Looking for a fully spec'd binding that will keep up with your learning curve? Get five on it—the Five Binding from Flow.
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I only rode them 2 times last year but they were pretty good i had burton cartells and i didnt like em they take some getting used to my only complaint is that i paid about $200 for them and now there on here for $120 if they hold up then i wont mind spending the extra $ but if not i will be pissed off
These bindings are terrible they come loose all the time, and they have so many pressure points that my feet are dead after im done riding
i like em
ive read tons of bad reviews on these bindings but i have them and i love em....id recommend them
flows recked my flow!
i bought a set of flow 5 last year. they are JUNK! each time i went boardin something broke, either the rachets broke or the high back. i wouldnt recomend flows to anyone. customer service from flow also was a waste of time.
if im a kind of hard rider which all weekend...
if im a kind of hard rider which all weekend every will they stand up
Dont do it!
Hey guys.. Well, I bought a new pair of the old '5' binding at the start of this season .. After a month of trying to get them adjusted right, the screw holding the highback up snapped at the top of the hill.. 4000ft of vertical with no heel support is great fun! After 6 emails to Flow, with zero replies, it took 2 phone calls to a pissed off Quebecois call centre to get the WRONG PART shipped to me.. 3 months later, After a drive cross country to Vancouver to the original boardstore I got em from they kindly replaced them with this years 'The 5'.. Damn.. wish they hadn't. 2 weeks of riding, and one clip has snapped already.. with a week left of the season, I reckon I'll wait till I go to Vancouver again & swap em out while they're still under warranty.. Flow - Cheap plastic, a good idea, but poor design.. they need to pick up their game.
Don't do it
I'm rather new to the sport which means i don't ride all too hard, and with that said, these bindings are barely holding together after one season. The straps are extremely thin and all the plastic parts,buckles and others, are chipping away. My friend got the same pair but in white and half way through the season three straps snapped. I wouldn't recommend these at all. Even though the quick on and off is a bonus, these are cheap plastic and can't hold up throughout the season, especially if you're a decent rider.
Great binding for the $$
I picked up a pair of Fives earlier this year and I LOVE THEM. So comfortable and responsive, the quick in and out is a plus too. Flow offers a lot of bindings, and this one seemed right for me. This baseplate is a bit softer flexing, which a lot of freestyle guys like. The big thing with Flow is the setup, and since I took the couple minutes to do it right, it has payed off. I was surprised at the other reviews of this binding, but I think they both bought the wrong binding in the line, or they should have adjusted them right.
i bought a pair of flow bindings on sale.. thought i would try them out... waste of about 150 bucks... for the money you can get aluminum base plates on other product lines... but the flows are made out of cheap plastic.... after just riding them twice the cushion on the bottom of the binding was pulled out by slipping my foot in and out... the rivet pins that hold the strap of the binding in broke on my front foot going down the mountain....bottom line i wasted my money and was really embarrassed...
Convenient but unsafe
I previously owned a pair of Flow MK3 bindings which were convenient but had two main problems. Firstly the large rivet holding the hiback latch in place broke, fortunately when I was doing up the binding. I later found out that the bindings wree the subject of a product recall in the US for ythis reason. Secondly the latch for locking the hiback in place often iced up making it impossible to do up the bindings. The "The 5" binding appeared to fix this problem so I bought a pair. However they are even more poorly designed:
1. The tension needed to close / open the latch on the hiback is so high that it is impossibly difficult to open the hiback with your boot in it.
2. The cable holding the highback in place rubs on the side of the hiback itself. Over a long weekend of boarding, the plastic covering the cable has worn away, and some of the multicore sttel inner cables have snapped. Not exactly safe 3. The base plate is a newer design. I think this means that you dont need new mountings for Burton boards. Unfortunately it also means that with a four hole board you can adjust the binding along or across the board, but not both... I will not be buying Flow products again, and willl shortly be buying a pair of K2's "Cinch" step ins...