Its cute, how you defend union. But look at the big picture...... there are better choices.
Switchbacks are solid. Straps are super plush, ratchets aren't the best but still better then union, and toe strap is sick. Id say, the 300 dollars switchbacks compare to 25o dollar forces. But at the same value level as forces, cartels are a clear choice.
The switchback ankle straps blow. Ratchets aren't close to Unions. The toe cap is about as basic as you can find. And all for $300 when you can the the far superior Atlas for $60 less. What a joke. And then you're comparing the $199 Force to the $270 Cartel? This argument is a joke.