After a couple months of searching, my 2010 Flux Feedbacks finally arrived today!! I'm pretty excited after getting a set of 2010 Flux Super Titans a couple months ago, which have worked out great as an all mountain freestyle binding. You can read that review by clicking here.
The two are similar in many aspects, but there are a few key differences, so I think the Feedback will work out even better for my riding style. They came with spare replacement ankle and toe ladder straps, as well as a second set of base rubber pieces in a different density. Of course I haven't had a chance to take them on the hill yet, but I'll update as soon as I have a couple days out with them this week.
When I got my Super Titans a couple mos. ago, I spent over an hour making adjustments to everything, as I always do. This time around, I was able to use the ST as a model, making the same adjustments to the Feedbacks, so it cut that time by more than half. The adjustment options are almost identical to those on my Rome Targas, except that everything on the Flux is tool-less. This is great, which means you can fine tune them anytime/anywhere. Whenever I try rotating highbacks on any binding, they always end up at a bit of a strange angle, both vertically and within the heelcup. It's usually as a result of my binding angles and that my boots are at the upper size limits of the binding. The same is true for me with Flux bindings, plus the way the ladder straps are mounted inside the heelcup, so with such a tight fit in the heelcup as it is, there isn't much room to spare when the highback is tweaked.
Since I weighed all my other bindings in my Super Titan review,
I busted out my postal scale again and weighed these too. I expected the Feedbacks to weigh a little less than the Super Titans it doesn't have those side covers and has the cored out heelcup. I was surprised to find that wasn't the case. I attribute it to the addition of the rubber base pieces and baseplate covers, and the slightly stiffer design. The difference is negligible anyways, so it really doesn't matter. Here are the actual weights including mounting screws for each and baseplate covers for all but the Super Titans. Only weighed one foot, so x2 for a set.
Weights in lbs.
2.19 - Rome 390
2.31 - Rome Targa
2.38 - Union Force
2.44 - Flux Super Titan
2.46 - Flux Feedback
2.50 - Union Data
2.56 - Ride NRc
2.69 - Ride CAD
My initial impressions are excellent...these bindings feel solid with a fore/aft flex and torsional play very similar to the Super Titans but just barely stiffer. I'll have to wait until they're somewhat broken in to see if they're closer to the feel of my Rome Targas or not. I didn't find the ST to be quite as responsive as the Targas, although more than my 390's. The Feedback and ST utilize the same ladder guides, which have proven to work very well--much better than on Targa ankle straps and Union toe straps which catch sometimes. Although the Flux website says they share the same ankle strap, they're actually different. Both are cushy, with the ST being almost as soft as the gel-like 390's, but the one on the Feedback is a bit firmer and slightly narrower. They do share the same toe caps, which are the best I've ever tried (yes, slightly better than even Rome/Ride, and way better than Union/Burton. It fits my K2 T1 DB boots very well, which I currently have strapped down tight in the bindings, as I always do with new ones, so that they're already molded a bit before I actually get out and use them.
I think I prefer the streamlined frame of the ST with its adjustment covers, but the asymmetrical highbacks on the Feedbacks do look pretty sweet. Since the tops of them are angled, the highest point is the same height as the ST which is flat and 1cm taller than the regular Titan. This is my first set of bindings with an asym back, so I'm curious to see if I feel any noticeable difference in response from that. It might be hard to differentiate b/w that and the difference in the base b/c both bindings utilize the same materials in the base/highback, but each piece is designed differently. The Feedback should do an even better job of cushioning landings because the padding on top of the baseplate is ~1mm thicker, and Flux added removable rubber pieces to the outer lower sides of the base. It came with a set of grey ones installed which are more flexible like firm urethane, and another set of black ones in the box which more rigid like plastic. I'll prob swap them around depending on what board I mount the binders to.
If it sounds like I love these bindings so far, I do. I can't find a single thing wrong as of yet, so we'll have to see if that changes once I put them in use. Like I said previously, I'll update with more impressions as I get a chance to spend a couple days with them on the mtn, which should happen before the weekend.