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Flow Fuse GT 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Flex: 8
  • Entry System: Rear Entry
  • Price: £300/€320
  • BUY ONLINE

We could sit and debate the merits of binding entry systems until the cows come home, but at the end of the day it’s a personal choice. Some people enjoy the security of the traditional crank down method, and some enjoy the convenience and speed of a rear entry. Flow has long been the go-to brand for a quick entry binder, and despite the proclivity of the masses to ‘Step On’ the latest trend, they’re still a popular sight on the mountain.

“There’s a front and back strap both with lockable ratchets for making those minor adjustments”

The Flow Fuse GT uses Active Strap Technology, which lifts the strap slightly as you tilt the highback down, to allow you to slide your foot in and out more easily. There’s a front and back strap both with lockable ratchets for making those minor adjustments, so you’re able to dial in the fit perfectly.

A glass filled nylon baseplate offers a nice middle of the road flex and offers a playful support that’s comfortable over the whole mountain. Extra cushioning underfoot soaks up any extra chatter and will absorb some of the impact if you’re making big landings. Comfort is always a priority and the footbeds are slightly canted to ease some pressure off your knees as you’re riding.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“I’ve never been much of a Flow fan, admittedly more due to reputation than actual experience.The first time I tried a pair getting in and out of them was a nightmare, they’d been touted as ‘quick entry’ but when you have to kick your foot 5 times to get them into the straps you’ve long since lost the race with a traditional pair. Flow seemed to have cottoned on to their past shortcomings and now as I pulled down the highback was delighted to see the strap lift slightly. Quick Entry now got a tick in my book, at least on a nice flat surface.

“Riding in these felt comfortable, the larger strap left my foot feeling really hugged and locked in”

Riding in these felt comfortable, the larger strap left my foot feeling really hugged and locked in. The highbacks were responsive and the edge to edge transitions were solid. There was a bit of give side to side so I was able to get some nice tweaked out grabs going and they felt playful enough. They’re solid for charging too. They’re comfortable to wear, so much so that you kind of forget you’re strapped in. I knuckled a few jumps and they felt like they dampened the slap quite well.

Strapping in mid piste is an issue- you physically cannot get your feet in when you’re sitting on the side of the piste. You either have to do some sort of weird dog yoga pose, or simply undo the straps like you would on a normal pair of bindings. Surely this negates the point of Flow’s in the first place? But I guess most people don’t unstrap halfway down the piste, I just like to stop and take photos.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with these bindings. They’ve definitely improved since my last try, and seeing how many of them are on the slopes, there is definitely a market for them, I just don’t think it’s me.”

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