I've had lots of RIDE bindings and I've never even had mine come loose.I have five boards. So five sets of bindings. Really, I’ve gone through more than that because I’ve tossed some bindings.
Ride El Hefe and LTD
Ride bindings look good on paper. They even look good on the shelf, and they look good on the board. They strap in easily, they’re responsive, etc.
But they have one fatal flaw. The design of the nut and bolt that hold the straps and ladders is such that every time you move a strap or ladder forward or back, the nut and bolt tighten or loosen. This is because there’s no washer or anything filling a similar function to do the rotating around the bolt. The strap is connected to the bolt head, and the nut is connected to the base.
Eventually, as I have found out on two separate sets of bindings, the threads get stripped and the strap or ladder falls off. Usually at the top of the chairlift, because at the base would be too easy.
Anyway, I’ve looked at other Ride bindings, and they all seem to have this design issue. Total fail.
Rome Targa and D.O.D.
I really like the Rome bindings. They have the 5-degree canting foot-bed, which I use and yes you can feel the difference. The straps can be quick-adjusted even on the slopes, if you have the finger strength. Those suckers are on there. And they have, IMO, the easiest ratchets to work with.
They also have what I call retraction straps (I’m sure Rome has another name for them) which are basically elastic straps that connect to the ankle strap and toe strap and pull them out of the way when you unbuckle. It’s a cool idea, and does actually work, but it has one fatal flaw: the strap connects to a little tab on the adjustment buckles in such a way that it applies torque that tends to pull open that buckle. It only happened once to me with the Targas, and I found my ankle strap, but once is more than enough.
Fortunately, you can leave them unconnected, and the bindings act just like any other.
I actually think this is a great idea that, with a little re-engineering, could be a huge selling feature.
Union Force and Contact Pro
These are nice bindings, generally. I don’t like the fact that you have to unscrew the straps to adjust them, though. And they don’t have the Rome 5-degree canting. Sorry, I know it sounds like a little thing, but I have a relatively wide stance and I can feel the boots digging into the inside of my calves with the Unions. If your stance isn’t so wide, it’s probably a non-issue.
The Unions don’t have the retraction straps, which is no loss, really. But I find I have to put a lot more effort into getting the ladders into the ratchets, which really is kind of a downer.
But once you’re strapped in, they’re as good as any.
Recommendation: Cautious buy.
Turn it one more rotation around, stop it where you would like it to stay.
You shouldn't ever really need to fuck with it again.
I've seen a few peoples straps flopping around.
Tighten that shit up people.
You wouldn't leave any other screw on your bindings that loose
Why would you leave your straps that loose.
You did mention about one of the other brands that " if you have the finger strength"
Put your shoulder into it:embarrased1:
I pick RIDE way over UNION