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 Post subject: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:07 pm 
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Any opinion about which Union straps/buckles are the most bomb-proof. I am going to swap out the ones on the Spark R&D Blazes with Union ones. There is a great local shop here that said he can get me whatever Union shit I needed. I am done with the shitty ratchets and snapping ladder strap issues!
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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:13 pm 
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pretty sure they are all bomb proof so it wont matter. that being said i might lean toward the force just because they are the original. tried, true and trusted.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:58 am 
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SkateBananas wrote:
pretty sure they are all bomb proof so it wont matter. that being said i might lean toward the force just because they are the original. tried, true and trusted.


Thanks SB. I do like what I see from Union.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:19 pm 
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just peeped union's website, you can buy straps, big bucks. ankle and toe are $25 ea, ladders are $15 and buckles are $25...

so I get to spend over a fucking hundo to fix this fucked up strap situation to ensure I don't posthole home... :nononno:

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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:52 pm 
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splitchank wrote:
just peeped union's website, you can buy straps, big bucks. ankle and toe are $25 ea, ladders are $15 and buckles are $25...

so I get to spend over a fucking hundo to fix this fucked up strap situation to ensure I don't posthole home... :nononno:


Yeah...not great! I can't being to tell you how rip-shit I was at the trail head when that ladder strap snapped. It would be nice to have a set up that ya don't have to think about though, wouldn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:57 am 
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I must be missing something. I know union claims that their heelcups and baseplates are mega-strong, but wtf is so special about their ladders? They don't break? For $15, there should be something special going on.

Just curious because burton stores will give you as many ladders as you want, for free. I have 4 of each size in my pack. I break ladders often enough, and would like to have it stop too. Please be certain if you're going to say they're stronger. I just scoured the Union website and didn't see any info on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:52 pm 
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I don't know what Burton stores you frequent, but they're always more than happy to relieve me of several bucks for every ladder strap I've ever needed.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:53 pm 
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I have heard nothing but good things about Union's Force binders. A friend ran his board over with his truck and smashed one of the bases a while back. He told the Union rep everything and they still sent him replacement parts free of charge! :thumpsup: The force buckles seemed pretty damn solid and I am considering using them on my binders too.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:29 am 
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rughty wrote:
I have heard nothing but good things about Union's Force binders. A friend ran his board over with his truck and smashed one of the bases a while back. He told the Union rep everything and they still sent him replacement parts free of charge! :thumpsup: The force buckles seemed pretty damn solid and I am considering using them on my binders too.

I contacted them a couple weeks ago.. said I was "an industry professional (which I am) and was interested in getting some replacement straps for my Force bindings (which I don't have). How can I go about doing this?"

The email response was..." go online and buy them." that's it? My retail director went to their booth at OR show to try and talk to them and the guy was a HUGE FUCKING PRICK, completely indifferent, too cool for school attitude. Fuck them. I did find out we have a rep, who my retail dir is in good with, maybe I can hook something up that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:27 am 
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And people complain about Spark eh? This is the norm for snowboard companies. We have been dealing with CS like this for far too long. Don't support this type of BS company. If you look at their site they are proud of "injected" and "extruded" components. That's like a company being proud of Foam-Core boards....

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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:36 am 
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Sometimes it pays to deal with a local shop. I went to mine for some replacement toe straps and they set me up with some Unions that I only had to make minor changes to retrofit them. I think the buckles are their low-end ones, but they seem solid. The ladder straps are thick and seem like they'll last. My only complaint is that the straps do slip up off my boot toe, so I'm still mucking with getting them adjusted better. The price tag was $25 for the pair of complete straps, which I figure went into the beer-money box. Oh, and that included a set of binding screws. I don't know these guys well at all, but I treat them in a friendly manner and don't expect free stuff in return.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:49 am 
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wasn't looking for free.. even though it's my second favorite "f" word. I was looking for a pro deal # or card to pay wholesale.. which is one of the reasons I'm in this low paying business..ride a lot for free and don't pay retail for gear (except sparks, lol). The people at Union were MAJOR dicks. A little less 'tude goes a long way...juss sayin. I can buy plush ass straps from many mfrs and rig em if needed, I only barked up that tree cause peeps are saying they fit right up with no mods.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Union buckles?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:59 am 
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amkaplan wrote:
Sometimes it pays to deal with a local shop.
+1 on this.

If you don't support your local shop you may wake up one day and not have one anymore.

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