Built for the long haul! Union bindings are recommended by lots of riders out there. They are durable, strong and manufactured to reach the high demands of many pro´s. The Atlas is in the medium price range and copes with everything you throw at it, trusted by riders like Kazu Kokubo and Brandon Cocard. Are you looking for a fantastic all-mountain binding under 300 dollars, check out this Union Atlas Bindings Review. Get a quick overview with the video, then keep reading!
UNION ATLAS BINDINGS REVIEW
The new 2018 Atlas is made for going wild. The heelcup and parts of the baseplate are made of Aluminium, so go ahead and try to break that. Won´t happen, that´s why Union gives you a lifetime warranty on these parts. It´s bomb-proof and lightweight at the same time, made for shredding season after season.
Union is gathering more and more followers, simply because they produce great bindings that lasts forever.
The Atlas is made for comfort with canted footbeds and great cushioning, really designed for riders with lot´s of snowdays! People trust in brands they know so it´s still a mission to get anywhere close to BURTONs reputation e.g., but in the binding industry, UNION is on a good way.
The Union Atlas is an all-mountain binding for the intermediate to advanced rider. It´s relatively stiff but still in the medium range. Before we take a closer look at the features, lets find out if that can be your next binding.
Who is it for?
The Union Atlas is basically for everyone who needs great strength and durability in every terrain. It can be for you if:
You don´t trust in plastic
- Just to be clear: tons of research goes into the “plastic” of other manufactures which result in highly advanced composite materials. As long as they are in the same price-range, I would not be worried about bindings that break. But to be fair, Aluminium is stronger, so if you feel better with it – Union is the way to go.
You´re riding fast
- The Atlas is all-mountain performance but surely focused on the more aggressive rider. You can take them in the backcountry, on (double-)diamond slopes and they will do for some jibs here and there, too.
You wan´t more than average for a lower price
- The Atlas has great buckles and straps for comfort and performance paired with top-notch cushioning and some extra features. Great for the casual snowboarder who wants that extra bit!
Consider a different one if:
You just started snowboarding
- The Atlas is quite stiff for beginners and you´re probably better off with something more mellow. In case you are not interested in buying another binding after a couple of seasons, check out the Burton Custom. Keeps you happy for a long time.
You have a focus on park or backcountry
- If you do one thing most of the time, don´t compromise on all-mountain. Get something soft for the park or something stiff for the backcountry!
This is just to give you an idea. Please feel free to drop a comment below if you need help to find the right binding or other gear, I will get back to you!
The features in detail
Universal Disc – fits on 4×4, 2×4 and the channel and therefore on pretty much every board out there
Medium response at around 6, while the Baseplate is a little bit stiffer. Great for all-mountain performance and a more aggressive style.
Aluminium for high strength where it´s needed and Nylon where it´s possible to reduce weight. The canted footbed gives you a natural stance, more pop and more comfort, especially for people with a wide stance.
The Aluminium heelcup acts like a roll-cage in a car what results in more stability in the baseplate. Can be adjusted to three positions for the perfect fit.
The footbed is fully cushioned from heel to toe with multi-density thermoformed EVA bushing that keep their function season after season.
Slightly asymmetrical design that follows the natural stance of your legs. The waffle-design gives a lot of tweak ability on the outside without loosing response. Comes with tool-less forward lean adjustability.
All new Exoframe ankle-strap: Similar to the one on the Burton Genesis, it´s made of two pieces, a cushioned pad for great comfort and a spine for immediate response. The strap has a honeycomb pattern on the inside that distributes pressure evenly to keep you riding and your feet comfortable.
The toe-strap can be used on multiple positions on your boot and comes with anti-slip material. Keeps your boot secured and gives you the choice of being used as toe- or capstrap.
Both of the straps are also adjustable without tools. Bindings move and twist during the day and re-adjustments can be needed.
Made of Magnesium for 4 times the strength of Aluminium while being 50% lighter. They crank down easy, fast and are extremely strong.
– Upshot –
strong, durable and great performance
The Union Atlas is made for people who spent a good amount of time on their boards. It´s comfortable and copes with everything you throw at it. If you are not highly focused on one terrain, the Atlas will make you happy.
You get this top-shelf binding without cracking the 300$ mark what makes it hard to resist.
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