At least, that´s what they say about their bindings range. But of course that doesn’t mean you can’t get a pair for yourself as a beginner. They´re simply pointing out that even their budget bindings are packed with top end performance. F#cking Lite, that´s what we talk about today in this UNION FLITE PRO REVIEW. Check out the video and then let´s get into the details.
Union FLITE Pro Review
Union’s cheapest, excuse me, most affordable binding is the FLITE Pro, and that literally stands for f#cking light. The lightest binding in it’s price range industry wide is designed for the terrain park but also a great choice for everyone who either is starting out, or simply after a more surfy ride. Check out my post about how to find the right FLEXibility for you.
Not even 150 bucks for this package is quite a statement that Union throws at you. The Duraflex nylon material is designed and only used by Union, for extreme strength paired with less weight. An updated injection process brings that to the next level with using overall less nylon material while keeping the same strength.
Every binding in their range comes with an aluminium heelcup, that part that wraps around your heels. It stabilises the baseplate and is made to last for a long time. I personally never broke a heelcup although it can happen – but it´s very unlikely if you ride a Union.
Union bindings are the choice of Travis Rice, probably the most influencing snowboarder in the last years and one of the best in the world – no questions asked. While Burton is constantly providing great gear over a massive range, Union is focused purely on snowboard bindings and gained a massive reputation in the recent years. Surely outstanding products for reasonable prices.
Let´s see who can put it on his wish list before we take a closer look at the features.
The Flite Pro is a soft to medium binding. That makes it a great choice for the terrain park and everyone who doesn’t need extreme response. You can ride every terrain but it definitely feels home on a more surfy set up. Consider the Flite Pro if you:
Want a (second) binding for the terrain park
- Having two set ups can be great. If you need it stiff on the slopes, for 150 Dollars you can have it mellow in the park.
Just started snowboarding but want to keep your gear for long
- Beginner tend to learn easier on softer bindings, they are simply more forgiving. The Flite is exactly that but will also keep you happy far beyond the beginner stage.
You want something light
- Big and heavy things don´t move quick and easy. A lightweight set up can be the reason why you make that 360s into 540s 😉
Stick with another binding if you:
ride fast and steep
- high speeds and quick turns ask for more response. The binding should deliver your movements straight to the board while you get a good feedback. Stiff bindings cope better here!
This is as always just to give you an idea. In the end it is about personal preference but feel free to leave a comment below with your questions, I will get back to you!
The features in detail
All Union bindings come with a universal disc to fit them on all common mounting systems including the channel!
A soft to medium Flex around 4. That results and a loose, surfy and forgiving ride – great for the terrain park. That´s where these bindings shine!
Like every Union Binding, the Flite is made of a lightweight nylon baseplate paired with a high strength aluminium heel cup.
Union’s material is called Duraflex which is especially engineered for them to cope with extreme forces in the coldest temperatures. Through their very own manufacturing methods, the overall amount of Duraflex needed is reduced to a minimum, which ultimately results in less weight.
Union bindings are known for their aluminium heel cups. They stabilise the binding and, of course, are extremely durable. You´re not going to break them! In case you somehow manage to do so, Union is going to replace it without questions – for a lifetime. Same counts for the baseplate!
It also features a heel focused EVA padding to absorb shocks and ensure comfort while riding.
The CP1 highback is along the lightest highbacks on the market and delivers you the response you need. Forward lean can be adjusted without any tools and a slightly canted design follow the stance of your legs for a more comfortable stance.
3D symmetric ankle straps that lock in position with zero strap elasticity. Your boots stay where they are while the inner core of the strap ensures great comfort.
The simple but highly durable ultra grip toe strap is now featured on every Union binding. It can be set up on multiple positions and the anti slip material ensures you stay locked in.
Union is staying with their idea of high durability all the way through, so even the binding with the nicest price tag features aluminium ratchets. Crank down easy seasons after season!
– Upshot –
top end materials made affordable
The Flite pro features high end materials, designed and manufactured by Union from the very start, all the way through to the final product. They are committed to snowboard bindings and trust 100% in every single one they make.
For you that means a lifetime warranty on baseplate and heel cup (one year on everything else) and bombproof bindings that are made to cope with the extreme forces in snowboarding.
Matt from the-House.com breaks it down again
The FLITE is a basic, very lightweight freestlye binding – for a surfy feeling where you want it and the right response where you need it. If you want to be part of the Union family, this is the first one to look at.
Check out this post about the Union Atlas, a more advanced and responsive binding in their range! Great for everyone with more days of riding, but less days in the terrain park.
I hope this articles bring all the informations together. Please, if you have any questions or other kind of input, leave them in the comments below – I will get back to you.
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