Union Cadet 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Bindings Review

Other than the branding, which has stepped away from typical kid fare – especially on the largest size – there’s not much that’s different about the Union Cadet kids’ snowboard bindings this year. Is that a problem? Not on your life – these get the job done, so there’s no need to tinker with them.

The best thing about the Union Cadet bindings is the adjustability. Unlike most of their competitors, these have a heel cup that can be extended to accommodate a larger boot, when your grom makes the step up in size. Great news for them, as the ride will be improved and toe drag reduced, but even better for parents who can wait longer before buying a new pair.

“The baseplate is made of the same ‘Duraflex’ material as most of the adult range – with the same lifetime warranty”

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Nothing about these is basic; the ratchet straps are made of tough-yet-light aluminium, and there’s even an effective forward lean adjustment system for kids who want to give that a try. The baseplate is made of the same ‘Duraflex’ material as most of the adult range (with the same lifetime warranty), and the cushioning is techier than what you’ll find on most kids’ models.

Now available in different colours and a couple of new sizes, expect see Union Cadet bindings around the feet of some of the best young rippers around.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team


“I really like these, the buckles aren’t as big as my normal bindings so they took a little more effort to do up, but it wasn’t an issue. They feel really solid and stiff so I had a lot of control, but they aren’t too heavy so were great on a light park board.”


“I really liked these, they were super comfortable and fitted my boots perfectly. The straps are really comfortable because they have a little stretch so they hold your foot nicely without being too tight and I felt really in control with them. They were sometimes hard to undo but it wasn’t a problem.”

Dad’s Comments

“These bindings are brilliant for kids. Like the adult-sized Unions they have adjustable heel cups, so you can move the baseplate to fit your foot size. That means that it’ll take much longer for your kids to grow out of them.

My only concerns were the high back being small and not enough forward lean adjustment, but neither of the kids mentioned this, in fact they both said they were solid and responsive.”

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