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Damn! If I knew that posting a thread about Union would start some serious drama on this forum I wouldn't have. Just thought it would be cool to post up a pic of a new model from Union for 2014. BTW one of the most reliable bindings I've owned happens to be a pair of 2011 Union Force Team. They may not always be mounted on a board but I keep them because they are that reliable. My union Contacts have been used at Jersey (Mountain Creek) for almost as long as I've had them. aside from cosmetic damage they are still working fine.

The toe cap strap on the Contacts fit my 32 Lashed just fine, all I did was placed the straps in the rearward position. My only issue was initially how sticky the toe strap was but once you wear them in its gets better. Now I've got zero issues with my Contacts. One of these days I've got to call Union and see if they will sell me the same straps for the toe strap on my Force.
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I can definitely respect a response like that. No ripping or anything. Good shit.

What is the stiffness on the Factories? My knees have become an issue this year as well. Wondering how damp the base is (anything similar to K2 Harshmellow)

Hey,

I can't tell you how they ride compared to Harshmellows, because I haven't ridden a k2 binding in years.

Our board designer here has the worst knees. He's getting knee replacements in a month or so. He's been riding the Factory and loves it, mostly because of the canting.

Stiffness: The highback is pretty damn stiff, but the base has some flex. It's somewhere between Charger base, and Atlas base. Those are pigment free, or 'raw' injection. This makes it a bit more stiff. It seems to be our most wanted binding right now with the group of people we flow stuff to. I think it's because the Factory is an upgraded version of the team bindings we've been making for the past 2 seasons.

Dampening: Yes. Again, I haven't ridden K2's, but I would guess they would have similar dampening.

I hope that helped. I'm in a rush right now, sorry for any type-ohs.
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Hey,

I can't tell you how they ride compared to Harshmellows, because I haven't ridden a k2 binding in years.

Our board designer here has the worst knees. He's getting knee replacements in a month or so. He's been riding the Factory and loves it, mostly because of the canting.

Stiffness: The highback is pretty damn stiff, but the base has some flex. It's somewhere between Charger base, and Atlas base. Those are pigment free, or 'raw' injection. This makes it a bit more stiff. It seems to be our most wanted binding right now with the group of people we flow stuff to. I think it's because the Factory is an upgraded version of the team bindings we've been making for the past 2 seasons.

Dampening: Yes. Again, I haven't ridden K2's, but I would guess they would have similar dampening.

I hope that helped. I'm in a rush right now, sorry for any type-ohs.
Are the Factory's the SL replacement? I didn't see (but might have missed) the SL's in the 14 catalog.

I will admit that after some initial challenges with the toe strap (just didn't work with my Salomons) that I really... really like my SL's. I haven't rode my Restricted Cartels but once this season and am thinking about selling them since I don't see myself riding them much.

Opposed to some on the forum... I'm actually really impressed with how durable the SL's have been. The only paint chips I have are where the forward lean adjuster meets the heel cup. Pretty impressive!!!!

If the toe cap is improved to work with more boots, I really wouldn't be able to think of a reason to not recommend Union's to people I ride with.
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