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16 October 2014
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Flow AMP 5 bindings

There are a lot of mixed feelings about Flow bindings, you love them or hate them. After using these for a few months I can honestly say I can see no reason not to use this system, it's perfect! It has the comfort and security of strap in bindings but the ease of getting in and out of 'clip-in' bindings.

A large padded tongue covers the two straps, which are adjusted to suit, then left as they are (or until you buy new boots) and you get in and out by releasing a clip which drops the high backs. The forward lean angles can be adjusted in seconds, even with gloves and the whole system feels pretty secure.

They cost a bit more than strap-ins, but not too much, with the beginner/intermediate AMP 5's coming in at £120. There are models all the way up to around £300, but I can say that unless you are a pro, or ride every day I don't think you would see a return for the extra cash. Using them with a fairly cheapo set of boots, it has shown the need for a new pair, as I get a bit of heel lift in the boots now, although numb toes due to overtight straps are a thing of the past. The plain black with polished metal fixings look pretty good and way better than Flow's of old.

They do weigh more than regular bindings though, and make getting your board into a sleeve or bag a bit of a pain.

Overall, if you board a lot in Scotland and find you need to get in and out the bindings a lot, to walk over rocky sections, or hike to the mid tows and such like, these are for you. Your old set up will just seem such a hassle and you will wonder 'Why didn't I convert sooner?'.

Stephen Maleney

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