Hello and welcome to my Flux CV snowboard bindings review.
In this review, I will take a look at the CV as all-mountain-freeride snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the CV a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain-freeride bindings.
Binding: Flux CV 2024
Flex Rating: Stiff (4/5)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 89.4/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain-Freeride Bindings
Out of the 20 men’s all-mountain-freeride bindings that I rated:
Overview of the CV’s Specs
Check out the tables for the CV’s specs and available sizes.
2x4 | 4x4 | Channel
US BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
UK BOOT SIZE
Who is the CV Most Suited To?
The CV is best suited to someone looking for a really nice carving binding, but without having to go ultra stiff to get it. There's a decent amount of forgiveness and decent slow speed turning performance as well.
If you're looking for the most shock absorbing bindings out there, they may not be for you, but if you want great ankle support and otherwise quality feeling bindings and you need something around that 7/10 flex range, then the CV are worth checking out, for sure.
Best matched to boards in the 5/10 to 8/10 flex range. And even better suited to 6/10 to 7/10 flexing boards, IMO.
The CV in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the CV are capable of.
Binding: Flux CV 2024, M
Date: March 7, 2023
Cloudy but high cloud. Good visibility. Lightly snowing to start but very light. Slightly more than flurries buy not much more.
Temperature was -1°C (30°F) and -4°C (25°F) with wind, both morning and afternoon. SE winds 5kph (3mph) morning . 10kph (6mph) SSE in afternoon.
24 hour snow: 0.4" (1cm)
48 hour snow: 2" (5cm)
7 day snow: 25" (64cm)
On groomer: Nicely groomed with a good layer of soft on top. I'd say medium firm underneath.
Off groomer: A little bit of it being dust on crust, but the crust part underneath wasn't too hard/icy or anyhing, so not too bad overall.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Board tested with: Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker
Boots tested with: Adidas Response ADV, size US9.5
Footbed length: 23.8cm (9.4”)
Footbed Length Fully Extended: 25.9cm (10.2”)
Baseplate Length (underside): 22.7cm (8.9")
Highback Height: 18.4cm (7.2”)*
* this seems quite short, but the heel cup is actually higher off the baseplate than most bindings. So where the top of the highback sits is actual more normal. From the top sheet of the board to the top of the highback it's 27.5cm (10.8"), which is right on average (27.2cm (10.7")) for all the bindings I've measured that on.
Weight: 1,000 grams (2lbs, 3oz)
* for one binding, including screws and disc. The average weight of a small sample size of around 80 bindings (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 models) I have weighed is 920 grams (2lbs). So the CV is a little heavier than average. I felt that slightly on the lift, but on snow they felt normal.
In Hand: The CV has a fairly stiff feeling highback, but there is some twist flex, both medially and laterally. With a touch more lateral than medial flex. A touch of give pulling back on the top of the highback, but very little. Compared to the DS it's significantly stiffer. But that's not too hard, as the DS is quite flexy both twisting and pulling back – particularly when pulling back right up the top. Vs the Malavitas (my control bindings), the CV have a touch more pullback flex (Malavita’s basically none), but the CVs are just a touch harder to twist. Though they are very close in the twist flex test.
Ankle and toe strap flex: The CV's ankle strap flex is very comparable to the Malavita's. Not overly stiff, have a good bit of flex to them. Ditto toe strap.
On Snow: They were certainly stiffer than the Malavita on snow, overall. But not by massive amounts. Noticeable but not hugely. Based on all the bindings I've tested, I would say mid-stiff, right on 7/10 is how they felt to me.
For slower speed response for short/sharp turns, they didn't feel quite as good as my control bindings (Burton Malavita) but weren't far off.
But when it came to carving, particularly with a bit of speed under you, the CVs came into their own. They felt considerably better on a carve and made my control board feel like a better carver than it typically is.
I found the CV had really decent board feel. Not quite to the level of my control bindings, but they are really good. Given there's no mini-disc or anything like that, it's somewhat surprising how this feels board-feel-wise. But I think the lack of padding in the footbed contributes to it (see shock absorption section below).
Felt the same as my control bindings both in terms of initiating pop and in terms of total pop potential.
Super adjustable. Only the heel cup isn’t adjustable. Which I do like to have (and I'd have it over the heel ramp adjustment, in an ideal world), so it’s a relatively big missing piece, but it’s not essential – and with the rest of the adjustability, you should be able to get a really good binding to boot and binding to board fit with these bindings.
Heel Cup: No
Stance Width: Full size disc that you can run horizontal, so good micro stance width adjustbility.
Highback Lean: Yes and tool-less.
Ankle Strap Position: Yes – 2 positions.
Toe Strap Position: Yes – 2 positions.
Ankle and toe strap length: Tool-less.
Gas pedal/toe ramp extension: Yes - and it also has heel ramp adjustment too, which is uncommon to have both, so it makes centering your boots on the footbed really easy.
Highback Rotation: Yes – 5 different positions and it's also tool-less, which is something that's not usually tool-less, so that's a bonus.
There is pretty much non-existent padding in the footbed of these bindings, which is typical of flux. There is maybe a little more (because it has the new boost footon footbed) than other models, but it's still very minimal. The footbed does, however, sit a little higher off the baseplate than typical, but it feels hollow inside. This does, probably, allow for a bit of an air cushion.
On snow I did feel like they were a touch better than the DS I also rode that day, so they've done something to make that a little better, without affecting board feel. But still noticeably less shock absorbing than my control bindings.
Nice and smooth ratchets and this made unstrapping on the go, when approaching the chairlift, nice and easy. And easy to strap in one-handed when needed.
Overall not quite to the same comfort level of my control bindings, but those are hard to beat. Overall, really nice and comfortable.
Ankle Strap: They fit so nicely to my boots. No pressure points, just a nice snug fit and perfectly formed. The ratchet ladder sitting on the inside of the heel cup really helps with how well this strap fits, IMO. Which also really helps with ankle support (see below).
Toe Strap: Toe strap fits perfect. Best toe straps in business, I reckon.
Canted Footbed: Not that I could tell. When I measured, it was flat across and the eye test didn't see any canting. And they don't mention it in their specs. Short answer - no.
Padded Footbed: Very minimal padding (see shock absorption section above for more). The reason I couldn't give it any more for comfort, but man did those straps feel nice!
Highback: There's a little padding on the lower half of the highback. Whether that makes any difference, I'm not sure. What I am sure of though, is that I didn't experience any calf bite, which is the main thing.
The Ankle support on these bindings (and other Flux bindings too) is the best in the business, IMO. As mentioned above the ankle strap and ladder sit on the inside of the heel cup. With most bindings they sit on the outside of the heel cup. This allows for a really nice snug fit and they typically, in my experience, have the best ankle support I've felt.
They also have two ankle strap position options. So, you can sit it lower for less support and more freedom of movement or higher for more support.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
SLOW SPEED RESPONSE
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Flux CV are really nice bindings that made my board feel like a better carver than it should be and was just super nice to lay carves with - without only a very minimal loss of slow speed performance.
Their straps fit so perfectly to my boots and felt super comfortable, along with providing the best ankle support in the business.
They may lack in shock absorption, though these were a little better than some other Flux models I've tried, with the new boost footon, but they make up for it in every other area, even with good board feel, that if you can take that on the chin, you get some really high performance bindings that feel great to ride in.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other all-mountain-freeride type bindings or want to compare the CV to others, check out the next link.