Materials Matter

Evolving Process & Products

Commitment

A binding is only as adequate as the sum of all it's parts. That's why since day one, Union has been on a constant quest to develop and introduce cutting-edge materials and processes.

Pioneering new levels of durability and performance through the years has resulted in exceptional sell through and near zero warranty, year after year. We give snowboarders what they want, and back it up 365 days a year.

FORGED CARBON

Exclusive to UNION, Forged Carbon exceeds the strength requirements of injected plastic tenfold. Lighter is only better when it is stronger. Forged Carbon is as light and strong as it gets.

X-CARB BASE

You won’t find X-Carb on another binding anywhere. This new material contains a very high amount of evenly blended carbon fiber, providing new levels of instant response. Yes, it’s super stiff.

DURAFLEX CB

The Duraflex CB Base is lighter and considerably more stiff than typical fiberglass injected nylon parts.

DURAFLEX ST

Duraflex blended nylon is specifically designed for cold temperatures - offering unsurpassed levels of strength and longevity. A new era for nylon plastic components.

DURAFLEX

Duraflex material was specifically engineered to maintain consistent flex in a wide range of cold temperatures. Union has exclusive rights on this brand of nylon, so you won’t find it anywhere else.

MINIDISK

The evolution of our innovative concept of minimizing dead spots taken one step further - a mere 5% binding-to-board contact. 4x2 and Channel compatible.

EXTRUDED 3D HEELCUP

The rigidity and strength of our Extruded Aluminum acts like a roll cage on a convertible race car - stiffening the entire chassis. The male/female connection with the base provide a seamless response.

MAGNESIUM 3.0

The evolution of our proven bombproof ratchet system, the Magnesium 3.0 is a lighter and more sleek upgrade.

MAGNESIUM

This Union exclusive process produces a material four times the strength of aluminum with only half the weight. Plus magnesium is easily recycled and remains the eighth most abundant element on the planet.

ALUMINUM

Fast in and fast out - the new mechanism combined with Union aluminum is superior to any binding buckle on the market - with the exception of Union Magnesium.

GRADE 8.8

The strongest steel available on the market - our use of Grade 8.8 represents our commitment of delivering the strongest and most reliable bindings on the market today. Top to bottom.

MULTIDENSITY EVA

Multidensity Bushings sustain their function season after season – unlike competitors who use urethane, rubber or other materials that change color and become brittle over time.

FUSED VAPORLITE

An “industry first” Fused Vaporlite Bushing System that sets new standards for how a snowboard binding should function and perform. Pipe, parks or powder, the all-new Strata is the next generation of product progression.

NONSTICK

New for 18/19 is the application of Non-Stick™ coating to our EVA dampening systems. Gone are the days of getting ice buildup on your footbeds and highbacks.

VAPORLITE 2.0

Vaporlite 2.0 is the evolution of closed cell foam often featured on high-end running shows. Super durable and damp in a wide range of temperatures. Highly waterproof.

HEX

Contouring perfectly around the outside of your boots, Hex Ankle Straps are incredibly durable, and light as a feather.

FORMA ELITE

Designed by Travis Rice, the Forma Elite Ankle Strap fits his riding style and minimal approach towards the perfect binding.

FORMA

New and improved, the design of the Forma Ankle Strap produces strength and rapid response on the outside, fit and pillowed comfort on the inside.

EXOFRAME

Redesigned and upgraded, the all new Exoframe Ankle Strap functions as a suspension system for your feet. Improved comfort and much lighter than before.

CLASSIC PRO

A wider and more traditional design, the Classic Pro Ankle Strap compliments the Force model perfectly – A time honored legend of a snowboard binding.

CLASSIC LITE

Once featured on our most expensive models, the Classic Lite Ankle Strap is a prime example of how “trickle down” technology finds its place in the Union Collection. Tried, Tested and True.

CLASSIC +

Three dimensional Direct-Connect core evenly distributes strap pressure and allows lateral freedom. Minimized Stitching provides exceptional durability.

CLASSIC

Pre-Curved Multi-Layer Strap Core conforms to the boot and eliminates foot pain. Easy adjustment and set up.

HEXGRIP / ULTRAGRIP X / ULTRAGRIP

Multi-Positional options and thermoplastic anti-slip material keeps you locked in and on point. Each version has differing amounts of material based on weight.

Everything you see with the Union logo on it has been designed to be as efficient as possible. Whether we are talking about simplistic sizing adjustments to cut down on set up time, to producing everything within a one block radius to cut down on transport costs - efficient design is always good design.

— Martino Fumagalli (GENERAL MANAGER)