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Donek Flux 168

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I've had this board for two seasons, buying it in the spring of 2016.  Between my MK, Tanker, Custom 172 and Proteus I have not spent more than 5 days on it.  Yesterday, I took it to Mount Snow.  I rode other boards in hardboots in the morning and switched to the Flux in softies in the afternoon.  

The conditions were groomed, hard, packed powder in the morning.  Very firm, consistent and well set up snow.  Perfect for carving.  The afternoon brought a bit softer (but not too soft) conditions but, due to the lack of people at the mountain on that Monday, there were no push piles or crud to deal with.

This 168 Flux was a custom build.  

SCR: 8.5-10

Waist: 28cm

The bindings are Burton Cartels mounted at 36* front and 18* rear.

I had not previously been on good carving conditions with the Flux.  I always had it out in powder and crud, thinking that it would excel in this less than desirable snow.  It does handle these conditions well but, after yesterday, I will be spending a whole lot more time on my Flux.

This thing is a tank.  It is extremely damp, quiet and stable.  It carves very well and feels as though you can't loose an edge.  I regret not using the board on good snow before now.  By far, it blows away any soft boot carving board that I've been on.  When my skier friends decided to staightline a run or two and I had to chase it was stable and locked in, even with very subtle edging.  With the extra width  it is heavy hanging from your leg on the lift.  This is a small price to pay for the fun you can have on the Flux.  The tail holds on to each and every turn.  However, when you need to push it out to shave off some speed it does so without a fight.  The variable SCR is great.  I did experiment with shifting my weight forward and backward to change the turn shape.  As expected, I noticed the change, but as I settled in and just rode without thinking about technique the turn shape changes happened naturally.  Just ride and the Flux will go where you want.

I have had a great season with 31 days on the snow.  That is high for me with work and family.  I have had a ton of fun on all of the above listed boards.  But, not on any of the others did I have as much fun as I did on the Flux.  It could have been because of the blue bird sky or the 40* temps or the great grooming or the great company or it could have been that for years the Flux is the only board that has truly shocked me.  

Before yesterday I was considering putting the Flux up for sale.  Not for any negative reasons related to its performance, but for its lack of use and to make room for my first Coiler.  After yesterday, I will not be parting with it.  

The Flux could easily stand in a one board quiver that I'd be very happy with.

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1 hour ago, Poloturbo said:

Is this really a metal Flux?

 

Sorry, my mistake.  I have thought it was metal ever since I bought it.  After reading your post in reply I called Sean.  No metal.  The dampness comes from rubber and the method of construction.  I will correct the original post.

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22 minutes ago, workshop7 said:

Sorry, my mistake.  I have thought it was metal ever since I bought it.  After reading your post in reply I called Sean.  No metal.  The dampness comes from rubber and the method of construction.  I will correct the original post.

Thanks for sharing the details. Saw immediately after your post that the Flux is the Saber construction so damp with rubber but without metal. Still an amazing ride...

 

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I got a Flux 162 at the start of the season to replace my Burton Custom 158.  I agree completely with what your saying, this board is awesome.  It holds a carve if that's what your doing, and is easy to slid around if you need to get out of a tight situation.

I wouldn't hesitate to order another one.

 

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What size boots are you rocking with that 28cm waist? 

Do you think you can get away with a longer SCR for bigger turns, or is the 8-10 the right number for east coast?

How would the board handle the afternoon crud in hard boots? 

My increasing interest in carving, and increasing foot pain in soft boots, is leading me to investing in a hard boot setup for all day, all mountain riding. Flux seems like a great option for the deck!

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What width flux are you thinking?

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36 minutes ago, daveo said:

What width flux are you thinking?

If that was directed at me... I'm not really sure but probably close to 28 to allow lower angles as I progress. Thanks!

 

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10 hours ago, Grip said:

If that was directed at me... I'm not really sure but probably close to 28 to allow lower angles as I progress. Thanks!

 

Yes, it was. 28cm width for hardboots- are you sure? Seems a little wide...

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My first hardboot board was around 21.5cm wide to allow me to get used to low-ish hardboot angles before I increased them up a bit. Don't think I'd be comfortable going over 23cm wide with hardboots. My feet are around MP28. 

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@Grip and @daveo.  I ride my 28 waist Flux with size 11 Burton SLX boots, 33 degree front foot and 18 degree back foot.  Most hardbooters on a Flux wouldn’t ask for it to be made this wide, but it was necessary for the lower binding angles.  I would love to experiment with larger SCR, even in the same length.  Sorry it took me so long to respond to the above posts.  I didn’t know they were here.

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I assume the flux is a stiff board . For the past five years I’ve owned burton custom x   158-160. I’m looking for a step up board something bigger and faster for groomers.   I’m thinking something 166 to 169. 
  I’m 5’ 7”, size 9 boot and weigh 175lbs.. looking for advise. 

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17 hours ago, Colin said:

I assume the flux is a stiff board . For the past five years I’ve owned burton custom x   158-160. I’m looking for a step up board something bigger and faster for groomers.   I’m thinking something 166 to 169. 
  I’m 5’ 7”, size 9 boot and weigh 175lbs.. looking for advise. 

Hard or soft boots? Idea of waist width? Carving, freestyle or all mountain oriented?

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Workshop7: 

 I totally agree with your take on the Flux. My riding buddy & I each had Sean build one for us. Mine is 158 (don't know the SCR or width) but I love it. It is the best toy I have ever owned. My buddy is a bigger guy & his is about a 170. 

 He's considering having Sean make him another one - as wide as Sean's equipment will go. 

We ride these in all conditions: powder, crud & carving. I never think "is this the right board for these conditions?". 

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