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as an avid rider of products from the union binding company, i would like to give some defense to the force, as it is one of the many union bindings i own. a lot of reviews say the toe straps are hard to unbuckle. this is true, but the difficulty is *greatly* reduced when the binding is properly adjusted to fit the boot.
to do this, you must have an equal amount of toe and heel hang so that the foot is centered on the binding. this involves adjusting the heel cup, sliding it in or out slightly. second, you must adjust the heel strap so that it is also centered over the boot. same with the toe strap. when the straps are centered over the boot, you will have about an inch of ladder strap exposed when they are fully tightened. having this amount of ladder strap exposed is what keeps the buckles from jamming. it's a minor flaw with the force bindings and is resolved in the 2014 model.
grabbed these for a discount at a local boardshop to upgrade from the lashed. in the two days i rode them, i noticed my riding and balance got even better. i've coupled mine with the 2013 ultrafear and contact pro bindings, completing the ultimate setup. i've noticed that i don't even need to use my upper body for balance in presses and butters. i can even spin 360s faster now too. scott stevens said in an interview that he likes a stiff boot and a soft binding. it really is the perfect combo. it doesn't matter what you're riding, these will complete your ultimate setup. grab them while you can! they'll improve your riding and they just look damn good.
i bought this season's 151 model after (admittedly) being super stoked after seeing scott stevens destroy everything in sight in his various video parts on this board. without any detuning, this bad boy holds an edge beyond what i expected and is extremely stable at high speed and accelerates to high speed easily with the wax infused sintered base. you can go from hauling ass to getting stupid in the park with zero problem. after riding this weekend though, i decided to take a bastard file and some 400 grit sand paper and heavily detuned the edges from tip/tail to inside the inserts, then mildly detuned from between the inserts to give it a bit more forgiving feel as it is way too sharp out of the box. even though it has a stiffer rating, it actually flexes out quite effortlessly. it's also extremely lightweight, noticeably lighter than my lib tech box scratcher. if you can get your hands on one, buy it without thinking. i preordered mine back in june to make sure i landed one. you may think you've experienced fear, but you haven't seen anything till you've experienced ultrafear. CAPiTAAAH!!!!