The Flux GL is their higher end All mountain Freestyle to All Mountain binding that could work well for a wide variety of riders. Flux changed up a good amount of the 2014 line. Some bindings had small changes and were very similar to last years bindings but the Flux GL is pretty much it’s own new binding.
Here is a video review where I call them the G1 instead of Flux GL bindings….
Flex: A very middle ground flex that offers more response than you would think. It has support, some give and it’s all mixed in with comfort and response.
Adjustability: All Flux bindings in this price range offer up very easy tool-less adjustability. The only thing you need a tool for is the disc. It’s also easy to adjust the toe ramp and heel plate. Most bindings don’t have the heel plate adjustability thing going but Flux does.
Comfort: Very comfortable and secure. It’s got a great ability to wrap around your toe and ankle and most riders just don’t have pressure points unless they are in a bad boot.
Heel-Toe Response: Great response edge to edge for this flex. The combo of the responsive base plate combined with the wrapped up ankle strap that keeps you close to the high back makes for a very responsive binding edge to edge.
Tip-Tail Response: There are other bindings with much more of a reduced dead spot under foot but these still do a good job for having so much hard contact with the board directly under foot. It really bends the board well.
Boot Support: Bordering on locked in. The ankle strap is mounted inside the heel loop where most are mounted outside and it does make a difference. There is much better support all around.
Ratchet System: Cranks down and releases easy. It’s very easy to get your bindings on and off.
Shock Absorption: Not much going on here despite the little bit of urethane at the edges of the heel. We’d like to see a soft urethane heel plate so it can still have an adjustable heel but also compete with it’s competitors when it comes to a flat/bad landing.
Despite the below average shock absorption this is a great binding and paired up with a good shock absorbing boot you have a solid ride. Also if you like more of a skate like feel the shock absorption won’t be a problem.