This years Union Atlas Bindings have arrived! These bindings are light, strong and versatile and are recommended for all riders interested in shredding to the max. We were pretty excited to see the 35 boxes come off the UPS truck and into our warehouse. The first binding I picked up is the Matte Green Atlas, and I liked what I saw, felt and heard as the buckles easily slid through the ladders.
The Atlas is a mid to high price binding at $239.95, but even just out of the box this binding shows its value. The Matte Green Atlas that I took out was highlighted with flourescent green, and looks pretty cool. It helps that green is my favorite color. The Atlas is also pretty light, and once I started squeezing the starts and twisting the high back, I could tell this binding was definitely not a show pony.
The Atlas uses Union’s stage III Atlas Baseplate which uses Dupont Zytel ST nylon and has a minimal footprint to prevent dead spots in the snowboard’s flex. There is also two densities of EVA foam on the bottom to reduce vibration and aid in smooth board flex. This adds up to a very lightweight and strong base that creates a comfortable and responsive ride. All Union bindings come with a lifetime warranty on the base plate and heel cup.
The straps are pretty rad as well. The ankle strap has a 3D construction which allows it to contour around the boot and has a good cushion of multi-density foams to give support where it is need without any hot spots. There is also a convenient tool less adjustment. The toe strap is very versatile in that it can be set all the way forward for the “toe cap” usage, completely vertical for the classic strap feel, and all spots in between. This allows the binding to fit a variety of boots well without having to do too many adjustments.
One of the stand out parts of the Atlas is the high back. Designed to function even better than it looks, the symmetrical zonal ribs increase the stiffness of the high back as they get closer to the heel for more response and support. Towards the top of the high back the flex is increased to allow for extra tweakage and steez. The best of both worlds are joined to allow for good mobility, support and response.
The Union Atlas is a medium flex binding and comes in several colors. Leave a comment and let us know what you think, which color is your favorite and if you have had a chance to ride these give us your review.