Union’s female range is widely considered to be among the best in the business, with a model to suit any type of rider. The Union Milan sits in the ‘Performance’ series, serving roughly the same purpose as the Contact does in the men’s range. However, it’s by no means just a scaled-down version; several components have been designed from scratch with a female rider’s needs in mind.
Take the highback, for example, which has the same asymmetric properties that are ideal for freestyle, but with a bespoke build designed to be more compatible with a woman’s legs. Meanwhile the baseplate has been softened slightly to better suit a lighter rider, and offers Union’s ‘Trueflex’ dampening – if you’ve ever had issues with sore or cramping feet then this could be the solution you’ve been looking for. As with all Union bindings it has an extruded aluminium heelcup that’s heralded as the strongest found anywhere, but still slim enough to avoid excess drag in soft snow. Both of these components are covered with a lifetime guarantee, so if either of them ever let you down then Union will offer a free replacement. However, given the brand’s reputation for strength, that’s far from likely. The straps are supportive yet aren’t chunky, and adjusting them is a piece of cake with Union’s completely tool-free system.