Flux has been making bindings for a while now with more emphasis on the whole plastics thing. Evidently making soft flexing bindings with wide footprints is all the rage. This year they went with a whole number/initials thing for naming their bindings. I just said give me something that matches this board and I’ll see how it does. The SF 45 was what I got and here’s the review of it.
Board Used: Arbor Westmark
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Location: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: Sunny bluebird with some fresh corduroy.
Boots Used: K2 T1 DB size 10
Binding Compatibility: For the board it was doable and had a lot of give which made it playful with the center reverse camber. As for with the boots the bindings just have a real wide profile and K2’s run more on the narrower side.
Binding Adjustability: Fast adjust straps so you can just twist the knob and go from there. The toe and heel ramps are adjustable as well which is nice if you’re one of those guys that wants to dial everything in 100%.
Straps: Flux is notorious for going overly plush with their bindings
Highbacks: Is a little more rigid than their urethane ones, but have it still has more give than ones from other companies. It does feature a true zero forward lean which is nice.
Binding Flex: Mid way between super soft and mid flex so it still had a lot of play going on.
Ratchets: Heel ratchet was fine but the toe ones kept sticking no matter what I did.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that will hit jumps but likes a softer flexing binding.
Personal Thoughts: I just can’t get into the whole Flux train. The toe caps are just retardedly huge and sit so weird on the boots. The wider chassis is weird since most companies are going to narrower boots. It’s just too little response from a binding like this.
What They Say: The GENETIC BASE with a super blend 45 nylon makes for a perfect combination of stability and board response. The highback also features a super tough nylon blend which translates into a highly responsive feel. Perfect for halfpipe & free-riding shredders. The urethane dampeners in the base utilize an original system so they can be swapped out on either sides for different flex feels.