I have the Factory mounted on my park board, which I never ride anywhere else. I also own the Atlas, SL, and Force, but the dampening and comfort that the Factory provide is so good that I don't even bother with the others. I have the SL's mounted to my jib board, only because it's got more flex in the highback. But the Factory highback, even though it's stiffer and more responsive doesn't limit my jibbing in anyway. Union really has their bindings dialed to all around use. They allow flex and movement where you want it and provide support and response at the same time.
They do have some pressure from the highback on the calf of the boot compared to the Atlas, but the Atlas highback has a lot of torsional flex, so with a stiffer highback that's to be expected. I don't find it painful or uncomfortable in any way. Just more noticeable.
Edit: I'd just add that I would like to see Union make a binding with the Factory baseplate and straps, but with and Atlas highback. That would be my ideal park binding. But if I rode 50/50 park/all-mountain, the Factory would still be my choice.
Cool thanks for the info.
Interesting it works as an all round park binding, I didn't pick it as such. Exactly why I asked for public opinion. It does seem like it would be a good binding. Still hate the Union website, their info for this binding (and their others for that matter) is so lame. If its good enough for Travis, then its more than good enough for you basically. Imagine if all brands just wrote that sort of crap.
Oh sorry, just two more questions, can you wind the high back to zero forward lean (not that I would want 0 but you know what I mean. so they aren't on say a 45 degree insane lean out of the box that you cannot ease off?
Last question....I promise....well actually you never know
Is the Canting across the whole footbed?, but again their website sux, just mention of toe ramp canting that I could see. I would assume its across the whole foot as opposed to some twist in the foot and canting on the toes only, but then again I've been surprised before in this industry.
Oh just thought of one more question sorry, Again an assumption, the plates on these, you can rotate them so the holes allow toe-heel adjustment, rather than stance width, to get perfect centering? May seem like dumb question, but found out recently the Burton reflex discs are not designed to be used in the alternate ways, although Unions look like standard discs, they are not machined to flex differently in the different orientations?
Thanks alot, sorry to be a pain.