Flux XF 2017 Review
The Flux XF are some pretty aggressive and responsive, light bindings. Based on some of the ideas of the SF, they are made to get a good balance of response, but still having enough flex to be able to tweak without being restricted.
Features of the Flux XF 2017:
- Axis Highback
It is made of a Nylon material, that gives it a medium stiffness. The Axis highback has a pretty thick spine that runs through the middle of the highback, to get strong response for heelside turns. The top part of the highback has a split in it which gives the top half a bit more lateral flex, which is going to help when you are spinning off jumps so that it is not overly restricting your boots. It has a regular forward lean adjustment (which used to be only on the SF model) so you can easily adjust the forward lean if you are riding hardpacked snow or icy halfpipes.
- Transfer Baseplate
The transfer baseplate has a larger surface area, and the idea is that more contact with the board will give you better “power transfer”. The toe edge transfer system means that the adjustable toe section isn’t floating, and gives you direct contact to the board.
- GnarPoint System
This is a solid area that sits under the ball of your foot, to make sure that there is a solid area under the spot where you can put the most pressure on the board.
- ASYM Heelcup
The outside of the heelcup is higher than the inside, which allows you to push a little more naturally with your feet, which should make for easier ollies and turns.
- Honeycomb Strap
The ankle straps are made of a strong and but flexible material, that wraps around boots nicely and doesn’t make and pressure points.
- Micro Ratchet Buckles
They are 30% smaller, and are easy to tighten the bindings right up, without making them hard to get off.
- F.T.M. Versa
These are just the names for the piece of plastic that runs over the ladder once it has gone through the buckles, which stops them from sticking out.
- UU Fit
- Tool-less levers
A feature that is on almost all Flux bindings (except for their budget bindings), which means you can adjust the straps and the highback without needing a screwdriver.
- Adjustable Toe & Heel Cushion
You can easily adjust the toe and heel cushions so that you get the most support under your boot.
How they ride
The XF’s fit nicely on my Tm-Twos, the ankle strap wrapped around tightly, and didn’t give me any weird pressure points, just put a nice amount of pressure evenly over the boots. The toe caps that Flux have had the past couple of seasons are much nicer than their older ones, and don’t move around at all.
The highbacks were nice, they felt very direct and responsive, as soon as I moved my weight back for a heelside turn there didn’t feel like there was any slack, the pressure moved straight to the heel edge.
They are by far the nicest Flux bindings I have ridden, as they had a lot more response compared to even the DS.
Going by Flux’s ratings they are a 4/5 on stiffness and a 4/5 for lightness, which matches up with what I felt when riding them.
What size bindings do I need for my boots?
|Flux Mens Binding Size Guide|
|Mens Boot Size||4.5-7.5||7-10||9-13+|
Flux XF 2017 colors