. You should be able to step up and pill the hiback up with ease and it'll feel nice and snug.

I used to have like 2008 the fives, they've held up well, i now have M9s and they're great. I like being able to step in off the lift right away and go without even stopping.
10-24-2012 09:16 PM
sxdaca yeah gnu has an auto release, but it makes u manually close it later, and the point in this whole tech is to minimize movements. in that case the k2s got it right but comparing with the flows is way less simple.

i think the concens in the flows this year would be on the hybrid straps which i think eventually will make u do extra adjustment when your straping in missing the whole point of speed entry.
10-24-2012 04:02 PM
geolemon Not the only advantage...
The Gnu bindings knock off $50-$125 off that depending on what model you pick - all Gnu bindings have that auto-release feature on the front strap.

For THREE HUNDRED bucks (I can't stress that enough - and I'm a successful adult), I'll buy a set of Flux RK30's (which even those were under $200) and let the technology mature some more.

I agree it looks like Flow has come a very long way since the disappointing riding experience I had on a set last year (which were a several-year-old model on a friend's board I took a spin on), but I'll let other people pay $300 to trial this new tech, I'll wait for their verdict. And realistically, it'd probably take a demo day at a local resort, to give me confidence in Flow again. I'd have to be sure my experience wasn't like the ones I rode last year - this auto-raising strap might just resolve some of that riding experience, as that allows for a tight strap that Flows haven't been able to do previously (at least ones without ratchets - like I rode).

I'm intrigued, but $300 is not curiosity-money.
10-24-2012 12:42 PM
sxdaca the only advantage(besides price)of gnu and k2 were the lifting of the strap when youre getting in, now that advantage is gone bc the nx2s have nasty which is way more simple.
10-22-2012 09:04 PM
rust1d with the 2013 line of flows out, i would have to say flows. those nx2's look and should function awsome.
10-16-2012 02:35 AM
snowklinger I see tons of Flows on the mountains. I always assumed they were just for the rubes and tourons, until I read this forum all up. Turns out plenty of serious riders like em too. It's fairly agreed that K2 and GNU are well behind the game in this tech as well.
10-16-2012 01:45 AM
geolemon And by 2014 you can come to terms with, as well as save up the
THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS that these bindings cost.
10-16-2012 01:32 AM
geolemon I agree - these Flow bindings shown in the video here look really intriguing... seems to address what shortcomings Flow bindings have traditionally had, and looks like they've actually got something that 2-strap traditional binding riders can actually get along with - and add the benefits that the GNU and K2 Cinch bindings previously had over the flows:

I'd like to try a pair myself... and I've not liked my Flow binding experiences in the past. These ones I think I'd even like.
But there's a lot new in there too... the skeptic in me thinks he'll check them out in 2014 after a year to mature.
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