Binding Review: 12-13 Union Trilogy

08 Aug, 2012


Location: Mission Ridge, WA

Snow Conditions: Softpacked groomers to fresh snow on the mountain.

Setup: I rode the Union Trilogy Bindings on the GNU B-Pro and Jones Mothership with my Vans Ferra Boots size 8.

Time to set up the binding: The Union Trilogies were easy to set up and adjusted with the straps to be ready to go.

Fit: I rocked the Trilogies in the medium sizing which were a good fit to my size 8 Vans boots. Only an adjustment to the straps was needed to make sure they were centered.

First Impression: I can always count on this binding to ride with dominating women’s freeride boards and still hold its own.

Appearance: I tried the Trilogies in the Magenta colorway which is bright. On the Jones mothership, the bindings really stood out and on the B-Pro, they were completely suited to the just as bright graphics. I personally loved the bright magenta even though I thought I wouldn’t.

Comfort: The Trilogies have bulked up since I last rode them making them even more comfortable in the ankle strap department. Good padding in the baseplate and highback to help absorb some fun fast riding.

Functionality: The Union Trilogy is built for high end women’s performance with a trilogy II base – dupont zytel ST. The highbacks are asym/symmetrical. The straps feature an all new 3D direct connect strap system with an all new toe cup design. The binding has quick adjust forward lean and tool free size adjustments. There are injected EVA bushings, CNC machined heelcups and grade 8.8 hardware. The base is lifetime warranty and comes with universal disks. Overall it’s a good functional binding, I like the quick adjust but it’s only on the ankle strap not the toe strap.

Flex: The Trilogies aren’t overly stiff, they have the response and flex to back aggressive riding. Most of the stiffer flex comes from the baseplate to the highbacks, then the straps offer a bit more padding, softer comfort to help flex when you do. Overall the binding matches more freeriding/all mountain handling.

Response: Significantly good response for this binding. The highback gives you good response for quick entry into heelside and toeside turns with pressure. The base gives you good stability and flex to match the highback’s responsiveness.

Toe Strap: The toe cup design is familiar with the other Union bindings I’ve ridden so far this season. They were definitely suitable for fit to my Vans boots, just enough molded shape to my boot. Just had to make sure they were adjusted to the right spot.

Overall Impression: The Union Trilogies are built for high performance women’s riding, from freeriding to big mountain to all-mountain freestyle. They offer a stiffer, more responsive binding for the women to compete with the men and charge the mountain just like them.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Normally during demo days, I try out a bunch of different bindings but when it came to two of the top women’s boards, I found that I wanted the same binding for both in order to match the style of both boards. The Union Trilogies were the ultimate women’s binding to match the Jones Mothership and GNU B-Pro boards. The bindings were a complete match to the aggressive freeriding and response those boards offered.

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On Snow Photos

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Union Trilogy Description

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Review Disclosure: I demoed this binding at the WWSRA On-Snow at Mission Ridge, WA.

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