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    Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 4:25pm
I'm a big fan of flows. Love the fold down high back. with that said, i'm really interested in the K2 cinch. Anyone with experience with both and if so, what's your opinion?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 9:53pm
Both are functional.  Both require time to fit and adjust to the user.  I currently have the Cinch on my board.  One thing I noticed was the toe cap can be a little loose if your boot is on the smaller side of the binding size.  My bindings are always size Small and my boot is a 4.  My boot's toe box is slightly too thin in height for the tightest setting of the binding's toecap.

Flows are great, but I ultimately went with the Cinch based on weight, feel and appearance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 10:17pm
I had Flow Flite 2s on my last board and I really enjoyed them, when I had the settings perfect, but the one thing I didn't like about them was that my boots never really seemed secure as there was slight slippage and it killed my feet. The other problem is you have to kick your foot in and it's sometimes a pain to get in right. With that being said the K2 cinch seems to have those problems fixed so I'd go with them. Don't know if it is possible, but I would get a cap-strap for them too if they make them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 10:43pm
I've FLOW Quattro and the M9 bindings.

Quattro: Light, All Mt, Easy to fit in, no issues with boot fit or slip, very well secured.

M9: A lil heavier due to the better base plate and material (more exp indeed), fit is even better than Quattro in the sense that i've got more support - the strap secure the boot really well.

Conclusion: It takes a while to know exactly how much 'tightness' is suitable for u on this. Need to get use to 'kicking' the boot into the binding when the strap is DRY or been tuned too 'tight'.

Haven't tried K2 Cinch though.

Hope that helps.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 10:55pm
I use Flow Fives and found it did take a while to get used to them and have them set up right, annoying part is having to reset them each time i transport them in my board bag.

However, once set up and you are used to getting into them, they are great and I found the support and hold to be just as good a traditional bindings.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/04/2010 at 11:02pm
I have tried both Flow Fives and K2 Cinch CTC.
I think the Cinch are better as they seem a little easier to get in and out of and can also be used like a regular binding. I also found the clamp mechanism and overall build quality better on the cinch.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 4:15am
Dude! How many threads do you need to start on this topic?

http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40199&PID=866664

How about you just go out and read the reviews from the K2 site or from Backcountry.com?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 4:18am
Not to mention the thread I started on this topic even before that:


http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=39621&PID=848164
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 5:48am
Go all out flow they are so much better
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 5:49am
Get the flow 24 real they are very stylish and very flashy
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 5:51am
I love my flow!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 9:32am
I have a pair of flow nxt at and some cinch from 2006-07 wich are kind of heavy side. Aside from having the rear entry the cinch are a normal binding, beware new cinches are better and much confortable.

Nxt at is my favourite because of the level of confort but it's not a fair comparison because i have a very old cinch model ;).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/05/2010 at 8:15pm
I have Flow NXT-AT and Cinch CTX. I much prefer the Flow, though it's more finicky to get set to your boots it's easier to get into when you're using it because the highbacks on the K2 are much harder to unlatch and you have to position your foot in the right spot before you close it. The Flow back, at least on the NXT, works much smoother and just put your foot in till it stops, latch and go. I've even done it on the lift. Even if you use the Cinch as a regular binding and open the straps, the buckles do not work smoothly. The Cinch is a better idea, if only the parts worked better.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/06/2010 at 1:51am
Flows take a bit to get used to and effort to set up, but once you get used to them you will really see the benefits over normal style bindings. Some people like the toe cap style and if that is the case then probably not for you
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