The Force-SL is the chosen one.
You may have been born about 200 years too soon to be the last great hope to save the universe from total annihilation, but at least you have the power to destroy the entire mountain in the 21st century. Your skills must be precise, but you must also be armed with the right weapon. The Union Force-SL Binding is just that: uber-strong materials, added power features, and extra cushion for all-mountain domination.
- Carbon-injected Stage II baseplate offers incredible strength and support for hard-charging shredders
- Machine coring in the baseplate reduces overall weight to keep you flying high and fast
- Asym/Symmetrical highback provides heelside (outer leg) strength through the design without altering the shape of the highback
- Multi-layer 3D EVA in the straps evenly distributes pressure for long-term comfort
- CNC Heelcup features holes where material is removed to reduce weight without reducing overall strength
- Grade 8.8 hardware is made from high-grade steel to provide exceptional strength and long life
- Magnesium used for the buckles is extremely light, easily recycled, and is one of the most abundant materials on the earth
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should i get these or the contact pros for...
should i get these or the contact pros for mostly park riding
Really depends on you, but the Contact Pro's will be slightly softer so its your more popular park binding for sure.
is this binding good for park riding?
is this binding good for park riding?
It really depends on your skill level/style and height/weight. This is a mid stiff binding so it wont be too easy to tweak anything unless you're a little heavier or just really aggressive. I personally use my SL's for everything on the mountain including park.
now i have burton missions, and im looking...
now i have burton missions, and im looking for a softer binding. are these flexible enough to tweak grabs easily?
I bought these bindings a few weeks ago and they are INSANE! I used to ride Burton Cartels which I thought were pretty solid but after riding a pair of Unions I wont ever go back. Super comfy fit, no pressure points, and really light weight. To be honest it's the sort of binding that you strap on and forget it's there. Locked my boots in and let my board flex true. The only little problem I had is the toe ratched was a little stiff to release the strap but it's not something that could stop anyone from loving this binding. I love you Union!
how much are they...no price listed
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Help! I'm trying to decide between the...
Help! I'm trying to decide between the 390's and the Union Force-SL. I have a huge,wide foot (11.5W). I have Northwave Decade Boots. I really just want an All Mountain Binding that fits the Decades well. I have an older pair of Rome Targas and didn't really love them. But the 390's seem really different, especially the ankle strap, but I've hard nothing but great things about Union Force's. I hope I get alot of feedback. I'm torn. They both would look sick on my board. I just need to know comfort wise. Help! Rome 390's or Union Force SL's?!
You can't go wrong with either binding imo. The Union Force Sl's are very comfortable as are the Rome 390's. The Rome 390's toe buckle is easier to release and seems easier to get tight. The Union Force Sl's felt more responsive for me than the 390's. The toe strap ratchet is not as easy to release and when tightening it takes some finesse to get where I want it. The response of the force Sl's is what my deciding factor was, and I am very happy with them. I just wish Union used a toe buckle that was more like the ankle.
note: I am wearing a size 11 Burton Grail this season, which is not as stiff as your Northwaves. Your boots with the Sl's will be even more responsive. The Romes (less stiff) and your boots would be closer to what my grail/union combo is.
Enjoy the season!
these bindings are ILLLLLL get them they look sick and perform great
I ordered the black and white Sl's. The binding appears to be an opaque almost clear material with white paint over it. Right out of the box I noticed a spot where the white paint was peeling off exposing the clear/opaque plastic. If the entire material was white this would not be a problem, but I expect after 10-20 days the bindings will look like something from a second hand store. If you don't want to look like the guy with new gear this year, get the Union Sl's.
Update: I replaced the white bindings with the black/red Sl's. They seem to be made of black base material. I have had no problems with any paint peeling or defects like the white pair had. They are light and responsive. Just be aware of the possible problem if choosing the white Sl's.
note: I ordered 4 board/binding/boot sets this Christmas. Dogfunk has been exceptional with handling any problems I had. They truly go above and beyond anyone out there. I will never buy boarding equipment from anyone else for now on!
Solid quality, comfortable, and light
I did dish out a lot to gift myself with these, and I logged about 10 hours on them so far. During my first day out, I realized that the company-spec adjustments for the straps were too big so I had to adjust it for my second day, and once I got it all perfect, they were PERFECT. When I first looked at them out of the box, they were screaming quality. These bindings are made well. They are light too. The buckles/ratchets feel awesome when being used, and the bindings overall are very comfortable. The only downside is that the toe capping straps don't really cap your toes...I don't know what their reasoning behind the design is, but I just use it as a standard strap over the foot and it works just fine.
To my dismay two months ago, a thumb screw fell off on my ankle strap on one of my bindings. I found a replacement screw (a standard flat-head screw) to fix the issue. I emailed Union's warranty people, and they quickly replied back saying "we'll mail you a new thumb screw".
A few days later, they USPS priority mailed me 2 thumb screws, and stickers! Talk about customer service.
It oozes of it.
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are the Force-SL binders that much better...
are the Force-SL binders that much better than the original Force's?? c'mon,, be real wid me,, 80 xtra bucks worth it??..//
_ nw ninja
I dont know if I would say 'better', but I would say lighter and made a lil different. With the original Force's they are a lil on the heavy end, but with the Force-SL you will not notice that weight. Def not as light as the Contact's, but very close. So really you're getting a lighter more free styled package out of this Force. But really, its all the same when you get Union. Meaning you cant buy a shitty product if they dont make a shitty product lol. If you ride a lot of park and you dont wanna get the Contacts, then get these. If you ride pretty much everything, then go for the reg Forces. Hope this helps bro
thx for the info broski,, i'm noticing that my forces are a lil on the heavy end..//
I can't find the white/black version of...
I can't find the white/black version of these bindings (shown on the union website) for sale anywhere. Anyone know where the white/black SLs are?
Union Force SL
What an Amazingly Light & Responsive Binding!!! CNC Whaaaaaat! How can a binding be so extremely comfortable yet so responsive to all mountain riding. The Force Sl binding continues to blow my mind every time I strap in.
I love them so much I want another pair for my Charlie Slasher!!!!!!!