Gdog, have you ridden either the Contacts or Pros? Cause it sounds like you havent. The Contact is one of the softest bindings I've ever been in. They felt too soft on a Sub Zero. The Pros macth up well on rockered mid flex all mountain decks. Far from softer than Contacts. Not to mention they're the same base frame except the Pro's are carbon injected and the Contacts are glass reinforced.
No, I haven't ridden either of them. I've used the DLX, Flite, and Force bindings.
Last year the Contact's highback was the same as the DLX's, which is why I said the flex would be similar. This year though, the Contacts binding has a new highback. I'm not sure how soft that in compared to the DLX, but I'd expect it to be similar to how it was last year.
So were you talking about the new Contact highback or the old one?
The DLX highback has a similar shape as the contacts but in no way are the flexes similar. The contact highback is pretty soft, to the point where, even with the forward lean cranked, it felt like there was nothing back there, or that it had folded.
DLX is an awesome binding for the price, and are fine for all mountain and park. Regular Contacts...for me, not so much.
I think you're right. The DLX from last year was exactly the same as last year's Contact highback (now this year's DLX highback), except the Contact highback had 2 more spaces milled out in the center. This would have made it softer, but I didn't think there would have been that much of a difference.
Since this can be a little confusing for anyone else reading who hasn't yet seen the difference...it's picture time!
"Do you see what I see?...
...Do you know what I know?"
Also, I want to add that I have found the Flux TT30s for $159 shipped on sale, whereas the Union Contact Pros are consistently $220. Also, I am coming from a pair of Ride Beta Movements from a few years ago and I find that when going fast or down steep slopes they are hard to turn with and I often have to slow down to avoid washing out. They will be going on my Neversummer Evo 153.
Yeah obviously he there his 'Pro model'. And I've heard the story before. You can see him riding them in pics all over the web. But even before the superpros came out he was in volcom ads riding the MC's and team forces. I'm guessing because they had their limitations. In pow, I'm sure they're surfy. But on the stuff we ride out here it's easy to out power them. There are more suitable bindings in the line.
Ya, I'm sure on all those crazy NH hills you totally outperform the Contact Pro.