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|02-24-2014 03:19 PM|
The story of flows is a long one.
They have a lot of appeal in the beginner market, and to people who aren't afraid of gimmicks. Just like step-ins of yesteryear, they offer convenience, and "easy of entry" and blah blah blah blah.
Flow has come a long way. There are good riders on them. Their pro riders used to not even rider their product, now a couple of them do. A few still can be caught lurking in traditional strap bindings.
Overall, the nature of the issue is simple: They're bindings you slip your feet into. They have to be loose enough be design to let you foot slip in, which of course doesn't result in a tight fit. To fix this, Flow started offering ratchet strips on their bindings, but at that point you've just got strap bindings really.
In the end... they're just not a solid performance product. People have good luck in the beginner in intermediate skill levels with them, but as you get even moderately advanced, the gimmick starts holding you back. Sure, there are good riders on flows... but here's a video of a kid on a kmart snowboard.
So there's people who can make K-mart boads and flow bindings work... doesn't mean they're a quality product.
|01-19-2014 03:51 PM|
Yes. I wanted to know which companies were used back then, if possible. They may, or may not be the same manufacturers now...
|01-19-2014 03:35 PM|
|slyder||This is a 5yr old thread. The info back then may be different from now.|
|01-19-2014 02:57 PM|
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
I was curious and hoping you could help. I came across your post re chinese manufacturers and flow bindings. I have been trying to research and find which manufacturer in China dealt with flow? Anyone know??
|10-20-2008 06:30 AM|
Mine have killed my boots. Pulling the plate up and down grabs the back of my boots and has slowly started ripping the tread off my boot. This is using the largest flows you can get...
They are a bit of a pain to tweak on the slope..
Mine have never broken.. But I have only put them through about 30 days.
I also had a nasty spill on a icy steepish run, landed on my back and the right binding bit the snow and it pulled the lever open releasing my boot. Not that handy having a loose board when sliding on your ass.
They are ok, but I wont be getting them again and will using them as a backup now.
|10-19-2008 08:56 PM|
FYI the first year NXT series had some issues because the dipshits in China switched up materials without telling the designers. This caused the ladders and the pods to break. Last season it was completely fixed.
Flows don't change the speed of strapping in at all. I've ridden regular straps and flows you're talking seconds nothing more there. In deep pow they fucking suck to get into thats pretty much a given. The response is completely different than a traditional binding.
|10-19-2008 06:51 PM|
|DaveWWWR||okay so what do you ride? park? pow? and how heavy are you? they can't stand up to a rider who is 150 pounds plus gear and park. flow bindings suck balls, except for their boards. the flow quantum is the shit for going big and pipe.|
|10-19-2008 06:49 PM|
|SFshredder||My friend bought flows last season. He went up for a week and his base plate snapped on him. He told me he's never getting flows again. I personally tried them, and I wasn't a big fan at all. I like the traditional strap in bindings more.|
|10-19-2008 03:43 PM|
Thanks for the replies.
After lots of research I've come to the conclusion that people love their Flows, but hate that they break all the time. This is definitely a common complaint. According to the majority of Flow users, the craftsmanship and durability of the bindings is lacking.
Seems to me that the convenience of saving 20 seconds at the top of the hill is not worth giving up the piece of mind of knowing your bindings will hold up to the bottom of the hill.
|10-19-2008 12:31 PM|
|malloy0001||i tried them and they are easy to get into but I just prefer standard strap bindings.|
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