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Old 03-19-2008, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need advice before buying new bindings (Union Vs. Burton)

I'm sure this is a common topic around here, but I'm in the market for new bindings. I'm debating between 2 different Burton models (Cartel & P1) and two different Union models (Force & Data). I consider myself an advanced rider, spend most of my time freeriding, and I hit a lot of glade runs. Occasionally I take a pass through the park, mostly staying away from rails, but I like to air out on the table tops. My feet tend to get very achy after a few hours in my current bindings (Drake Mickey LeBlanc's from several years ago, read: no padding in the straps at all), and I was looking for just a good all around binding that will let me ride hard all day without making my feet suffer.

Any advice from anyone who's ridden any of these bindings?
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Forces and Datas are essentially the same. If you like the style of the datas get them, otherwise save a little and get the forces. The stiffness difference is not something you can feel (even union works said they can't tell).

I have a pair of Union Forces and they are great for freestyle, but if you want more freeride look at Rome Targas. My Targas have a softer and more cushy base than the Forces and are a bit better for comfort. The Forces have more lateral flex than the Targas as well. Good for freestyle, not really necessary for freeride. Either way, I have been much more impressed by Rome and Union than by the Burton bindings I have used.
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I have been much more impressed by Rome and Union than by the Burton bindings I have used.
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i have union forces and they are great bindings, but if you are looking more for comfort i would go with the datas sue to the leather straps.
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