Rated5out of5byAll mountain boarderfromSuperior bindingI purchased this binding at the beginning of this snow season (2012) as a follow up to my Flow The five binding I bought back in 2006. I have always been satisfied with the construction of Flow bindings but this one blew my mind. The full aluminum setup (with nylon & urethane additions) made this a very delightful lightweight binding. Having their hybrid PowerCapStrap allowed for the pressure distribution I was used to while adding some perks such as the toe strap which is new to Flow starting this year on the SE models. The toe strap (similar the Ride toe straps but better) allowed for my heel to be perfectly placed without having to tighten the top strap too tight along the toes. The N.A.S.T.Y (New Active Strap Technology) straps made it really easy for entry and exit of my boot without the need for "fancy" pieces that could fail later into the bindings life. The base of the bindings is nice with the new 2.5 degree canted footbed and rockered shape eliminated deadzones on the board while allowing the placement of the boots to add more pop to the board. The OC-Kush made for additional dampening of annoying chatter and comfort of a full EVA bankbed. As with all Flow bindings their Power Triangle provided by the cables connected to the highback and attaching further into the baseplate allowed for excellent energy transfer while going toe to heel side and vice versa. Overall I am very pleased with this binding having taken it out a few days. The only complaint that I have noticed is they are not the fastest bindings to put back on because of the toe strap. Not saying they are slow to get back on by any means, the toe strap just has allowance to move around when not secured onto the boot. This makes it so that occasionally you have to lift the toestrap back up to secure your boot. Other than that I would recommend this binding over the similar rear entry bindings provided by Gnu and K2 any day.
Date published: 2012-12-02
Rated3out of5byOverdonefromAlmost ThereI never got on mountain with these bindings so this is by no means a complete review. I did spend a lot of time trying to get a good fit and playing with them on my board inside.
Much of that time was spent adjusting the binding to get them to move well with the boot. In the end I wasn't successful. I even resorted to going through the directions which didn't take long. They were just a couple of illustrations and a recommendation to go to their website for fit tips and tricks. The site was no help. Maybe down the road it will be but there is nothing there for the early adopter.
These were installed on a 2009 Lib Tech TRS board. The bindings were a large and the boot was a men's wide size 8 Salomon. The boots are big for an 8. They would not fit in a medium Flow and were snug in this base plate.
I was surprised right away by how much different the board felt compared to the older Ride SPI's that had been on it. There was more flex and more pop (again in the living room only...). I LOVED the rockered base plate and canted foot beds. Presses and ollies felt awesome. The toe strap fit my boot great and I could get it to hold the front of the boot very well. The problem was with the ankle strap and the heel lift I couldn't eliminate.
For me the heel strap road too much over the top of my foot to keep the heel of the boot down. I prefer the strap to go more around the ankle. To get the heel to stay down I had to make the strap so tight it was painful. I wanted to cut the "Z" part of the strap that went between the toe and ankle straps but that wasn't the problem. Even with the "Z" disconnected the ankle strap still went across the top of the foot. It didn't distribute the pressure well for me and wouldn't keep my heel down. As an all mountain rider interested more in toe heel response this wasn't going to work. Maybe if I had tried the AT's with Flows original power strap design first?
This setup really had a very different feel than any setup I have used. I think a park and freestyle rider might go for it more than someone hitting the whole mountain or doing freeride.
There is a lot going on with this setup and this review could easily be much longer. I know it will generate more questions for riders considering them, hopefully it will answer a few too. For now I am going to go back to my Ride's but probably not for long, not after having these on my board. I was definitely taken by the new tech in these (and other companies) newer bindings. I think they are all onto something with the minimalist base plates and I like the canted foot beds.
I will wait to hear what others say after the snow flies.
Date published: 2012-10-27
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