Union Rosa 2016-2017

With the general cost of bindings creeping up of late, it’s good to see the Union Rosa back for another year, delivering essential comfort and support without the hefty price tag.

The Union Rosa is soft yet strong, durable yet lightweight, and looks great too. It’s not one for feeling the G’s on the mountain’s steepest faces, but for those who like a cruisey ride it’s ideal – and while it’s far from the techiest binder that Union produce, there’s still plenty of clever stuff going on here.

“Whether you’re into park riding, piste cruising or a combination of the two, the Union Rosa is a dependable, comfortable choice”

The extruded-aluminium heelcup provides an uber-tough yet lightweight cradle for your boot, and the baseplate is essentially a female-specific version of the one seen on the Union Flite. Despite weighing next to nothing, both are durable enough to merit a lifetime warranty, and there’s plenty of EVA cushioning underfoot to mellow out the vibrations experienced during a day’s riding.

If it’s a fighter jet-esque carbon highback that you’re after, keep looking; the Union Rosa is kitted out with asymmetrical models that hug your calves comfortably, and are flexible enough to have a bit of fun with. As for the straps, the ankle strap features traction that keeps your foot secure no matter what, while the new ‘Ultragrip’ toe strap has a minimalist design that can be worn either right across the end of the boot, or over the top. Make sure you do all the adjustments you need to before the shred though, as the Rosa isn’t tool-less.

Like the heelcup, the aluminium buckles are another Union specialty. The weight saving isn’t something you’d notice (even though every little helps), but they’re far stronger than plastic alternatives and will work just as well on their thousandth click as their first.

Whether you’re into park riding, piste cruising or a combination of the two, the Union Rosa is a dependable, comfortable choice. The binding disc is compatible with channel boards and those with standard inserts, so you’ll be able to mount these to any steed.

Tester’s Verdict

Hannah Bailey –

I used to ride guy’s Unions, but find the Rosa much more receptive to my average-sized female feet, plus they are lovely and light. Easy to strap in, with 3D symmetric straps that fit nicely, especially as you can change the placement of the toe strap.

“A good choice for rider old or new… and all for a pretty good price too!”

They are easy to set up and will last you at least a couple of seasons, but probably more. Even though you need a tool, one of my favourite things about Union bindings is the ease of adjusting the size of the straps when you are on the mountain – great for keeping things locked up throughout the day. Also they come in a small or medium catering for tiny size UK 1.5 lady feet all the way to 7.5! A good choice for rider old or new, these bindings will help you find your feet, your board, the mountain and more. Oh and all for a pretty good price too!

Trade Secrets

Pier Partiarca – Engineer, Union

While the Rosa is an entry level binding in the Union Women’s collection, it shares many features of the more technical bindings such as a Duraflex plastic baseplate and highback.

It also has an adjustable, extruded aluminum heelcup with three possible positions (making it easy to line up the centre of the boot with the centre of the board), as well as an adjustable footbed. It also has aluminum ratchet levers which are both durable and easy to open and close.

So despite being ideal for beginners, it was developed as a premiere class binding, focusing on materials and features. Riders also get multiple adjustment options, just like with a more technical binding.

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