Flow Mayon 2020-2021 Snowboard Bindings Review

  • Price: £180 / €200 / $220
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Entry System: Rear Entry

No matter where you sit on the Great Family-Dividing Rear-Entry Bindings debate – “Gimme that sweet easy access!”, “Heck no son, it’s crank-down security or death!” or “You what now, mate?” – one thing we can all agree on and set our differences aside over is that women-specific bindings are few and far between when compared to their more testosterone-centric counterparts. Even more so, in the search for rear-entry offerings.

“The all-new tech for 2021 has further cemented the Mayon as the real deal for those looking to push their performance to the next level”

It’s little surprise, to be honest, that Flow have really come through on this front. The go-to name in rear-entry bindings, their ladies’ Mayon may have first hit the market last season, but the all-new tech for 2021 has further cemented them as the real deal for those looking to push their performance to the next level, that love a little explosiveness in their shred, and want the quickest way to get a board under their feet, too.

In terms of the similarities that grabbed us when it launched last year, the Mayon still offers Flow’s game-changing ActiveStrap Technology which makes slipping the boot in stress-free thanks to simply raising the main strap slightly when you pull down on the highbacks. It’s a small detail that gives your boot a touch more room to find its way, but one that plays a massive difference in the back-entry’s argument for being the superior option in the market.

What has changed (as well as adding a tasty white and green colourway), is the use of the new ExoFrame Fusion PowerStrap – Flow’s big shiny showpiece for the new season. These 3D-molded straps feature a duo of foot-securing ExoSpines across the ankle and toe zones, which work in harmony with the suspended strap frame beneath to distribute pressure evenly, and efficiently (and explosively) send energy into the glass-filled nylon baseplate. The 2021 Mayon is a case of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it… unless you can turbocharge it.” And we like it.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Stella PenttiWhitelines

“I have to admit I’ve had my doubts about the Flow bindings. Something about the rear-entry system has just not left me feeling overly confident in the safety of the bindings, but then again, doesn’t one always struggle to trust things that are unfamiliar.

“The strapping in, or whatever you’re meant to call it with these, was ridiculously easy and fast – loved it!”

I’m ashamed to admit that this was my first season to step into a pair of Flow bindings, but I’m happy I finally overcame my fear of the unknown. The strapping in, or whatever you’re meant to call it with these, was ridiculously easy and fast – loved it!

The conditions for trying out something unknown weren’t ideal though. The pistes were partly icy, it was snowing, and you couldn’t see shit – a great day all in all. But I made my way down, and up again, and down, continuing to enjoy riding the Mayon’s to the point that I actually forgot they were any different to “normal” bindings.

It might have been the bad weather conditions, or just in my head, but I didn’t feel the binding to be as secure as my normal go-to-bindings. However, I like my bindings to be a bit more on the stiff side to give my riding a bit more aggression, so it might have just been a case of a too soft flex.

I do however think the Flow Mayon’s would make a great choice for the ladies out there who are just beginning to snowboard, or the ones who are looking to take their riding to the next level.”

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