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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-18-2012, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Your a Flow binding expert when....

I got out today with both my kids. Dr released oldest to ride in his new cast, so we took one of our planned trips to a bigger hill 1 1/2 hours away. Who knows how long the snow will last so we decided to hit it up.

I was coming off the lift and kicking in, when I saw a fellow Flow binding rider, sitting in the snow putting on his bindings. I asked, kindly & jokingly, why you sitting to put on flows??? He replied that is the only way he can get his foot in. I'm like "that's not right". He told me this was his 2nd time out and was having trouble getting into the bindings and something else about an instructor telling him to sit to put them on

I asked if he would mind if I helped him as I have set-up several pairs many times. He said "please... that would be great" He didn't know how the ratchets worked and he had the I-strap way to tight. I got him all fixed up right there on the hill and he was able to kick in and go.

Thanking me, and me saying have a safe day riding, we rode our separate ways. Felt good to help a fellow rider enjoy his equipment and time on the hill. Not that it matters, but he was a rider about my age and new to the sport.

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Flows are just horrible for first timers. Hold on! put the torches and pitchforks down; I am not ragging on flows here, just talking about one application where they are not ideal....
Y'know, I love my NXT-AT's but I'd be the last person to try to claim they're perfect. There are times and places when they aren't the best binding to have. Let's face it, if one binding (or board or boot) design was that much better, it would dominate the market until everyone started copying it.


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I got out today with both my kids. Dr released oldest to ride in his new cast, so we took one of our planned trips to a bigger hill 1 1/2 hours away. Who knows how long the snow will last so we decided to hit it up.

I was coming off the lift and kicking in, when I saw a fellow Flow binding rider, sitting in the snow putting on his bindings. I asked, kindly & jokingly, why you sitting to put on flows??? He replied that is the only way he can get his foot in. I'm like "that's not right". He told me this was his 2nd time out and was having trouble getting into the bindings and something else about an instructor telling him to sit to put them on

I asked if he would mind if I helped him as I have set-up several pairs many times. He said "please... that would be great" He didn't know how the ratchets worked and he had the I-strap way to tight. I got him all fixed up right there on the hill and he was able to kick in and go.

Thanking me, and me saying have a safe day riding, we rode our separate ways. Felt good to help a fellow rider enjoy his equipment and time on the hill. Not that it matters, but he was a rider about my age and new to the sport.
I've worn flows since I learned how to ride 3 years ago and I take the 2-3 seconds it takes to stop on my knees and put my back foot in....I used to do the put your foot in while you're still moving thing but I found that my bindings aren't tight enough for my liking when I have them loose enough to do this

...hopefully N.A.S.T.Y. next year solves that though

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Every instructor I work with feels the same way. Until a rider has learned balance to be able to strap in standing up, flows are real pain in the ass. Nothing worse than trying to "click in" while seated..... I just dread it when I see a first timer with the board "a friend loaned them" with flows on it.
just tell them to drop on their knees instead of sitting on their butts...makes it infinitely easier

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Y'know, I love my NXT-AT's but I'd be the last person to try to claim they're perfect. There are times and places when they aren't the best binding to have. Let's face it, if one binding (or board or boot) design was that much better, it would dominate the market until everyone started copying it.
I love mine too, they're the most comfortable and the best if I'm riding all day. I keep mine snug, gotta kick to boot into them a bit, but my ride ex's hold my boot a little more solid and feel better on a stiffer board. I can ride one footed and get into either binding standing up, the easy entry part of flow makes no difference to me, I just love how comfortable they are and they feel perfect on a softer park board.
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Never rode flows yet but I would just go to the nearest bench, no?
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i love my flow 5 and i know its not the high end one but,after having mine set(ladders marked with paint stick)strapping in and out and so much easy and feels so comfortable riding all day.my union force has been sitting down the basement since i switched the funny thing i do intentionally is when i get off the chairlift and i skate by some boarders(newbies,or middle age people)while they strap down their binding,i just put my back foot in then lock it then go BUT.. i do a quick turn to look at them and they are pointing at my bindings and saying" we should get those ones" i know its cheezy but its funny.
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Never rode flows yet but I would just go to the nearest bench, no?
sitting on a bench actually makes it harder

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i love my flow 5 and i know its not the high end one but,after having mine set(ladders marked with paint stick)strapping in and out and so much easy and feels so comfortable riding all day.my union force has been sitting down the basement since i switched the funny thing i do intentionally is when i get off the chairlift and i skate by some boarders(newbies,or middle age people)while they strap down their binding,i just put my back foot in then lock it then go BUT.. i do a quick turn to look at them and they are pointing at my bindings and saying" we should get those ones" i know its cheezy but its funny.
When conditions are right, I can kick in and close without stopping at all. On a couple of occasions as I've glided past the sitters I've heard them say something, couldn't quite make it out. Casserole? Passle? Brass Pole?


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the funny thing i do intentionally is when i get off the chairlift and i skate by some boarders(newbies,or middle age people)while they strap down their binding,i just put my back foot in then lock it then go BUT.. i do a quick turn to look at them and they are pointing at my bindings and saying" we should get those ones" i know its cheezy but its funny.
I do this too

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