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10-01-2008 12:46 PM
zakk I have Burton Customs on my Pow/carving board, and Flows on my freestyle board. My wife uses the flows and since she straps in either standing up or "facing up the mountain" she has no problems.

Yes, its tough to get them dialed in. No doubt. And they are a bit spong for tight carving. they have their place and if i could see if you were sticking to blue/green groomers they would be ideal once dailed in.

For Mountain Cruisers, Flows would be a great option. Not everyone is EXTRRReeeMMMEEEE! y0!
09-29-2008 06:08 PM
Penguin I used to ride on Flows. This will be my first time riding on regular ratchet bindings.

The Flow bindings were great for just cruising around the mountain. Just step in, lock, and ride. However I've fallen out of a binding or two upon eating shit. Also there wasn't much feel from the binding, since I just started hitting jumps and boxes.

For regular cruising I'd definitely ride Flows, but not for park.

My 2 cents.
09-29-2008 09:10 AM
killclimbz Putting them on in steep terrain isn't hard at all. You just have to stand facing uphill, or slide into them (insert joke here) on you knees. Turns out to be surprisingly easy once you get used to it.
09-29-2008 08:18 AM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
I have never ridden Flows, but it seems like one of those things people either love or hate; there seems to be no in between. Riding with friends who have them, the one drawback that I observe is getting into them when you are off piste on steep terrain; the highback does not want to stay folded down far enough to get your boot in. They seem really good for well groomed areas where it is relatively flat. On the older Flows, I can see where a leash might have been handy since there cases of them popping open. I think they have long since fixed any issues like that though.
But I contradict!
I'm inbetween!
Anyways, I'm going into my 2nd season of boarding, and bought FLOWs (Amp 9s) last year (1st season).

As Snowolf pointed out, they are a bit of a pain in steeper areas, and also aren't the best on powdery areas. You actually have to somehow flatten out a section before you can stand up to get in, otherwise you sink entirely on a diagonal.Putting them on while sitting down is a no-no. In deep, I think you'd be able to kick your foot down into them while on your knees looking up the slope.
I'm going to be heading out west this year and can let you know what it's like in real powder, but until then...
Dialing them in isn't a huge problem, and they are fairly comfortable (no pressure points). To be honest, I did it at home last year with my boots on, and then didn't change the setup for pretty much the entire season. Time wise.. not a huge save in my experience, cause if you get some ice build up over the plate, you're still gonna be kicking your foot into the binding at least a coupla times.
I think the hate is because older Flows were...well...kinda crappy, or at least looked/felt that way.
I don't believe my Amp9s are anything special, but their NTX lineup looks very promising.

With regards to their back opening up... not so much on the new ones. They actually clip shut, unlike the older ones that only used the tension of your foot or something like that.

For what it's worth, I am considering strap ins as my next binding, but I think I can get at least 2 more seasons out of these comfortably. Then we'll see. If I can try their NTX line, I may stick with Flows in the future.
09-28-2008 01:48 PM
Flow Products!

I've owned 2 pairs of Flow bindings, both freeride style..never had a problem with them.
Still use one pair for snowkiting, just for ease of getting into..went back to Salomon Relay strap bindings with Fusion boots last year and will never go back..So much lighter than the Flows.
If you ride 10 times or less a year, the Flow bindings will work fine. They take some time to get used to dialing them in but once used to it you'll find them enjoyable.
09-28-2008 01:54 AM
FORUMRIDER12321 Nothing is dumb about it i dont where one anymore either but idk how you coulnt where a leash with those bindings i just couldn't trust them
09-28-2008 01:49 AM
nzboardlife both of you calm down we can all have our own opinions... and whats dumb about not wearing a leash?
09-28-2008 01:45 AM
FORUMRIDER12321 hmm since u currently want to start a fight over the interent by insulting my sticker job on my snowboard. I contributed to the forum by giving my opinion you wasted time and space by making an asshat out of yours self

09-28-2008 01:11 AM
BurtonAvenger ^ Inhale penis like your sticker job?
09-28-2008 12:03 AM
FORUMRIDER12321 well in my opinion Flows SUCKKKKK i watched my Friend whos dumbass didnt have a leash get ejected out of his when he did a heel side turn and watched his Custom X shoot off into the trees and powder after a wasted hour we finnally found the board so dont buy flows they inhale penis
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