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  Quote yaya34 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: customs or contacts
    Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 2:32am
I bought a pair of Union Contacts last year. I like them a lot but keep hearing that my old bindings are better from some people.

My old bindings are 3 year old Burton Customs. I loved my customs but after I won a board on TruSnow I figued I would get some fresh bindings to match my board.

Im taking a trip to Colorado in February and wanted to see if anyone had an idea of which is technically the better binding. I prefer the Unions so I'm leaning towards them but I am always up for suggestions.

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  Quote derbytownjoe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 3:13am
i would probably take the contacts, as the custom is one of burtons lowest pricepoint/tech binders....
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  Quote Timmay_650 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 2:30pm
Take the contacts, you like them better, so they are hands down the better binding. 
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  Quote letourneau41 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 2:39pm
I've owned both as well and I'd say the Contacts are a better binding.  I have the Contact Pro's which are slightly different but a much better binding than the Customs.  
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  Quote Blur510 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 7:57pm
I say the same get the contacts. the lowest burton bindings I would get would be missions.
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  Quote thisisjoebro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/05/2012 at 8:12pm
The better binding would be the one you like to ride the most haha. I personally love my contacts.
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  Quote sixpoint Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 9:36am

If you are talking about the customs of years gone by I agree, but for 2011 and newer the burton custom is higher quality & still super affordable.  Ive owned 3 pair, but havent ridden contacts.  just my 2cents

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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 7:58pm
you like the contacts better ride the contacts... you answered your own question bud... i would also ride the contacts as well... who cares what your friends say be your own person.
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2012 at 11:45pm
I'm with Derby, I know that the Customs are Burton's entry level bindings (lowest msrp), soft flex, great for a beginner rider looking for forgiveness.  From what I've read on the Contacts, they are similar in that they're pretty soft flex as well but they're definitely not Union's lowest priced set.  I generally have a "price point to performance" type of mindset so I think your Contacts would be a bit of an upgrade.

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  Quote Backside10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2012 at 6:49am
I would take contacts for sure. If you were comparing cartels vs contacts it might be a closer fight. That being said, I rode customs my first few seasons and like them a lot, contacts (like cartels) will be stiffer and more responsive than customs though.
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  Quote yaya34 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 11:20am
This was some great info guys. I like hearing from everyone and appreciate the help. I still haven't made my mind up and def want to get on the mountain this season with both before I decide but this community is great and I appreciate the help.
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  Quote Scorer099 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 11:26am
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I would take contacts for sure. If you were comparing cartels vs contacts it might be a closer fight. That being said, I rode customs my first few seasons and like them a lot, contacts (like cartels) will be stiffer and more responsive than customs though.


Did you just compare Contacts to Cartels...? Granted its been a couple years since i've ridden a Contact binding, but from my experience those bindings are soft as hell, not even close to a Cartel binding.
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 11:32am
yeah, not even comparable really.  although it's not really the binding its self that is soft, but the baseplate design that creates the less responsive/loose feel.  not even sure what you'd compare the contact with in the burton line, actually.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 11:38am
Originally posted by fj5

I'm with Derby, I know that the Customs are Burton's entry level bindings (lowest msrp), soft flex, great for a beginner rider looking for forgiveness.  From what I've read on the Contacts, they are similar in that they're pretty soft flex as well but they're definitely not Union's lowest priced set.  I generally have a "price point to performance" type of mindset so I think your Contacts would be a bit of an upgrade.

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I thought it was the Freestyle from burton that was the super cheapie bindings entry level type, lowest price.

B/n the choices of the customs or contacts I would choose the contacts. I'm not familiar with the customs at all but as for the contacts, they're soft flexing binding made from a reputable company, a lot of people in this forum support union because they make good quality bindings. I can't say much about their buckles though.. hit and miss there.. but only known to have an issue with their force's(sticky buckle won't release, or cheap spring that breaks )
Plus you seem to like them yourself so you can probably just save your cash and use the pair you alrdy got. I don't see why not.
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 2:23pm
Originally posted by jhoang6

 
I thought it was the Freestyle from burton that was the super cheapie bindings entry level type, lowest price.


My bad, you're right, totally forgot about the Freestyles.  I don't see to many of them in Sportchek, but they did carry Customs.  Wow, those Freestyles look plasticky.  FWIW, my friend has ridden with Customs as his starter binders and after just one season, he's already looking to upgrade to some Flux.
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 2:39pm
I didn't see any in sportchek the last time I looked, Wanted to know what they looked like and stay away from em lol
customs on the other hand I did see. and judging from responses here they're a good pair.
However there are better bindings in the Burton line ie. Missions, Cartels, Malavita they ride differently of course from soft to midflex.
dunno bout the C60's tho.
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  Quote fj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/10/2012 at 3:23pm
C60's are pretty stiff, but I don't feel restricted by them.  They're extremely responsive and super lightweight (carbon fibre).  Love 'em!
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  Quote spadeswyld Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/14/2012 at 7:28am
I never ridder the Custom's, but I do have the '09 Contacts. Besides the toe strap, its a great binding.
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