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The main feature I appreciated about this product was how it works on all types of OEM crossbars. I installed this on OEM bars on a Honda CR-V in fifteen minutes with an extra pair of hands. Elliptical crossbars... I was happy with the road noise... unnoticeable. The locks are moody. You have to jiggle the key a bunch to manipulate it, but that is nothing new for these types of racks. I fit two 166-167 boards with bindings. I tried to over-under stack them and found I would have to remove the bindings on the lower board. I was a bit peeved my new Nidecker board got some rubs and scratches from where the clamps squeezed on the board. I would recommend if you are OCD about board damage, put a rag across the top to protect your baby. I like how the red latch draws attention to the locks. I hope it is a deterrent. Perhaps crooks will just break a window to get something instead?

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With a size 13 boot you will need to get the widest board out there. Make sure you check the dimensions for the waist. Your toes will probably hang over while carving if your rear binding is set close to zero. The waist measurement is 268mm at its narrowest... so if you are size 13 you may still have overhang problems. Look around for binding lifters... Palmer used to make some a while back. They help people with long feet.

I found the following site helpful setting up my Nidecker Ultralight wide 167. I use a forward stance to make sure my toes and heels don't drag when I carve.

http://snowboardworld.info/snowboarding/Common-Category/Snowboard-Stance-Type-Regular-or-Goofy.html

Waaaay too big. I put my 167 into it and still have plenty of room. This bag is so long it just barely fits longwise in my short Tundra pickup. The three storage compartments are awesome. You can stash boots, helmet, bindings separately... then stack up several boards inside. Its a big quiver. If I was you I would go smaller.

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I was intimidated by those Flow riders when I first started learning. I realized what I had been missing by not getting this style of binding from the beginning. The time you waste fumbling around after you get off the lift... the awkward steering with a loose rear foot... all gone. You just roll off the lifts and GO. After a few practice runs you start to feel like a skier rolling off the lift... and you get your lift ticket's worth of runs real quick. If you get stuck on some flats and have to walk, you don't seethe with frustration because you have take forever to stop and strap back in. I have last year's model. Would really like to find out how to get the canted footbeds on the old model. Anyone?

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I slapped these onto my new Ultralight XL and went up the mountain for some solo time on the mountain. Boy did I feel stupid for buying an all-day pass. I was once one of those boarders who sat on his tush... waddled over to the bench... stumbled and fumbled to strap my bindings on. I meditate on the lift... lead foot strapped in... trailing foot in the binding but loose... I cruise off the lift with my foot in place... turn... squat and lock!!! The poseurs with their Costco setups and backpacks full of beer glare at me in jealousy as I cruise down the mountain... Bye bye! The time you save by using these bindings was enough to make me smile. Knowing I could use them for quick entrances and exits was great... and all of the adjustability was still there. I must have done a whole day's runs in three hours. (Queue divine backlight, toothy grin, and church chorus.)

*Note cable tensioning and highback angle (forward back) are things you should get dialed in at home. These settings are tool sensitive.

Highback angle (left right) does not appear to be adjustable. I didn't even notice a difference.

If you look at the photos and videos on Youtube, you might get the impression there are many joints and moving components in this setup. You might rightfully suspect it had some effect on the support or stiffness of the binding. Using my old Burton Cartel bindings as my only basis for comparison, I believe these offered more stiffness, fewer pressure points, and the toe strap secured perfectly.

Final word: If you enjoy getting the most out of your day, want the flexibility to strap-in old-school while you learn to board... and then have the flexibility to take advantage of the easy in/out feature... you need this binding. It truly bridges the gap between the older technology and the intermediate/advanced rider bindings like offered by Flow.

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I purchased these capstraps because the stock ones on my Cartel bindings were always slopping upward over my toes because I insist on riding a narrow board with big feet (Arbor Crossbow 166 with 11.5 K2 Raider Boots and Cartel bindings). These are much more secure. The addition of a heavily padded insole and these capstraps greatly diminished my first day foot pain this season. This feature should be standard, but having the option to upgrade was a definite improvement.

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