Expert Review: Union Strata Snowboard Bindings · 2023
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard bindings, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard bindings, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Union Strata Snowboard Binding is my personal favorite binding in the line up. It’s one of the lightest in the line and uses modern tech to the fullest with newer materials, such as magnesium. It is ideal for a freestyle wizard and all-mountain riders.
About the bindings I own
- Model: 2022 Union Strata
- Size: L
- Burton channel compatible: No
- Mini disc (reduces footprint of the binding on the board to enable more board feel): Yes, mini disc
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 180 lbs
- Experience: 7 years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: November 2021
- Days tested: 140
- Board: Sims Bowl Squad
- Boot: Adidas Lexicon
- Where I’ve used it: Utah, Colorado, Midwest, California
- Terrain: Street, park, backcountry, groomers, powdays
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was really looking for a newer binding that just felt like newer and better tech for strap in bindings compared to my older bindings which were 2015 Union Contacts. The tech has been around for a min, but there are always ways to improve and make it better. Old binding felt too chunky and heavy.
Why I chose these bindings
I had some friends tell me about the model and suggest I try it out. I also saw talk of it online and different sites decided to look into it a bit more over time. I heard friends say they were lighter and more responsive than any other binding they have used.
What I love about them
- Quality: I love the Strata bindings because of their overall lightweight feel while still delivering a top-notch performing binding. The way the high back bends around the lower part of my calf also helps tons. It just feels like quality every time I strap into these bindings. Just the general shape of them feels right and on point.
- Binding adjustability in boots: The Strata comes with all the points of adjustment needed in a binding. Also, one doesn’t need any tools so that boarders can adjust on the hill at any given point, like before hitting a jump.
- Stance adjustability: The mini disc shows boarders the degree of the angle they want for stance.
- Comfort: The high back could have slightly better padding. I kind of mostly feel it on fat to flat, but it still feels 100% comfy while riding.
- Shock absorption: The binding is top tier on this front with no problems. It feels good in the park but may not be the best for moguls.
- Responsiveness: The Strata are the best I have ever felt in a binding because of the newer strap tech and fit and feel with curved high back around my foot and lower leg. They guide me into turns really well.
- Carving: The binding makes one feel each turn way better with its light straps and proper heel-to-toe fitment with heel cup and toe strap. It allows boarders to develop better form while turning easier.
- Buttering: The binding flexes and contourts with the way I butter.
- Straps: The newer ankle and toe strap tech has impressed me a lot, mostly because of how much the ride feels compared to bindings that are only a couple of years old.
- Durability: I get about 200 days of hard riding a year.These bindings have not given out on me or had a part break.
- Weight:** **These bindings are very lightweight. It almost feels like air is securing my boots in place instead of straps.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Shock absorption: The binding could maybe be a bit better on this front by having a tad bit more padding under feet on the baseplate.
Favorite moment with this gear
My best moment was getting a Switchback 540 cork off a backcountry booter we built way out in the Wasatch range in Utah. I was working to get this trick off the real booter for a while and was stoked when I landed clean and got the clip.
Value for the money vs. other options
The price point on these Unions is going to be slightly more budget-friendly than most other bindings in the line and, in my opinion, the best bang for buck period. Union is putting its full profit and focus into making the best binding possible and doing more research. Similarly priced bindings like companies that make and focus on other gear besides bindings such as Ride, K2, Burton, and many others, just won’t be of the same quality.
The Union Strata has been rated well by many in the snowboard world from professionals to average everyday riders for the dialed in and quality boarding experience it unlocks.