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Old 10-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im trying to find the best binding for the buck, and so far it seems to be the union force bindings. i have a 2010 burton blunt. i dont do much freestyle anymore, but i couldnt help get a board that i still can. is there any other binding out there comparable to the force for around the same price? Flux or Ride possibly?
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Force is about as vanilla as you can get. Burton Cartel ReFLEX is also very nuts and bolts but solid.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if you had to choose one to ride this season, what would you pick between those 2..or any others you reccomend?
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Probably Cartels based on ergos. Union redesigned their toe caps this season and somehow they're even worse than the 2011 and previous. They just don't conform very well; they should look at Raiden's window design.

Anyway, the Union Contact Pro's are good, ergo of the straps aside. I looked at Ride Capo/Maestro/Rodeo, Rome 390 Boss, K2 Auto Uprise and The Company, Raiden Phantom and Burton Malavita/Cartels.
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ok cool, what about flux? do you have any opinion on that brand? im just trying to figure out what the best binding to get for a few seasons
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Yea, a lot of people like them. I looked into RK30's, more of a jib oriented freestyle binding and the DS45 which are kind of all around with a nylon blend highback that mimics the feeling of urethane. Their trademark is the urethane backs which give a really buttery feel. TT30's are a bit more toward mid flexing, all mountain freestyle. I haven't demo'd them which is why I didn't throw my lot in with them but if I had, I'm sure they would have been good.
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Union over flux any day. I have both, really tried to get used to the flux but ended up going back to the Force. Just liked the feel and responsiveness of the binding better.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would just say not union... I have had soo much trouble with my contact SLs its not even funny. Even with locktite on the screws i keep having to tighten them, if not my heel cup slides outward and that is not good cause then nothing fits. That was a daily thing for me.

I just picked up some k2 hurrithanes and i can already tell they are better, they just feel waay more solid compared to how cheap unions feel. Thats just my opinion of union. Now that they have this ugly almost non functional toe strap, i wouldn't go anywhere near them.

I also checked out flux in the store and i didn't like the way they felt, very cheap, but the main reason I didn't get them is cause they just didn't fit my boots very well, they have a pretty wide toe area.

Check out Raiden bindings, Rome, and K2. K2 i feel has the best value having their normal 2 strap bindings under $200 but I am slightly biased cause i just bought a pair.

I had some older ride bindings before my unions and I was actually happy with those. but this was before they redesigned their toe strap with the web, which i have heard is one of the best toe straps.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ive heard more good than bad things about union, but the bad seems to be opinion based, compared to reviews, but the bad opinions are still bad. i was kinda hooked on getting the union force this year but not so sure any more. what is everyones thought on best binding for 200 bucks...maybe itll ehlp me narrow my search down
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or how bout the burton cobra sharks? i want something more all mountain freestyle than strictly freestyle, so im not sure about the cobra sharks, but i heard theyre good bindings non the less
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