Union bindings is ten years old this winter, but new to Erik’s and we’re excited to offer some great bindings this year from Union. More riders every year are choosing Union Bindings for good reason, from new riders, to one of the most well known riders around; Travis Rice.
If you’re familiar with Union already, the reasons why are clear – if not, read on to see why we like Union. At the heart of every Union Binding is True Fit technology, which can be broken into four categories.
Fiberglass Index is important because riders of different sizes have different support needs. Small riders and big riders have different support needs to drive and control the board. By using different amounts of fiberglass in different sizes, Union creates a binding that matches each rider.
All snowboards are designed to flex across their length, which affects how the board responds under foot, holds an edge, carves and cruises. By minimizing the amount of contact the board and binding make, Union Bindings allow your board to do what it was designed to; flex. The most contact a union binding makes is 20%, eliminating dead spots where your bindings are mounted. In the case of the Contact Pro, there is only 5% of the binding in direct contact with the board.
While some manufacturers have their own ideas on the best way to mount your bindings (3-bolt, channel or 4×4), Union’s True Fit overcomes that and allows you to mount your bindings to any board on the market.
When snowboarding was in its early years, many of us rode high back bindings with a third strap above the ankle – later on, we pulled the backs off completely. While neither was the best way to do it, Union has worked to create a way to get the best of both support and flexibility.
Starting with a pop of color, the Flite Binding is a great option to freestyle riders who enjoy pipe, park, or powder. The Flite, along with all other Union Bindings comes with a Lifetime Warranty on baseplates and heelcups. Most people will be hard pressed to break or crack the DuPont Zytel frame, but if you do, Union will replace it for life. Guaranteed.
Union calls the Force binding a workhorse for good reason. Erik’s stocks the = in three colorways this year to match your style of riding and your board. The Force, like all other Union bindings, is everything you need and nothing you don’t – and this one has a lower profile than before and is an original to Union since season one.
The Contact Pro is a juggernaut in the Union lineup, but with only 5% contact, there’s no such thing as a dead spot on your board. Ridden by the likes of Gigi Rüf, the Contact Pro is lite and comfortable, however you like to ride.
Next in the lineup, the Atlas series is built upon the Atlas baseplate; a feature it shares with three other models including the Factory, Charger and the MC. With 20% contact to the board, giving you tons of control with a true flex allowed in your board.
Every few years, someone comes along and pushes the limits of snowboarding with their unique style and desire. Travis Rice is today’s snowboarder, as witnessed by his film the Art of Flight and Red Bull Supernatural competition, and his binding choice is no surprise in the Factory. Built on the Atlas base with Factory highback, this binding is great for charging it on whatever terrain you choose.
You want the best, you deserve the best, so we saved it for last. The MC Metafuse is the top of the line offering from Union, using the best of technologies available. Like the Atlas and the Factory, the MX is built on the tested Atlas Frame, with the addition of Machine Coring to make it the lightest conventional binding on the market. Any unnecessary material is CNC’ed away and an asymmetrical carbon highback is added for unmatched performance.