I've never really been a fan of the traditional bindings. With that said, these bindings provide many advantages over traditional bindings.
First, these bindings are super fast to snap into. Right after getting off the lift, you can slide your foot into the back, pull the latch up, and be on the way.
Second, the bindings are super comfortable. Unlike traditional bindings which use two straps, the flow fives takes pressure off of the ankle and toes, distributing it along the entire boot.
Lastly, they're stable. Once dialed in, these bindings provide a stable stance which allows for plenty of control.
However, it takes a couple of runs down the mountain to get dialed in. For the first few runs, you'll be constantly adjusting the bindings. But after you're dialed in, they're simply awesome.
This helmet is definitely one of the best I've worn. It's super light, yet provides adequate protection. It looks sporty, as to not be so plain. Most importantly (besides the o so important protection), the helmet is comfortable. Even during those cold days, when you strap a mask to your face, it remains comfortable.
Make sure to try these boots on before you buy them. After 3 days on the hill, they've begun to break in. Unfortunately, my heel as of late has been popping in and out, causing my calves and quads to burn. Also, the boot also has a pressure point on the ankle.
Tighten the boot too much and your ankle starts hurting. Loosen it a bit and your heel pops out.
Overall, the boot needs to be broken into thoroughly. I can't say for sure, but right now, the boot does it's job. It's just not the most comfortable thing you're going to wear.
This is my first snowboard. After renting for many years, this board is a great transition. It can handle the highs, lows, groomed, ungroomed, and park. If you're looking to own your own board, yet are not stuck to a specific style of riding, this board is for you.
If you're looking to hit the mountain, you won't be stuck to one style. Just be sure to not take it into the powder.