The Union Rosa kept alive the design of the older Milan under a new name with a better ankle strap and for 2014 a better toe ratchet. With the new ankle strap the Rosa can live on for a few years as a great entry level binding that can take you a long way on your journey to become a competent rider.
Flex: The Rosa has a nice soft flex that makes for a ride that’s a little more responsive than what you would think if you were playing around with it in the shop. It’s pretty soft when you twist it and then it’s more rigid when you pull back.
Adjustability: Union isn’t really a very adjustable or easily adjustable binding. The ankle strap is tooless but everything else requires a tool. Also some might not like that the ankle strap can’t really adjust up or down like it can with other bindings. This is because the heel loop slides in or out according to your boot size. It’s good to dial out the boot for your exact size but it’s at the loss of good high back rotation and ankle strap angle adjustability. So this doesn’t’ require much to go ride and many will like that. If you like to tinker with your bindings then there are other bindings you might want to check out.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable. Noting that screams cush but it also has minimal to no pressure points if you have good boots.
Heel-Toe Response: Really good response for such a mellow binding and because of that you can pair it up with a lot of boards. It’s got a smooth transition from edge to edge.
Tip-Tail Response: Pretty good for a butter and press bordering on great. There is a nice reduced dead spot under foot so most of the contact with the board is from the disc. It allows the board to flex pretty good under foot and if it had some larger ankle straps on the outside it would flex the board lengthwise really well.
Boot Support: There is moderate boot support. It’s a nice balance between support and freedom. You can transition well edge to edge for driving turns and also have some freedom to tweak it out. The toe strap is better this year too and it holds to the boot better.
Ratchet System: The 2014 Rosa has a nice change to the toe ratchet. It’s not a mini version of the ankle ratchet that makes for an easier release compared to the 2013 model. Most complaints came from the toe and it’s nice to see them do something about it. It’s much less sticky coming off and it’s a nice improvement this year. The addition of that lever makes the 2014 the call.
Shock Absorption: Supper padding that can handle an awkward landing no problem. Very friendly on the body.
2013 and Below Union Rosa Review
Unions Toe straps can be a bit sticky and especially so for those that like to crank em down tight. For some this is a big problem and for others it’s not that big of a deal. Until Union addresses this issue here are some pointers on how to make the toe strap less sticky so you can enjoy the bindings better qualities.