Binding Review: 08-09 Flow NXT-AT
09 Jan, 2009
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.
Setup: I rode the Flow NXT-AT bindings with the Flow Myriad and my Vans Omni Focus Size 8 Boots.
Time to set up the binding: The set up time is average, but it takes a little bit longer to make sure the bindings are dialed. Greg the rockies rep for Flow does a really good job of making sure everyone is set up, adjusted their boot to the binding and comfortable.
Fit: My boots fit just fine into the flows, not any gaps on the width of the bindings and my boot heel fit fine in the heelcup. Highback wasn’t taller than my boot and still comfortable.
First Impression: I’m getting used to them, finally!
Appearance: I rode the red and white nxt-at’s which I liked. Cool colors with a smooth design to it. I can see how the white would get dirty quickly but that’s the case with any gear when it’s spring slush or early season mud.
Comfort: Flow’s I-Flex powerstrap is all comfort. It eliminates any pressure points that binding straps can cause on your boots and creates a more evenly pressured binding strap response and comfort. It never feels like I’m wearing bindings, but just wearing my comfortable boots. Highback was comfortable to my boot when riding.
Functionality: As a flow binding its already one of the most functional easy access in and out bindings. It takes me time to get used to getting in and out generally because I ride regular straps the majority of the time. If I needed to, I could have tweaked the mini ratchets but I was able to get in and out of the bindings standing up easily. I did make the mistake of having to get out while sitting on my knees and that took more effort. It’s a light binding with good support when riding.
Flex: The highback gives you good stability, it’s not overally stiff or soft, good mid point flex. The powerstrap gives a lateral flex that you can play with for tricks. I didn’t find the binding aggressive, but comfortable with a range of capabilities.
Response: I’ve rode more responsive bindings from Flow, I’ve rode less responsive bindings. NXT-AT, the highback holds some good power for turns. I had control over the response versus tiny movements with really quick response. Definitely a middle of the road in responsiveness.
Power Strap: I had no problems with the pressure of the powerstrap, in fact when riding it’s hardly noticeable that you are wearing a strap because it does distribute across your boot.
Overall Impression: I am getting used to them which is great! Now that I ride flows a couple times a year at demos, I think the big thing is just getting back into that mindset of how to get in and out and what to expect. The NXT-AT’s offer up a good binding that can be used anywhere on the mountain, soft enough for park but still handles freeriding. The biggest thing is just to get them dialed to your boot…when it’s not dialed, you really miss out on what the binding is.
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Flow NXT-AT Description