Flow NX2-AT Bindings


The binding base is made from an aluminum alloy combined with OC-Kush (a rubberized cover that’s designed to dampen vibration). The base, or “chassis,” of these bindings is very comfortable and very solid. I have broken stiff plastic bindings, but I would have a hard time breaking these I think.

The footbeds on the bindings are relatively thick and quite soft. Called BankBeds, they’re canted in at 2.5-degrees toward the inside of the foot to supposedly allow for a more natural stance. I honestly didn’t notice the 2.5-degrees angle of the BankBeds, but I did notice the softness and dampening qualities. I rode chop and ice at Craigieburn Valley, and I found I was able to cut through the conditions with ease. I was able to control speed without chattering out, and I attribute much of that to the dampening of the bindings.

I like to ride with a relatively wide stance for my height (~5’10’’ with a 23.5-inch stance). The base plate disk has a versatile arrangement that allows for multiple stance options and different mounting patterns. The disk has dimensions capable of pairing with Burton’s channel system as well as their triangular formation. These bindings will work with any board while still offering a wide range of mounting options.

Flow NX2-AT Bindings, Blister Gear Review.
Justin Bobb, Mt. Olympus club field, New Zealand.

Active Strap

Then there’s N.A.S.T.Y. (New Active Strap Technology), another upgrade to the Flow NX2-AT. The active strap allegedly makes it easier to get in and out of the bindings. When the ModBack is folded down, the unified strap lifts up higher by way of hinges, giving you more room to enter. Once the ModBack is clicked into place, the strap then tightens to its final position.

I found that, regardless of the N.A.S.T.Y., I still had to loosen the LSR buckles, specifically the toe strap, in order to enter the binding. (More on this under “Boot Compatibility” below.)

Flow NX2-AT bindings, Blister Gear Review.

Once in the bindings, I would tighten the straps down much tighter than the pre-adjusted setting. I think the LSR buckles make the ratchet straps of the NX2-AT much more functional, but the added lift on the strap didn’t do much for me.

Busted Heel / Toe Strap

It’s not uncommon to bust a heel or toe strap while riding, but I found with these bindings that the hassle of riding out somewhere with broken pieces is reduced greatly. The unification of the straps maintains enough rigidity to let you ride out without a heel or toe connection.

Often I would leave the toe strap portion very loose to allow me to get my foot in quicker. I found that tightening the heel portion gave me enough support.

Boot Compatibility  

I should make a note regarding the reclining hiback—the heel piece of my K2 Thraxis didn’t conform with the binding.

Once I got my foot in the binding, I felt secure with a great connection between my boot and the binding. But I noticed that when I folded down the hiback to unstrap, the bottom piece of the binding would slice into the sole of the heel. The result? A damaged heel piece on my boot that makes it more difficult to use the rear-entry method.

I only noticed this with my right foot (or front foot), and it resulted in me having to loosen the LSR buckles enough to move my foot forward to clear the Modback before exiting the binding. I was not able to simply set the ratchets and enter / exit through the hiback rear entry. I always had to adjust something.

In the end, the binding’s other features outweighed this minor annoyance, but I would be curious to try a pair of Flow boots to see if that fixes the problem.


I used the medium bindings with size 9.0 US K2 Thraxis boots. I had to shorten the length of the strap and I still found myself ratcheting almost to the end of the ladder strap. I might have been better off with a small pair, but the length of the medium bindings seemed appropriate for my boots.

Weight  / Snow build-up 

While these bindings are a bit bulky, I never noticed the added weight. I also didn’t find snow caking or filling into spaces to be an issue. Even on warm days with sticky snow, I wasn’t annoyed by the snow build-up.

Bottom Line

The Flow NX2-AT is a versatile, well-built binding. I found Flow’s system to be very convenient—I was always able to strap in while standing up, and often while on the go.

In my mind, the best upgrade these bindings got are the LSR buckles. That’s the piece that truly made these bindings versatile, even though the N.A.S.T.Y. didn’t add much, in my experience. Overall, these bindings are stiff and responsive, built for aggressive freeriding and stability at speed.

8 comments on “Flow NX2-AT Bindings”

  1. Kudos on a great, thorough review on the nx2-ats! Very detailed and informational. I’ve been eyeing these bindings for a few months and found your review very helpful.


  2. I found them disappointing, bought them 1 month ago and tried them in Austia 2 weeks ago.
    First, closing the hiback (ModBack) was problematic, the lower part of het hiback kept getting stucked behind the heel of my shoe, even after loosing up the front.
    Only after loosing up the front a lot it was possible to close the hiback, but after that I needed to tighten up the straps again. Very odd for a XL binding size which should fit shoes up to
    size 49,5 (US 15).

    Second, the lever at the back of the hiback sticks out a bit, so every time I slided through the ski-ticket gate carrousel, there was a change that the bar of the carrousel hit the lever down
    opening my highback. There were a few occasions where I almost lost my snowboard in the ski lift because the hiback was opened by the carrousel.

    Third, the highback was a bit too long and pointy which made it getting stucked behind fences and bars when it was opened to get in to the ski-lift.

    finally When the bindings where closed and adjusted, the ride down was brilliant. The bindings are very stiff and rigid, so lots of control, especially combined with the new snowboard. Used the strap buckles a few times when I got stucked in the ‘tiefschnee’, no problems with that.

    All in all, the new bindings made getting in and out of the ski-lift more difficult, something a Flow binding should make easier.

    • You can fold the back down flat for storage in your snowboard bag. You have to fully release the tow/heel strap, fold the hi-back down, and then re-attach the tow/heel strap. I have the DaKine Low-Roller bag and a Ride Yukon 172 with Flow NX2-AT bindings.

  3. The best thing to do with these is loosen up both buckles just a little on your binding, so ur foot slides in perfect when strapping in and lock up the hi back, quick small rachet for both straps and off u go..

    That’s the best way.. Once u lock up the high back u can always rachet down as ur moving… It’s pretty hard to slide ur foot into the binding when ur straps have been tightened hard from the run before, so just loosen both buckles a few notches, and save urself the crap of trying to kick ur foot hard into a tight binding

  4. Great review. Wife and I both love these bindings. The front uni strap is very comfy and we get in/out super fast, in fact possibly get extra run in because of it. I even will get off lift sometimes an stuff rear foot in while gliding an then reach down and secure the back never even stopping. When with skiers they appreciate the rapidity of strapping in too. They are stiff an wouldn’t probably be great for landing jumps an stuff but they are my favorite for steep sketchy stuff an carving it up. I’m thinking of getting the regular NXT for moguls and more freestyle just not park. Any suggestions?

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