Flow NX2-GT Hybrid 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Flow NX2-GT Hybrid has been around in a few different forms for a while and it’s been since we tried it in 2013 since we tried an NX2. So this year we got back on the 2018 model. We’d like more time on it but this is our take from the short time we had at the demos.
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On NX2 CX - decent
Am on the NX2-CX, and find them to be the stiffest most responsive binding I’ve tried so far. I find them easy to get into if you keep the ankle strap and toe strap a click loose - even with that slight bit of play the binding responds faster than my Genesis X... on par with my Union Falcors but much more comfortable - the Falcors bite the top of my foot really hard, while the Flow distributes the pressure quite well.
Matched with my stiff camber board it’s a really great combo to charge and carve. These have a place in my quiver.
Super responsive if you know some tricks to use
I get why you guys don't like the Flows. I didn't appreciate them at first. They have a couple of features that make them awesome.
They don't have a heel loop. This is great if you want to prevent bootout. If you set them up correctly they are the most responsive binding you can get.
The trick is to get your front foot in with the straps loose. Lift the highback above the heel, tighten the strap and only then bring the highback fully up. This gives you preload on the highback and good load from the strap.
I do ride them with the front highback lean all the way forward and the back foot is a bit looser.
Like I said, this really works if you're looking for a stiff, responsive binding. So far this is as close as I found to hardboots.
But yeah, if I'm tooling around or riding trees I like Cartels better.
Works better with Flow Boots
I used to ride both the Flow NX2 and Fuse bindings. I never really noticed the strap issue Biesty and the boys did but I have found that it can be difficult to set up Flow bindings with some boots. So maybe that was the issue. With Flow boots however, Flow bindings are relatively easy to set up and work well. The rear entry system makes it a snap to get in and out of the bindings.