Get creative with franken-bindings

25 May, 2009

Franken bindings have been around for years as riders would make their bindings last longer by replacing old parts with new parts or upgrading their bindings with features like cap straps. They allow each rider to become more familiar with their bindings, the construction, the adjustment and getting creative by playing binding god. By creating Franken bindings it allows companies to re-use excess parts to create an original product for consumers.

Union Binding Company has stepped up to the plate by letting customers purchase their own Franken-Bindings built from excess parts and creating a new binding from them. They even have their own names and come in limited availability.

Union CK-Lite
Force MC: Baseplates / Heelcup
 Contact: Highback / Ankle and toe straps
Force: Disc covers 
Magnesium buckels.

The other option is to create your own which works easier if you have multiple parts from the same company.   You can pick your way through the baseplate, highback, straps, ratchets to make your own binding from your favorite or in better shape parts.  I’ve found it’s also a good way to get familiar with your binding and how it’s constructed.  In the end you’ll want to test it and make changes if you don’t like it or love the new look you created.

Currently I’m working to create a Rome Madison/Shift binding out of the spare parts and just playing around with it to see if it works.   As you can see, it’s a playground of pieces in the work.

Since I’m working with a plastic baseplate and a metal baseplate it’s a bit tougher but still fun like a puzzle to figure out what I want to work together.  The Madisons took a beating and cosmetically have issues but the Shifts are brand new and still in great condition so hoping to piece them together where they work as one.

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  1. Hanh
    May 25, 2009

    hahaha i have hella union parts at home and like 2 sets of forces white/airblasters and shop datas and black contacts… do you wanna trade some parts shay?

  2. Shayboarder
    May 26, 2009

    haha possible! I was wondering what to do with my Union Forces who are getting haggard already. But those are my only union parts…i’m up for trading around.

  3. VancityAllie
    May 26, 2009

    YES! I really like this idea. Pink and green bindings here I come! 😉

  4. Hanh
    May 26, 2009

    TImeout, do you have size m/l’s?
    cause mine are l/xl’s. we might be able to trade screws? haha

  5. Marc
    May 27, 2009

    You should set up an online binding part swap shop where people can trade parts for build their franken bindings. That would be cool.

    On a related note, my buddy Shandon had the ultimate in franken bindings a few years ago. He had a Drake baseplates but had to replace the heelcups with Atomic parts (he actually broke the heelcup in two and Atomic parts were readily available). He also had a random assortment of straps and ratchets from different binding companies. Those bindings were a work of art until he broke the Atomic heelcups too.

  6. Anonymous
    May 30, 2009

    hey shay on c3 all they have r mainly m/l bindings… any idea if they will b making more cause i need l/xl for an 11 boot haha

  7. Huckleberry Hart
    May 30, 2009

    I dig ze frankincense binders.

  8. Shayboarder
    June 02, 2009

    Hanh, haha yep I have m/l's ah well! I'll probably pick up a new pair next year and swap out parts when I need to.

    Marc, swap shop would be cool definitely…even just a store that specialized in parts…like a hardwear store for snowboarders 🙂 Funny thing is all you need is a hardware store, my ex who designed bindings would shop there. Nice on Shandon's bindings!

    Anonymous. They have two bindings in L/XL, kemps and niko's right now…maybe in the future other ones but that's it for now unfortunately.

  9. Anonymous
    June 10, 2009

    what is the biggest size boot you could have on a m/l union binding

  10. Shayboarder
    June 10, 2009

    Heres the recommended sizing chart

    Depends on the boot though if it's a bulkier boot or with a slim fitting profile. Do you have a shop near you that carries Union?