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24. Union Force Bindings



Union Force

Union Force


Price: £170
Flex: 5
Sizes: S-M/ M-L/ L-XL
Entry system: Classic

The Force, a mid-flexing binding that’s designed to suit a broad range of terrain types and riding styles, is one of Union’s best-sellers. It’s been part of the Italian company’s range since they first launched in 2005 and has proved popular with riders of all stripes.

This latest version of the Force has a couple of all-new features, including the ‘stage IV’ base, an improved baseplate that is apparently so strong that it has a lifetime guarantee. The highback is also new and improved for 2013-14. It’s what Union call a ‘multi-zone’ highback – it has different thicknesses of plastic to provide different flex characteristics at different points. The top third is the thinnest and easiest to bend, the middle third is a bit thicker and the bottom third is really rigid, making it very hard to bend at all. The idea is to offer the best combination of flex and responsiveness. Elsewhere the Force has a lot in common with the Contact Pro, including the extruded aluminium heelcups and the magnesium buckles. The Force’s flex means that it’s a very versatile binding – soft enough for park rats, but not so loose that you’d feel sketchy at speed. It’s great for gentle piste cruising and casual park sessions. And while you might want something a bit more rigid if you were hitting mega-booters, for most ordinary riders, this is a great all-round option. As one tester put it, these are “great, so easy to use that you barely notice they’re there – which is exactly what you want from a binding.”


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theboardbasement.comtribalriders.com, halfpipelondon.com

  1. Tom

    Drake Fifty Bindings: I have a pair of 2011 bindings, quite a soft flex so would suit a soft-mid flexing board. Perform well and very comfortable. Ideal for park riding/jibbing.
    The main complaint is quality. The ankle straps- although still functioning perfectly well- have loads of rips and tears in them, many appearing after a week or two of riding. The heel cup attatches to base plate with screws, but these are constantly coming loose meaning the heel cup moves up and down. Also, the padding came away from the high back and I had to glue it back down.. If Drake have sorted out these quality issues then these are a good buy, otherwise I’d look elsewhere…..

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  3. Sean

    I’ve had three sets of Northwave boots, including the Legends, and whilst I found them mainly comfortable, apart from a little pressure on the inside of the heel, they really don’t last. Not a single boot lasted more than about three weeks of riding without the lacing system packing in. Eyelets pulling out of the boot, that kind of thing.
    Can’t possibly recommend them.


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