Originally Posted by East§ide
Oh stop, don't be all Canadian and whiny.
In MY experience Union makes a product that is not worth anywhere near it's retail cost. Any shop that I've gone into ( and yes, I buy local and actually talk to other riders) agrees that Unions are poorly designed and that they are outperformed by many other companies who aren't binding specific - including Salomon, Rome, Burton and more. So yea, I'm an asshole, there's my opinion.. When you buy bindings from a binding specific company ( THAT IS THE ENTIRETY OF WHAT THEY MAKE) then your first purchase after shouldn't be replacement toe caps or straps. I'm not a great rider and after 10 days on the hill, Union should have been embarassed by the way my bindings looked and worked. You'd think I was hitting 100 ft rails and dragging my bindings on them. You'd also think I was going for over the toe with my strap. I wasn't. If you don't like my opinion then SMD, this is what a forum is for.
I support companies who make quality products, listen to their customers and use that feedback to improve and who strive to outdo the others in their market. For me to see he same floppy, shapeless, flat toe poop attached to those bindings just makes me shake my head and be glad I trashed my forces
Just for the record, all 3 of my Unions, each 2 seasons old or older, weren't in nearly as bad condition as yours. I don't know what you did in those 12 days of riding but they looked worse than my Force which have 100+ days on them. I'd say about 50% of the people I ride with ride Union and noone has had problems like that. Consider yourself the exception.