Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012

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Union Force Snowboard Bindings – Men’s: Union s classic go-to binding for 7 years now, the Union Force Snowboard Binding is one of the most popular bindings on the market. The not-too-stiff, not-too-soft Force is the perfect binding for all-mountain freestyle shredding. With the NEW Toe Cup design and 3D Multi-Layer Tapered straps, the Union Force is back with more comfort features at a solid price that won’t break the bank.

Product Details

Baseplate

Stage II Base Dupont™ Zytel® ST

Straps

NEW Direct-Connect Strap System

NEW Toe Cup Design

3D Multi-Layer Strap Core

PU Leather Straps

Quick-Adjust Forward Lean

Highback

Multizone Dupont™ Zytel® ST Highbacks

Additional Features

Extruded Anodized Aluminum Heelcups: the anodizing process adds 30% strength and are completely indestructible.

Magnesium Buckles

Tool-Free Size Adjustment

Grade 8.8 Hardware

Injected EVA Bushings

Universal Disks

Specs

  • Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced More 
  • Binding Style: Strap
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime on Baseplates More 

Other Notes

Union products can only be shipped within the United States

Reviews

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Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012
 
3.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (14)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Great construction (13)
  • Adjustable (10)
  • Easy entry & release (9)

Cons

  • Difficult entry & release (5)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Lacks adjustability (3)

Best Uses

  • All mountain (12)
  • Park (7)
  • Tricks (7)
  • Freeriding (6)
  • Powder (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (9), Expert (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Neon green Force's

These are the first pair of Union's I have had. They look awesome, are for the most part a great blend of comfort/flexibility/strength. I have the neon green which also just...Read complete review

These are the first pair of Union's I have had. They look awesome, are for the most part a great blend of comfort/flexibility/strength. I have the neon green which also just looks sick. My only complaint, and this might be an adjust I need to make since it only happens on one binding is. That the toe strap gets snow stuck in the slot easily, which sounds lame, but when that happens the strap will not go forawrd all the way. You need a knife to clear the snow out and who carries a knife to snowboard!?! When that problem does not surface the straps/buckes are super secure and I don't have to stop and tighten them during a run. Over all great bindings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe

At first glance these bindings appeared as if they had some potential especially upon checking the price tag. I have riding them for about three days and have found many flaws. For starters the...Read complete review

At first glance these bindings appeared as if they had some potential especially upon checking the price tag. I have riding them for about three days and have found many flaws. For starters the sizing chart is entirely wrong. Union recommends a size L/XL for a boot 9.5 to 14 when in reality my size 10.5 doesn't come close to fitting comfortably in the binding. I have actually adjusted al parts of the bindings to make it as small as possible, and still my heels will come up when leaning into turns. This happens so badly that the grip on the high back has peeled off. The bolts that hold your straps to the heel cup come loose easily an require constant tightening, and as someone else said in their review the toe straps are super awkward. Once you finally find that position where there is the most boot to strap contact you will have to deal with unneeded pressure on the outside of your toes. Last but not least the toe straps also have proven to be difficult to release every once and a while. This is to big of a con but can definitely get annoying.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Bindings for your money

By 

from Whistler BC

About Me Expert

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Easy Entry & Release
  • Good Interface
  • Great Construction
  • Installs Easily
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain
    • Freeriding
    • Half Pipe
    • Park
    • Powder
    • Speed
    • Tricks

    Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

    I love these bindings. I have had Forces for a couple years now, and I got to demo the 2012 version this past season. They are still my favorite bindings on the market.
    They're clean, simple, strong, light, and have good response. Not to mention the styling of these bindings is right no par. Other companies have tried to bite their look, but there is only one original.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    This is the lucky Review that wins $1000

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Great Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult Entry & Release
    • Screws don't stay in
    • Toe strap gets stuck

    Best Uses

    • All Mountain
    • Freeriding

    Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

    The toe strap continually gets stuck, which is frustrating. I've taken my gloves off to get at better grip and have sliced, like a monster papercut, my finger twice on the strap while forcing the toe strap to release. Also, the screws keep coming loose so the bindings move around on the board. This is disappointing because I heard Union is a great company but I am not impressed.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Evo is an awesome company. They were super nice and helpful and my package came really fast!!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid

    By 

    from Denver, Colorado

    About Me Expert

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Easy Entry & Release
    • Good Interface
    • Great Construction
    • Installs Easily
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Downhill
      • Freeriding
      • Speed

      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

      Got a pair of these in 2008, and still shred the hell out of them. Just ordered the 2012's to go on this year's NS 158 Heritage. Only problem I had with the 08's was the buckle sometimes would not release, sometimes it was a pain, but took a minute or so to fix. Never left me hanging, and was always able to reset the ratchet. Shiznit bindings.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      force to be reckon with

      By 

      from Chelmsford, MA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Comfy
      • Easy Entry & Release
      • Great Construction
      • Light
      • Lightweight
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • Park
      • Speed
      • Tricks

      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

      I love everything about this binding. I've never had so much control on a snowboard and feel like they bring my level of riding to a new high. They are light, sturdy and make snowboarding a frigging blast!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Price/quality = best choice

      By 

      from Russia

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy Entry & Release
      • Great Construction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult Entry & Release

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Powder
      • Speed

      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

      Excellent binding. Very comfortable and easy to use. But lower strap is hard to use.
      Highly recommended to buy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bindings!

      By 

      from Winston-Salem, NC

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy Entry & Release
      • Good Interface
      • Great Construction
      • Installs Easily

      Cons

      • Lacks Adjustability
      • Odd toe cap adjustments

      Best Uses

      • All Mountain
      • Park
      • Tricks

      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

      I do a lot of jibbing, because I'm a skateboarder mainly. Also, not much powder here, on the east coast. These seem to flex well, and fit comfortably. The ony problem I had was getting the toe cap to work with my boot easily. It seemed to slide up a bit. I'm sure after some more adjustments they'll do fine. Other than that they're a great product and work very well.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Best in price range

      By 

      from Salt Lake City, UT

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Easy Entry & Release
      • Good Interface
      • Great Construction
      • Installs Easily
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Mountain
        • Freeriding
        • Park
        • Tricks

        Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

        This was my first set of unions and I am not disappointed. Good amount of stick while having just the right amount of flex. Takes a while to get the adjustment right but once you do they're super comfy. Dollar for dollar these are some of the best bindings you can get for the money.

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        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Neon green Force's

        By 

        from Redwood City

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Color options
        • Comfortable
        • Easy Entry & Release
        • Good Interface
        • Great Construction
        • Installs Easily
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Freeriding
          • Park
          • Powder
          • Tricks

          Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

          These are the first pair of Union's I have had. They look awesome, are for the most part a great blend of comfort/flexibility/strength. I have the neon green which also just looks sick. My only complaint, and this might be an adjust I need to make since it only happens on one binding is. That the toe strap gets snow stuck in the slot easily, which sounds lame, but when that happens the strap will not go forawrd all the way. You need a knife to clear the snow out and who carries a knife to snowboard!?! When that problem does not surface the straps/buckes are super secure and I don't have to stop and tighten them during a run. Over all great bindings.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great all-around bindings!

          By 

          from las vegas, nv

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Great Construction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Mountain
            • Park
            • Tricks

            Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

            I use these bindings with my Bataleon Evil Twin 157. This setup is mainly for park riding and cruising my local mountain. Overall, great lightweight binding, easy to install and customize fitting to your boot and fairly easy entry/release. My one vice about these binding is how the toe strap fits over the boot...hard to align evenly with a snug fit.

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            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By 

            from Ohio

            About Me Expert

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Absorb a lot of impact
            • Comfy
            • Easy to strap
            • Have that playful feel
            • Light
            • Look good
            • Soft when you want it
            • Stable when you need it

            Cons

            • On the back of the bindin
            • Snapped the lever

            Best Uses

            • Freestyle
            • Mountain
            • Rails
            • They do it all
            • Woods

            Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

            Great binings. Only problem i noticed was after a day of hard riding, the twisting lever that allows the switch to be moved up and down on the back of the binding (adjust the angle of the highback) snapped off. This snapped after my second day of riding and i was extremely disappointed. Since i ride with my highback at a nearly 90 degree angle, it doesnt really affect me much besides the fact that i snapped somthing on brand new bindings

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great binding for the price!

            By 

            from Richfield, OH

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Dependable
            • Easy Entry & Release
            • Good Interface
            • Great Construction
            • Installs Easily
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Mountain
              • Freeriding
              • Park
              • Powder
              • Tricks

              Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

              My firdt pair of Union binding, and let me tell you I will mever buy another pair of bindings that are not Unions again. They are incredibly comfortable. Instead of cutting of circulation to my toes they give me immediate response in my carving. they look great and are super light weight. Amaxing for park powder and jibbing!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Can't go wrong with Union Force!

              By 

              from Philadelphia, Pa

              About Me Intermediate

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Easy Entry & Release
              • Good Interface
              • Great Construction
              • Installs Easily
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • All Mountain

              Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

              Excellent Bindings for all purpose snowboarding. Easy to adjust and install. Only problem I had was the paint chips off a bit too easy. Besides that I recommend this to everyone.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              4.0

              Great bang for the buck!!

              By 

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Intermediate

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Great Construction
              • Installs Easily

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

                  These bindings are comfortable and adjustable in many ways. My only complaints are the paint scratches off easily and the toe strap bottoms out for me with an over the toe configuration. I wear a size 9 boot and have size medium bindings. Fortunately the toe strap can also be configured to run around the tip of the boot. Other than that the bindings are very nice. Mine are the acid green color and they go nice with my Park Pickle.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  1.0

                  NOT WORTH IT

                  By 

                  from Frisco, Colorado

                  About Me Expert

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Difficult Entry & Release
                  • Lacks Adjustability
                  • Poor Construction
                  • Poor quality
                  • Toe Strap Tears
                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

                    These binding's toe strap tore the 10th days on them. I ride hard but this is just poor construction. The screws keep coming undone and no mater how much i keep on tightening them, they come undone again.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    1.0

                    POOR

                    By 

                    from USA

                    About Me Expert

                    Pros

                    • Good Looking
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Entry & Release
                    • Lacks Adjustability
                    • Ladders suck
                    • Poor Construction
                    • Toe Straps blow

                    Best Uses

                    • All Mountain

                    Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

                    I would not recommend these bindings

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    2.0

                    Maybe

                    By 

                    from West Dover, VT

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult Entry & Release

                      Best Uses

                      • All Mountain

                      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

                      At first glance these bindings appeared as if they had some potential especially upon checking the price tag. I have riding them for about three days and have found many flaws. For starters the sizing chart is entirely wrong. Union recommends a size L/XL for a boot 9.5 to 14 when in reality my size 10.5 doesn't come close to fitting comfortably in the binding. I have actually adjusted al parts of the bindings to make it as small as possible, and still my heels will come up when leaning into turns. This happens so badly that the grip on the high back has peeled off. The bolts that hold your straps to the heel cup come loose easily an require constant tightening, and as someone else said in their review the toe straps are super awkward. Once you finally find that position where there is the most boot to strap contact you will have to deal with unneeded pressure on the outside of your toes. Last but not least the toe straps also have proven to be difficult to release every once and a while. This is to big of a con but can definitely get annoying.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Overrated!

                      By 

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Advanced

                      Pros

                      • Great Construction
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Bolts keep coming off
                      • Does Not Interface Well
                      • Poor Construction
                      • Toe Strap blows

                      Best Uses

                      • All Mountain

                      Comments about Union Force Snowboard Bindings 2012:

                      I've had these bindings for quite a bit and have concluded that they are overrated to say the least. These bindings don't offer anything more than what an average name brand binding gives you, without the $200 price tag.

                      The issues I have with the Union Force is that the toe strap does not fit comfortably with my boot. Looks awkward as all hell and creates a huge pressure point. And this is with 3 different boots I have. Additionally, the binding bolts keep coming loose. After tightening and tightening them, nothing works. Only thing left to do is loc-tite them. BTW, I'm riding a Capita Ultra Fear so its not the board.

                      I would recommend spending your hard earned money elsewhere. There are plenty of other bindings out there that exceed my review of Union. Don't get caught in the hype, shop around.

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