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Union Flite Pro 2021-2022 Snowboard Bindings Review

Tested and selected for our top 100 snowboard products of the year: the Union Flite Pro

  • Price: £145 / € 160/ £170
  • Sizes: S, M, L
  • Flex: 5/10
  • Entry System: Classic

Why we chose the Union Flite Pro Snowboard Bindings: Completely overhauled for 2021/22, the Flite Pro’s are redefining the meaning of bang for your buck.

The only thing entry-level about the Flite Pro’s is the price tag. Completely redesigned for winter 2021/22, and 30g lighter than the previous iteration, when Union say ‘lightweight’ they mean it. Tweak-friendly and built for playful freestyle, the Flite Pro’s are a park rat’s wet dream.

Whether you’re ballin’ on a budget, or just prefer softer flexing binder, the Flite Pro’s are not to be counted out.

“The only thing entry-level about the Flite Pro’s is the price tag”

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Who Is The Union Flite Pro For?

The mellow flex (and wallet friendly price tag) of the Flite Pro’s will appeal to newer riders trying to find their feet, but advanced rippers who prioritise loose jib days and surfy slush sessions will also find a friend in the Flite Pro.

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Baseplate

The softer flexing baseplate opens up a buffet of buttering, pressing, tweaking and poking, whilst still bringing Union’s fabled durability to the table, so much so they offer a lifetime guarantee on it.

Big days in the park can take a big toll, and to combat some of the foot fatigue from hiking rails and sticking big landings Union use EVA foam pads to sandwich the all-new Stage 8 Duraflex baseplate. They also soak up some chatter when you’re blasting through chop and slop, dampen out the ride a bit, as well allowing the board to flex naturally underfoot without compromising the feel.

Toe drag is no one’s idea of a good time, and the updated and fully adjustable Extruded 3D Aluminium Heelcup lets you dial in the perfect fit and fully centre your boot in the binding for optimum balance. Not to mention, they’re tough as old boots.

“Tweak-friendly and built for playful freestyle, the Flite Pro’s are a park rat’s wet dream”

Straps and Highbacks

The upgraded highback draws inspiration from Travis Rice’s big mountain behemoth, the Falcor, but with a decidedly freestyle-centric flex. Lightweight, yet robust and made with a specially designed Duraflex material which is engineered to retain its consistent flex despite low temperatures or constant use.

Like a boxer before a big fight, the Flite Pro’s have been shedding weight everywhere possible, so naturally, the straps are minimalistic and even appear to be verging on barren.

Like a boxer before a big fight, the Flite Pro’s have been shedding weight everywhere possible, so naturally, the straps are minimalistic and even appear to be verging on barren. But, what you don’t see on the surface is the thermoplastic anti-slip material, the internal honeycomb design and take no prisoners full grade aluminium ratchets working overtime to keep your feet locked and loaded.

“The upgraded highback draws inspiration from Travis Rice’s big mountain behemoth, the Falcor, but with a decidedly freestyle-centric flex”

Roundup

In a way, the Flite Pro’s strip it right back to basics, but bear in mind basic doesn’t mean bad. Instead of loading them up with carbon or other expensive additives, Union have equipped the Flite Pro’s with exactly what they need to be a rugged freestyle machine, built to last day after day, season after season.

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Trade Secrets

Riley Goodwin – Global Marketing Manager, Union Bindings

“Is made in Italy at the brand new Union Headquarters.”

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