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Old 12-10-2013, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Union Atlas vs Contact Pro for quiver

One binding, two boards. K2 WWW which I know is jibby but from what I've seen, isn't such a noodle as others perhaps.

Second board: Proto HD, Time Machine, K2 Happy Hour. All mtn freestyle.

I'm thinking the Contact Pro is better? But want to make sure. It's really hard to figure out without a top to bottom description of all of their bindings.

Curveball is something from Flux. I've been on the Flux DMCC lights a couple years back, but wanting to try something new from them, as well as try Union out.
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i pulled the trigger on the atlas' for this season and got to try them out for the first time last week at timberline@ mt. hood. theyre a great binding, really comfortable and plenty responsive. my only complaint is the the ratchets on the toe straps were a pain in the ass to release but as the day went on they got a little smoother. if youre planning on using the toe strap capped there might be better designs, i personally never cared for the caps and love it as a standard over the toe style strap. thankfully you can go either way. as for the contact pro, i havent used them yet, but i wouldnt hesitate to grab another pair of atlas for any all mountain setup.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Contact Pro has my vote!
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i pulled the trigger on the atlas' for this season and got to try them out for the first time last week at timberline@ mt. hood. theyre a great binding, really comfortable and plenty responsive. my only complaint is the the ratchets on the toe straps were a pain in the ass to release but as the day went on they got a little smoother. if youre planning on using the toe strap capped there might be better designs, i personally never cared for the caps and love it as a standard over the toe style strap. thankfully you can go either way. as for the contact pro, i havent used them yet, but i wouldnt hesitate to grab another pair of atlas for any all mountain setup.
What year did you buy, cause this years ratchets work great! And the new toe caps are awesome! I haven't rode the atlas but have this years contact pros, love them, so comfortable, plenty responsive, and still soft enough for butters and jibs.
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Both perfectly good bindings. Atlas has a more conventional feel to it, while Contact Pro is all about precision.

It is really a question of style/personal preference.

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Have Contact Pro, Force, & Atlas best is Atlas, Force Second.
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It is really a question of style/personal preference.
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Atlas is more the conventional binding and definitely not too much for the Weapon and plenty for the others you're looking at. Think Force with a bit more flex out of the frame. The Contact Pro, assuming 2014, is more your skatey surfy precision binding. As I found out, the new one better melds your boot and binding into one. It flexes in all the right ways under foot to let you get around the board and leverage the board any way you see fit. However, you do have to know how you want to leverage the board and actually be able to do that with a softer binding. Once you've put the binding into the position you want it and then snap into it you do get a ton of response down into the board, but you have to like that style of riding. I rode them on a freeride gun and a mid flex all mountain deck and they were really rad on both. But that fits my style well, and having ridden the Holograms for a year which give a similar effect/feel I was already used to that loose precision style.
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I kind of get what you're saying, but then can't figure out which one suits me better

Might just go with the pro to see if I like the different feeling of it. I still have 390 Bosses around (not a fan of those) if I do indeed decide I like a traditional feel.
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I kind of get what you're saying, but then can't figure out which one suits me better

Might just go with the pro to see if I like the different feeling of it. I still have 390 Bosses around (not a fan of those) if I do indeed decide I like a traditional feel.
One easy way to think about this is to ask yourself how you use your highbacks:
Do you like them responsive and, maybe, with quite a bit of forward lean? Do you push into the highbacks for your heelside turns and carves? If yes, the Atlas is a better fit for your style.
Or do you use your highbacks more nunaced most of the time and only use them gradually, while relying more on shifting your weight in order to influence the board? Then you are more of a Contact Pro kind of guy.

BTW what did you not like about the 390 Boss? They are actually somewhere between the Atlas and the Contact Pro in style.

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What year did you buy, cause this years ratchets work great! And the new toe caps are awesome! I haven't rode the atlas but have this years contact pros, love them, so comfortable, plenty responsive, and still soft enough for butters and jibs.
they're last years model. the toe ratchets are a little hard to release so if you're not wearing gloves you run the risk of shredding the shit out of the top of your fingers on the ladder(which i did a couple times setting them up for my boots). like i said though, as they got some runs under them they started to loosen up a but. as far as running the toe strap capped, that was just a visual observation. it just doesnt LOOK that secure compared to other bindings ive seen/used with cap specific straps. im personally an old fashioned over-the-toe kind of guy so i didnt even bother trying it that way to see. i love my atlas' but keep my high backs tilted as far back as possible(i dont like much forward lean). after reading some of these comments wouldnt mind giving the contact pros a try myself now.
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