Flows been keeping it sick since 96 with their innovative binding. Some people fear it others mock it all I did was try it. So how does a mid range mid flexing binding that lets you slide in to the back door actually work?
Board Used: Flow Verve
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Location: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: End of the day shadows on the runs with push mounds and a bit of ice forming in spots.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB size 10
Binding Compatibility: Flow board on a Flow binding with a K2 boa boot it seemed to work real well.
Binding Adjustability: 4 micro adjusting ratchets on the power strap, cable twist for forward lean, and other than that a bunch of screws to hold you to the board. Adjusting these has gotten a lot easier over the last few years, you still need to spend a few minutes setting up the strap and cable though to make it ideal.
Straps: Power strap distributes pressure evenly over the whole feet alleviating any hot spots. It also allows you to really drive forward into the straps when on edge.
Highbacks: The big tech feature on these is that the highbacks recline and you slip your foot in. The forward lean is adjusted through the cables tension. Other than that it works the same as a regular highback.
Binding Flex: Slightly on the softer side more for jibbing and park use.
Ratchets: With the locking micro adjustments dialing in these bindings got a whole lot easier.
Rider in Mind: Park guy or someone that wants a slightly softer flexing binding.
Personal Thoughts: Flows have some of the best power transfer when going from edge to edge. You can really rail a turn with these and not have to worry about it. Getting in and out does take a bit of getting used to as it’s a bit different.
What They Say: A go-to binding in the Flow line, the M9 offers you everything you need for ALL-MOUNTAIN domination. A 30% glass-filled Nylon baseplate is lightweight and indestructible, and the I-Flex PowerStrap with 4 locking Airframe MINIratchets and low-friction LadderGuides ensure that your feet are snug and comfortable while connected to your stick. A 15% glass-filled Nylon Ventilated hiback is the key to responsive and powerful turns, so why not give the M9 a try? It’s a great binding at an even greater value. Be an all-mountain rider and dominate your local park or pipe.