The man, the myth, the binding.
Considering how hard Travis Rice shreds—scratch that—DESTROYS everything he touches on his snowboard, you can be pretty confident that any piece of gear with the T. Rice stamp of approval is going to be pretty damn burly, and the Union Factory Binding is no exception. Responsive enough to pick apart sixty-degree pitches in Alaska, strong enough to handle the biggest backcountry booters ever built, and comfy and reliable enough to count for everyday resort riding, the Factory is sure to please everyone from professionals to weekend warriors.
An extruded 3D aluminum heelcup reduces weight while maintaining strength and stiffness, and the Stage III Atlas baseplate makes minimal contact with your board to eliminate dead zones in the board's flex beneath your feet. It also has a Team highback to make it flexible enough to tweak grabs, yet stiff enough for reliable response and support, and injected EVA bushings dampen vibrations for a smooth ride. The SonicFused ankle strap minimizes stitching to increase overall durability, and the Open Toe Strap is low-profile and cored-out to wrap around the front of your boot for a comfy and secure fit.
- Team highback
- Stage III Atlas baseplate
- Extruded 3D aluminum heelcup
- Canted footbed
- Injected EVA bushings
- SonicFused ankle strap
- Open toe strap
- Magnesium buckles
- CNC Anodized aluminum hardware
- Universal discs
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Honestly the best binding
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have used many different brands of bindings and these are by far the most bomb proof binding on the market. The last pair of unions I had lasted me 3 seasons and they are still going strong. Recently I bought these factorys to upgrade and it was a great choice! They offer a stiff highback that provides amazing response. I also love the canted foot beds on these, they make it easy on the knees while riding! I recommend these to anyone who likes responsive,strong, and bombproof bindings that will last for more than a season! If Travis Rice backs these bindings they have to be good right?
i wear a size 11 in shoe, 10.5 in sb boot...
i wear a size 11 in shoe, 10.5 in sb boot i suppose. would it be better to get the M/L or just go with a L/XL?
I usually say to go with the smaller binding range that you fit within. If you have a fairly low profile boot or one with footprint reduction technology, then definitely go with the M/L. If you have a bulkier boot (like some Vans or DC) I would say it might be best to go with the L/XL but my suggestions would be the M/L.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
i rode the factory at the demo and was super curious to how different thy were then the union super pro binding they make for shop team and shop kids. one thing i noticed right away was the mellow canting. the eva canting is comfortable and seemed to offer a damper ride. i wasn't surprised there. more eva on the gas pedal. my favorite thing about the factory was the new sonic fused straps. call them what you want, but they are really comfortable around your boot. i felt no strap pressure.
i'd be stoked to ride this binding all season, great binding for a bigger rider
Toe strap and canting could be better.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Durability of UNION is honestly far superior to any other binding I have owned, but they have a long way to go in comfort. Burton cartels have a much better toe strap and canting is phenomenal compared the UNION factory. I've used the Factory twice now and the bindings holds up great, but toe strap and canting need a lot of improvement.
I'm calling B.S. on union. Before Mr. Rice...
I'm calling B.S. on union. Before Mr. Rice was signed to a binding deal he was running Burton Cartels for years, for good reason. My question is this, what do these have that would trump burton and make someone buy these instead.
He started with Bent Metal. Then Burton Cartels. Now Union. I'm debating whether to give these a try... they seem to be lighter and as strong as my Ride Delta's. Who knows....
Travis Rice could still be throwing backflips if his board had Chacos duct taped to it, the dude is amazing!
But for us mere mortals, I think it comes down to quality. My experience with Burton products has been that they break. A lot. And Burton only offers a one year warranty while other brands (like Union) have a lifetime warranty. Sure, they may have a few good products (i.e. the Cartels), but for about the same price you can buy bindings with a better warranty and that are made with stronger materials. That's personally why I don't even consider buying anything Burton anymore...too many bad experiences with gear that falls apart too quickly.
here's a couple:
adjustable aluminum heel loop.
universal mounting discs.
compatible on any mounting pattern.