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Old 11-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default K2 vs Ride vs Union

I've done a lot of research and its difficult to decide. So you guys gotta help. Its down to these 3. Specifically the K2 Company or the Formulas, Ride Capo, and Union Atlas. I like to ride all around except the park. I like to hike and hit the fresh pow. So I'm looking for something more responsive. I'm riding on a Ride Machete and I have a pair of K2 Maysis boots. What do you guys think?
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Union Atlas out of what you listed.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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make sure you try on these bindings before you buy, as much research as you can do wont help when your boot doesnt fit.. union toe caps do not fit my boot at all..along with many other people... k2 will have the best fit since youre staying with the same company
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've ridden the K2 Formulas and Union Force

I personally HATED union bindings. Love the construction though, feel totally bomb proof. Toe cap didn't fit, I had mad pressure points - Toe cap was either too big, too small. Not for me. (though in the shop they looked like a perfect fit)

K2 - Is pretty much my go to brand now for bindings, I've just had great experiences with them. Had the 2012 Formulas and now got the 2013. Great all mountain binding at not a bad price either.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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2nd K2 bindings, I have 2 pairs and their both still going strong after 3-4 years and have never let me down.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well no love for Ride.. Haha. I always hear about K2 being amazing or absolute shit (nobody is in between). Union I always hear about their toe caps being either... amazing or absolute shit. I went to a couple shops today hoping I could get my boots in either one but nobody was carry K2 and nobody had the Union Atlas but they had everything else. Guess I should just wait it out until I can get my boots in a pair. I'm gonna try to shoot for the Unions and depending on how they fit will decide.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by djjimmyhat View Post
Union Atlas out of what you listed.
The Force is the stiffest Union. So yeah.

Companies. Best dampening, great ankle strap with the brilliant hinge, double adjustable toe strap, canting, and buttery smooth ratchets.
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The Charger is actually Union's stiffest binding now. Of course, it's also the most expensive binding they sell as well.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i like my k2 autos, 60+ days and still bomb proof!

so another vote for k2s
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I like most of the features of my k2 uprises, but the fact that the auto does not release the toe strap caused me to kick the shit out of it over 50 days and plenty of em park laps, basically destroying them. The toe strap is the best toe strap concept around in terms of fit, I would say the engineering is not quite there in terms of bombproofness.

I know plenty of people have a different experience, and I would totally get another pair, just personally would get a conventional 2-strap over the auto.

Otherwise the bindings are plush, canting and dampening are nice, the ankle strap hinge is a no-brainer that everyone else fails hard on, the ratchets are smooth, there is even a funnel for the strap entry - clever.
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