The Flow NX2-GT is new for 2013 and is the flagship of the re-design of their bindings. For the longest time Flow let the binding industry evolve and they stayed the same. Instead of doing a little work each year it seems like Flow took hybernol and just woke up from a 5 winter nap with many new design changes.
The NX2-GT has everything current tech wise. There is a new 2 strap combo with an over the toe strap instead of 1 long strap that goes a long the the top of your foot which is closer to the Gnu Bindings that were cutting into their quick strap market share.
There is also a bevy of cushioning on the base plate this year along with canting and minimal contact with the board (they call it rocker).
The one issue with us still remaining is the quick strap system. Well It’s kind of a 2 part issue. First the ankle strap isn’t that supportive so it doesn’t do as well as many traditional strap bindings there. Secondly it’s hard to get the strap system tight around the boot. You need some space between the boot and the straps to get it in and out quick and that means you have a loose feel in there. Some don’t mind but many don’t like this unsupported heel lifting kind of feel. All of us at The Good Ride are not into this feel and would rather take a little longer to deal with 2 strap bindings and have more support and performance. If you want more support you will have to take more time to ratchet down the straps to get them to hold you in and that kind of defeats the purpose of quick release/strap bindings.
Everyone we have met at Flow is nice and we’d like to give a more glowing review but it’s hard for us to get past their quick strap system. To us it seems like you are sacrificing a lot of performance/support to strap on a little quicker. We aren’t against quick strap but until quick strap has the same performance as the leading traditional strap bindings it’s not worth it to us.