The Flux DMCC Light is the design of the Flux DS30 but lighter and slightly stiffer/snappier. This is a pretty cool binding for those that want an aggressive freestyle ride. The DMCC has all the new tech for 2013 in the binding that makes it much lighter than any binding ever in the Flux Line.
In so many ways the Flux DMCC Light is soo much like the DS30 in design, riding style and appearance except the DMCC Light offers a little more snappy and a lively response than the DS30. It’s also incredibly light which says a lot because it’s lighter than the very light DS30. It’s a great binding but it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the extra money over the DS30.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites
Boards: A few Arbor and a few Mervin and some others.
Conditions: Mainly harder snow but had a few softer really fun days as well.
Flex: It’s on the medium side of soft and just a shade stiffer than the Flux DS30. You can get a good torsional bend rather easy so if you like a good range of movement with the high back you have it here. Like the DS30 it’s pretty responsive for a binding of this softer flex. The high back looks a little bit shorter than the average high back but not by much. I didn’t measure it but it seems like it might be a CM or two shorter. When you pull straight back it’s not as easy to bend as the DS30. The binding has an incredibly light and snappy feel even though the flex is rather similar to the DS30.
Adjustability: so easy to adjust compared to many of the bindings there. All you need the tool for is screwing the disc into to the board. The rest can all be done by hand.
Comfort: Very comfortable and very easy to adjust to make your self comfortable. Both the DS30 and DMCC Light have very large but very comfortable ankle straps. The DMCC Light has seems to have a lighter ankle strap but both are incredibly comfortable and supportive. The ankle strap might be one of this bindings best features as it hugs your ankle better than any other binding out there. The average rider should not experience any pressure points with this binding.
Heel to Toe Response– Smooth but it still feels pretty responsive for a binding with a medium/soft flex. The DMCC Light felt to us like a slightly snappier, livelier and lighter version of the DS30. They are still very close in terms of performance but you get a little bump in performance when choosing the DMCC Light. Love the larger ankle strap and it seems like it gives a little more response edge to edge.
Tip-Tail Response: All Flux bindings, including the DMCC Light, don’t really have much flex under foot to really get the board to flex easier than other bindings with a lot of reduced dead spot tech out there. There is a small curve on the sides of the bindings that allows for the board to flex better than the older models but it’s not as lively underfoot as other bindings we have tried. The large asymmetrical ankle strap does a good job at giving a little extra leverage for butters and such and it makes the board bend well despite the dead spot under foot.
Boot Support: Flux owns it when it comes to giving you a secure supportive feeling. The ankle straps are mounted on the inside instead of the outside or middle and it seems to fit the boot better. The bigger ankle strap really supports well and you don’t have to crank down to much to do so. The toe straps like all Flux bindings really push the heel into the cup to give even more support.
Approximate Weight- The DMCC Light is incredibly light and feels like nothing in your hand even with the disc and screws in. It deserves light in it’s name.
Ratchet System: You forget about the ratchets with these bindings because they work so well. They are very smooth and rarely if ever stick.
Shock Absorption: These bindings are damp at speed but not to shock absorbent. Our only issue with the Flux DMCC Light is the shock absorption in the heel. It’s such a small amount of foam on fiberglass where most have 2-4 times the dense foam or gel for most of the heel. We’d love to see the plastic fiberglass bottom be completely replaced with a bigger foam/gell combo. Come on Flux do this for us. Think about keeping the 20 year olds on the hill for 40 years. We’d rather see shock absorption than better heel response or more of a locked in feel.
Most people can satisfy their needs with the Flux DS30’s but for those that want the absolute best will want to pay more for the DMCC Light.
Flux DMCC Light Overview