Union Force Review
Union Force have been a very popular choice over the last few seasons for people who need a tough, reliable set of bindings.
They are a great binding for someone who rides all over the mountain, and can’t afford to have their bindings let them down. They come in bold, solid colours. Like all Union bindings, they have a big, comfortable ankle strap which has tool-less adjustment so you can adjust it even with gloves on. When the bindings are new, it might seem like the toe cap wants to slide off. Until the material has broken in, it might seem that it doesn’t fit your boot properly. An easy way to speed that process up is to leave your boots in your bindings overnight, somewhere warm like near a heater, and the constant pressure will help shape the toe cap faster. With each year these come out, this problem becomes less and less of an issue, most people will have no problem at all with the toe cap slipping.
Adjusting the forward lean on the Forces is easy, and can be done quickly while you are out riding even if you are wearing thick mitts or gloves. They have tough buckles, which are made from magnesium rather than aluminium and can stand up to a lot of abuse. In the end, the magnesium buckles have four times the strength of aluminium with only half the weight.
The baseplate is made of Stage II Dupont Zytel nylon, which has a lifetime warranty.
Most binding hardware is made from “mild steel”, which has a property class of 4.6. The Force uses the highest strength steel, which has a property class of 8.8, which means it is tough enough to handle the type of abuse that bindings have to go through.
The Force uses extruded aluminium heelcups, which are 100% pure and keep their true shape no matter how much wear and tear you put your bindings through.
Union Force Features
- Stage II Base Dupont Zytel
- Multizone Dupont Zytel Highbacks
- Injected Eva Bushings
- Extruded Anodized Aluminum Heelcups
- Quick-Adjust Forward Lean
- All New Direct-Connect Strap System
- 3D Multi-Layer Tapered Strap Core
- Pu Leather Straps
- Tool-Free Size Adjustment
- Magnesium Buckles
- Universal Disks
- All New Toe Cup Design
- Grade 8.8 Hardware
- Lifetime Warranty Base
- Plain colors
- Toe cap can take a while to “break in”
- Slightly heavier than other bindings, but that is the tradeoff when you want strong bindings
Union Force bindings come in Green, Blue, Black, Magenta, Purple and White. The Forces are a good choice for someone who wants to ride all over the mountain, and have a binding that will perform as well in the park as they do in powder, and want to spend around $200.