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01-05-2009 06:33 PM
redlude97 One problem with the unions is that they use leather straps which wear out quickly if you do ride alot. The bindings still work, but they start to look pretty beat after a while
01-05-2009 05:02 PM
prospero budget, I'd like to keep it <$200

but at the same time, i'm willing to pay a little more for quality. from the sound of it, Union's are very-long lasting, targeting the 100-dayers

i've also heard good reviews from people with Vans BFB the same boot as i have, who have the Union Forces and say they fit perfectly as the heel cup extends at an angle upward for larger boots instead of horizontally outward.

i think i may be sold on the Union Forces, although i've heard Rome Targa's come up a couple times too. i mean i want something middle of the road, not a highback, and not too stiff, but def. not as soft as the Rome 360/390's
01-05-2009 04:51 PM
redlude97 What is your budget? Sounds like you want an ATV type of binding, which would be the SPI/CAD/NRC from the Ride lineup, or Rome Targa's would be a good choice in a L/XL
01-05-2009 04:27 PM
Extremo The Union data are the same as the Union Force but a little stiffer. But the Force are pretty solid. They're stiff front to back and a little softer at the top if the high back for lateral flex. The Data high back are a little stiffer at the top.
01-05-2009 01:23 PM
prospero Thanks for all the comments. I'm still stumped.

I'm down to the following 3:

* Forum Republic
* Union Force
* Flow NXT-AT

I like the lifetime-warranty Union has and they seem to be a popular binding as well. I guess my biggest question is how stiff are union forces?

I know the forum republics and NXT-AT are both all-mountain bindings, and the replubics are 7/10 in terms of stiffness. I think I like the Union Force the best, but I just don't want too soft/flexy bindings.

TIA.
01-04-2009 08:32 AM
legallyillegal Autos are too soft for freeride, Auto Evers are stiffer.
01-04-2009 05:35 AM
Extremo Union Force or Data.

I wear the BFB and the Union fit perfectly. I like the Forum Arena as well, and hear the republic fit similarly, but they're a little heavier than the Union.
01-04-2009 12:50 AM
Jenzo
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Originally Posted by prospero View Post
Just not sure I can justify the extra $80 over the Forum Republics

lowest price i've found:
Forum Republics - $160
Flow NXT AT - $244
Not worth it IMO, yea you save a whole 5 seconds at the top of the lift, but whoever you're riding with probably won't have flows so you'll be waiting anyways. Also, (I personally) found them harder to get out of then regular straps, and they suck to put on on a hill esp. in pow
01-04-2009 12:17 AM
prospero Just not sure I can justify the extra $80 over the Forum Republics

lowest price i've found:
Forum Republics - $160
Flow NXT AT - $244
01-03-2009 07:59 PM
steve_ri FLOW !!! super responsive, super convient, not to bad with the priice either
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