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  Quote south_side_pow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Flow binding
    Posted: Nov/07/2006 at 9:33pm
Anybody heard of Flows highback 'popping out' and your foot flying out like a  Hosoi Benihana Air?
Yeah they won the Team challenge, but will your boots stay in?
I know there's some haters out there.
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  Quote zagfan5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/07/2006 at 9:39pm
personally i wouldnt trust em

i go with the conventional strap ins myself
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  Quote cantbeyou Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2006 at 6:16am
i had the mk11's from year (i think) and i just didnt like them. my boot was too big for the bindings and i just never got a good secure fit. plus, the ratchet part kept coming loose so i would have to stop several times to tighten them, and they are a lot more time consuming to tighten than regular strap ins. in the long run, i maybe saved about 15 seconds after getting off the lift, so it wasnt that much easier than strap ins. it is a lot easier to strap in on the lift though , that was the only thing i really like about them
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  Quote cantbeyou Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2006 at 6:18am
the highback did pop out on my once, and that was just because i did not have it clicked into place and the angle was not great enough. if you have it clicked in properly, i doubt that it would do that unless you are doing some rough riding
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  Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2006 at 11:10am
I bought Amp 5's for this year, so hopefully this doesn't happen to me.  Anybody else have any experience with this or know of this happening?
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  Quote Fearme Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2006 at 11:49am
I just got my NXT AT's. I've used flows in the past and came back to them this year. With the old ones having the locking hinge pop off was a slight problem. The old MK series being the most problematic. But with the new design ( This years people so none of you people using gear thats ancient need respond) its virtually impossible to pop it. The big thing with flow is fine tuning them to your needs, because once they're set you are golden for sure.
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  Quote anthony Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/10/2006 at 5:19am
one of my friend's had them and hated them.
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  Quote cantbeyou Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/10/2006 at 6:23am
^^^ true, some may like them, but they are not for me. its a great idea, but they just dont work as well as i hoped they would
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  Quote brimimu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2006 at 3:06am
I used Flow AMP 05 FR's for two years.  The highbacks never opened on their own.  My only con about the Flow's is that I found them difficult to get into when on a slope.. even a slight slope.  Since the Flow's are designed to be put on while standing, the ground for me had to be pretty level or else when getting into the Flow's I would slide downhill while trying to engage the Highback.  Getting out of the Flow's was a breeze.  Also the stationary one piece over the top of the foot was comfortable.  I now use a traditional strap binding and so far I love it.  I like that i can sit down anywhere and easily strap in without sliding all over the place. 
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  Quote hoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2006 at 1:21pm
i have never heard of Flows opening on their own if used properly.

with that said, they are heavy. and honestly it is just as fast for me to use my standard bindings.
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  Quote south_side_pow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2006 at 7:58pm
Last Saturday at the Wood's opener, I tried them out. I had the opposite happen. I could snap 'em on while rollin down the hill. But takin em off was bad. I had to completely stop cuz my heel kept catching on the bottom of the highback when it was down. Maybe I need size XL instead of Large.

Once they were on, it was on lock.
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  Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2006 at 8:04pm
Ya I'm really liking my Flows.  I don't mind if they are heavy since I am not advanced enough to hit jumps or jibs, so it doesn't bother me.  And once you get used to balancing while standing up and locking the highback in place, they are even easier to deal with.  They are definately great for keeping your ass out of the snow.
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  Quote xanders_way Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2006 at 9:29pm
I rode Flows once... when I started out. My local shop only rented Flows or stepins. The Flows were nice for getting in, espiecialy cause I went with my bro who skis and he didn't want to wait. So i rode on crappy Flows, for a season and a half. Then one day, mid of my second season I was riding at kirkwood on the backside. I was carving a turn down a steep (for me) black, when my back bindings highback popped open. My foot came out and I caught my toeside edge. I flipped right on my face, broke my goggles and gave myself a minor concussion (and I was wearing a helmet) ! Then I sort of somersaulted down the rest of the hill. ( I was blacked out, but someone who saw it from the lift told me ) When I opened my eyes I was flat on my back at the bottom of the hill. My helmet and goggles were off and I had a massive headache. I tried to stand up, and thats when I found out I had broken the ankle still strapped to the board! I couldn't snowboard for the rest of the season!

and this is I will NEVER EVER ride Flows again

( I posted this origanally on the BMB but I thought i'd post it here again.)
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            WTF?!

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  Quote Andrew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2006 at 7:07am
Wow Xander, that is a true horror story.  2 things come to mind.  First of which is that maybe the rentals you got had been used to much so the locking mechanism was worn down.  I could see that happening with rental equipment, or with tons of people using them that don't treat them well.  Also, you mighta gotten some snow or ice on the back of the highback where it snaps in place.  With mine, it is a lot easier to unsnap if there is a little snow/ice buildup back there, so I always make a point of cleaning it out real well. 
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I like them, there super comfortable and never had an issue with them unlocking.
Yes they are slightly heavier but when you get into any of the higher end really  durable bindings they are all going to be heavier.
This years I think they cut back on alot of the weight to, not positive on that though.

I think Flows pop out just like a normal binding can pop out of its strap I have had more bindings loose a strap, granted two have to come undone for your foot to come out, but I have had a strap come loose on a normal strap in binding
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  Quote lime451 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2006 at 6:53pm
I have a pair of Flow Amp 9's and they never popped out while in use. I thought they were okay, but I like my capstrap action better. I had difficulty setting them exactly how I wanted them to be. They were also a bit heavy compared to other bindings. Getting into them was a breeze, though. I'm considering keeping them around for days where I just want to do some mellow cruising.

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  Quote kimchijajonshim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/09/2006 at 7:51pm
I have some Flow Pro FS's from last year... thinking of craigslisting them and picking up something stiffer.  They're convenient, but sometimes it feels like my back binding is going to pop right out.  Not sure if it's because it's loosened or what.  Not fun.  However, for the most part they serve me well.  I'd definitely recommend them for casual boarders.
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