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Old 05-21-2013, 04:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

Ive started getting into freestyle a little more and my current bindings (Burton Escapades) are too stiff.

I ride a Roxy Ollie Pop and was looking at either the Union Milan or K2 Yeah Yeah bindings. Im not going to get the chance to "try before I buy".

Any thoughts on either of these bindings ?

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, welcome!

I don't know how the Escapades or Yeah Yeahs compare because I've never ridden them, but I've the Milans on a C2BTX (B Pro). I think the Ollie Pop is a bit softer than the B Pro? I haven't ridden the Roxy OP.

Anyway, I went with the Rosa from Union for a softer binding (on a softer-than-the-B Pro board I'll use for learning park). There's a noticeable difference between the two (Milan/Rosa); the latter feels more suited for freestyle but still solid. You might want to check out either the Rosa or maybe the Ladies Flite(?) from the Union line.

Hope that helps some and good luck!
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Hi, welcome!

I don't know how the Escapades or Yeah Yeahs compare because I've never ridden them, but I've the Milans on a C2BTX (B Pro). I think the Ollie Pop is a bit softer than the B Pro? I haven't ridden the Roxy OP.

Anyway, I went with the Rosa from Union for a softer binding (on a softer-than-the-B Pro board I'll use for learning park). There's a noticeable difference between the two (Milan/Rosa); the latter feels more suited for freestyle but still solid. You might want to check out either the Rosa or maybe the Ladies Flite(?) from the Union line.

Hope that helps some and good luck!
The Milan is the women's version of the Contact, so it'll definitely be right up your alley if you're looking for something a bit softer than Escapades. The highback on the Milans allow you to tweak the highback fairly easily, but there is a solid ridge in the middle that gives you the needed heel-to-toe response when you're actually riding. We had the Milans in our demo fleet this year, along with Lexas, and a good majority of people who rode them loved them. Those people were not pure terrain park rats either. It's a solid, softer flexing binding that won't let you down.

The Rosa and Milans are both step downs from the Milan in terms of technology and price, but both are solid bindings as well.
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Thanks for the feedback. Has anyone had any experience of the ratchets sticking on the unions? I've read in a few places about it and just wondered if was really that big-a-deal
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Thanks for the feedback. Has anyone had any experience of the ratchets sticking on the unions? I've read in a few places about it and just wondered if was really that big-a-deal

This has been an issue, especially for brand new bindings, they had a tendency to be a bitch to unlatch, especially the toe ratchet. You had to really leverage the buckle. I noticed this on a couple of our demo bindings (Forces, Contacts, and Milans) and on some of the bindings I've used throughout the years (Forces, Atlas, Contacts). However, after using the bindings for a day, riding in them and engaging/disengaging the ratchets, they essentially "break in" and don't have that issue anymore.

In addition, all of Union's ratchets and buckles have been re-designed and are new for 2013/2014. The new models will no longer have that issue. And like I said, on the older models, ride the buckles for a day and you'll never notice the issue again. Either that, or you have the finger strength of a 2 month old baby..
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I had bought a part of Milans for the GF and I was not happy with them. The ladder was moving from the back position to the front position when the binding was screwed on the board.

I warranted it for another base plate, thinking I had a bad one. It still occurred. C3 was awesome and allowed me to return them.

It's strange because I have a pair of Contacts that that doesn't happen. I have friends who had force's and they say it occurs. I'm hoping that it was an early production or design issue with the ladder / base plate and that's fixed now.
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I was thinking of getting 2012/2013 model in the sales at my local shop. (Neon green and purple )

Ill check out how much the coming seasons model is likely to be
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My Fiancee did the opposite... She went from K2s to Burton Scribes. The ratchets are smoother, and she had an issue with the K2s where one of the ladders stripped, and it was a proprietary design so almost impossible to get.

Why not change to a softer Burton binding? Unless you've had a bad experience with the Escapades other than the stiffness...
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I had a look at the lexas, I guess i just fancied something different to Burtons. I had heard good things about the Milans and Yeah Yeahs.

Next years milans colours look horrid.. baby blues and pinks.
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Next years milans colours look horrid.. baby blues and pinks.
Off the top of my head, the price should be the same as this years. I don't think there was a price increase for the Milans. I'd have to go check my catalog at home, but I'm 95% sure the price won't change.

and ya, not exactly sure how I feel about the colors. I know one of the driving factors why they were toned down a bit from this year's colorways was in order to match more board colorways from next year.
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