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Flux DS 2016 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Flux DS is a binding that offers up a lot more response than you would think for its 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.
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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.
Flux DS Past Reviews
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.
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Flux DS User Reviews
2016 Flux DS, super responsive
I was a bit hesitating buying the Flux DS, because it is considered a softer binding for more medium to soft flexing boards. And I understand why. The binding gives so much response, so your "washy" rocker board does a much better job at holding an edge and going the direction you want to. My old binding was a Burton Malavita and i was looking for a binding with a softer highback to grab more easily. Well there are softer highbacks out there. You still get lots of power into your turns with the DS. Compared to the Malavita, the DS has much more response and it's got an even lighter weight. I paired it with a DC MediaBlitz and it is an amazing combo.
So you can sure pair these with aggressive and stiffer boards. If you are looking for great response and comfort, this is the goto-binding. The only negative thing would be the price. I live in Europe and the price is at 315€ !!!
Hits the mark for most riders
Please note that there have been some important changes over the years that The Good Ride has not touched on. When Flux changed to the new nomenclature for 2014, the new DS also underwent an evolution. Changes over the outgoing DS30 include: size-specific glassing content (different rigidity), new winged highback is stiffer with much less torsional give, Ultima baseplate mould is modified with stronger heel and side rails than the old Alpha baseplate, ankle strap is slightly larger and now has a more pronounced taper. Altogether, this is an excellent binding for those who cruise the mountain or lap the park with a medium-flexing board. The updated 2015 toe strap now fits boots better; there was an issue in 2014 and earlier where it could not conform to the blunted toe box of some older boots. For park riders, the 2014+ DS is an excellent match for a Capita DoA and DC Ply-- I strongly recommend this combination. The older models had a highback that was too sluggish to move a whippy jump deck. The current highback is more medium flexing than the previous soft rating if you size appropriately (large is stiffer). Even with the firmer highback, tweaking a grab is no problem, but if you want to two-hand a tailgrab or sit DEEP in the back seat for a butter, I suggest the more pliable Flux TT and RK for that. Some people complain about shock absorption, but that should be addressed with a quality boot.. Burton and Nike, in particular, make very good boots for this. As per typical Flux, adjustability and comfort are absolutely second-to-none. Ratchets tighten and release with low effort.
2014 Flux DS
TGR review is spot on. The only thing I have to add is that the lack of shock absorption in the heel has not been an issue for me at all. And that's on an Arbor Westmark that's NOT damp. That said, I'm using Lunarendors, which have great cushioning. Anyway, great bindings. My first pair of Flux bindings and I'm impressed.