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Old 12-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I recently upgraded to the new UNION Factory from my old 2011 UNION force and thought id give you my experience.

First off off details on me and equipment used with the binding. I'm 5'10 175lbs and wear a size 11 ThirtyTwo TM-2 boot, board 2013 Never Summer EVO 154cm, binding is L/XL UNION Factory

When I first rode these bindings I thought they were horrible, until I realised I had been cranking them down way to tight! I was so used to my forces which needed to be cranked wayyy down to feel right and secure, where the Factory was a much for lack of better words "better" built binding. The top strap covered more of my boot and felt much softer and responsive then the Forces. The canting seemed to make a huge difference and actually allowed to me max out my stance on my board with comfort.

The toe strap wasn't as bad I worried it would be, from all the reviews i've read. It slipped over the toe of my boot perfectly and didn't "mash" down on my toes or feel "confined" at all. The high back seemed to be stiffer, but nothing to crazy that you could felt it out if necessary.

The only thing I wish UNION would do is make the binding tool less!!! I canno't stress that one enough. I like to adjust my bindings depending on what I'm doing, so a tool less binding would be a huge plus.

Over all a great upgrade and much more responsive binding over the UNION force. I should also add I tested the ROME Targa Boss and BURTON cartel, before purchasing the Factory. I felt the union binding would last longer and be more reliable.

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Good to hear although I'm slightly surprised to see the binding on an Evo... except that I bought a pair for my proto.

I really like the highback. Just enough tweakability and torsional flex for an all mountain board.
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Good to hear although I'm slightly surprised to see the binding on an Evo... except that I bought a pair for my proto.

I really like the highback. Just enough tweakability and torsional flex for an all mountain board.
A lot of people say the same thing about them being on the EVO. I love a stiff boot and binding and a soft board. It's much more responsive and easier to initiate turns and well super fun!!! My next board will be a stiffer SMOKIN snowboard asymmetrical board for bombing the hill.
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A lot of people say the same thing about them being on the EVO. I love a stiff boot and binding and a soft board. It's much more responsive and easier to initiate turns and well super fun!!! My next board will be a stiffer SMOKIN snowboard asymmetrical board for bombing the hill.
I don't actually think it's a big deal. I had Burton Prophecy bindings on an older Proto and was surprised how much more stiff the highback was than the Factory bindings.
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The only thing I wish UNION would do is make the binding tool less!!! I canno't stress that one enough. I like to adjust my bindings depending on what I'm doing, so a tool less binding would be a huge plus.
Wish granted. Look for it on the 14/15 lineup.

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Wish granted. Look for it on the 14/15 lineup.

I love a company that actually listens to it's customers!!!
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I just bought a set of 2014 union Factory as well.

Why didn't get get a push pin on the toe rachet like the new force and contact?
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I just bought a set of 2014 union Factory as well.

Why didn't get get a push pin on the toe rachet like the new force and contact?
Only the lower end bindings got the release lever - Union figures that people who buy the Atlas/Factory/Contact Pro/MC know the proper way to release the ratchet.
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Only the lower end bindings got the release lever - Union figures that people who buy the Atlas/Factory/Contact Pro/MC know the proper way to release the ratchet.
The lower end ones seem to be aluminium ratchets with push pins.

The force have magnesium and push pins though.

I spoke with the aqesome people at union and they are sending me a set for my factory's
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Why would you want the push pin?

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Union figures that people who buy the Atlas/Factory/Contact Pro/MC know the proper way to release the ratchet.
This is the second time I've heard a reference to their being some "proper" way to release ratchets on Union bindings... is there a trick other than pulling the damn thing up like every other binding I've used in the last decade?

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