Expert Review: Union Legacy Women's Snowboard Bindings · 2022Published on 11/22/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the bindings, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Avery Wilson
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the bindings, which I purchased with my own money in September of 2021.
The Union Legacy Women's Snowboard Bindings are great for an intermediate and up rider who is looking for a binding that can give that surfy feel, yet be responsive for those hard-charging moments.
About the bindings I own
- Model: 2022 Union Legacy Bindings
- Size: Medium
- Burton channel compatible: Yes
- Mini disc: Yes
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 148lbs
- Experience: 10+ years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: September 2021
- Days tested: 100 days
- Board: Salmon Huck Knife Pro or Burton Custom
- Boot: Burton Felix
- Where I’ve used it: All over Colorado resorts, Mammoth, and Hintertux, Austria
- Terrain: Mostly park, also used in trees, groomers, steep runs, and cliff drops
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a binding that would be great in the park for jumps/rails, but also able to handle tight tree trails and steep terrain. I wanted a “do-it-all” binding that doesn't sacrifice performance for a smooth ride.
Why I chose this gear
I chose these bindings because they give a surfy, yet responsive feel when I need them to be. I chose these over the Burton Lexa Xs. I ended up with the Unions because of the more playful feel. The Burtons were a bit more stiff than what I wanted for the park.
What I love about them
- Binding adjustability in boots: The binding straps are very easy to adjust to fit the shape of one’s boot. The heelcup is also adjustable to prevent heel or toe drag, as well as get better board feel.
- Stance adjustability: They’re very easy to change. Union’s stance adjustments go by three degrees.
- Comfort: The bindings feels like gloves over my boots. I feel very attached to my board and locked in.
- Shock absorption: The baseplate is very cushy and vibration-dampening. From my experience hitting big jumps and going a little too deep, they’ve held up well and saved my ankles.
- Responsiveness: They can be very responsive in situations where they need to be. They react very well for those quick edge-changing moments like being in tight tree trails.
- Carving: Carving feels amazing. The highback can be adjusted to create more forward lean, making it easier for carving on my heelside edge. These bindings feel very surfy while carving, but still responsive when carving at higher speeds.
- Ease of turn initiation: Turning in these bindings is fantastic. They have a glove-like feel and respond very quickly edge to edge.
- Buttering: Pressing and buttering in these came very naturally. The highback has some play to make buttering feel good.
- Straps: The straps feel very comfy. They are lightweight and have minimal material, holding me in tight. The toe strap can be around the toe or over the toe, whichever is preferred. They are also very easy to adjust the length of each strap. No screwdriver is needed.
- Buckles: Buckles are easy to crank down. I would suggest tightening the toe buckle hardware every months. It’s common for hardware to loosen over time, and toe straps tend to more stress than other parts of the binding.
- Durability: Overall, the bindings are very durable. After a whole season of 80+ days, I only saw normal wear and tear. I do like to tighten the hardware throughout the whole binding every month or so for proper upkeep.
- Weight: These bindings are very lightweight. They don’t feel heavy on the board at all. I believe it makes it easier pop ollies and do tricks.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Other: The toe strap does get loose over time, but a quick tightening with a small screwdriver does the trick to fix it.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with these bindings was on an insane pow day in the back bowls at Copper. It was the first time snowboarding really felt like surfing. Making slashes in the snow felt like making slashes on a wave. It was incredible.
Value for the money vs. other options
These bindings retail for a little above average price for bindings, but they’re very much worth the money. A binding similar to the surfy aspect yet responsive when needed would be the Salomon Mirage. In my opinion, the Union Legacys are worth more in terms of quality and overall longevity when they are properly taken care of. The Legacys can also handle aggressive terrain better from my experiences with both bindings.
Overall, the Union Legacys are a fantastic binding that can handle any kind of terrain, and any riding style. These bindings can help someone find their true style, and feel good while doing it.