The Flux DS is a binding that offers up a lot more response than you would think for it’s flex. It’s right there with many bindings that have a medium flex and it works with a pretty wide variety of boards from easy turning to even ones that are borderline challenging.
For the 2016 Flux DS the big change is the ankle straps are thinner and lighter and we actually like them just as much as the old straps.
The 2015 Flux DS only has some minor changes highlighted here. We like the new toe strap. It looked like it might not grip as well as the 2014 but it does.
2014 and 2015 Flux DS Review
Riders: James, Peter, Lee, Jimbo, Eli, Kyle, Mary and a few others.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendor, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Burton Ambush, Salomon Synapse,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Yes Greats, Rossignol One Magtek Never Summer Proto, Never Summer Cobra, Lib Tech TRS, Lib Tech Lando Phoenix, Lib Tech Hot Knife, Arbor Coda, Gnu Space Case,Yes Jackpot
Size Medium Weight: 3.8lbs (2014)
Flex: It’s got a soft to medium/soft flex that can offer up a pretty tweakable feel but it also offers good support. It’s a very comfortable but responsive high back that allows most boots to conform to it rather well. It’s also very light.
Adjustability: This is a very easy binding to adjust. You can adjust the toe ramp as well as the heel which some really like. Also everything but the disc is tooless and it’s pretty easy to adjust on the fly if your fingers stay warm and dexterous.
Comfort: Increadibly comfortable. We are big fans of how Flux can wrap so comfortably around your ankle and toe. Your boot also conforms well to the binding to make a great boot-binding-board interface.
Turn Initiation: Really solid response for a soft flexing board. Flux knows what they are doing when it comes to making a board turn easy. Even with the older DS30 we had some time on some aggressive all mountain freestyle boards that usually require a little more in a binding and we had no problem turning it. This should be the same with the New DS. It had no problem turning the moderate flexing Jones Mountain Twin and Rossignol One Magtek. It even felt like there was a little more left in there for more challenging turning boards.
Buttering: So the base plate has rounded up sides, a large strong ankle strap and a little hook like extension in the high back that makes for a better flex lengthwise for butters and such but it just didn’t have the magic that some bindings with a reduced dead spot have. It still has a lot of contact with the board directly under foot. Still it does a great job for what it has and helps you butter rather well. It would be great to see them work on ways to get less contact directly under foot but it still gets your board to flex rather well underfoot.
Boot Support: Super locked in. The ankle strap really clamps down in a good way on your boot without any real pressure. We like this larger asymmetrical ankle strap and how it locks in the boot. The toe strap does a great job as well. Also the lack of a lot of shock absorption in the heel helps the boot stay in place. This is a good and bad thing.
Ratchet System: Excellent ratchet system. It hasn’t caused one problem with us in our testing and our history with Flux’s ratchet system is a good one.
Shock Absorption: So to continue on from Boot support the good is the binding really holds the boot into place but the bad is the heel has little shock absorption. You can feel the difference for sure between this binding and others with a good amount of soft stuff under the heel. I’d love to see them turn the heel plate into a soft urethane with a little EVA so it is still adjustable but much more damp. It would complete this ride and with the great ankle strap placement on the inside of the heel loop it would still lock in your boot.