I love them. I originally wanted to buy the Union Forces but they were all sold out, so I went with the Contacts and have absolutely loved them. The flex of the highback is amazing, it is so easy to bone out a grab, but holds up just fine for freeriding. The toe cap can go over or on top of the toes, the ratchets are very strong, the response of the binding is great. The only complaint I have is that there is not enough padding on the ankle strap, but overall, I highly recommend the Contacts.