Hello and welcome to my Flux XV Bindings review.
In this review I will take a look at the XV as freeride snowboard bindings.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the XV a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other freeride bindings.
Bindings: Flux XV 2020
Price: $400 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Stiff (10/10)
Flex Feel: Stiff (9/10)
Rating Score: 92.3/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Bindings
Out of the 10 men’s freeride bindings that I rated:
- The average price was $443 (USD)
- The average score was 85.5/100
- The highest score was 92.3/100
- The lowest score was 79.9/100
- The XV ranked 1st out of 10!
Overview of the XV’s Specs
Check out the tables for the XV’s specs and available sizes.
Lighter side of Normal
2 x 4 | 4 x 4 | Channel
US BOOT SIZE
EURO BOOT SIZE
UK BOOT SIZE
Who are the XV Most Suited To?
The XVs are best for anyone who likes to charge fast and ride hard. If you like to carve and also hit the backcountry, then the XVs will be give you that response and support you need.
But at the same time they manage to actually maintain some decent board feel. Which is sometimes hard to come by in stiffer bindings – and these bindings are seriously stiff.
Certainly not for the beginner, but they aren’t as unforgiving as their flex and response would suggest, so, paired with the right board and with a suitable style of riding, you could ride these as an upper level intermediate rider.Surprisingly, not un-park-able (that’s a word, I swear!) but also not ideal for the park – more suited to the steep and deep.
The XV in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the XV are capable of.
Bindings: Flux XV 2019, Large
Date: April 15. 2018
Conditions: There was a little bit of fresh snow in the morning but just a few centimeters. There was still some left over fresh snow from the previous couple of days but not as much there as there was the day before. Quite cold in the morning, especially for April, but warmed up in the afternoon as the sun came out.
Visibility was variable in the morning for the first couple of laps but cleared out pretty quickly with the sun coming out late morning.
There were a couple of harder spots but mostly pretty soft/medium all round.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance Width: 550 (21.7”)
Board demoed with: Rossignol One LF, 2018
Baseplate Length: 24.7cm (9.72”) – the heel ramp was a little extended, so it goes shorter than that. And since the heel ramp and the toe ramp both adjust it can go a good bit longer than that. My Flux DS are 24.5cm with no extension and 26.1cm fully extended. The XV, since they use a different base plate may be a little bit different, I only remembered to measure it after I had mounted it so could only measure it at what it was set to. The XF (which has the same base plate) I measured was 24.3cm and that was still a little extended, so I think it will go as short as 24cm and likely as long as 25.5cm.
Highback Height: 19.5cm (7.68”)
This binding is seriously stiff, particularly in the highback. It barely moves when you try to twist it with your hands. So I’ve given it a 9/10. Flux gives it a 5/5. I would say it really is bordering on 10/10.
Very very responsive. Certainly, made my board more responsive. To a point that it was bordering on twitchy (the board I rode them with, I consider a 6/10 flex). So yeah, super responsive.
Not just in terms of quick turn initiation but also really locked you in for carves really well, just felt it held me in super-solid on a big arcing carve, more so than most bindings.
For how stiff it is, you can actually still butter in these bindings and there is still a really decent board feel. This is what really surprised me about these (and other stiffer Flux bindings).
Made my board poppier too. Like a lot of stiffer bindings, I felt like you had to give it a bit more effort but once you did you could really extract good spring from ollies/popping.
You can adjust pretty much everything. One of the only bindings that lets you adjust both the heel ramp and toe ramp (usually just the toe ramp) – so that’s a bonus.
Can’t adjust the heel cup, which I would like to see and can’t adjust the high back rotation, which isn’t a big deal for me, but heel cup adjustments are nice to have.
They’re a bit lacking in this department. To be fair, I didn’t really notice the extent of this, but I didn’t ride them all day, which is when you might start to feel that. But also, I wasn’t hitting a lot of jumps or jibs in the park or anything either – and for what you want these bindings for (Freeriding/charging), shock absorption is less important, IMO.
Smooth entry and exit on these as with all the other Flux bindings I’ve tried.
Really comfortable. I hardly noticed them on, which is always a good sign of comfort.
The waffle strap fits great and, again, you just don’t notice it. The toe strap is probably the best in the business in my opinion. I found it conformed to my boot perfectly with no pressure points. It felt like it was on as solid as it could be but you hardly noticed it was there.
Great ankle support. Flux are one of the best in the business when it comes to ankle support, in my opinion.
For Freeride bindings they are actually one of the better priced models, and given the performance you get out of them, a great price, IMO.
Changes for the 2021 Model
The 2021 model gets a brand new highback. The “W-Prop Highback” replacing the “Retro Mod Highback” that was on the 2020 model.
The 2021 model also gets a new disc – which is now compatible with the Channel. So you no longer have to get a separate disc to make them compatible with the channel.
Changes for the 2020 Model
The 2020 model gets a couple of upgrades:
- The highback is now different. The 2019 model had the “Axis” highback. The 2020 model has a “Retro-Mod” highback. The “Retro-Mod” has carbon in it.
- The base plate also makes use of their “Super Carbon Blend” now
Changes for the 2019 Model
The toe strap has been tweaked (FTM ver5.0) which takes what was already an awesome toe strap and made it even better. I thought Flux had one of the best in the industry as it was, and this makes it that little bit better.
They may have done some other tweaks for the 2019 model but as far as I can tell it’s otherwise the same binding as the 2018 model.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
If you like your riding uncompromised and super-charged and really want something that is stiff and responsive, with great ankle support and - for the type of binding and the performance you get - not a bad price tag (less than the average price in this category), then the XV is hard to ignore.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to see how the XV compares to other men’s freeride bindings or want to check out some other options in that category, check out the next link.