14/09/2011 | by Tom Copsey
For our latest Product of the Week, we’ve stuck close to home and taken a look at the bindings we’ve been riding with all last season – the Union Force. They are awesome.
We were lucky enough for the crew at Union Bindings to let us give their Force bindings a special lick of the Onboard steeze and have as such tested these bad boys as concisely as anything ever. After 100+ days, they’re still ticking and still rad.
If you’re only focussing on producing one type of product you’d better get it right. Union do, and do. The Force comes in around the lower mid-range of their pricing scheme but that should not cause you to turn your nose up as they’re a hell of a lot of binding for your 200 soon-to-be-worthless eurodoller. It’s no coincidence they’re Union’s best-selling model.
As ever, they’ve upgraded components this year to give you more bang for your buck. The cushioning and dampening are both spot on thanks to the injected EVA bushings and disc-covering/gas pedal. The baseplate is glass-infused Zytel for strength and responsiveness (they’re so confident in the base that it has a lifetime warranty on it) and an anodised Aluminium heelcups to keep ‘em bombproof. They have a flex erring on the side of stiff, yet the highback manages to be bendable enough to allow all the poke you need and still be comfortable.
The straps are new too, with improved pressure distribution and autofit EVA on the ankle to up your comfort and a new toe strap that can be rocked traditional or capped. The ratchets work how they should too – you don’t notice ‘em. Summed up in a sentence, the Force is super comfortable, super adjustable yet super responsive at the same time. The only criticism we could find was the screws holding the straps in loosen off after a while, so make sure you give ‘em a tighten every couple of days. But all in all these are a stonking set of binders.
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