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Old 10-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Union bindings don't feel cheap at all to me either. I've owned the DLX (2011) and the Contact Pro (2012). The DLX was super solid for their entry level binding. The Contact Pro is really nice as well. I really like their highbacks, ankle straps, and overall look. I think the ratchets work great as well. I've heard so much crap about the toe straps on them but they fit my boots just fine. The only complaint I have with them is that the footbed is really hard and there is no canting. It didn't bother me much, but if you're coming from a cushy footbed to this it might not feel that great. I also have Ride Delta MVMNT (2011). They were replaced by the Rodeo for 2012 and later. Their footbeds have tons of padding and their canting feels really nice. It's either 2 or 2.5 degrees I think. The ankle strap isn't quite as padded as the Contact Pro but is still comfortable. The toe straps are awesome! They can grip anything! Just my input. I haven't ridden any other bindings than these three, and I know other companies make some great stuff as well, but that's what I think of the stuff I've ridden

You should try out Burton, Rome, Ride, Flux etc... Then base your opinion. So far i tried K2 Formulas(2011), Burton triads(06) customs(06 and 09) missions(2010), union forces(09), and some old Rome's. Fav's by far Burton's, love their straps and the non-reflex bases.
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You should try out Burton, Rome, Ride, Flux etc... Then base your opinion. So far i tried K2 Formulas(2011), Burton triads(06) customs(06 and 09) missions(2010), union forces(09), and some old Rome's. Fav's by far Burton's, love their straps and the non-reflex bases.
Like I said, I own Ride bindings. My brother also has Rome Mob (2011) that I've tried. I've used a couple older Burton's but not enough to have an opinion on them. I'm not going to have an opportunity to try a large variety of bindings so I'm just stating my opinion based on what I've ridden.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Like I said, I own Ride bindings. My brother also has Rome Mob (2011) that I've tried. I've used a couple older Burton's but not enough to have an opinion on them. I'm not going to have an opportunity to try a large variety of bindings so I'm just stating my opinion based on what I've ridden.
Sorry didn't see that,AND you still like union? What is wrong with you, they honestly felt like shit... But whatever.
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Sorry didn't see that,AND you still like union? What is wrong with you, they honestly felt like shit... But whatever.
I still like Union. There are a bunch of other brands I would want to buy before I got another pair of Unions (390 Boss, Cartel, Malavita, Phantom, etc) but I didn't mind them. I don't think they stand up to the incredible hype they get but I also don't think they're worthless like a lot of people say. They are extremely light, look stylish, fit my boots great, ratchets worked well even if they weren't always the smoothest. Their biggest down fall for me was cushioning, but since I'm not hitting 20+ foot kickers regularly it never affected me all that much.
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Sorry didn't see that,AND you still like union? What is wrong with you, they honestly felt like shit... But whatever.
They can't be too terrible... They have a cult like fallowing with Gigi and trivis on
their pro team....

And rookie, I think you made have made up my mind on not getting union. After switching to the Ride capo and riding the Cushy 2.5 wedgie footbed for a year I don't think I can go to a harder footbed. I couldnt even really ride my Ride deltas last year after getting my Capo's. it's just way more comfortable..
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They can't be too terrible... They have a cult like fallowing with Gigi and trivis on
their pro team....

And rookie, I think you made have made up my mind on not getting union. After switching to the Ride capo and riding the Cushy 2.5 wedgie footbed for a year I don't think I can go to a harder footbed. I couldnt even really ride my Ride deltas last year after getting my Capo's. it's just way more comfortable..
Well I just went from Contact Pros to Ride Deltas and noticed the footbed was a lot more cushy so if you thought it was a noticeable downgrade from Capos to Deltas it would be smart to stay away from union. at least until they fix this.
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Well I just went from Contact Pros to Ride Deltas and noticed the footbed was a lot more cushy so if you thought it was a noticeable downgrade from Capos to Deltas it would be smart to stay away from union. at least until they fix this.
No sorry I didn't mean 2011 deltas with the wedgie. Mine were 2008's without it.
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ahh got it. well same dealeo
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Fact is, bindings are the same as boots - it's a personal choice and they fit everyone different. As many opinions you may listen to, nothing is going to give you a better idea than trying them yourself.

As much as people love Burton bindings, I hate them. They're the most uncomfortable things I've ever tried on. I've got some 2012 Contact Pro's now and they've been really good. The toe straps have been fine (I ride 32 lashed boots) and I've never had a problem with the ratchets. I've also not had a problem with the lack of 'cushioning' either. They're also pretty damn light which is great for park, and I haven't found them too soft or unresponsive when riding big mountain and powder.

The only real problem I have is with the heel cup that likes to loosen up and pops from "1" out to "2" - though it tends only to be on one side of the heel cup on one binding when it happens - and it never actually affects my riding. It's unnoticeable until I visually see it.

Really, you're not going to find a binding that fits you perfectly without trying a bunch. I always wonder how many people who try bindings and dislike them failed to adjust them to their boots and board correctly?
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:02 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Still looking around and undecided. I was looking at burton and the cobra shark seems to be the med/soft binding from them im looking for. I've have not herd a lot about them and was wondering if they were a good solid binding and not just one of Burton's cheap crap binders. Also are they canted? Are they overly soft like the union contact?
Also on the flow five how well do the mini ratchets work?
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