Flux SF 45 Used and Reviewed

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

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy

Location: Loveland Ski Area

Conditions: Sunny bluebird with some fresh corduroy.

Boots Used: K2 T1 DB size 10

Weight: 165

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.

1011 Flux SF45 from Flux Bindings on Vimeo.

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  2. Elenchus says:

    I’ve been riding the TT30′s so far this year and I agree that the profile is kinda wide, especially around the toe where I notice some of side-to-side room.

    But I really like the toe strap, especially because it is big and mounts super snug on my boots. IMO better than the 2-strap open box style of K2 or Burton that sometimes don’t fit over all boots equally well.

    I’ve never had either ratchet release on mine stick either. Bonus: The ratchet release isn’t the push-levers type. Just grab and pull. That was always the one feature that I thought stood out on Burton bindings.

  3. timmy says:

    Da fuck! I honestly was about to order these fucking things TODAY. I was thinking they`d be good with the new heritage. What do you think?

    Should I just swap my forces onto my heritage? and save 350 Canadian?

    True zero forward lean means NO forward lean – correct?

    Goddamn, I was thinking these were more all mountain stiffer side bindings that would go good with the heritage.

    Do you think these could pair w. the heritage and be good? Or should I just stick to the forces.

  4. Forces suck to begin with go get some real bindings. True 0 means it’s literally up and down none of this 0 degrees is actually 15 degrees bullshit. Look at the Rome Targas or the new K2 Formulas to match up with your Heritage.

  5. Jimster716 says:

    Timmy, get the Targas on the Heritage…that’s my setup now. Absolutely siiiick!

  6. Leo says:

    Isn’t Flux a Japanese brand? That might have something to do with the wider profile. Asians generally have flatter and wider feet. This is my problem with shoes and boots. Many that fit my length great, are tight along the width. With street shoes, I normally have to wear a half size bigger to accommodate my width.

  7. They are but the U.S. is their biggest market.

  8. Leo says:

    Interesting… Wonder if even they realize that generally, our feet are wider (toe box area). I think it would be funny to see them start releasing bindings labeled “Caucasian Fit” haha

    Best explanation I could think of though as to why the bindings are wider especially the toe strap. I do know some brands have Asian Fit boots like Burton. I always thought that just the liner was wider in the toe box. Maybe they have brands there where the boot as a whole is wider.

  9. solidSquid says:

    Need some experts help. I was looking to get a new set of bindings and these are on the top of my list, but there is mixed review about them. Some say they’re good all around, other say they are good for park etc.. I mostly freeride / jumps, no rails.

    The ones I’ve been looking at are Flux SF45, DS30, and the Cartel 2013.

    Right now I’m riding proto ct with cartel bindings.

    Any advise would be great!

    Thanks

  10. BigHill says:

    I have 2010/11 Flux Supertitans and am still stoked on them – bought some Union Forces last season and they are complete garbage (whats the deal with all the worship of Union bindings?) Anyway chucked them back in the box and carried on with my Flux’s. I’m in Chamonix and there are no Flux suppliers here so going to have to buy on the net SF45′s or TT30′s not quite sure. Which size is best? I’m guessing large? I ride Salomon F22s size US10. Any help is appreciated?

  11. A Salomon F boot is one size smaller than it’s actual size based on how they build it. So I would think a MD might fit you. As per the model kind of depends on what you’re doing.

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