2013 Union Contact Pro Binding
The Union Contact Pro binding is designed and ridden by GiGi Rüf and is a great snowboard binding for the lighter, powerful rider that does not want to compromise between flexibility and response. The Contact Pro looks amazing as well, and is one of my favorite bindings in the Union Binding Company line up.
Using the Contact as it’s starting point, GiGi has enhanced key areas of the binding to create the Contact Pro. A medium flex binding, the Contact Pro’s baseplate is the same minimal footprint as the Contact, but the Dupont Zytel ST nylon also has carbon fiber injected to increase stiffness and response without adding weight. The heel cup has been milled out as well to reduce weight with out compromising integrity. At $220, the Contact Pro maintains Union’s lifetime warranty on the heel cup and baseplate.
The highback is probably my favorite parts of the Contact Pro. GiGi designed this to not only look rad, but also to have the softer flex at the top and stiffer flex at the bottom, just where he likes it. This allows for endless possibilities of tweakage when grabbing stalefish, while keeping the landing gear solid.
The straps are also upgraded on the Contact Pro to make the ultimate high performance free style fit that GiGi wants. The multi position toe strap lets you strap your boot in where it fits best. The ankle strap features the upgraded multi-layer foam and air bubble combo and is tapered for a better fit. Union calls it True Fit technology. I call it snug as a thug in a rug. No matter what you call it, the magnesium buckles will keep you locked in and on point in the park, powder or street.
Although the Contact Pro has me sold just on how good it looks, the upgrades from the Contact are definitely worth the extra $40. Union and GiGi have worked together to create a lightweight, all terrain dragon slayer of a binding that will incinerate just about anything you put before it. While the price and features may be a bit much for the absolute beginner, this binding is an excellent choice for the seasoned veteran, especially the powerful riders that hover around the welterweight class.
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