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10-22-2011 03:10 AM
twin89 i just think for the $ there are much better bindings out there. I too was excitted to try union bindigns cause of the hype, but i feel they are over hyped. go with some k2 formulas, rome targas, raiden phantoms, or some ride bindings, maybe even flux.

I personally don't like the k2 auto or cinch bindings cause they are like bricks and have too many moving parts imo. keep your bindings as simple as possible and take the extra 6 seconds to actually strap in. If you do want to go the fast entry route go with Flows for sure, maybe some NxT-ATs or NXT FSs.

For some people unions work well for them, and for some people it is a nightmare, i think it has a lot to do with what boot you have and what boot size you are. For me the 10.5 DC boots im in were pretty much too small for the L/xl union contacts and i couldn't really get it to work. The burton boots i originally had when i bought the unions it worked better on, but i still had problems with the heelcup and ankle straps coming loose.
10-22-2011 12:40 AM
CheeseForSteeze I'm a big critic of the toe caps (especially since they somehow made them worse, IMO from the old design) and have been vocal about it as of late. However, to be clear, if the binding is a good match and the toe cap is the only thing you think is wrong, you should probably get them anyway. At the very least, lace up your boots and go to the shop and cinch a pair down.

I just want the best possible ergos if I'm buying brand new bindings. Unions aren't great (for me) but the rest of the binding is pretty solid.

I have personally also had problems with the blowing up Union mounting discs on a pair of Contacts, Contact Pros and Forces, but you may want to give them a shot. I just kept an extra pair of discs with me in my tuning/wax/tool bag that I always took with me to the mountain.
10-21-2011 11:43 PM
bdrusse hope i am not hijacking, as I was wanting the union force's too. However, I keep hearing the same thing about the toe strap. Its too bad too, they seem like such a perfect match for the setup I was going for, but in the end, it is definitely function before fashion.

I am kind of curious about the K2 auto uprise too. A little intrigued about the one ratchet, however, cant help but think Im gonna catch my boot pulling my foot out and trip a few times. anybody have any real experience with them?
10-21-2011 11:22 PM
idshred
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Originally Posted by eastcoast og87 View Post
ok thats a great reference, thanks much...and does the tru flex thing actually work? how they have less contact on the board? or is that a sale point?

I can't really tell a difference with the force. It is sitting on eva padding on all four corners opposed to something with solid plastic throughout the entire bottom of the baseplate. Maybe it makes a difference.. i'm not really sure. The eva is fairly soft so I would suppose it has a little bit of give to it. Now the contact baseplate... I can see 1/8" of daylight under my contact pros on the sides/in the back. And you can feel it when you ride. As far as "true board flex" from it, ehhh I don't know. I don't think its anything like what burton is doing with re:flex.
10-21-2011 10:48 PM
eastcoast og87 ok thats a great reference, thanks much...and does the tru flex thing actually work? how they have less contact on the board? or is that a sale point?
10-21-2011 10:41 PM
idshred this is what you want them to fit like. These are from a member on easyloungin


10-21-2011 10:36 PM
eastcoast og87 ok cool. i think ill probably swoop them, and im anxious to ride them for sure..thanks for all the help!!!
10-21-2011 10:31 PM
idshred
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people seem to keep talking them up. ive never owned a pair, and its gonna be part of my setup that i have for a few seasons, do they hold up nicely?
different stroke for different folks. If you end up buying the forces you might love em or you could hate them. Only way to find out with any binding is to buy it and try it. I had a friend that put 200 days on a pair of year two forces.. everything was still original down to the ladders. They looked like total shit because back then union was using leather that looked like crap after not all that long.

so with the toe strap... you'll be in l/xl with size 11's. There are two slots in the basplate that adjust the strap forwards and backwards..it is important to try both slots to figure out which one is going to work best, I have also had to use my heel cup adjustment to get my toe straps dialed in before. It also helps to loosen the screw on the toe strap, ratchet the strap down tight on your boot, then tighten the screw.
10-21-2011 10:21 PM
eastcoast og87 o btw, i have vans hi standard boots size 11, if you have any knopw how, do the yadjust nicely to them?
10-21-2011 10:20 PM
eastcoast og87 i might just stick with the forces then as my decision, people seem to keep talking them up. ive never owned a pair, and its gonna be part of my setup that i have for a few seasons, do they hold up nicely?
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