I like my raidens (very limited experience) and im sure it was a pretty spectacular wipeout that caused the break. I tend to destroy equimpent pretty quick. Last year i wrecked, a board, boots, binding, 2 pairs of gloves, a jacket, pants. Even people that don't love union seem to think they last a long time so it is something that will come into consideration.
Maybe some day i will try union. Seems like a lot of ppl really like them but im getting old and don't care about being core. I was really considering bringing in my boots to see how the toe strap would fit but whatever. Im sure in the next year or two all the bs will die down and all the sane people that ride them will make me consider them again.