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Union Contact Pro 2015-2016 Snowboard Binding Review

Feeling good

UPDATE: See our review for the 2016/2017 Union Contact Pro here

The Details:

Gigi Rüf may make his own boards these days, but where bindings are concerned he still puts his faith in the Union Contact Pro.

The name comes from the fact that contact with the board has been made as minimal as possible. Only 5% of the baseplate touches the board when in a neutral position, meaning your stick of choice will be able to flex closer to the manner that was intended during construction. This is achieved by using a smaller disc surrounded by EVA foam.

It’s a fairly flexible binding too, sitting in the middle of the range and therefore offering plenty of options. Whether you like to cruise or point it, you could make this work – and if you like a mixture of the two, this covers all bases.

It’s remarkably light – a mere 720 grams on the scales – due to the materials used and the design of the highback in particular. It still has the usual Union strength that holds up even on Gigi-esque lines, though, with a solid aluminium heel cup and durable ankle straps with minimal stitching.

If you’re after something a little softer, there’s the regular Union Contact binding too, but those looking to step things up will be better off with this.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Adam Hoskinsblisssnowboards.co.uk

“The Contact Pro is ‘Mini Disc’ done right.

The smaller mounting disc sits in the middle of a foam-covered base, which reduces the binding-to-board contact and allows for more board flex and a ‘surfy’ feel. Have a look at imitation mini disc bindings; a hard base defeats the point, doesn’t it?

New for this year is the Ultra Grip toe strap, which I really rate, and it makes the Contact Pro quite possibly the most comfortable binding on the market.

If you’re after a freestyle-orientated, lightweight and comfortable binding then the Contact Pro should be your benchmark. Good luck finding better.”

“The Contact Pro is quite possibly the most comfortable binding on the market”

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