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Old 02-28-2013, 06:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2014 Union Factory

Tell me these don't look awesome, canted footbeds, improved toe ratchets, and improved talked high backs. Super Cush straps, and minimal contact baseplates too. Seems T Rice got his own pro model this year!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They're actually just this year's SuperPro's with canting added. Still the same ratchets.

The only change to the parts is a new heel cup.

But def at the top of my list for new gear next season.

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I was looking at these or next year's UNION Forces and I really would like canted footbeds, but I wasnt sure how much stiffer the UNION factory binding is compared to the Forces?
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High up on my list for next year. I've tried a lot of bindings but always seem to come back to the old set oh Force Teams I keep just because they are so reliable. My contacts are just a great, this looks like a good mix of the two if the base plate similar to the contact.
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I was looking at these or next year's UNION Forces and I really would like canted footbeds, but I wasnt sure how much stiffer the UNION factory binding is compared to the Forces?
I'm going to guess the flex is the same. Next years Force baseplates have the same contact profile and nylon density as the Atlas. They're essentially the same baseplate with a different footbed.

The highback on next year's Force is the same highback as this, but with the traditional Force cut outs, which are entirely for design. I'd say the Force highback flex will be identical to the Team highback.

The new Force ankle strap appears to be a symmetric version of the Atlas ankle strap so I would assume the construction is the same and therefore the response is the same.

Of course, these are all assumptions based on what I see from photo's.
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This is my preferred colorway.

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Im deffinetly picking up these and a pair or two of 2014 forces.
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They're actually just this year's SuperPro's with canting added. Still the same ratchets.

The only change to the parts is a new heel cup.
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Wrong. The straps are totally different. Brand new buckles and ratchets. The base tray is stiffer than the typical Stage 3 base due to the undyed nylon.
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I was looking at these or next year's UNION Forces and I really would like canted footbeds, but I wasnt sure how much stiffer the UNION factory binding is compared to the Forces?
I've ridden both and they're relatively the same, although I personally felt the new Force was a tad bit more responsive.

Factory is more cush though, due to the canted footbed and upgraded straps.
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Wrong. The straps are totally different. Brand new buckles and ratchets. The base tray is stiffer than the typical Stage 3 base due to the undyed nylon.
Looking at those pictures suggests otherwise. Could you elaborate on how the straps and ratchets are different? Even the stitching is the same. I mean we'll all know soon enough when we get them.

I wonder if Union Inhouse will back up your claim that the Atlas baseplates are stiffer on the Factory??

Again, we'll know for sure when we ride them.
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