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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 01:33 AM
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Flow Vs. Strap Bindings

Hi All,

Okay so I wanted to buy two bindings (woman and man, both beginners). I like the idea of a flow binding, but am not sure I am advanced enough to benefit fully from them. I'll put it this way, I am experienced enough to know that step in bindings suck! I tried those once and hated them. Other than that I also have difficulty getting in and out of the straps. Are flow in bindings advanced enough and useful for beginners at a decent price (<$150)? If so, anyone have good models in mind? If not, any good straps in mind?

Also, what should I be wary of when I buy bindings and boards separately? What spec should I look at to see if the bindings and board are compatible? Thanks!

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 02:16 AM
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all types of bindings are compatible with all kinds of boards.
personally i dont like flow bindings at all, but some people do. its all a matter of personal prefernce and how you think they feel. there are alot of burton haters out there, but i love their bindings. i have last years customs with with toe cap strap and couldnt be happier.
when looking at bindings be sure to bring your boots and make sure the binding fits well with your boot. look out for pressure points since you will surely find them once you start riding. good luck.
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Flow bindings are absolutely fine. In fact, I believe that some places use a basic Flow setup as beginner rentals.

If straps are not your thing, and you want a quick easy in/out, then I think Flow is the only way to go.

I checked out the Flow website real quick; there are several models that I expect would fit your price range. The Flite 2 (and the ladies Flite 2LS) were the only bindings where beginners were mentioned specifically in the description. These both fell into a low price range.

There may be better models, anyone care to chime in?

More important than the binding fitting your board though is your boots fitting the binding. A good way to ensure this is to just buy Flow boots with your bindings. Don't forget to check and see if there is anywhere you can try them on; nothing worse for your riding than a boot that don't fit.

In the case of boards and bindings, one thing to keep in mind is that Burton has all kinds of wacky hole patterns that would require a conversion plate. Nothing hard to fix but just extra time, you know? Plus Burton isn't as special as some people think.

Another thing to think about, generally if your boots are bigger than 11 you probably need a wider board.

Of course, if you can head to a local shop they will fill you in on all of this anyway.

EDIT: Also, and I know it sucks, do not hesitate to be a big spender when it comes to boots. For all you know you may be really comfortable in the cheapest pair of boots there is, but if for some unfortunate reason the only thing rubbing you right has the highest price tag than you may have no choice but to buy it.

If your feet aren't comfortable then you won't be comfortable and snowboarding won't be comfortable.

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Or you could try the K2 Cinch, my mate has a pair and loves them.
They benefit from the strap binding layout but with a fold down back so you can quickly enter like the flows.

a few places that have them:

K2 Cinch CTL Snowboard Binding 2008 : Snowboard Bindings | evo outlet
Best Prices on K2 Cinch CTL Snowboard Bindings White - Mens Snowboards Binding Snowboarding Gear Equipment
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hi. i can tell you bout my experience with flow in bindings
even though I'm not a pro...
when I was a beginner a friend told me to try them and then I got used
to them and now I've been using them for three years
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...GL._AA280_.jpg
(girly, I know , but it was the only ones they had in store at that time)
I found out that these binding are the best use for beginners and deep snow.
I like powder and I can move more quickly with them then with ordinary bindings,
and I've tried them as well.
can't really say anything about spec you should look for but I can see you've
already got the answer to that one
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I found out that these binding are the best use for deep snow.

Are you sure... what do you have to support that claim
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a contented user of flow yesterday:


Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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the flexibility of the k2 bindings are better then flow in my opinion. They have straps and well the flip up thing in the back. If the back loosens up while on the slope, just tighten the straps and your good to go.
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K2 cinches are just heavy pieces of crap. Seriously pieces of crap with tons of fucking problems.

Flow's been in the game for 10 years now and knows what they're doing. The flite line up though is poop. If you're looking at Flows try to pick up a deal on some NXT's its a solid binding.

The thing with Flows is you have to spend the time to 100% dial it in to your boot, this can take a bit of time. Personally I've used just about every binding combination under the sun. Flows are great if you have a foot problem, can't bend over, don't like straps.

Its just different strokes for different folks.


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It seems that this is definitely a divisive issue and depends on personal preference. Thanks for all your comments, I will mull it over based on your suggestions.

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