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Many split-specific bindings are focused on making it easier to get to the top—at the cost of downhill performance. Considering that your ultimate goal is to score fresh powder on the way down, Union designed the Expedition to deliver the closest feeling possible to shredding on a solid board with standard bindings. It also has simple design that minimizes moving parts, not only lending a solid feel, but also making it quick and easy to switch over at the top.
Union's unique split interface corkscrews your board together for a more solid connection that gives you greater confidence when charging steep big mountain lines and sending cliffs. One pin is all it takes to change modes and lock the system in place, offering simplicity that's less of a hassle to deal with when crouching on an exposed peak in bitter-cold temps. A quick forward lean adjuster lets you easily decrease the highback angle for easier uphill travel, and a Quick Flip ladder increases stride efficiency on steep skin tracks. The forged heelcup increases the binding's overall stiffness for seamless response, which is key when rolling the dice in no-fall zones. And seeing no reason that this top-shelf binding should be confined to just splitboards, Union created a Union Split System that allows you to mount the Expedition to regular boards, too, so you can enjoy it whether you're in the backcountry or at the resort.
- Split performance on the way up, solid ride down
- Union Split interface offers extremely rigid connection
- Duraflex ST SP1 base is stiff for efficient backcountry travel
- Splitboard Duraflex highback reclines for easier uphill
- EVA 3.0 bushings absorb vibrations and impact
- 3D Symmetric ankle strap conforms to your boot
- Magnesium buckles are lighter, yet 4x stronger than aluminum
- Union Split System allows binding to be mounted to solid board
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been splitboarding on the standard full metal splitboard bindings for the past handful of seasons. This was on a DIY splitboard which i mocked up to my traditional riding stance. I then found out that a full metal chassis that doesn't flex makes your stance feel wider which sucked. Enter Union Expedition. This allowed me to switch my stance on my DIY split which was awesome, but the major advantage is the ride down feels like your normal snowboard setup. My previous bindings had pins, so it really doesn't bother me, i just noticed you need to make sure the snow is out of the pin holder in ride mode before you try and put it in and its all good.
the one mode of heel riser doesn't bother me as it is the most useful height (highest setting on other bindings) and the easiest to engage as it can be done with your pole basket.
Lastly, i saw that there were concerns about side to side movement in a few comments online. With the pucks mounted correctly you don't get any excessive movement. If you do have movement, it is because your pucks are installed too far apart. I did not notice any movement when riding, it was just a pleasant experience going downhill again!
Just a heads up
Loved unions for years and this seems to be a great binding, however I just bought a jones stormchaser and because the board is so short, the bindings catch on hardware when your locking them in. I reached out to them about it and they were quick to respond but unfortunate only confirmed that it wouldn't work. Doesn't look very good for a company to put years of research into a product and be fully aware of problems it has but offer no solutions. So if your riding a short fatty you might want to look elsewhere
Union is finally in the splitboard game!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Union has been a little tardy to the splitboard party, but the wait was well worth it. Introducing the Union Expedition, Union has waited to come out with a killer product at a great price. Using a pin system like some of the other major splitboard bindings, the Expedition has the pin system mounted in the center which keeps snow out and keeps things functioning properly. The big benefit with going with a pin system is the weight savings, and the Expeditions are made out of the same materials as their in-bounds bindings which are already notorious for being light. The Expeditions are the closest thing you can have to a traditional in-bounds binding and also come with a foam pad underfoot, unheard of in the splitboard world! You can mount these to your solid snowboard for an all around binding!
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Do these work with the voile puck system, or what is the mounting system they use? Are they pin mount?
These won't work with the voile pucks. They've got their own system that will be in the box. But yeah they're a pin system. Pretty much light a plastic Voile Lightrail binding.