Materials Matter

Evolving Process & Products


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.


The Forged Carbon Series

Lighter and stronger than titanium, Forged Carbon allows us to create 3D binding components that are traditionally limited to plastic injection. Forged Carbon is the future of high-end, performance-based products.



Union was the first to introduce Injected Magnesium to the snowboard market twelve years ago, and remains the only binding producer offering it. This expensive process delivers a material four times the strength of aluminum with only 1/2 the weight. Considering how durable Union buckles are, they are worth their weight in gold.



Vaporlite is the evolution of closed cell foam often featured on high-end running shoes. This water resistant, durable material maintains it's superior dampening characteristics in cold temperatures, providing a ride that can't be matche.


Extruded Aluminum

Extruded Aluminum is one hundred percent pure and maintains it's true shape no matter how much wear and tear you inflict upon it. Union was the first company to bring the extrusion process to snowboarding and remains the only brand using it.


Sonic Fused Straps

SonicFuse is a multilayer composite, fused together to form a single articulated strap component. A new approach to minimize stitching and increase overall durability.


Anodized Aluminum

By increasing the thickness of the natural surface oxide layer, the anodizing process beefs up a metal’s strength by thirty percent. It’s also significantly lighter than normal hardware.


Duraflex™ Nylon

After a year on the market and a virtually zero warranty return rate, we've expanded our exclusive Duraflex material to three levels: Duraflex, Duraflex ST (increased fiber), and Duraflex CB (carbon injected). Customized performance has been taken to another level.


Grade 8.8 Hardware

The most commonly used hardware is made from “mild steel” that has a property class of only 4.6. Considering how much stress a binding is put under, we use only the strongest steel (featuring a property class of 8.8) on ALL steel hardware.

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)