Maybe take my review with a grain of salt, because I'm coming from my beginner setup purchased in 2003 which was Burton Synchro bindings on a Burton Clash 157. Didn't snowboard from 2006 until now, but now I'm back into it full-force with a new setup, Union Force (size L/XL, white) on Lib Tech skate banana 156 (normal width). I rode this setup one day so far and here are my impressions:
- These bindings seem to have very solid construction and high quality materials. I like the super solid aluminum chassis versus plastic that others like Burton offer at the same price point.
- The ankle strap clasp comes off easy due to the buckle design with the little 'pull tab' sticking out, but the toe strap buckle does not have the 'pull tab' so unbuckling is a little more difficult. Not a big deal, just a minor criticism when compared to competitively priced bindings.
- The "male" portion of the toe strap (with the ratchet teeth on it) sticks through the buckle a bit too much when the strap is tightened - kind of like a belt that is way too long for your waist. Except you can't tuck the extra strap under your belt loops haha, so it just sticks up and waves in the breeze. I think it's due to my size 11 boot which is kind of the bottom limit for the size Large / X-Large bindings.
- Combined with the skate banana deck, I felt that I got very confidence-inspiring response from these bindings (even with the slight heel lift I have going on in my boots). I could feel the contours of the mountain a lot more than I ever did with my old setup.
- They look great! White bindings + grey/black top sheet + black pants + blue burton poacher jacket...looks pretty ill IMO.
I definitely recommend these bindings. I like that Union is a young company and seems to be selling a quality product at a price point below the competitors' for an equivalent product.
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