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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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5 5

Fits Great

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

The information about the size was accurate. Fit well and felt comfortable.

I need some help with sizing. I fall right...

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I need some help with sizing. I fall right in the middle of their size guide. I have a standard width Jones mountain twin 160. I wear a Vanns 10.5 boot. I'm 6'1" and 195lbsa.
Any comments or recs on union sizing?
M/L or L/XL bindings??

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Hey Milford,

I suggest sizing down to the M/L otherwise if you go with the L/XL you will likely be bottoming out the ladder and wishing you had a little more length to strap down.

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I disagree. I'm a 10.5 boot as well and actually went and sized these at the store. Granted the boot i used was not the boot I wear, but nonetheless, M/L is too small for a 10.5.

5 5

Cush, responsive and fit great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a binding for my 165 Lib Tech Skunk Ape that would be supportive, responsive (but not too stiff), absorb some bumps and solid construction. These fit the bill perfectly! They are very well made, the construction is top notch. The ratchets are good, the straps are cush and lock your foot down nice. The foot bed is thick and absorbs a lot of chatter. I was very impressed with that. Most importantly though, it responds when you want/need it to. I never had pressure points or crushed toes from cranking the straps down. They just work, and work very well. It makes you feel more unified with the board. I tried it with K2 UFO and Ride Lasso boots and they both fit perfectly (size 11 boot, size L/XL binding) Very impressed. I feel this binding will allow me to progress better and make the most of the board. I have used Cartels, K2 Company and Auto on the board and they did not come close to the response, comfort and control of these Unions. Well done sir!

Dear Union Team,
I have one question...

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Dear Union Team,
I have one question concerning UNION BINDINGS-FACTORY TRAVIS RICE 2013/14 bindings, i have at the moment Burton Mission Snowboard Bindings here is a link how it looks http://www.the-house.com/bt1mis04ir13zz-burton-snowboard-bindings.html#list_productreview?avad=55963_f6112dff&utm_source=avantlink&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=41227&netid=avant i also have Travis Rice snowboard PRO HP 2013 model and bought this year Travis Rice DC shoes, my question if i buy Union bindings what difference i will get going from Burton bindings to Union? Nobody answers me, what are the benefits in riding, do i will turn more easy i mean if i lean to right or left will i get better response i mean will my board going to react quicker than Burtons bindings?
My riding style:
All mountain
Free Ride
Jumps only in natural terrain not in a Parks

I would really appreciate your answer, maybe i wrote in a wrong department, but please pass this to people who can answer if you cant:)

Regards, Aistis

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The Union bindings are going to blow the Burtons out of the water or snow in this case. The soft food bed allows the energy to transfer through your board without jarring you, meaning you can ride smoother and faster with more control through rougher terrain. I rock a pair of the Atlas Bindings on my T rice HP and love the combo. Makes cutting through chop smooth and allows for a more aggressive riding style. The Atlas uses the same base plate minus the canting in the foot beds (which would be awesome) and I can't believe how much power I can deliver to the edge while still having the damp feeling provided by the padding. Another thing you will notice is how easily the Union bindings transfer power to the board but not allow chatter to come back to your feet. You'll feel the difference once you put them on your board, its unbelievable.

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agreed I rode the 2013 burton missions and i liked them they were a good starting binding for me. The didn't stand out or seem very special they were just a okay pair of bindings. I upgraded to the 2014 union chargers this year and i LOVE them they hold your foot into the base of the binding. Unions bindings are pretty good for that snug feel.. all my friends ride unions just different styles but they all hold snug. and i ride a never summer heritage 159 which is about a 7 flex if that helps

5 5

Union bombers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings are amazing. First off made by union so you know they will be bomb proof. The foot bed is super soft for hard drops and the canting isn't over done just enough. Super stable and responsive at high speeds, best for the ears pinned hard charging riders out there. The adjustable toe strap is super sweet too, you don't even have to take the bindings off the board to switch them from toe cup to over the toe. These bindings have given me the confidence to push my riding to the next level. Highly recommended binding for the all mountain rider.

4 5

Response

These bindings are crazy responsive. Favorite thing about these bindings was after hitting a kicker or doing a drop there did not seem to be much impact at all on my knees and legs the bindings really seemed to absorb allot of that shock.

5 5

Love them

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had these for this season. I put these on my Lib Tec Skunk Ape 165. Just to add what I paired them with. I ride the DC Judge Boa for a boot. Great response with my new set up this year. I ride all mountain and mainly in off beat areas almost back country. I ride hard and I need response when I need it. I have broken every other binding I have ever used in the first year except the ride bindings I had last. They lasted me 2 seasons before I blew out a strap on a deep powder turn. I am a 6'2" 225 male that is built like a linebacker and so I can put a lot of force in every turn if I need. I was skeptical to go back to a poly base plate since the last 3 that swore they would stay broke in half. I have loved the comfort the response and the lighter weight than that of the aluminum. I say if there is any question get them. I am beyond pleased so far. For those talking Burton, I may be bias, but I have never found anything I have bought from them that has lasted. I buy nice and expect results. In this one I would 100% say you are choosing what you want.

5 5

My favorite binding thus far.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my first experience with Union, and I have to say I am impressed. Long story short, bought two new boards this year, and two new bindings: this, and this years Burton Malavita. Mounted the Unions on the Gnu Billy Goat. Holy balls. These bindings impress. Super responsive, and I didn't even have to mess with the forward lean out of the box. And the straps. Super smooth, in and out quick, and they form to my boots perfectly. Even cranked down, I did not notice them, and didn't have to loosen for the lift. Paired with the Gnu Billy Goat, probably the best board/binding combo I have ever ridden (I'm 38 and have been riding ever year since I was 19). I will give a more in depth review once I have a bunch of time on these. Kudos to Union for now!

I'm an all mountain rider who cruises...

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I'm an all mountain rider who cruises through the park on rare occasions. I stay away from the rails for the most part. I'm picking up a Capita NAS 163W, and figure that's about the perfect board for my riding style. Between the Burton Cartel's and the Union Factory's, which is more comfortable? I'm sure there's minor weight/performance/etc differences between the two, but I'm equally sure I'm not likely to push them far enough to be negatively affected by them. I prefer to spend a little more on gear and use it for several years (as opposed to buying something new every year). Thanks for the help.

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These are more comfortable. I have both. For all mountain, these are a great bet. If you like to charge and rail your board, get these.

5 5

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...

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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?

Best Answer Responded on

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.

5 5

factory demo

  • 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

3 5

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.

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What about the toe strap and canting don't you like? You say they hold up well, but you've only used them twice? A little more detail would make a much more helpful review.

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I've been on union products since 2007, have 8 pairs now just cause I'm a gear hoarder. i still have my 07' forces with abut 150+ days on them and the only thing is the leather straps are wearing down. i have given away flow teams (+$500), cartels and burton triads because they don't compare. ride more and then you can chime in

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Your crazy HANS. You may be a union collector or whatever but i've had just as much time on my union forces and burton cartels. They don't even compare? What are you smoking dude? Union makes a solid product, but the cartels were cushier/more damp, the auto cant works awesome and the toe cap is GREAT! Not to mention the cartel is stiffer than the force.

I'm calling B.S. on union. Before Mr. Rice...

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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.

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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....

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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.

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here's a couple:
adjustable aluminum heel loop.
magnesium ratchets
universal mounting discs.
compatible on any mounting pattern.
minimal hardware.
dupont plastic.