|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Burton Channel Compatible||No|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
Flow NX2-AT 2014 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Flow NX2-AT is more of their all mountain binding. Until 2013 the NXT-AT’s design hasn’t changed much over the years until it’s been re-designed as a Flow NXT2-AT. The old binding was missing all of the modern tech and the new NXT2-AT has a lot of it. Despite these upgrades neither Peter or I were into the binding or curious about spending more time on this binding either. Here is the review after a few runs on it. The 2013 and 2014 Flow NX2-AT are pretty much the same bindings so this review stands for both years.
Despite our first impression I took this binding out a second time to see if our opinions were really off but instead it solidified my opinion. Our biggest issue is you need a little space to get in and out of the bindings quickly but that space makes the bindings feel loose, unresponsive and they gave me an unsafe feeling. Some riders will get use to this feel but other riders, like Peter and I, won’t like this at all and will be forced to crank down the straps to give a tight secure fit. Having to follow up and crank down the straps after the quick straps takes all the speed out of these bindings. Even after working down the uni piece strap around my boot like a traditional strap I didn’t feel the support I got with traditional ankle strap systems. Also it was awkward to put these bindings on standing up.
Flex: Pretty stiff high back. Hard to flex it.
Adjustability: It’s a little more complex than what we are use to but with a little work you can get it dialed.
Comfort: pretty comfortable but I could see how this could cause problems across the roof of your foot over time. because there is a good amount of contact across the roof of your foot.
Heel-Toe Response: For such a stiff boot I thought the response would be better. The first time with the straps a bit loose so I could get my boot in and out it felt pretty unresponsive. After I tightened this down the second day I still didn’t feel like I had the response of most traditional strap bindings. When it was tightened up it felt good when I was expecting a lot more and with it loose so I can get in and out quickly it felt average.
Tip-Tail Response: I didn’t feel like I had a lot of leverage for a butter or press despite the Flow NX2 AT’s reduced contact with the board.
Boot Support: Didn’t feel very supportive even when it was cranked down.
Ratchet System: Noting bad that came to mind.
Shock Absorption: Really excellent shock absorption and the base felt like it could handle a flat landing better than most.
All in all we weren’t that impressed with this binding. We aren’t negative guys and hate writing reviews like this but after our experience we feel you lose a lot of support and performance to get an easy in easy out binding. Also if you want more support you spend almost the same time with these bindings as you would standing up and putting on traditional straps.
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Flow NX2-AT User Reviews
I remeber having exact these Aluminium, black and green flows for one season ! If you like to ride with tight cranked bindings like I do, it´s hard to step in from the backside because then you don´t have enough space .....It´s even harder when there is icy snow on the baseplate . If you like a more loose kind of ride, these are very quick to step in and out .....
But why ride a stiff binding with a good response with your straps set up loose? They ended on ebay
I can't understand reviews who feel Flow are unsupportive and lack response. That's where they excel compared to trad bindings. Also I tend to tighten them to hard. The leverage of pulling the high back up is pretty good and there is no problem kicking in fast on the go and getting the binding tight. However if you have too little forward lean the heal can feel loose.
I have to say, after dialing these in, they are awesome bindings. I am a flow convert, as is my brother, who just converted this year after riding for 15 years. We ride on the east coast, and with the trails being shorter we are up and down the mountain a lot, getting off the lift a lot of times per day. We have found these bindings to be great and saving time and energy. We both just get off the lift and click in while moving, and are on our way. We have had no complaints with pressure points, responsiveness, or loss of control. Overall, I'm very satisfied, and actually can't imagine going back to standard bindings.
Flow NX2-AT - 2012/2013
I've had two pair of flow bindings and I'm finally giving up. Don't get me wrong... They have a great concept and the construction of the bindings is top notch. In the 6 years I've ridden flows, I've had one strap break on a really cold day. The problem is really two fold.
First, the single (power) strap creates uneven pressure points across the tops of my feet. I really like a responsive ride and so I cranked them down really tight. This result is the pressure points, which seems to cut off blood flow and causes my feet to tingle uncomfortably.
Second, the rear entry design doesn't save any time. I didn't expect my first set to be too much a time saver, but hoped they would be more convenient. That wasn't the case at all. I was sure they had this resolved with their active strap technology, so I bought the Flow NX2-AT (2012/2013). In the new ones, the power strap does come forward when you drop the highbacks... It just doesn't come forward enough, so you end up having to loosen the binding buckles just like the old ones -- or just like traditional bindings for that matter.
At least with traditional bindings, I won't get the uneven pressure points. So after really giving flows a good long chance, I'll be a traditionalist going forward. Hope this is helpful.
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