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Union Atlas 2015-2016 Snowboard Binding Review

World beater

The Details:

Union have a reputation for making tough-as-nails binders, which is why they offer a lifetime warranty on their bases and heelcups. The re-released Union Atlas is no exception, designed to cater for the likes of Norwegian hammer-thrower Torstein Horgmo.

Various materials have been used here; the heelcup is made of super-strong aluminium, while the baseplate is a nylon composite that’s been engineered for extreme cold.

While regular plastic can become brittle, and therefore more fragile, the stuff used on the Atlas won’t. A hi-tech material usually found in running shoes provides the dampening, while the ratchet buckles are made out of magnesium which is both light and strong.

Much like this binding; should you need something that can endure the forces involved in agressive, no-holes-barred freeriding, this will do the job without giving you unnecessary weight and bulk.

Another thing to bear in mind is that less than one-fifth of the binding actually makes contact with the board, meaning the natural flex of your deck won’t be overly impeded.

If you’re after a binding that is suitable for either freeriding or high-end freestyle, the Atlas is one to consider.

TESTER’S VERDICT: 
Duthie – Whitelines

“This binding is terrific, certainly the best Union I’ve ever tried.

It feels light as a feather, and at the same time strong as an ox. My stance is pretty wide, so I appreciated the canted baseplates – the ride was comfortable as hell.

The toe strap does appear to be a bit flimsy at first; the plastic bit that connects the strap to the binding doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, especially as I had to extend it as far as I could to get it to fit.

However, it didn’t let me down at any point and now can’t imagine that it ever would. Two thumbs, way up.”

It feels light as a feather, and at the same time strong as an ox – the best Union I’ve tried”

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