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    Posted: Mar/11/2014 at 9:08pm
Hey everyone,

First, I have been riding a disaster with switchbacks for a while and realized after hitting the mammoth main park jump line I am in need of a stiffer board. So now, I am riding a global warmer. Recently I am distancing myself from the switchbacks and have been looking into unions. To sum it up, I am looking for a binding that is strong enough to handle the 50.. 60 foot jumps but still somewhat soft so I can get a little fancy on the rails.

Union Contact Pros? Or is another choice better.

Also does anyone know how the stiffness is on the contact pros compared to switchbacks.

Thanks!
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unions forces great mid flex bindings will let you do just about anything. 

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I have contacts, switchbacks and forces.  Not sure about how the switchbacks exactly compare to Contact pros. But, as I understand it from asking about contact pros for the past 2 yrs, Contact pros are right in between the Contacts and Force.  I would say the switchbacks are pretty much right in between my Contacts and my Forces as well  (although the bases of the switchbacks seem to be a little stiffer than the forces. This could be do to the minimal contact to the base that forces have).  The forces do seem to be a tad more responsive overall that.  Hope this helps
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/11/2014 at 10:15pm
Force will do it all. 2014 finally got a MUCH-needed update on the baseplate and highback, but the binding feels closer to the stiff side of medium flex. If you really want to ball out of control, go for the Factory. More comfortable tapered ankle strap, higher end baseplate with perfectly dampened footbed. If you are an aggressive rider, you will appreciate the Factory's new contoured highback. The Contact Pro is for riders who want more articulation to tweak their grabs and a really damp ride, being that it floats almost entirely on EVA but the highback is way too soft. I do not recommend the Contact Pro, especially for jumps. It is far too damp and isolates your feet too much from the snowboard-- you no longer feel it. Loss of feedback is a no go in my book; and I used the Contact Pro on a Capita DOA which is an advanced/expert level full-camber jump board. I know there are a lot of people who rave about it, but shock absorption should handled by the boot sole, not the binding. Toe straps are a complete waste of time, which is typical of Union... you have to wonder where in the binding your money goes.

Personally, for the money, I would look elsewhere for bindings. There are other brands out there who make strong bindings... Burton makes good stuff and Flux has the lowest warranty rate in the industry.
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  Quote Steezystooze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/12/2014 at 9:12am
Originally posted by Lux


Burton makes good stuff and Flux has the lowest warranty rate in the industry.


What flux bindings would you recommend?
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/12/2014 at 11:32am
Originally posted by Steezystooze

Originally posted by Lux


Burton makes good stuff and Flux has the lowest warranty rate in the industry.


What flux bindings would you recommend?

I agree, I went from Burton to Flux and I'm never looking back since they actually fit my little feet and comfort level is heaven.  I think a lot of guys like the TT, but don't take my word for it since you're looking at guy models.  LOL
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my vote is to switchback.  I'll be selling a burton and rome binding and replacing them with switchbacks in the fall...

good midstiff flex, a little heavier, but the comfort and interchangeability make these my go to binding now. 
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/12/2014 at 9:41pm
Originally posted by Angry Midget Yo

I agree, I went from Burton to Flux and I'm never looking back
Glad to hear that you're enjoying your Flux Wink
Originally posted by Steezystooze

Originally posted by Lux

Burton makes good stuff and Flux has the lowest warranty rate in the industry.
What flux bindings would you recommend?
From Flux, what you're looking for would be either TT, RL, or DS. 

The TT is the most popular Flux binding by far; highback is a little softer than it used to be, it is really light, and it is amazingly priced. Unlike the competitor (Union Force), you can feel through your feet that your money went into meaningful improvements on the TT. Good and cheap all-around binding for those who like to muck around on jibs and grabs off of side hits.

From there, more discerning riders usually move up to the Flux RL which is basically last year's DS minus the expensive ankle strap. RL's upgrades over the TT are: lighter highback, high-end 'Alpha' baseplate from 2013, and a really nice footbed from 2014 DS. The highback has just the right softness and baseplate has good response in all directions with good articulation for tweaking grabs.

The Flux DS is their main park binding. This one shifts away from jibs and more towards the kickers. Upgrades over the RL are: new flagship 'Ultima' baseplate that is even stronger and lighter, damper ride than before, huge asymmetrical ankle strap, new winged highback. I've noticed an immediate difference between the 2014 and 2013 Flux DS... The new baseplate on the 2014 DS is more responsive edge-to-edge, more damp, and the wing on the highback is a noticeable difference when you REALLY kick hard into a spin off a kicker.

  • -Best bang for buck is the TT. Starts feeling a little weak when you use it on stiffer boards.
  • -Best park binding is DS with all the awesome tech, but it pricey (same price range as Burton MalaVita Re:Flex). 
  • -RL is a good middle-ground between them if you don't want to pay for the ankle strap and baseplate from the DS. Has bright colours if you're into that.

  • -If you want more response (like me) to control those stiff, full-camber jump/pipe boards, consider the Flux SF. Technically similar to the DS, but way more stiff/powerful due to higher fibreglass concentration. You can wrap an infant's head with its gigantic ankle strap.
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  Quote Steezystooze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/16/2014 at 9:19pm
Thanks for all the responses everyone!

I looked into the flux's but ended up going with the Union Contact Pro's. Being from southern california, the majority of the time I am not hitting big jump lines. The only time I do is the occasional trip to mammoth. I feel like the contact pros would suit my riding well. Hopefully they do! Thanks again
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  Quote kirium81 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/17/2014 at 9:46am
What exactly did you feel hitting Main's jump line that made you feel like your bindings were too soft? Were you straight airing it or throwing rotations? Just curious how you came to this conclusion. I've been eyeing that jump line since it's been up but haven't hit it yet. I can't wait to drop in on it though, props for hitting it!
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