I like the older Flow Bindings like my FL-11's, however all Flows seem to be pretty damn fast getting your boot in the binding and taking off down the hill. Frequently I don't even stop when I get off the lift, just step in, flip up the high back, and thats it; 5 seconds max. It's always fun to ride by all the strap in folks sitting on their butts straping-in.
As far as durability, I've pushed my old FL-11's really hard over four years time and have not had anything break or fall off. The new Flows have a kind of ratchet that allows one to tighten up/adjust the boot cover a little. It looks a little cheap to me, like they might break if cold, icy and cranked on too hard. IMO.
ALSO, I found that some boots won't fit into the Flow bindings, the heel is too wide/fat and the high back won't come up like it should. So be sure to take your boots with you when you try on bindings... I do like my Flow's, over the Ride strap-on's I used to ride, no question.
Agreed Agreed Agreed! I got the NXT-ATs last year. I had all sorts of initial problems....poor fit, difficult to adjust, cranky with my boots....all sorts of yuk.
I have been a clicker guy all the way to then. I banished strap-ins in 2001 and never looked back.
After getting a much-needed new pair of boots (Salomon F-24s which have a smaller footprint), and adjusting the bindings...I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
Agreed, the getting in and out, is way easy. I usually de-lift, step into the binding, reach down and flip-in all on the fly.
The one ratchet did snap while I was riding in Breckenridge. I called the company and they had new ratchets out to me within 2 days (it was my last day riding, so I was willing to wait the two days)
So, while they have their ups and their downs, I love my Flows.