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Old 02-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Union Contact SLs in the mail!!!!

hello forum, i have been eying some park bindings for a long time and couldn't decide between some 390s or forces or some flux titans stuff, but recently i have been running into some problems with my Ride Rx bindings (ratchets slipping and the toe strap slipping) and so i was on sierra a couple days ago and noticed the 30% off sale and then saw these new looking bindings with a toe strap that looks awfully similar to the burton bindings toe strap and decided to go for it.

the contacts in the past have always looked too flimsy to me, but now they put some more beefy padding on the straps and a stiffer high back and that is exactly what i wanted from the contact, another thing that held me back from union before was people having problems with the toe strap slipping and now, with this strap i think that they will have silenced any of those slippage problems.

that little story being said, has anyone else ridden these Union Sierra Contact SLs?

i can't wait for em in the mail, i will post a review right after i ride em
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ive been looking at those bindings too! lemme me know when you post that review. i ordered a sierrascope from them that should be coming tomorrow, and i wanted to throw some nice bindings on it too. ive heard great things about union, and when paired up with sierra, i feel like something magical will go down
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I actually just switched over from Technines to the Union Contact. Originally I had wanted the Forces, but they were all sold out so I opted for the Contacts and have to say that they are great. They're super light, really strong, tons of cushion and (my favorite part) have a pad that covers the degree dial and screws so landing flat doesn't hurt so much. Youre gonna love em
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I'm switching from Flow NXT AT's too 390's once they get here (in the mail as well should be here tomorrow!) and I'll let you know what I think of the 390's!

Also have a new stick on the way too, Capita Stairmaster! Cant wait for this weekend haha
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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I own a pair. I've put about two days on them. They're ok. Too soft for my liking, but fun in their own way and certainly still rideable everywhere. I prefer the older Union ratchets, these are designed a bit differently. The toe cap doesn't have a lever to easily disengage and you kind of have to grab at the teeth. The ankle straps are stiffer than Contact straps, softer than standard Force straps. I considered throwing them on my Forces, but I think I prefer a stiffer feel out of my straps.

I do dig the new toecap, which is effectively the same thing as what Burton's got going on nowadays. I never had any problems with the toecap that comes with most Union bindings, but it was a pain in the ass placing the plastic pieces in different notches to find the perfect positioning on it. New one is much simpler.

If you want a soft, sick looking binding, they're worth a look.
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