Originally Posted by Beschatten
Why is everyone bitching about the straps... The biggest issue with these bindings is the baseplate. There like an inch thick, creating the ultimate dead-zone and they weigh a ton. They're sandbags on your ankles.
Response is good.
Shock absorption is good.
Ratchets freeze up sometimes.
BUT MY GOD THESE THINGS ARE HEAVY.
I dont know what year union bindings you were riding but the newer models are super light. And there is absolutely no dead zone. Portions of the baseplate are actually hollowed out to allow more feel under your feet. Where are you getting your info from? Im no fanboy but from my experience they are the best feeling/responsive binding. Ill deal with a ratchet issue that goes away with use. Rather have a sticky ratchet then one that loosens all the time like my cartels did.
On a side note: What boots are people using with these bindings. Union doesnt have the best adjustability so boot fit could be a huge issue. Im using 2010 Burton Hail's with footprint reduction size 9