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Flow NX2-GT 2014 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
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 hyperbole and just woke up from a 5 winter nap with many new design changes.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective. 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 along 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 quickly 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 is not into this feeling 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 the quick strap has the same performance as the leading traditional strap bindings it’s not worth it to us
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Flow NX2-GT User Reviews
Amazingly Comfortable and supportive
I have been riding for 25 years. Had an old pair of flows for 15 years that held on and were great but were heavy. After a couple years of going back to traditional 2 strap bindings, a friend of mine convinced me to try the nx2's and I was blown away. Super comfortable (I much prefer the traditional one-piece strap) durable, and really responsive. One thing people haven't mentioned is you can make super-deep heel carves without the heel cup dragging and kicking you out of the turn. The heel cup on Flows is at a much higher angle. I took some Burton Cartels out today with the same board and same angles and I was Booting out on heel carves due to the lower heel cup. The customer service department has been amazing, including replacing some worn out well-used party that were past warranty. Would recommend to anyone and would say, Take the time to get them dialed in before you decide you don't like them. They are a special breed. Also, STRAP IN FACING UPHILL! it's mega easy. I don't know how people are having such a hard time getting into them unless they are facing downhill like you would a traditional binding. Also, you can use them just like a traditional binding with side entry if you prefer.
Not worth it
I had been primarily a Flow user for several years due to their ease and quickness of getting in and out. I was stoked when they introduced this model because I thought they were going to have the Flow entry speed and ease, combined with 2 strap response. (which I'd use my traditional 2 strap when it counted).
These do hold your foot well once in, but still not as good as traditional 2 strap. Plus, they are a PITA to get your foot back in at the top of the lift.
Doesn't take much snow to throw the fit way out of whack.
Even with no snow on boots or bindings I would have to loosen the straps and readjust each time. Totally defeats having a quick entry.
To end the story, I lost a lot of $ when I sold them barely used because they were not working for me.
I haven't personally tried the GNU quick entry, but my wife has both Flow and GNU quick entry bindings. She says the Gnu is a better binding.
I have a mixed review on these. I am coming from a 2 strap binding which I have no problem getting in while standing but I thought these would be even easier. Boy was I wrong. First off, if its flat, its fairly easy but even then can be a pain getting the foot in. Even you tube videos show people fighting the binding. So what I thought would be a huge plus, was a huge let down. If your on a hill, just forget it. Your sitting down and using the straps and they are harder than normal straps to use.
The good, once on, they are really comfy. No pressure spots and they are very responsive. I've only rode them 3 days and might take them back. The only reason I havnt already is due to how comfortable they are and responsive which I didnt expect. I must say though they are a super pain in the butt to get on with any slope what so ever.