Bayerischen Motoren Werke? More like Bitchin' Mountain Weapon: the BMW-designed Flow M9 Binding.
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Easy to use, comfy
These are pretty nice bindings, even if they feel "loose" compared to regular strap bindings. They go on easy once you have them set up correctly (which is a bit of a pain to do , but again, once it's done, then they're awesome!). like anything, they have their advantages and disadvantages, but I like them quite a bit and will most likely stick with them when i need to replace my current flows!
Not as great as They should Be...
Brought these bindings to replace my old Flows which were pretty good. Just a few small flaws which i expected to be fixed with these.
Unfortunately these bindings are kinda average. They are real lose and poor fitting. The ratchet on the upper of the binding is really weak and doesn't work as well as it should. I'm switching back to my old, less pretty but more functional bindings.
Not the most happy with these
They feel loose to me. I've had to play around with the angle of the bindings on my board due to way my foot fits inside them. It feels like a lot more side to side movement than with other bindings. I would occasionally find that my foot would go in a bit cock eyed and the inside of my foot would be lower than the outside. A little ramp of ice and snow would build up. Manageable, but not my favorite bindings by any means.
nice feel, cheaply made
i upgraded from the oldest pair of Burton freestyle bindings you have ever seen. so any change might have been awesome, but i loved the way these bindings feel. the did not put any pressure points on your feet like conventional bindings do. the also freed up a lot of room to maneuver for tricks and just everyday edging. the only complaint i had is i boarded for only 4 days and the chrome on the clips was peeling of. i do not consider myself a hard rider being i have only boarded 9 total days over the pst 3 years. they just seemed to be a little cheaply made for the price you pay for them. also one of the ratchets would pop up a lot. besides this i give these bindings a great rating for comfort, ease of use, and style.
forgot to mention...
have minor problem with heel pad falling off... this seller stands behind the products enabling me to enjoy the snow and have problem rectified later... good service, nice people, quite happy to have purchased from this company... it's good to know that there are companies that care for their customers
like the bindings... good adjustment, easy to get in and out of... happy with product
Order Em Big
I wear a size 11 boot and thought a large M11 binding would work. It didn't. I would suggest going a size larger than you would otherwise. I have strapped into Flow's for 5 years and still love em. Just go bigger.
let it flow!
thanks again to the live chat tech who suggested these bindings for an old (42) man who wanted easy on/off for his new board.
these things rock! here's the skinny:
to maximize the rear entry deal, you have to be able to set the back foot binding loose enough to slide your boot in or out of it while on the go. so this means a much looser setting than one would ordinarily have. depending on the kind of riding you do, this may not give you enough control, but for me - a free ridin', no tricks type - it works surprisingly well. the adjustable heel gives fabulous support and one can compensate for the looser fit over the front of the boot with a bit more angle forward on the adjustable heel. is that confusing? sorry.
you can get the back foot into the binding on the lift so you can just ride off on top! how awesome is that?
to do it, slide to the far side of the chairlift (I ride goofy, so it is the left side of the bench), reach down and grab the heel of the binding, slide your boot in, and slap the thing shut. totally easy. just don't fall off...
M11 bindings = Money
The Flow line of binding far exceed what I had expected. They fit to the boot with a custom fit, avoiding pinching certain parts of your foot. Seem to create a better connection between the rider and board...they just feel way nicer. Built solid too, I destroy bindings and these are holding up fine. Kick your boot in, fold up the hiback, and your good to go...no cold cheeks !
I will never buy another kind of binding again!!!
These Flow m11 bindings are so sick!!! I have never used flow bindings before but I can assure you I will never go back to a two strap design again. Easy to use and responsive as hell.