The Union Forged Carbon is a new binding for 2015 and escalates from MC Metafuse. It’s an incredibly expensive binding that cost more than many boards out there. They took the Drug Dealers and Doctors price from the MC Metafuse and bumped it up even higher. It might now only be for Drug Dealers.
Boots: Burton Imperial Burton SLX,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Capita Mercury
Flex: Feels medium stiff to borderline stiff. It doesn’t feel as stiff as the Chargers but it’s still pretty stiff. Especially for how thin the high back is.
Adjustability: Unions toe and ankle straps now are both tooless. It really makes it easy to dial out the fit to your boots on the mountain as well as at home. Combined with the adjustable heel loop you have a pretty easy binding to dial out to your boots. The only thing I don’t like about these bindings when it comes to adjustability is the super light bolts that require an Allen wrench. I’ve broken a few in the past on the MC Metafuse and would rather have them weigh a little more and have normal philips head screws instead.
Comfort: Feels very comfortable. Especially so for how light it is.
Turn Initiation: Very fast edge to edge. It made my moderately quick Jones mountain twin snap much quicker edge to edge.
Buttering: Even with the tiny ankle straps the minimal contact with the board made it pretty easy to butter and flex the board from tip to tail.
Boot Support: The 2017 Union FC has vastly improved when it comes to support. Depending on how you look at things It still has more ankle exposure or more freedom of movement than other bindings in it’s peer group along the industry but it’s way better than before and now it’s something that can handle days in uneven messy snow.
2015-2016 Union FC– I feel like there is almost no support. It’s fine on clean groomers but when I hit really uneven snow I feel like it’s just my ankles, the board and snow. I don’t have the confidence to go faster. I’m more into the bigger more supportive ankle straps and with these I feel exposed. If I owned these I’d buy one of Union’s larger ankle straps from C3. I personally hope these smaller ankle straps don’t trickle down to the mid level bindings or they always have the option to buy larger ankle straps. Of course this is just my opinion and most of the riders on my site but I know some people who don’t contribute to the site that do like them so to each his own.
Ratchet System: Unions ratchet system has improved the last 2 years and they are all really easy on and off now.
Shock Absorption: There is more shock absorption with the Forged Carbon than there was with the MC Metafuse so nice improvement here.