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Union: Force vs Contact.

I`ve Lib DarkSeries & vans aura boots. Now I want one of the Union bindings. They need for slalom, freeride & pow( I so old for freestyle - no more jumps).

the 2012 Contact had better toe strap, without perforation - but 2012 Force had strong highback.

Please HELP ME!
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Out of curiosity, how did you narrow it down to those 2 options? I ask because generally speaking I recommend Burton bindings...however looking at your avatar I may have my answer
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I`ve Lib DarkSeries & vans aura boots. Now I want one of the Union bindings. They need for slalom, freeride & pow( I so old for freestyle - no more jumps).

the 2012 Contact had better toe strap, without perforation - but 2012 Force had strong highback.

Please HELP ME!
If those are the only options, then I would say go with the Forces - stiffer and much more responsive binding. Really no point putting Contacts or Contact Pros on a stiff, aggressive board like the Dark Series.

Side note: Vans Auras are a slight odd choice for the type of riding that you are describing.
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Out of curiosity, how did you narrow it down to those 2 options? I ask because generally speaking I recommend Burton bindings...however looking at your avatar I may have my answer
Mate, it's just a standard Lib-Tech pic/sticker...
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Side note: Vans Auras are a slight odd choice for the type of riding that you are describing.
for a soft boot, auras are surprisingly supportive

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Side note: Vans Auras are a slight odd choice for the type of riding that you are describing.

auras had 6 of 10 points in vans flexibility line. It`s more stronger than most burtons boots.

also I tested burtons cartel & malavita - they had stupid flat highback, cannot fixed boot in binding.

therefore I rode on(in) Rome Targa - perfect bindings with badest toe strap(rubber strings from chinese stratocaster).

I knew that Contact more flexible than Force. I need someone opinions about it freeride usability

ps. sorry for my albanian...
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I'd go with the SL if you're looking for a stiff Union binding. Otherwise, between the two, I'd go with the Force. Or, if you're in no hurry, and budget is not a concern, then you can get the 2013 Union Charger when it comes out. That will be the stiffest binding Union makes at that point.

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Well if you're down for non Union suggestions

Raiden Blackhawks or K2 Companies.

Also just so you know, I don't think there are any bindings worth buying that aren't made in China. Everything bindings is made in China.

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yes, I knew about where it made. but targa toe strap is so bad. OK, it made in Tolyatti, MR - sity where was made a car called LADA.


about SL - I need bindings some cheaper. But in first, I don`t like its colors. my board had acid green backsheet & sidewalls.

somebody tell me - Contact is so soft for freeride?
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The Contact is a softer flexing park binding. Not the best for freeride really. The Force is what Union considers to be their all-mountain freestyle binding. I believe the toe strap on the 2013 Rome Targas will be much better than the old one. I've seen the prototype, and it's well made.

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