Union's are amazing, but this year's forces are by far one of their best designs and upgrades that they have done to the forces. Union upgrades the forces every year, this year they added new baseplate with more eva and less contact with the board, new 3D heel cup, new toe straps and buckles that are the best I've seen from union, and a new high back. I don't know what more you would want from a binder. These are unions best sellers for a reason. oh and they added the new little adjuster for your forward lean to get edgy.