The Magic has Arrived!!!
haha the box got in yesterday and i pulled em out and they look pretty sick, i think better than in the picture, cause in the picture you can't see what the ratchets look like, and they are like silver with a green union logo on em.
I was a little iffy on buying bindings with a plastic base, cause before i had Ride Rxs which are have aluminum bases. The plastic base seems not be an issue, it feels very strong and solid, no rattling parts or anything (like my rides have).
The ankle ratchet is really nice and smooth, the toe ratchet is not the smoothest release, but i doubt it will make any difference on the mountain.
Setting them up was relatively easy, the box didn't include a manual and i was able to figure everything out myself (this is my first pair of unions). I really enjoyed the adjustable heel cup feature, that made it WAAAY easier to adjust than my Rides, which where a nightmare (once i took em apart i couldn't get em back together cause the screws wouldn't line up lol). Another plus is the adjustable toe strap position. you can move the ladder and strap forward or backwards which helps to get the strap centered over your boot without haveing to acutally unscrew and move the strap.
The highback feels nice and flexy sideways, but has good resistence to flexing back and forth.
I got the toe strap lined up on the boot which was pretty easy, but i paid more attention to it because people say they have problems with union toe straps. The thing is the toe strap on the contact SLs is the same as the strap on the Cadets, which has a large hole in it. I have a feeling the strap will stay put. The heel strap is really nice and padded, i think the heel strap is similar or the same as the heel pad on the forces.
I have a feeling that the contact SLs are somewhere in between the Forces and Contacts in terms of flex. The high back feels a tad stiffer than the regular contact high back. The hand flexing of em actually feels sort of like the 390s.
So far im satisfied with my purchase, and i mounted em on my 08-09 stairmaster, and it looks pretty sick, i'm gona take it out on friday night at snow summit and i will let you guys know how it goes.
Another thing.... They are SUPER LIGHT, far lighter than my Rides.
Last edited by twin89; 02-10-2010 at 01:22 PM.