2011's winter season has been rough in terms of snow thus far, so these bindings haven't been fully broken in quite yet.
However, they have seen plenty of use.
These are my Union Contact Pro's, size Large mounted on a Ride DH 2.1 Wide.
My favorite feature of these is the ankle strap. Union hit a home-run here. The padding and form molds great into my ankle, and hasn't given me any pain or discomfort at all since new.
The heelcup, baseplate, and highback feel plenty strong and responsive.
The Toe piece feels AWESOME!
I know there are some negative comments in terms of the toe piece, so here is my breakdown:
-The cap over the toe where the binding is split feels fabulous. It forms great to my boot, and gives great hold and pressure backwards into the bindings. The comments are in regards to the ladder buckle.
On the ankle strap there is a quick release tab. On the toe-peice there is not. You have to fold the ladder strap awkardly. I wish that the toe strap did not operate like this, and simply had the quick release tab just as the ankle strap.
I have not had any issues with the toe ladders not holding or breaking, and they don't feel as though they were poorly made to me. It's just a different release system.
4 star binding for me. 99% there, I just wish the toe strap was an identical release to the ankle strap.