Union STR 2019-2020 Snowboard Bindings Review

You get bag loads of bang for your buck with the Union STR. It’s designed to behave similarly to the Atlas, but with a price tag that’ll have you laughing. Union are famously bomb proof, and the STR is no different. It’s built with the same high-quality materials you’ll see through the line.

Mid flexing in all aspects, the STR is perfect for a rider who’s still finding their feet on the hill. The binding is soft enough that it’s going to give you a bit of leeway if you’re having a wobble, but will allow for precise and fast energy transfer when you push it.

“You get bag loads of bang for your buck with the Union STR”

Both the highback and baseplate are Duraflex, which is designed especially for cold temperatures. Slight padding round the calf adds some extra comfort for those long days on the hill, and the EVA foam underfoot soaks up chatter and absorbs some shock from bigger landings.

The straps are cut out to save weight and to make them pliable. They’ll form round the shape of your boots to ensure a tight fit.

The discs are compatible for channel, 4×4, and 4×2 insert patterns so you’re about as versatile as they come. If you’re looking for a nifty bit of gear that’ll allow you to grow as a rider and can stand the test of the elements, then the STR is a good place to start looking.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

The STR are a great value pair of All-Mountain bindings, having ridden the new Contact Pro and the Strata models, both more expensive, I can say the STR stands up well in comparison.

Very much a medium flex the STR sport a 6/10 base and 5/10 high back. For All-Mountain action they felt good in the right areas, carving felt controlled and responsive spearheaded by a good fitting highback, in the park the kickers and boxes felt pretty good, dampening landings well, these bindings are clearly made for abuse.

“The base really absorbed shocks well allowing a smooth comfortable ride even in challenging conditions”

Like all Union bindings, they felt bomb proof, very well made, nothing flimsy or half-assed. My boot fitted in very well, the straps are very comfortable and the ratchets latched on with confidence. No malfunctions, nothing came loose or caused any pitching. Adjustability is on point, I really dig the Union systems, no complaints in that department.

The base is the only major difference from their STR’s more expensive family members. The board could feel a little absent underfoot and there seems to be a slightly unnatural flex between the board and the bindings. However, the base really absorbed shocks well allowing a smooth comfortable ride even in challenging conditions.

Overall, the STR are a great pair of bindings for Beginner all the way through to expert. They are very good value standing up to bindings of much higher price tags.


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