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Union Contact Pro 2016-2017 Snowboard Bindings Review

The Details:

This isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed the Union Contact Pro, and the smart money says it won’t be the last. The perennially popular binding is an upgraded version of the Contact, and is suited to confident snowboarders who want to do it all.

The Union Contact Pro now weighs in at 715g, a 5g saving on last year. That might not seem like much, but as with any precision instrument the small improvements do tend to add up. What really sets this one apart, both in the Union line and in the broader market, is the minimal contact that it makes with the snowboard – hence the name.

In a resting state, only 5% of the baseplate is directly connected to the board (essentially just the small ring around the edge of the binding disc). That means that when you flex your deck, the bend will be less obstructed. Whether you’re ollieing off the flat ground or dropping a pillow line, there are definite benefits to that.

It’s as strong as an ox too, thanks to the aluminium heelcup and ‘Duraflex’ nylon in the highback and baseplate. Keep an eye out for a pair of Union Contact Pro bindings mounted on Gigi Rüf’s Slash board when the highly-anticipated Union team movie drops later this year.

Tester’s Verdict

Adam Hoskins – Bliss Snowboards

“I wouldn’t ride any other bindings. In fact, I don’t like testing other bindings. Nothing is as good. I feel like the Contact Pro was made for me, and you can’t really ask for more than that.

Updated this season, the shorter, flatter and softer-than-average highback provides all response I need while also being incredibly comfortable, and they don’t get in the way when you’re trying to bone out your grabs. The (updated) base and mini-disc means there is only 5% of contact between the binding and board. The rest of the base is covered with Vaporlite bushing for all-day comfort.

If you’re looking for the most comfortable freestyle binding on the market, then you’ve found it.”

“If you’re looking for the most comfortable freestyle binding on the market, then you’ve found it”

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