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01-21-2014 08:43 AM
trapper
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Originally Posted by NZRide View Post
Good to know the heel cup has plenty of movement. With my L/XL Romes I had to move out the heel cup, and use holes on the disc running toe to heel to get the binding centred. I'm running size 12 32 Lashed boots, I would get the L/XL bindings and sound like they would be sweet.
I've got the heel cup all the way back and was able to get my size 14/15 (depending on conversion chart, 31.5 mondo) boots centered on my board without having to rotate the base plate disc.
01-21-2014 08:29 AM
Extremo I'll also mention, in case others are curious, that the stock, or zero, forward lean is one degree more forward than the Atlas stock forward lean. I know a lot of people have commented about this, but I checked both my 2008 and 2012 Force and the stock forward lean on both of them is 2 degrees more than the Factory. The Factory highback also has more torsional flex than both of the Force model's highback (both Force models have a slightly different highback design). So it looks like Union is giving their bindings a more freestyle oriented design throughout their line with the more straight up stock highback angle.
01-20-2014 10:48 PM
NZRide Good to know the heel cup has plenty of movement. With my L/XL Romes I had to move out the heel cup, and use holes on the disc running toe to heel to get the binding centred. I'm running size 12 32 Lashed boots, I would get the L/XL bindings and sound like they would be sweet.
01-20-2014 10:34 PM
Extremo Yeah you can turn the disc so you can move the binding back and forth from edge to edge. But with the heel cup adjustment you really wouldn't need to, unless you're in a 10.5-11 sized boot, depending on the model.
01-20-2014 09:52 PM
NZRide Nice one, thanks man
01-20-2014 09:49 PM
Argo You can rotate base plates.

My son takes the little adjuster off the.highback so he has a true zero lean.

The canting is across the whole footbed
01-20-2014 09:30 PM
NZRide
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Originally Posted by Extremo View Post
I have the Factory mounted on my park board, which I never ride anywhere else. I also own the Atlas, SL, and Force, but the dampening and comfort that the Factory provide is so good that I don't even bother with the others. I have the SL's mounted to my jib board, only because it's got more flex in the highback. But the Factory highback, even though it's stiffer and more responsive doesn't limit my jibbing in anyway. Union really has their bindings dialed to all around use. They allow flex and movement where you want it and provide support and response at the same time.

They do have some pressure from the highback on the calf of the boot compared to the Atlas, but the Atlas highback has a lot of torsional flex, so with a stiffer highback that's to be expected. I don't find it painful or uncomfortable in any way. Just more noticeable.

Edit: I'd just add that I would like to see Union make a binding with the Factory baseplate and straps, but with and Atlas highback. That would be my ideal park binding. But if I rode 50/50 park/all-mountain, the Factory would still be my choice.
Cool thanks for the info.
Interesting it works as an all round park binding, I didn't pick it as such. Exactly why I asked for public opinion. It does seem like it would be a good binding. Still hate the Union website, their info for this binding (and their others for that matter) is so lame. If its good enough for Travis, then its more than good enough for you basically. Imagine if all brands just wrote that sort of crap.
Oh sorry, just two more questions, can you wind the high back to zero forward lean (not that I would want 0 but you know what I mean. so they aren't on say a 45 degree insane lean out of the box that you cannot ease off?
Last question....I promise....well actually you never know Is the Canting across the whole footbed?, but again their website sux, just mention of toe ramp canting that I could see. I would assume its across the whole foot as opposed to some twist in the foot and canting on the toes only, but then again I've been surprised before in this industry.

Oh just thought of one more question sorry, Again an assumption, the plates on these, you can rotate them so the holes allow toe-heel adjustment, rather than stance width, to get perfect centering? May seem like dumb question, but found out recently the Burton reflex discs are not designed to be used in the alternate ways, although Unions look like standard discs, they are not machined to flex differently in the different orientations?

Thanks alot, sorry to be a pain.
01-20-2014 08:22 PM
Extremo I have the Factory mounted on my park board, which I never ride anywhere else. I also own the Atlas, SL, and Force, but the dampening and comfort that the Factory provide is so good that I don't even bother with the others. I have the SL's mounted to my jib board, only because it's got more flex in the highback. But the Factory highback, even though it's stiffer and more responsive doesn't limit my jibbing in anyway. Union really has their bindings dialed to all around use. They allow flex and movement where you want it and provide support and response at the same time.

They do have some pressure from the highback on the calf of the boot compared to the Atlas, but the Atlas highback has a lot of torsional flex, so with a stiffer highback that's to be expected. I don't find it painful or uncomfortable in any way. Just more noticeable.

Edit: I'd just add that I would like to see Union make a binding with the Factory baseplate and straps, but with and Atlas highback. That would be my ideal park binding. But if I rode 50/50 park/all-mountain, the Factory would still be my choice.
01-20-2014 07:59 PM
NZRide
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The Factory have a different feel from the 390 and Targa. I'll try to explain without getting confusing. The Factory Baseplate is plastic so is has a bit of flex to it, but is still pretty rigid, where the Targa baseplate has a more rigid solid feel. The Factory ankle strap is similar to the Targa, and more responsive than the 390 (I always found the 390 strap a bit soft). The Factory toe strap is smaller than the Rome strap, but the Factory toe strap is very responsive, and admittedly, a bit of an improvement from previous models.

As far as adjustment, there is quite a bit. You can get a size 11 boot into a M/L binding.

Highback rotation, heel-cup adjust, strap length adjust (toe and ankle), toe ramp adjust, two toe strap position options, and unlimited stance width options (the slots are long enough to extend nearly to the next set of holes). The only thing it doesn't have is multiple ankle strap options. But it's in a pretty centered position. It doesn't sit so high that it restricts upper boot movement, but not so low that you lack toe side response.

Hope that helps. If you have any other questions, let me know.
Thanks Extremo (and you other guys too). Great feedback.
Umm, probably just a couple of questions, I do want it for all mountain and definitely park use will make up a lot of its daily use. Would you say its an OK binding for that sort of usage? The high back does look pretty towering in their pics (not sure if this is just optical illusion from the shaping/colourways, but Bigmountains comments on calf bite concern me. Of course there is no such thing as a free lunch, more stiffness heel to toe will give better response. However saying that I've never been a huge fan of stiff bindings, or cried out for more response, do like a little freedom to move.
At the end of the day, is the high back toe to heel stiffness pretty gnarly on these?
Basically from your avatar, would you use these on any rail duty or did you have them just on an all mountain/freeride quiver deck?

Edit-Argo just spotted your post after sending this, it actually answers pretty well my question above thanks, Extremo whats your 2 cents on the freestyle thing?
01-20-2014 07:41 PM
Argo These are my sons go to.binding. he is a big mountain competitor On the freeride world tour. he also rides alot of park, pipe, urban..... Everything.

I have ridden them also but mostly freeride/all mountain.

These are a fairly stiff binding that are forgiving. they have great dampening for a stiffer binding too.

If you want a metal, heavy, super stiff binding, these aren't them. If you want an amazing, light, all around binding, get these.
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