Legendary among locals.
The binding of choice for mega-ripper and all around manly man Dan Brissee, the Force Snowboard Binding embodies everything Union stands for—dependability, durability, and no-BS function. The Multizone highback offers reliable heelside control without compromising your ability to poke out a shifty or lock into a proper 5-0.
- Multizone highback for a progressive flex that's responsive down low and tweakable up high
- Stage II aluminum/Zytel baseplate for durability and a dialed flex
- Two dual-density bushings under your baseplate dampen impact and minimize the 'dead spot' under your feet
- Aluminum buckles for smooth entry and exit
- Open toe straps for secure grip either over the top or around the front of your boots
- 3D Direct Connect ankle straps for a secure, plush fit with no pressure points
- Quick-adjust forward lean for tool-free tweaks on the fly
- Universal disc is compatible with all binding mounting patterns and allows fine-tuned stance adjustments
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Great binding when properly adjusted
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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.
Better than Burton Cartels? MHO
I have the Union Contacts... I wanted something a little more stiff, so naturally the next step up was the Force or the Burton Cartels... I debated, read up on, asked questions..And the outcome was my purchase of the Cartels... I only did two runs on the 2013 Cartels... and I already missed my Union Contacts... It just seems like more of a solid, well built binding. Im sure the Force's follow suit...
I have size 10 Burton Rulers a little bit...
I have size 10 Burton Rulers a little bit unsure what size to get, size 10 seems to be on the borderline and don't wanna get the wrong size!
get xl its from size 10 and up
2013 Rider's Choice w/ Forces
Green and orange out here lookin like a ninja turtle...Couldn't be happier with the setup
Gets the job, done but i dont reccomend it. Loose toe strap
i expected a lot more out of these bindings. Union is really a reliable brand, but these aren't there best. i find my toe strap constantly getting loose when im half way down a trail. and in the woods or anywhere with lots of turning, i always have to re-tighten them halfway down the mountain
the only thing stopping me from giving it a two, is they look really awesome on my board. but besides that, i would definitely recommend going for a different set of unions. maybe the contacts, which ive heard good things about. or even the union dlx. i used to have those and those got the job done. cheap too.
Best purchase you can make
From back country to park riding these will not let you down. Union makes it easy to adjust them to however you like to ride. They are the most durable piece of equipment I snowboard with. You can swap parts from year to year and combine colors to make them personal.
Im looking for new bindings. Something for...
Im looking for new bindings. Something for all mountain, NOT TOO STIFF.
wthat would u guys recommend between the flite and the forces ? im 10.5 thyrtytwo boot, would it be ok a M)/L ?
I think you'll be pumped on either one of those. I think if you're more all mountain focused the Force might be a little more up your alley. I would not consider the Force a stiff binding. It is stiffer than many park/jib specific bindings but that just makes it a little more responsive and supportive. I love this binding for anything from handrails to backcountry. M/L should fit just fine.
Will the L/LX fit on a 148 wide k2 WWW? I...
Will the L/LX fit on a 148 wide k2 WWW? I have size 11 burton poachers. Thanks!
Will the L/XL Forces fit on a board that's...
Will the L/XL Forces fit on a board that's NOT a wide? I have a GNU Rider's Choice 157.5...?
Hey Chris, Thanks for the question. The L/XL forces will fit on that board just fine. The base and straps are larger than the smaller size of this binding, but not so much that you need a wide board.
I got these bindings to use on my Lib-tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix board. I am totally happy with them. These bindings are very sturdy and they have an awesome grip. I set mine up to use the toe strap around the front of my boots and that worked extremely well for me. They were responsive and I didn't have any extra play or unwanted movement. The big strap around the ankle is nicely padded and the little bumps make it grab nice and tight. I also found it easy to adjust the highback and to extend the gas pedal for my long foot. Highly recommend these bindings!
Note: The blue ones are a very light blue, almost girly - I would have gotten the black ones if I'd known there'd be such a difference in color to my board.
UGH, Im torn.
Initially I LOVED these bindings. They look sick, they feel responsive and perfect and incredible. I rode for about 3 weeks on these getting in about 10 days and then they started to become problematic. The toe strap literally wont release without pulling out the monkey hands. With the addition of snow, which is inevitable obviously, it is incredibly hard to get the strap undone. Luckily, this was on the left toe strap which generally stays strapped the whole day as im regular, so I looked over this. Then this past weekend up in VT, I came of a jump pulling up on my back foot for a 360, and the strap basically tore in half. Where the strap meets the hardware to hold the strap, the plastic was cracked in half. Luckily I was able to jimmyrig it and ride the rest of the day, but esh definitely returning these guys as much as I like their look and feel. If you ride much at all, and agressive at all, I would recommend over looking these and going for maybe the cartels.
Impossible (nearly) to unbuckle.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These bindings are appropriately named "Force", because the amount of force needed to unbuckle the toe strap is somewhere in between the Jaws of Life and a Vise. If you dare to try and disengage the toe buckle without gloves on there is a good chance you could rip a hole in your finger or rip a finger nail off. Seriously, with cold hands, the pain is unbelievable.
The binding itself seems to be good, but the fact I may need to call the FD to remove myself from the toe strap means these guys are going back.
You've got a good product Union, unfortunately it has a major flaw that makes them unusable. The fact this big of a flaw would make it through QA is somewhat amazing in itself. Fix it.
And yes, I know, there are like two people out there who have buckles with no issues, let me assure you, that does not represent the masses of us with the issue.
Street cred and functional
I rode the Force binding the first year that union was around and wasn't amazed by them. I went back to Burton bindings and stayed there for a few years, this is the first season I have comeback to the Unions and they are amazing! The ratchets are so much better and they are just a more comfortable binding. Give union a try and you see why they are my binding of choice. Plus youll look cool because you ride union, add in a capita board and you will get laid.
- Gender: Male
Best set of bindings I have used to date! Will definitely be getting these again in the future!
Forces vs contacts
The forces shred. I had been experimenting with different board setups and these bindings just made a DRAMATIC difference in my comfortability and performance on the slopes in alaska. I had been riding so union contacts( to soft and the ratchetes for the toe suck, they are also a narrow binding if your feet are at or over size 13. Too narrow...) which I liked. The were one hell of a step off rental and awesome for buttering and a controlled feeling of mobility on your board. But up on the steeps I wasn't very confident. I rode them 3 times and wanted something stiffer and wider.( the width issue was actually causing serious pain to the ball of my foot). I switched to forces and went to the slopes by myself to tune them for my style. I spent that day shredding down the black and double blacks so confident and so much more effortlessly. They stepped up my game without my skill increasing. The held the line no matter what when the contacts surely would not. The lateral mobility was still awesome making them feel like great potential for free style but park was closed so no input there.
So if you want to step up your game on advanced slopes and be way more confident to slam down the mountain head first. The bindings got your back.
So much better than contacts. Spend 20 more bucks on them.
To sum it up. They are the $H:T.
These binding have a pretty nice flex and are super comfy. They really put you in sync with you board. Super rad. I've read reviews saying that the toe strap was kinda odd and had broken easily but I've never had a problem with that. Definitely worth the money and really fun to ride. Peace.
Will these binding work for a 3D bolt...
Will these binding work for a 3D bolt system on a snowboard?
is it possible to get that little plastic...
is it possible to get that little plastic lining piece on the back of the binding? mine fell of and disappeared!
Go to a board shop that sells Union. They'll either have it there or can probably order it for you.
The straps need some work
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The toe straps wouldn't release without serious effort. Definitely not quick release. Overall the bindings look good and seem high quality except for the straps. Messed with them for a few days and decided to return them for Burton bindings. Much happier with the Burtons. Really disappointing, as I've read a number of good reviews on these.
i bought these bindings instead of getting another pair of burtons. they are definitely a lot stronger but also a lot more heavy. i paired a m/l pair with a pair of burton size 11 boot. they fit perfectly but any bigger boot would need a l/xl and burton boots have a smaller footprint. These bindings can take anything you throw at them. Love these bindings! One bad thing though is the toe strap. odd shape and hard to unstrap sometimes