Binding Review: 10-11 Flux RK30

06 Jan, 2011


Location: Mammoth, California

Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked to soft packed groomers.

Setup: I rode the Flux RK30 bindings on the DC PBJ with my Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Time to set up the binding: It was average time to set them up, actually really a bit quicker than usual.  I didn’t have to take out a tool to adjust the straps to my boots using the tool-free adjustments on the toe and ankle strap.

Fit: I took a chance on the sizing, guessing the men’s medium would fit my size 8 women’s boots but they did.  No gaps in the width of the binding and overall felt comfortable with the sizing.  It was easy to adjust the straps to fit my boots and be centered on my boots.

First Impression: A good mix of response and comfort between them.

Appearance: The Flux’s stood out from the pack of demo bindings at P3 shop in town and called my name with the bright blue color, not only that but they have bright neon green on them too.  I like the fun bright colors and the Rk30’s definitely had the color combo going on.

Comfort: The straps on the RK30’s were comfortable, I didn’t encounter any pressure points from them.  Padded in the highback and not overly high or stiff for the highback height which is good for a unisex binding.  Padding underfoot was decent.

Functionality: It’s nice when binding companies give you tool-less adjustments so if you are like me without a tool all the time, you can still adjust on the go.  The flux adjustments were easier than using a tool but not as easy as other tool-less systems.  You had to unstrap in order to adjust the straps, you couldn’t just slide to the next hole since it required lining up the parts.  Low profile ratchets were easy to tighten and release.

Flex: The RK30’s weren’t as soft as I was expecting with the urethane highback, it had good give to it but it also had support.  The highback was stiffer from top to bottom but with good flex from side to side, so you could tweak it or just ride it.  The straps were comfortable, softer padding and good give side to side.

Response: The highback held some good responsive power that made it easy to engage and hold an edge on heelside turns without buckling.  Toeside turns felt fine and comfortable with the bindings and easy to engage the edge.

Toe Strap: The Flux bindings have a flux toe mask that really molds to the boot.  It took some adjustmnet to get it lined up right but I noticed it stayed in place while riding and remained ratcheted and comfortable.  The strap wasn’t as bulky as some other cap straps, it was the perfect size without pressure.

Overall Impression: The  Flux RK30’s are definitely park friendly but can handle the mountain.  You can adjust them on the go and swap out gear like I did with Daniel today or keep them all for yourself.  They offer up a comfortable binding with good response but not overly padded, you’ll still feel what’s going on and you’ll remember the hard hits.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Its been a while since I’ve been on Flux bindings and even though they were comfortable last time, this time they were comfortable and a binding I’d ride all the time.

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Flux RK30 Description

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Review Disclosure: I demoed these bindings from P3 Snowboard Shop in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

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6 Comments

  1. andrew
    January 06, 2011

    Is that a hole in the pant liner to get at the BOAs on your boots? Thats a great idea if it is, i always got annoyed by pulling all the pant up to get at the boa. Or it got tangled when i tried to do it without pulling up the pant. Great blog too!

  2. Twin
    January 06, 2011

    Do you think the difference in the flex of the highback warrants the extra $? or would the TT30 be just as good for park/all mtn?

  3. jose
    January 08, 2011

    that is a hole for the boa system, 686 pants come with two velcro door holes.
    i heard the rk has a loose skate feel to them because they have urethane highbacks, but you say they are stiffer than you expected, hmm, maybe i should demo some.

  4. January 08, 2011

    Andrew, yep I’m wearing 686 smarty pants which have a hole in the pant for the boa system.

    Twin, I haven’t tried the TT30 to compare but the highback choice is up to you. Are you able to play around with both in person?

    Jose, yep! RK definitely have a skate feel to them but the urethane was not as soft as I was expecting, some give but overall stability from the top to bottom of the highback.

  5. Twin
    January 08, 2011

    I have felt the difference at the shop, and it didn’t seem to be all that different, but flux doesn’t have any demo days scheduled at Bear Mtn.

  6. moosen
    August 23, 2011

    hey shay, does the rk30 have more side flex and stiffer center than the k2 hurrithanes? im looking to avoid as much instability for those sketchy medium (10ft) kicker landings.