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Union T.Rice 2017 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The 2017 Union T.Rice binding has a new much more supportive ankle strap in play and it’s much more fun to ride now.


2015-2016 Union T.Rice Binding Review

The Union T.Rice is new this year and it’s got a higher tech version of the Union Factory.

Here are the differences between the Union T.Rice and Union Factory.

1. Lighter and slightly more responsive base plate.

2. It has an asymmetrical high back compared to the symmetrical team high back.

3.  It’s got their high end toe strap that offers up a better fit for over the top and really good grip over the toe.

4. It’s got a smaller ankle strap.

Both have a shorter ankle strap connector in 2015.  If you want the longer ankle strap connector from the 2014 bindings just contact Union and ask them.

Days:  1
RidersJames, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo, Mike,
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton SLXNike Lunarendor
Boards: Gnu Whip It

Flex: Snappy and stiff but not the stiffest binding in the line.

Adjustability:  Same adjustability that is great in some areas and lacking in others but there is more great than bad.  It also has a tooless toe strap this year and a better tool free ankle strap.  You hear this in all Union reviews.  The heel loop’s ajustability is really good for dialing out the binding for your boot size but not ideal for rotating the high backs and there is no way to adjust the ankle strap angle.

Comfort: no pressure points with our crew and like all Union bindings it’s got a good fit around your boot.

Turn Initiation: Very snappy and quick. We were on a mid/wide board and this turned it like it wasn’t.  For Peter and I this was great becasuse we have size 9 and 8 boots so it made the mid/wide experience much easier for us.

Buttering: Nice easy buttering ability but felt a shade less easy than the Factory and it was probably because of the smaller ankle strap.

Boot Support: For all of us we preferred the more supportive ankle strap of the Factory over the T. Rice binding here.  It just felt like our ankle was over exposed and our boots would fold way too easy at the ankle if we hit some rough terrain.  It was fine on groomers and only really came out in rough terrain or awkward moments on the board. It’s an interesting move to go with such a narrow ankle strap in a world where everyone has gone for more supportive bigger ankle straps.

Ratchet System: Pretty smooth and easy to use.

Shock Absorption: Nice thick shock absorption that doesn’t sacrifice response. Also love the canted foot bed similar to the Factory.

So we liked all the new tech except for the new smaller ankle strap.  If we could take the Factory’s ankle strap and put it on the T.Rice we’d have a favorite.  That being said if you like a lot of freedom of movement then you will like the new ankle strap but all of us prefer either support or a balance between freedom of movement and support.

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Feb 05, 2015 by Christian
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Allmountain/Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: ~30 

Ive bought the 2015 lib tech T.Rice Pro in 157 because i got a good deal. I was worried about the stiffness of the Board because im pretty light weight so i was looking for an stiff/aggressive binding.
I was planning on getting the 2015 Union Factory but since the Navigator seems to be an slightly improved factory and my previous reviewer got an ankle strap from Union i got this one and was hoping to be as lucky as him.
So far i was used to the rather big Burton ankle straps which support your boot very well and react immedietally so i contacted union Eruope as well and guess what ?! I got an reply the next day and my Contact Pro ankle straps 2 days later !
Now this binding is the best one ive used so far, turning that big, stiff board is easy as pie :)

almost perfect

Jan 29, 2015 by Q
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Aggr. AllMountain / Freeride / Powder • 
Days You Ride A Year: 10 - 50 

i really liked everything (superfast edge to edge, lightweight, responsive, canted footbed, reduced deadspot, great shock absorption) about the t.rice except for the ankle straps. For me they are too small/ unsupportive/loose…
I contacted union (Europe) and told em about my issues with the straps and they immediately sent me 2 contact pro straps for free!
now with the contact pro´s straps on it i kinda found my dream binding. i got all the support i need from the straps and they feel super comfy and secure compared to the original straps. the combination with the rossi xv magtek 163 is perfect for me.
the only minor issue i got with the toe strap is that it creates a pressure point at the outer part of the toe area (burton ruler). but usually i dont crank it down that much but if u accidentally go one snap to far it starts to pressure down.
yesterday I put them on my slash aurora which I was was about to sell because I didn’t really like it with the contact pros. But putting the t. rice bindings on it was a game changer.
this really stiff and aggressive board need a binding that can handle it. And the t.rice did a perfect job.
all in all a almost perfect binding if you put “better” straps on it.

4.5 5.0 2 2 Ive bought the 2015 lib tech T.Rice Pro in 157 because i got a good deal. I was worried about the stiffness of the Board because im pretty light weight so i was looking for an stif Union T.Rice 2015-2017 Binding Review

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Quick Release


Manufactured in

Italy and China

Canted Footbed


Burton Channel Compatible


Approx. Weight

Feels Light



Boot Support


Turn Initiation








Ratchet System


Shock Absorption