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- Ultra-lightweight Airlock Highback features a new tool-less forward lean adjustment and smooth, asymmetrical flex for better heelside control and comfort
- Canted footbed angled to match your natural leg position for more control and less fatigue
- Ultra-thin cored ankle and toe straps provide lightweight, high-performance comfort
- Harshmellow shockpads eliminate chatter for a smooth, quiet ride
- Compatible with three-hole and four-hole patterns for maximum flexibility in your setup
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Good for groomed, level ground. Hard in back country
I ride the 2009 CTX and love the ease of hopping straight onto the hill right off a lift when I'm on groomed runs at Boyne Mt (MI) but the binding was a bit of a problem when riding Blue Sky Basin (Vail, CO) and Breckenridge (CO) back country due to the uneven ground. The straps have a super-grip rubber covering that makes them super difficult to unstrap inbetween runs when the ground isn't level enough to cinch easily. Very comfortable, responsive ride when strapped correctly.
I like them... (I think)... So far so good
It is probably premature to write a review, but here goes anyway. I like the idea in general. The implementation seems solid. I tried them briefly and once in, they felt solid and responsive. They're relatively easy to get into and very easy to get out of. I didn't feel any pressure points, nor notice any lack of support. Unlike some reviews that I read, they didn't feel particularly heavy or clunky.
This review is a bit hesitant because I have to see how they hold over time up with so many moving parts. Again it was a brief trial and I wonder how easy they will be to get into on a powder day. And I forgot to adjust them perfectly for my boots before going on the hill and they are a bit of a pain to adjust properly on the fly.
I strongly recommend taking the time to set them up really well before going out. I assume after the initial setup, you are only left benefitting from the ease of use. I'll let you know if I find that to be inaccurate.
So far so good...
I just got these and tried them for a couple of runs. So far so good. They were quick, easy and responsive. Will write more once I really get to try them.
These vs. Flow NXT AT?
I currently ride...
These vs. Flow NXT AT?
I currently ride with Flow bindings, but need to downsize my boot by 1 size, which means I'm gonna have to swap my bindings because they will now be too big for the boots. I have a friend that digs these, but he's never been Flows before. Anyone out there have experience with both and a preference for any reason? I'll be using these mainly for pow and freeriding. I'm trying to decide between these and the Flow NXT-FSE. Thanks!
K2's all the way. I rode Flows for years and wanted to try something different. The K2 cinches are much more responsive and can be used as regular strap entries when you gotta sit to strap in. The flows are a little easier to put on once you get the cable worn in, but feel wayyyy looser than the cinches. And the release strap on the cinches can be a little tricky to grab with gloves on. I've had mine for a few years now, ride at least 30 days a year and other than looking used, have held up fine. Hope this helps.
K2 without a doubt. I've had K2 Cinch for 3 seasons now and got a second board for this last season for which I bought Flow's to compare. First: getting off lift and strapping in while still sliding is next to impossible with Flow's; the highback hits the ground AND if your foot is not seated EXACTLY thE WAY YOU SET IT, you will not be able to lock in. With K2, the highback clears the ground even when fully unhinged so you can buckle UP while on the slide and the way the binding opens makes it much easier to get your foot in and "cinch" shut. My Flow's will be on craiglist as soon as I take some pics and list them.
good bindings, not light weight
These bindings are not light-weight as the description would suggest. they are very well made and sturdy, allowing for excellent control of your riding but take some time to set up properly. if you are in deep snow, they are a pain to "step" into. for steep/deep riding, there are probably better options out there unless you use them like a regular strap in binding. I used them all last season and was happy with them despite the weight/bulk and the time I had to spend setting them up so that they were easy to step into. bigger boots may have issues with stepping in easily fyi...
How do these compare to flows? ive had the...
How do these compare to flows? ive had the Flows M11 for the past few years and i cant stand them. the top plate moves around, cant get a tight fit and they can be hard as hell to get into not to mention impossible to get into when your half way down a face. i need something that allows me to strap in quick and easy on top of the hill as well as anywhere else on the slope. does the cam allow easy tight fit with rear entry? and how well does it compare to conventional bindings using the ankle strap? appreciate any and all info.