Union Bindings 2012-2013

13 Feb, 2012


In eight years, Union Binding Company has become a major player in snowboard bindings for design, functionality and keeping it fun. As SIA was getting started, they added another big player to their team lineup…Travis Rice now joins the ranks of Union Binding riders. For 2013, Union keeps it fresh and continues with their new open toe strap design throughout the line. They’ve added a new carbon binding, the Charger for those wanting response.

The 2013 Union Catalog says, “The perfect binding is more than a mechanism.  It’s more than a tool.  It’s more than the sum of a baseplate, highbacks, straps and hardware.  The perfect binding is a catalyst to creating the ultimate connection between rider and board – and that connection spells freedom.”  Well done Union.

Union MC-Metafuse

Metafuse Technology. Features machined coring stage III Atlas base, carbon-injected dupont zytel ST, all-new asym/symmetrical Full Carbon highbacks, precision adjustment foward lean, injected EVA bushings, metafuse heelcups, all-new 3D direct connect strap system, multi-layer tapered strap core , magnesium buckles and aluminum cage, universal disks, all new CNC anodized  aluminum hardware, all-new open toe straps, dual density toe ramp padding, full carbon toe ramps, lifetime warranty base.

Color: Black

Union Charger

A legend in the making. Stage III Atlas base, carbon injected dupont zytel ST, full carbon highbacks, shift on the fly forward lean, injected EVA bushings, CNC machined heelcups, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi-layer tapered strap core, magnesium buckles and aluminum cage, universal disks, dual density toe ramp padding, grade 8.8 hardware, all new open toe straps, lifetime warranty base.

Color: Orange

Union MC-Metafuse and Charger

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Union SL

Super light. All mountain attacker. Features stage III Atlas base, dupont zytel ST, asym/symmetrical SL highbacks, shift on the fly forward lean, dual density EVA bushings, CNC machined heelcups, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi-layer tapered strap core, new magnesium buckles and aluminum cage, universal disks, all new open toe straps, dual density toe ramps, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Color: Black/White, Asadachi 5

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Union Atlas

The next generation of performance. Stage III Atlas base, dupont zytel ST, asym/symmetrical Atlas highback, shift on the fly forward lean, dual density EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi-layered tapered strap core, all new magnesium buckles, universal disks, all new open toe straps, dual density toe ramps, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Matte Stone, Matte Green, Metallic Blue, Matte Black

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Union Contact Pro

Gigi Tested. Ruf Approved. Designed by Gigi Ruf. Features carbon injected contact base dupont zytel ST, contact pro dupont zytel ST highback, triple zone injected EVA bushings, shift on the fly foward lean, CNC machined heelcups, injected magnesium buckles, tool free size adjustment, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi layer tapered strap core, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Black/Gray, Purple/Green

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Union Force

Workhorse dependability. Stage II base dupont zytel ST, multizone dupont zytel ST highback, injected EVA bushings, extruded anodized aluminum heelcup, quick adjust foward lean, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi layer tapered strap core, tool free size adjustment, magnesium buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: blue, magenta, green, black, white, purple

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Union Contact

True board flex. True board control. All new fusion highback, contact base-dupont zytel ST, injected dual zone EVA bushings, extruded Anodized Aluminum heelcups, shift on the fly foward lean, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi layer strap core, tool free size adjustment, aluminum buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: blood spatter, green/red, so good

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Union Contact So Good Highback

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Union Flite

Fucking light. Features flite base dupont zytel ST, flite dupont zytel ST highback, injected EVA bushings, extruded anodized aluminum heelcups, quick adjust forward lean, all new direct connect strap system, PU leather straps, tool free size adjustment, injected aluminum buckles, universal disks, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: army, cmyk, black, sunset

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Union DLX

Built to last. Stage I base dupont zytel ST, multizone dupont zytel ST, injected EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, quick-adjust forward lean, tool free size adjustment, all new direct connect strap system, aluminum buckles and steel cage, universal disks, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Red, Black

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Union Mini Flite

Built to last at grom scale. Features minilite base – dupont zytel ST, fusion dupont Zytel ST highbacks, injected EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, shift on the fly forward lean, direct connect strap system, tool free size adjustment, injected aluminum buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: CMYK, Black

Union Legacy (Women’s)

Performance Evolution. Features Stage III Atlas base – dupont zytel ST, multizone legacy highbacks, extruded anodized aluminum heelcups, shift on the fly forward lean, injected EVA bushings, all new 3D direct connect strap system, multi layer tapered strap core, magnesium buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: White/Navy

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Union Trilogy (Women’s)

True to form. Features trilogy II base – dupont zytel ST, asym/symmetrical highbacks, quick adjust forward lean, injected EVA bushings, CNC machined heelcups, all new 3D direct connect strap system, tool free size adjustment, injected EVA bushings, universal disks, all new direct connect strap system, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Black, Magenta

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Union Trilogy in Black

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Union Milan (Women’s)

All day comfort. Features all new fusion lady highbacks, milan base – dupont zytel ST, shift on the fly forward lean, injected dual zone EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, all new 3D direct connect strap system, tool free size adjustment, injected aluminum buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: White/Red, Purple/Green, Black Neon

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Close-up of Union Milan Black Neon Highback

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Union Rosa (Women’s)

High value. Low Cost. Features asym/symmetrical highbacks, milan base – dupont zytel ST, shift on the fly forward lean, injected dual zone EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, symmetric 3D ankle straps, tool free size adjustment, injected aluminum buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Silver, Red, CMYK

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Union Flite Lady (Women’s)

Custom comfort. Ultimate convenience. Features women’s specific flite baseplate, injected EVA bushings, extruded aluminum heelcups, direct connect strap system, tool free size adjustment, injected aluminum buckles, universal disks, all new toe cup design, grade 8.8 hardware, lifetime warranty base.

Colors: Black, White, Magenta

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Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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15 Comments

  1. kc
    February 14, 2012

    Great write up thank you! Absolutely loving the new contact pro green/purple. Also loving the new design on the high-backs on the regular contacts! Shall wait till next year for a new binding set up methinks! Do Union also release data on the weight of each binding so you know how heavy a pair is?

  2. brek
    February 14, 2012

    They have in the past for the mc’s and sl’s but you might just have to email them for the whole line. im assuming the weight list will be something like this.

    mc
    charger
    contact pro
    flight
    contact/sl
    atlas
    force
    Dlx

    thats just my guess but they are all pretty light and if you have big boy strength any binding in th. line wont phase you

  3. kc
    February 14, 2012

    @brek- awesome thanks!p.s lmao @ big boy strength!

  4. dickson
    February 14, 2012

    they all make me drool, too bad none of their product really go on sale ><

  5. Frank
    February 14, 2012

    Yep I know Dickson… looks like they have a demand strong… here in Canada, Union are very expensive MRSP is more than USD… plus with the sponsorship of Travis Rice announcement for next year… demand should continue to be strong… never tried yet Union Bindings… they look light … and they must be good feeling… But for 2013 I may look toward Flow with the NX2-SE what an improvement from Flow… as I am getting older, I need canted foot bed (easy for my knees) and easy entry (small mountain in the East Coast, in and out frequently)… Flow seems to be a good solution ;) IMO

  6. kc
    February 15, 2012

    @frank- yeah i have just come back from doing a season in canada frank and i’m shocked that it wasn’t as cheap as i was expecting. it was actually cheaper for me to buy a pair of contact pros back here in the u.k rather than canada! saying that- i did pick up some great bargains on some capita boards- so i suppose you win some, you lose some!never tried flow bindings but saw a lot of people rocking them out on the west coast especially in whistler- their ease of entry seemed to be what people loved most about em!

  7. manhattanproj
    February 17, 2012

    i dont know if it’s just me, but in terms of durability, i do question it a bit.

    i bought a union data last season, used it for a total of 5 times. and the ratchet mechanism in the strap buckles are already getting loose/losing tension.

    union always advertises their 100-day durability but 5 times and the buckle are close to being trashed? kind of disappointed with union. made me wish i should have gotten cartel instead.

  8. Daniel
    March 12, 2012

    Damn lovin the Force green & purple and contact (Red/green). Looks like I’ll be buying some more bindings…Haha.

    When are the Union 2012-2013 bindings available for purchase?

  9. March 13, 2012

    Daniel, later this summer/early fall is when most 2013 stuff is released.

  10. Joe
    May 31, 2012

    Shay, Do you know the difference between last year’s (2012) Contact’s highbacks and 2013 Contact’s highbacks?

  11. Dominic
    June 09, 2012

    WOW i cant wait im getting a pair of contracts this year soo siked!!!

  12. Dominic
    June 09, 2012

    LOL sooo srry i ment contact

  13. June 20, 2012

    The Force bindings in blue will be on my purchase list this upcoming season!

  14. Frank
    June 21, 2012

    Now bindings IPO will be on my list ;)

  15. September 12, 2012

    I just wanted to say a quick ‘THANK YOU’, for posting pictures and sharing your info/details/thoughts on snowboarding.

    Honestly, there are so many people that look to this stuff to help make a decsicion before spending hard earned money on gear.

    Anyways, all the best and have a good season of riding!

    later
    Arnie
    Canada

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