I would stay away from the Contact Pro's if you plan on doing any aggressive freeriding. Their baseplate design isn't meant to be responsive. I'd stay away from Flux period. The baseplate feels clunky and the ankle strap design is sub par. If you go Union try the Atlas or the Force. If you're looking at other brands look at the Cartel, Raiden Phantom, Rome 390 Boss, Ride Rodeo. Can't go wrong with any of those.