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Old 02-10-2011, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Raiden Vs. Union

I've been a Union rider for years, but the Raiden Phantoms look pretty sweet. How do Raiden's compare to Union in comfort, dampening, durability, and stiffness?

I'm looking at the Raiden Phantom Vs. the Standard Force
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How does that mini disk thing they use work?
You just have two screws into your deck?
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Phantoms will be stiffer, more damp, and in my experience more comfy.

I have been riding Union for 3 years and will be starting my switch to Raiden this next year.
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Good to hear Nivek!

The Raiden's really look like a solid binding, simple like Union, but maybe a little more tech. Raiden's just look lighter, but I know that means nothing and could be lead wieghts. The thing that has me looking at Raiden's is the adjustable heel, Flux were on my list too, DMCC and SF45, but the Raiden's just look solid with less parts to fail.
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i saw a pair of raidens on sale for 70 so i grabbed em'. liking them so far the only issue ive had is the center plate has weirdly shaped indents for the bolts so that they can wiggle around a tiny little bit. doesnt affect anything, but just thought id say. i dont have the phantoms specifically but on the whole raiden seems to be pretty descent quality wise.

EDIT: the raidens dont have heel ramps, only toe ramps. dont know if youd need them my heel just hangs off a little
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i had raidens and had no complaints. they make a solid binding. im really looking forward to the return of bent metal for the 2012 season. they make DOPE bindings
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Good to hear the positive reviews. I ended up just ordering a pair of used phantoms, so once I get on em' I'll post my thoughts. Keep the opinions coming though, it's good to see what people have to say.
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Don't get too excited. They're still pretty garbagey
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Don't get too excited. They're still pretty garbagey
Well f me, I hope their not that bad, seems like people like em.
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Meh, basically for every Bent Metal, there is something better somewhere else.
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