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Flow Alpha 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Flex: 4
  • Entry System: Rear Entry
  • Price: £160/€170
  • BUY ONLINE

The Flow Alpha is a binding that is focused on delivering no nonsense performance at a no-nonsense price. It’s a great binding for a newer rider. If you don’t want to have to sit down each run to strap in, then Flow’s easy access rear entry system does make things slightly simplified.

The Fusion ExoFit Powerstrap is a bit of a mouthful, but it sits over the top of your foot and allows seamless transfer from toe to heel. It has two ratchets to tighten up the front and back portions independently so you can be sure of a great fit no matter what boots you’re rocking. The ratchets are able to be locked once you’ve secured the perfect fit, so no having to worry about loosening off as you’re riding.

“A rockered baseplate creates a smaller overall footprint, allowing more natural flex underfoot”

The softer flexing highback make for an easy going and mellow ride, great for progressing or just if you’re looking to cruise around. Despite the softer side to side flex, the highback retains its edge to edge power with a steel cable that becomes taut when energy is exerted toe to heel.

A rockered baseplate creates a smaller overall footprint, allowing more natural flex underfoot, again adding to the chilled-out ride. A great entry level binding, or for those on a budget who want a binding with minimum hassle.

Tester’s Verdict

Al NasmythFreedom Snowboarding

“A decent entry level binding for someone after a step-in on a budget. Step-in bindings get a bit of stick but I found riding-wise it was pretty similar to traditional two strap bindings. The one-piece strap is comfy once adjusted but there’s little cushioning under foot.

“Riding-wise it was pretty similar to
traditional 2 strap bindings”

There were some features that did put me off though. It’s a bit faffy to make all the adjustments so they work well – which it seems to me isn’t ideal for the beginners they’re aimed at. On the hill, with a bit of practice they are super quick to get strapped in and riding but only really on flat surfaces.

If the top of the lift isn’t flat you have to balance on an edge while trying to get your foot in which can be impossible on your heel edge if it’s steep. From an instructor’s perspective they aren’t great for a complete beginner as you can catch your foot on them getting on or off the lift if the high back is left open. Also, the first time we strap both feet to the board most instructors start on a slight slope which can be hard for complete beginners with step-ins.”

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