I ride fastec
I have last years version of the fastec binding from gnu and I love them ! Found this post when looking for deals on the new AR Gnu bindings to go with a board I just purchased. Great posts from teenies who have never seen them much used them and toe the line for the two strap bindings. I have been riding 25 years and can afford whatever equipment I want, ridden almost everything out there including all the true step-in bindings of the 90's.
I have 3 sets of Flow and 1 set of the K2 Cinch bindings I will never use again. The K2's are heavy with the extra parts and with a year of riding the pivots loosened and made quite a bit of groaning while making turns.
Flows are flows, they break, the single strap needs to be broken in and soft to be comfortable, as soon as the straps get adjusted perfect the board screws loosen and you have to open them to tighten !
The Gnu's are very comfortable, very quick to get in and out of and while they have more parts than two strap bindings, they are not much heavier. Holding them in hand at shop you can't tell any difference in weight at all between the AR or Agro and the other brands high end bindings.
The two step open the highback and ankle strap auto opens works great, in easy and out easy. You can also open that ankle strap that auto opens with the highback to give the foot a rest while waiting in the lift line.
I ride in Wisconsin and our awesome 50 second runs ensure I am in and out of the binding MANY times a day, can't beat the rear entry or backdoor type bindings.
The riders who do nothing but park and ride nothing but the ropetows all day could care less about in and out don't need these.
So if you hate sitting and putting on your straps or want to get in and out fast then without loosing the performance of the two strap binding then the Gnu's are perfect.
If you think riding what Danny Kass rides will make you Danny Kass then do that....