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Flux DM 2015 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Flux DM is one incredibly light and responsive binding for aggressive boards of any kind. It’s for those that, have the extra cash and want a lighter slightly more snappy version of the SF.
2014 and 2015 Flux DM Review
The 2014 and 2015 Flux DM bindings have a very similar ride. The only real difference we experienced was the toe strap was better. The 2014 strap was good but the 2015 is even better. It just fits over the boot better, grips the same, and has less contact with your boot which is good.
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Flex: Strong, stiff, lively and snappy. This is a pretty stiff flex and it feels like a slight step up from the SF but still has a lot of similarities.
Adjustability: All flux bindings (even the low-end ones) are tool-less except for the disc which makes this pretty easy to adjust and get dialed out.
Comfort: This is very very comfortable and it fits just about any boot pretty well. It really conforms to the boot and works well.
Turn Initiation: This is a very quick edge to edge and it’s got a very snappy feel to it. If you ride a stronger board that takes more leverage to turn this is a great choice. The way these bindings turn a challenging board is really special. It’s super quick without being twitchy
Buttering: With the plugs removed on the sides it can butter a little better but there isn’t much going on when it comes to getting the board to flex underfoot. However, it overpowers the board with its big supportive straps making boards flex pretty well. It’s a different feel than Burton Re:Flex Technology or bindings with mini discs but the end result is similar.
Boot Support: Flux has arguably the best boot support in the industry and if you want your boot really locked in this is a top choice.
Ratchet System: Flux does very well when it comes to making ratchets that don’t have issues. These ratchets don’t catch your attention and that is a sign of a good ratchet.
Shock Absorption: One of the things that make flux hold your boot so securely also makes it weak on the shock absorption department. The binding is damp and can bomb with the best of them but it just can’t absorb shock on a hard landing or really uneven snow. We’d love to see a replaceable super soft Urethane Heel Cup for those willing to sacrifice a little edge to edge performance for shock absorption. These are already really responsive bindings so it’s ok to lose a little to add longevity to the joints.
So to us the SF’s more than work for us but if you got the cash and need it to be lighter and a little snappier then I won’t stop you. It’s a great binding.
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