2015 Flow Fuse GT Mens Binding Overview
Hey there. Welcome to the Morning Shred brought to you by snowboards.com. I'm Jenna. This is Tim from Flow and we're going to talk about the Fuse GT.
Tim, who is this binding designed for? The Fuse GT's designed for anybody from the mid-range rider right up to the top-of-the-line. The GT features a couple different things that stand out. Here we're going to a traditional iStrap or our Fusion Strap, we're calling it, and that is one that disperses pressure across the top of the foot. Very, very comfortable. Tends to be a little bit on the stiffer side because we're talking higher performance level so this binding features the Active Strap Technology. Active Strap Technology is when you drop this highback, the strap itself actually goes up so that it's easier to get in and out of before, you know, you have time to actually break it in. Once you break it in, you're going to actually use these buckles here, these heavy duty ratchet buckles, lock them into place with these little locks, and you'll be set for the season essentially.
And you had mentioned with a stiffer strap that's extra important, correct? Absolutely, I mean, you know, if you want the performance level that the rider's demanding at this price point you need to go with a denser type foam that I kind of like to equate it to a baseball mitt. When you buy a brand new baseball and you go play catch, the ball falls out of the glove until you establish that pocket. The same holds true of a Power Strap. I mean, it needs to mold to your boot or, more accurately, your boot is actually molding to the strap because the boot has a lot of foam and different density foams across the top. So, it take 4 or 5 days roughly for the 2 to mold to one another but once that happens, you really just set it and forget it. Just lock that binding right into place with the buckle and from then on out you're just going in and out of the binding like this so very, very quick so if you ride with skiers, or that kind of thing, they're not waiting for you, bitching about you.
Also, this GT features an aluminum heelcup so a little higher performance than the regular Fuse, a little quicker edge-to-edge, a little more responsive and the highback itself has adjustment where you can move this up or down or in and out to just make the binding or the highback more comfortable for the rider. A 2.5 degree bevel on the baseplate and here you start picking up some stuff we call OC Kush. OC Kush is the suspension that's built into the binding itself giving the rider a little softer landing. A little more forgiving on the rider himself. All this coming in at under $300. This is definitely a high- performance binding for the rider who grew up on a plastic style binding. This one's 30% fiberglass reinforced and then again in conjunction with the aluminum it's going to be very, very quick edge-to-edge. Great, so if you're the intermediate to advanced level rider looking for something that's a little bit stiffer, a little bit more performance, a little quicker edge-to-edge then it sounds like this is the binding for you, right? Absolutely. Great.
Well make sure to check out the Fuse GT on snowboards.com and thanks for watching the Morning Shred.