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Returning Unions... what next?

I recently bought Union SL's for my Cobra. I rode them for the second time today and can't get the toe cap to stay on my boot. I've tried adjusting the ladder length, placement on boot, they just won't stay put. Oh well. I'm looking for suggestions on bindings to pair with a NS Cobra. I'm currently considering:

Raiden Phantoms
Now IPO - (some reservations about durability).


I already have Cartels on another board... so lets eliminate them from consideration.

Let me know your recommendations and why. Thanks in advance.

BA, Snowwolf, and Nivek - I'm especially interested in your thoughts!!

I don't want this to be a Union bashing thread!! I actually really like the SL's. Very comfortable and responsive... just don't work with my boot.

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Did you try moving the toe strap into the slot furthest from the toe? It need to be at an angle to cap over the boot.

Or you could just add this:

Burton Gettagrip Capstrap from Dogfunk.com

It's better than any cap you'll find.
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Did you try moving the toe strap into the slot furthest from the toe? It need to be at an angle to cap over the boot.

Or you could just add this:

Burton Gettagrip Capstrap from Dogfunk.com

It's better than any cap you'll find.
Yes strap is at the slot furthest from the toe and is set up so that the cap is at angle over the boot. Won't stay put.

Not gonna spend another $40 to fix something that should work out of the box. Time to go a different direction.
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Snowolf will probably say Rome 390s or arsenals, Nivek will say NOW ipos, raiden phantoms, something by flux and maybe something by flow, i dunno what BAs on now - he was stoked on ipos i think as well as raidens. any one of them will have better toestraps than Union.

i know you don't want burton suggestions but just curious what you didn't like about your diodes?
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i know you don't want burton suggestions but just curious what you didn't like about your diodes?
Really liked my Diodes on the Heritage but felt like they would be overkill on the Cobra.
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hmm interesting... i don't find them so much stiff as i find them responsive.... and really ignorable, just not durable enough for the price.

to me i think that's the best characteristic of a binding - one i can just strap up and forget about. if i have to think about my bindings at all during a run
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hmm interesting... i don't find them so much stiff as i find them responsive.... and really ignorable, just not durable enough for the price.

to me i think that's the best characteristic of a binding - one i can just strap up and forget about. if i have to think about my bindings at all during a run
My only real complaint about the Diodes was how snow built up in the foot bed between my boot. After a long powder day I would literally have a layer of ice under my boots.

I really like the performance of the Unions... but I find myself checking my feet a lot during a run to make sure the toe cap is in place.
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I am also looking for some new bindings right now, to throw on a proto.

I do some pretty technical riding (steep tree runs) so they need to be responsive, but I am getting more into freestyle so some play is also required.

I have 2011 cartels and they are the easy to get (in Japan) solid choice, but I would like to mix it up a bit. The NOWs look sweet but are not really available in my size here.

I will look at raiden, flow and K2. The cartels are still in the mix if I don't see anything I like better.

Any other suggestions welcome as well as specific suggestions within those brands.
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I am also looking for some new bindings right now, to throw on a proto.

I do some pretty technical riding (steep tree runs) so they need to be responsive, but I am getting more into freestyle so some play is also required.

I have 2011 cartels and they are the easy to get (in Japan) solid choice, but I would like to mix it up a bit. The NOWs look sweet but are not really available in my size here.

I will look at raiden, flow and K2. The cartels are still in the mix if I don't see anything I like better.

Any other suggestions welcome as well as specific suggestions within those brands.
Wow.. thread jack

I'm actually eyeing Flux DMMC light and Raiden Phantoms. I like how the Unions were middle of the road for flex but still really responsive and would like to find something comparable.

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Sorry fella,

Just seems like we would be looking at similar bindings so I threw myself in there.

Problem is in Japan there are real limits on whats available. The NOWs are the hot item and I just can't find them in large.

Cartels and other burton bindings are everywhere.

Just did a search and the raidens are off the list, again not available.

K2 company IPOs are available in my size any thoughts on these people?
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