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Union Sierra Contact SL

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Sierra Says: A special collaboration with Sierrsnowboard.com and Union Bindings the Sierra Contact SL is great mid flex binding for any snowboard. With upgraded high backs and straps, the Sierra Contact SL packs more punch for the price. The best feature on these bindings is the adjustable heel cup. A L/XL can easy accommodate a size 10 to 14 boot, while the M/L fits women's boots and men's boots up to size 9.5.
 

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GUTH
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"the answer maybe?" 2/1/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Light Weight, Strong, stable
  • Cons:  Buckle,

Experience:   I have spent considerable time the Forces, The Contact and the Sierra SL. Now im writing this review and description based off how they preformed with the Sierrascope. So here is a little back ground. I feel like the Contacts have too soft of a high back and not enough beef in the straps, so i never really liked them. I felt like they gave way when i needed support. Not bad, just not my style. When i put them on the Sierra scope (compare to any RC mid flexing freestyle board) I didn't notice the usual issues that i had in the past. So I put on the Forces on the Sierra Scope and almost couldn’t tell a difference in performance between them and the contacts. It took a few days of riding with different folks to feel that stiffer more ridged binding was a better match for me, but still a good match for the board. But i still felt like the Contacts, with the baseless tech, was a better match for the board. With the ContactSL you have the same light weight baseless tech from the Contacts, with the stiffer heel to toe and still park/press-able side to side motion high back of the Force SL. They have a beefed up straps, while bigger and more padded then the contacts and offer a great feel and comfort still don’t offer the emhf of the forces. The new toe cap, offer a good fit. Some people have problems with Union toe caps, which is bogus, because if you put them on correctly and have your bindings adjusted right, there is no slippage issues. But again this new toe cap, (same as Burtons) will eliminate the issues that the other caps had. So in my opinion they are a perfect blend of the Forces and Contacts As a whole i really liked them. I have been riding Unions for about 4 years now, seeing the changes they made over the years and i think they got it right with this one There was only one really issue i found, the buckle shape is a little smooth so your fingers tend to slip off when trying to un buckle but you just have to pull a different way.

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Psylas
Are you able to adjust the heel cup on these?

coryrides
yes there are three lengths u can have the heel cup set up at.


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"Sierra Contact SL" 1/27/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Simple Design,
  • Cons:  Simple Design, Clumsy Straps,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   Put 3 days of riding in on these so far and have very mixed feelings. First day was riding powder on my NS Revlover which pretty much consisted of slashing turns and dodging trees. On this day i found the bindings a little too soft for me. Numerous time i would try and lay hard heelside and could litterally feel the highback almost fold over on me. Second and third day stayed in the park with them, much better in the park. The flex of the bindings suited park riding much better, but still a tad softer than i would prefer. Adjustability on these is the same as other Union grippers, simple and efficent, but maybe a little too simple. Not being able to adjust the position of the ankle strap (ala Burton bindings) is a real negative for me, but i feel that on all Union bindings. The toe strap is one rarely seen on Unions and must be adjusted near perfect to get great function out of them. The ankle strap is nothing special, keeps my boot down and that is about all. It does fly all over the place when not strapped in which is kinda annoying. Overall feelings, it's a soft binding that i won't be using to ride the whole mountain most of the time or the park a lot of time, Forces are better suited for me at my size (195 lbs). But when i want to spend the day in the park jibbing my face off then these are binders will get there use.

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BrennanBikes
yes you can, once you adjust them correctly

thecarp
can you use the toe straps as a toe cap?

coryrides
the straps are top of the line u must have them set up wrong


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"Sierra Exclusive Lightweight Contact" 1/26/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Super lightweight , Super Simple , Straps stay snug
  • Cons:  Basic plastic baseplates, May be softer than some riders are used to, High back rotation is limited
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I found that riding these bindings on a flexible freestyle board worked out great. The plastic baseplate of the binding allowed the board to have a more true flex do to the softness of the plastic. The bindings are extremely light weight and help to keep your setups weight down. The lightweight high back had a quality freestyle feel and was easily adjustable without any tools. I found that I like the feel of how the high back integrates into the rigid heal cup and plastic base plate. The foot bed gave a really nice ride, cutting down vibration with still plenty of feel of the snow. The ankle strap that looks to be almost too simple and is a bit clumsy when not in use proved to have a great feel and all that I need for shredding hard all day. The toe strap which is unique to these bindings was great. Again very simple but never seemed to slip off the toe of my boot. With the added adjustability of the heal cup depth this binding allows anyone to center out their boot on the board. For binding that is as simple in construction and design as it gets, I am happy to toss them on any of my all mountain and freestyle boards to go out for a shred.
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"Not as good as I thought" 12/12/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Sick colors, Super Light, Union/Trusted Brand/ SS!!
  • Cons:  Doesn't fit boot size advertised..., Feels kinda sloppy,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   So riding these I noticed something... They don't fit 32 boots!! 32 lashed boots are to wide for these.. even at the advertised size... which really pissed me off. The boot will fit but the whole boot isnt on the bed and it presses your boot in and it's super odd. But besides that it was really good. The toe strap needs some adjusting but it works better than the forces toe strap, also its really light and park feelingish. But with that it seems a bit sloppy, like they didn't take much time making it.. I don't think i would tell someone to get this over the union forces.
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"Just As Advertised" 4/30/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Light weight, Even pressure distribution, Comfortable
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   A wonderful mid-flex binding that is SO comfortable and even that you almost can't feel them on your boots. The Sierra Contacts are built a little different than the Union Forces, but I have found that for me the toe to heel responsiveness is almost exactly the same. The real difference is in the torsional flex when throwing spins or buttering around. They are more forgiving and give a bit more, which is what they're supposed to do. The straps are very light weight and are not as beefy as the Forces, but they are still ridiculously comfortable and the pressure on the boot is so even that I seriously almost can't feel them until I initiate a turn. They have only a small area of contact with the base plates and the board to interfere less with the board flex, and it makes a huge difference in the park and on those jibs. These binding feel and ride like light-weight park bindings, but perform all over the mountain. LOVE THEM.
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"Very Nice!" 4/10/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Durable, Park and All Mountain
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I currently have the Union Sierra Contact SL binding matched with my Signal Park Rocker. I figured a super soft board with a soft-mid flex binding would be a good choice. In the future, I will try these bindings on my Sierra Reverse Crew. If you are looking for a solid binding that can also be used for park and all-mountain riding, look no further... the Union Sierra Contact SL is the one to buy.
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"Good light bindings" 4/4/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Look Great, great quality construction, Super Light, Ankle strap comfy
  • Cons:  toe strap,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   Great bindings really light responsive but stiff enough for when you want to bomb it. I used these on the reverse crew an all mountain board and didn't have any problems with the bindings.
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Responsive, Easy to set-up and dial-in
  • Cons:  I should have bought them sooner...,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   So all I can say is F-ing amazing! I have rode Cartels for the last 4 years and Burton binders for the last 20+ years. The Contact SL is by far a superior binder to the Cartels. I can actually feel my board flex now! I've noticed some people posting about the adjustability of the binding compared to Burtons, having a ankle strap that you can move up or down is just a gimmick,I screwed around for years trying to dial in my Cartel's ankle strap (with no real satisfaction), the ankle strap on the Contact SL fits like a glove and I have no issues with slip or pinching like I did with the Burtons.. These binders are comfy and the Force SL highback and Force ankle strap add just enough stiffness to the binding. I am a Midwest rider and will not be strapping into anything but Union from now on.
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"Union and SS together at last" 2/18/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Super Light,
  • Cons:  Hard to unstrap at times,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I got the size M/L binding and they were a bit smaller than expected for my size 10 boots. I probably should have gotten the L/XL. They are super light and easily adjustable. I have it paired with my sierrascope and the total setup weight in ridiculous. I noticed that the bindings disc slots doesn't exactly match up to the screw holes on the board, but I figured out how to make it as secure as possible. Overall great bindings.

Comments & Questions



Vengleelim
yes

jacobe3
so they work with the sierrascope?

DRACHENV6
what did you have to modify to fit them on the sierrascope?


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"It doesn't get much better than this..." 5/17/2010
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  • Name: Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Looks, light, easy to install and adjust!,
  • Cons:  Front adjuster feels a bit dodgy,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Got these along with the Sierra Reverse Crew and not only the colors complement each other these bindings are very good quality!! A lot of bang for your bucks. The front adjuster is kinda weird it feels like you can tighten it some more, but then you can't. Don't know what the deal is there but at least it feels solid and holds the boot very well. Absolutely cake to install. You'd have to be a moron to screw it up. Get'em!! Unless you're planning on spending 80%+ of your time bombing... then get something with less flex.

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