Q & A with George from Union Binding Company
18 Nov, 2008
So when I started getting questions regarding Union bindings, he’s the man I turned to for the down and dirty Q & A to elaborate on your questions.
Shay: Which binding is the lightest in the Union lineup?
George: Force MC – 710 grams. It’s the lightest men’s binding on the market.
Shay: How do Union bindings allow for true board flex?
George: We have minimized the direct contact from binding-to-board. This is especially important in the heel area of the binding, because it alleviates “dead spots” under your bindings. It also alleviates pressure points where most board breakage occurs.
Shay: Does every model have less than 100% binding direct contact to the board?
George: Yes. The Contact has the least amount (19%), but even our Stage II base has minimal direct contact. This is the number 1 thing that makes Union Bindings ride different.
Shay: What are the similarities and differences between the Contacts and Force bindings?
George: Similarities are fit and comfort. The main difference between the two, is the Force baseplate is quite a bit more stiff. The Force also has higher highbacks, and leans more towards an all-mountain binding.
Shay: The Forces have a tapered design on the highback, how does that affect the rider?
George: The tapered design gives you 100% support straight back when you need it (landing jumps, traversing, euro carving, etc), but it also allows the highback to have some twisting movement, which is nice for tweaking out your favorite food grab.
Shay: Why on this years force, contact, and trilogy, does the fabric on the toe strap not cover the whole strap?
George: The new design allows the toe strap to cover the toe box much better for those who prefer to wear them Baltimore style.
George: We changed it for a couple reasons. Overall the mesh wasn’t bringing much to the table. It was hard on the boots, it was heavy, and not very durable. Easy decision.
Shay: How adjustable are Union bindings?
George: 100% adjustable to everything unless you’re name is Shaquille O’neil.
Shay: Any new binding colors in the future?
George: We’re pretty stoked on dreamcicle orange right now.