A buddy of mine rides the older Flows and they are noticably easier to open than my newer ones. I think that was a common complaint with the older ones, that they would pop open from time to time. The lever on the back of my NXT's defintiley snap tight when locked. Again, I think is has to do with the quality of the cheaper Flows and that the mechanics on the upper end Flows are a little better and smoother.
i can get my brand new ones in and out no problem 1 finger easily, and i have the highback forward more..
I agree that there is a definite learning curve to setting up and getting in and out of the Flow bindings. Getting back into them on a hill in powder is a bit of a challenge but doable. I've had the NXT-AT for the couple of years on my all-mountain board and the only problem I have had is the recall they had on the plastic pods. It would be nice to have a ratchet that you could adjust on the fly but I guess Flow probrably feels that this would make them too close to a strap-in binding. Just my 2 cents.
what year are your flows that had the recall? im about to buy some 08 nxt at online here and i wanna make sure they are not included in that recall your talking about.
This is not specific to "The Five" bindings, more to flows in general. I have a pair of Flow Pro 11 that I rode for 2-3 seasons. I think they were 05 models.
You can get into them fast once you got over the learning curve
They stay tight. You don't have to worry about them getting loose during a run like some bindings
I thought the response felt good for freeriding. I can't comment on freestyle.
I think they are actually harder to get out of when it is time to get into the lift line. I found it difficult to get your back foot out without going to your knees. You have to hold the highback down and try to yank your foot out...without turning the board in the process. It can be done...but it is a little tricky.
I didn't find them comfortable. They advertise "no pressure points" but I found them to hurt worse than traditional bindings, especially riding the lift. The joint where the top of my foot meets my ankle would scream by the end of the day. Note this could just be that I didn't have the proper boots for flows.
I personaly havnt' had any problems with these - in fact, i definetely prefer them over my 08 simms carbon links, which fell apart on me. I find getting in and out faster, especially considering you almost never have to sit down to do it. On the other hand, you can't sit down to do it. You have to be on your knees, which can be quite the bummer. I'd give these a 5/10 i think.
my brother had last years flows and the idea is great but needs alota work.. there heavy and somewhat unreliable because my brothers foot pooped out a couple times and im pretty sure he was locked in tight. unless they improved a good amount i dont think these are worth it...