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Old 07-30-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, thinking about going with some Union Atlas's with my new pow board. Anybody have any experience or knowledge of them, especially with the 2014's coming out. Trying not to justify buying the 2014's for $240 if I can get the 2013's for $160-$170. Looks from the eye that colorways are the only difference versus increased functionality from the previous years model.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They're claiming a new toe strap design but from what I see it's the same one that is on last year's Atlas. But the new Force strap is noticably different. Maybe the Atlas will be coming with that one. They also fixed the toe ratchet. But essentially they're the same binding.
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Toe strap is new.

What boots do you wear?
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Nike Vapens, size 10...I will most likely go with the L/XL since Nike boots are bulky. I think with the M/L, I will hardly have any ratchet and my feet will feel squeezed.

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See if you can get your boot in some. If I had anything left at the shop I'd let you know, but you have to look at the heel width. If you don't almost max out the heel width of the binding with your boot you'll sink into that void under the binding heel. Happened to me when I rode them and it was awful. Completely robs you of your edge transition quickness.
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See if you can get your boot in some. If I had anything left at the shop I'd let you know, but you have to look at the heel width. If you don't almost max out the heel width of the binding with your boot you'll sink into that void under the binding heel. Happened to me when I rode them and it was awful. Completely robs you of your edge transition quickness.
I'm gonna stop by a shop and size up. I usually adjust my bindings anyway...footbed, straps even with your boot, highbacks parallel with board edge, etc.
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I'm gonna stop by a shop and size up. I usually adjust my bindings anyway...footbed, straps even with your boot, highbacks parallel with board edge, etc.
It's not something you can adjust. If your boot isn't wider than the foam pod back there it just isn't going to fit right. This is actually one of those design things from Union I do not understand. Just fill the damn thing in.
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Adjustment as far as performance instead of fit. Yeah, Ill check it out. Thanks man
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Nike Vapens, size 10...I will most likely go with the L/XL since Nike boots are bulky. I think with the M/L, I will hardly have any ratchet and my feet will feel squeezed.
Go M/L.

The Atlas base tray is longer than the Force/Contract trays. I wear 10.5 Kaijus, and could fit into both M/L and L/XL Force/Contacts, and I actually preferred riding the L/XL sizes, but the L/XL Atlas' were way too big and overhung on my board, whereas the medium is perfect. Especially with a size 10 Vapen (which isn't bulky at all), you'll be swimming in the larger model.

New buckles/ratchets and toe straps on the 2014s, and they've filled in the heel indent at the back of the base plate since it started to sag after heavy usage. If that, plus the new colorways are worth it to you, then splurge with the extra money. Otherwise the 2013s work just fine.
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I'm gonna stop by a shop and size up. I usually adjust my bindings anyway...footbed, straps even with your boot, highbacks parallel with board edge, etc.
Yes, go with the M/L. I ride a 10 Kaiju and it fits perfect in the Atlas Baseplate.
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