A good set of bindings is one of the most essential components of any snowboarding setup. In fact, quality bindings can oftentimes play a more important role than the quality of your snowboard itself when you’re on the mountain.
So before heading out and look at a fancy snowboard, outerwear etc etc.. Pay attention to what actually connects your feet to your board :
Union Contact Pro Review
Fortunately for us all, the Union Contact Pro Bindings are not just good. They’re great. Incredibly comfortable and easily adjustable, the bindings will make any setup that much more comfortable and easy to rip in.
The first thing I noticed after setting these bindings up was their light weight. I’ve been riding long enough to have ridden more than my fair share of heavy and clunky bindings and the Union Contact Pro Bindings are decidedly different.
They are constructed with the lightest weight materials possible and have the smallest, most evenly-distributed flex around. Even Union pro rider Gigi Rüf has thrown his stamp of approval on these bad boys. So you know they are awesome from the get-go. These are the best union bindings for all mountain ripping.
The Union Contact Pro Snowboarding Bindings come with a plethora of special features. A Contact Pro Base (with lifetime warranty), Dupont Zytel ST, Multi-Density EVA Bushings, and a 3D Direct-Connect Strap System are just the tip of the iceberg. Basically, what all of this jargon translates to is a snowboarding binding that is strong, stable, comfortable, and easy to ride.
There are few bindings like the Union Contact Pro Bindings out there. Take your snowboarding to a whole new level this season with your very own pair.2014 Contact Review
It starts with one word: CONTACT! Union shrank the base plate on the Contact Pros for this season. This year’s Contact Pros now utilize a Universal Minidisk System which fits most all four hole and three holes snowboard setups. The smaller disk plates minimize dead spots, so only five percent of the binding is in direct contact with the board. This creates a smaller foot print, and a smaller footprint allows your board to flex more naturally.
The minidisk system works in tandem with the Multi Density Eva bushings to nearly eliminate flat spots. The multi density Eva not only cushions underfoot, but gives support. The bindings help a rider maintain solid control, but leave room for a little play. My friend, who’s riding last year’s Contact Pros, claims he doesn’t like the loose feel of the bindings in certain snow conditions, but riding the 2014 bindings, I haven’t noticed a lack of control or any play that would influence my turns negatively in any way.
The overall feel of the binding is a softer binding, but I find the play to be refreshing and supportive when I need it. As far as control, the asymmetrical high backs really shine in this area.The asymmetrical high backs work well to flex laterally and stay nice and stiff vertically, allowing for maximum leverage over edges and maximum tweak-ability on pokes, grabs and shiftys! Asymmetrical high backs give maximum support. Turning the high backs to match the angle of stance is a thing of the past. The bindings mimic a rider’s calves for board control, comfort and feel. The overall function and form of the binding makes board control effortless and fun.
Union holds a lifetime warranty on Contact Pro baseplate (as all of their baseplates…), so don’t hesitate to put it through the ringer. The 3D Direct-Connect ankle straps are comfortable, and the magnesium buckles ratchet on and click off with ease. The open toe straps work well. The toe straps fit nicely on and around the toes. I strap mine around the toe, which really pulls the ankle into the high back/heel loops for a nice snug and secure fit.
The smallest, yet, most notable improvement in the Contact Pros for 2014 from a consumer’s standpoint are the extra holes poked into the toe straps for a more customizable fit. I wear a size 8 to 8.5 Nike boot and the straps fit really well with no pressure points and allow the bindings to easily ratchet on and pop off with ease. This binding is a snowboard instructor’s dream! One foot in regular, or one foot in goofy stance—I switch it up on the fly!
The positives outweigh the negatives in every category. I love most everything about the Contact Pros. From the base plates to the ankle/toe straps, this binding does it all and in brilliant fashion. I did have a few days where my right binding ratchet got stuck here or there, and slip, but it was just an adjustment I needed to make; no big deal. So if you love to shred the whole mountain, a versatile binding with some personality, and a custom power house of a baseplate, then the Union Contact Pros will meet—neigh—exceed your expectations.
Union Contact Pro Bindings Video
The Union Contact bindings are super lightweight bindings that use magnesium buckles to amp up the strength, and also reduce weight. The open toe strap cuts down on a little bulk, but still delivers a solid grip.
The color scheme and flair of the CMYK Contacts are pretty legit. They have pizzazz, but aren’t too over the top. The other color options are either Rasta inspired or a sleek looking black version. Both look solid if they fit your own personal style.
Union Contact Video
Union Contact Bindings are built tough to put up with multiple seasons of shenanigans, but they are still nice and light so they won’t hold you back. I really like how they have minimized the hard part of the binding’s surface contact with the board. The injected Dual Zone EVA Bushings improve dampening for a softer ride, plus your ability to get true board flex shoots way up.
Need to tinker with the size of the Union Contact Bindings, but don’t have a tool? No worries. They offer tool-free size adjustment and you can also quickly fine-tune your forward lean. The new strap system is multilayered for comfort and you can toggle back and forth with the toe strap and wear it over the top in a traditional manner or flip it out if you like toe caps better.
While the Union Contact Bindings are promoted as more of a park binding, I was surprised at how well they held up all over the mountain. They definitely give you the support and confidence to throw it down as big as you want off massive booters. It is the construction of their base that gives you fantastic board feel and flex when tearing it up in more rugged terrain. I felt comfortable unleashing a fair bit of speed in them as well.
I have only logged ten days worth of shred in the Union Contact Bindings, but I love what I have experienced so far. It’s hard not to dig how lightweight they are and what Union has done with the base to increase comfort and flex. With their level of dominance in the park and how well they hold up in all kinds of terrain, they are a steal at their listed price.