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Old 06-28-2009, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright i just got a new board to replace my old one and i am debating which bindings to get. Rome 390s or Union Force. They are both made to be tough as nails. Anyone ever ridden both of these? Which binding is going to last the longest (considering im not going to trash them). Its going to accent my hatchet.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The rimes are gonna last longer. While both are very solidly built, and union lifetime warranties their baseplates, the other parts like the straps and buckles fall apart quicker. Having dealt with both, I give the nod to the 390s. I've ridden the union forces datas and contacts so that's what I'm comparing to
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i have ridden both rome 390's and union forces all year. the forces were by far more comfortable and durable.
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My 390s are so so so comfortable. I doubt union forces could have softer straps. I don't have much to say about durability. I've only had mine half of a season ~20 rides
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Which binding is going to last the longest (considering im not going to trash them).
Riding is trashing, friend. Theoretically, any binding can last "forever" if you are willing to put the money and effort into maintaining them. The thing is that technology changes quickly so in the long run most riders will exchange a beat up binding for something up to date rather than try to extend their old binding's life. Parts will break with either binding, and things can happen (rocks, trees, chairlifts) that may render your binding un-fixable. This comes with the territory.

More important, I'd say, is which is the best fit and complement to the shape and stiffness of your boot.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My 390s are so so so comfortable. I doubt union forces could have softer straps. I don't have much to say about durability. I've only had mine half of a season ~20 rides
softer = more comfy? well i wish my straps were made out of marshmallows then.
theres more to comfort than just how "soft" the straps are.
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I know they're both good bindings so im just gonna go with a close my eyes and pick decision. Im going with the 390s. If they end up crappy ill just post my info here and then try the forces.
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Union offer lifetime warranty on their baseplates and heelcups, I think some other companies offer lifetime baseplate warranty as well? My mates old Burton Missions also have lifetime baseplate warranty, do Burton still have this or any other brands?

I'm pretty disappointed in my Union Forces. When I received the board and bindings from the local shop I didn't take the time to look over them properly, when I got home I had a good look and noticed some imperfections. There was a drop of paint on the heelcup that looked dodge, and the glue keeping the foam on the highback was letting go in one area. I couldn't be stuffed returning or exchanging them since they are gonna be used anyway and went to the slopes soon after anyway. Even after doing all the screws up as tight as possible by hand they started coming loose and the heelcup moved on the first day of riding. I didn't have a screwdriver with me so had to put up with it.

I guess as long as yuou get a reputable brand and the right binding for your application then you can narrow it down to a few and then just go on looks or tech or whatever excites you.
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390's are a great binder. Most definitely a good selection.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ride and Burton have lifetime warranties on baseplates. I think Flux does too.
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