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Flux RL 2015 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Flux RL takes most of the tech from the DS30 and offers up a great binding at a very reasonable price. Since the DS30 is now the DS and has been upgraded they gave a good amount of the tech to the DL. This makes for a great binding at this price range. The only real difference is it’s missing the larger higher end ankle strap. To us, it’s worth it to pay a little more for the DS but it’s still a good freestyle to all mountain freestyle binding.
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Riders: James, Peter
Flex: These bindings are bordering on soft and it’s pretty easy to bend it back at the top as well as twist.
Adjustability: Very adjustable and very easy to adjust. The only thing you need a tool for is the disc.
Comfort: These ankle straps aren’t top notch in Flux’s line but they are pretty comfortable. The toe strap holds well over the toe without pressure points.
Heel-Toe Response: Its sweet spot is soft to moderate flexing boards but it can handle a semi-challenging board better than you would think. It’s very smoothly responsive and it feels pretty good edge to edge.
Tip-Tail Response: So the RL has pretty a pretty good ability to flex a board lengthwise for a binding without any reduced dead spot tech. The sides curve up and it does make for a better board flex but underfoot the whole binding has contact. Somehow it still manages to overpower the board and make it flex pretty well. It’s a different feeling than mini disc or Burton Re:Flex bindings but the result is pretty similar.
Boot Support: This borders on being locked in and it’s really good at keeping your boot secure. There is a little more freedom going on than your average Flux binding but it’s still pretty locked in.
Ratchet System: Great ratchet system and we haven’t really ever had issues with Flux Ratchets sticking. These are great ratchets.
Shock Absorption: Just a little padding across the entire footbed so it’s not that shock absorbent. It’s damp on open mountain speeds but it’s not good on hard landings. If you go over small bumps at slower speeds you feel it more than you would with other bindings that have a thick bed of EVA foam.
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