List Price US $449
Union Atlas Pro 2023 Snowboard Binding Review
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Quick Release No
Manufactured in China and Italy
Canted Footbed Yes
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc No
Approx. Weight Feels Normal

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Flex

Medium

Boot Support

Firm

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Buttering

Medium

Binding Adjustability Excellent
Stance Adjustability Excellent
Comfort Great
Ratchet System Great
Shock Absorption Good

Union Atlas Pro 2023 Review by The Good Ride

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: A little faster response than the Atlas.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not as damp as the Atlas.

Summary

The Atlas Pro has less of a damp/shock absorbent ride than the Atlas but it does offer a little stiffer more responsive ride too.

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Union Atlas Pro Snowboard Binding Review- How it rides and who it is for

Atlas Pro Snowboard Binding Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened:  Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Days: 15+
Conditions: Everything from hard groomers to slightly bumpy groomers, to powder and some great groomers.
Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Nidecker Rift APX, ThirtyTwo TM-3XD
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards:  Many boards. I had these bindings for a few months.
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor, Union Force, Salomon Quantum, Salomon Highlander, Nitro Phantom Carver, Rome Cleaver

How It Was Tested

I rode these a lot on a wide variety of boards. I also did samplers with the Union Atlas, Atlas Pro and many other bindings. I even put the Atlas Pro on the front foot and the Atlas on the back. Then I put the Atlas on the front foot and Atlas Pro on the back to get a true feel for their differences.

Weight

2.2 Lbs with the screws and discs in. That is the same weight as the Union Atlas on my scale. The Atlas FC weighed 2lbs even. My scale isn’t perfect but it’s a pretty good estimate of what the Union Atlas Pro weighs.

Highback Flex

The Union Atlas Pro has a stiffer flex than last year’s Atlas but the same as this years 2023 Atlas. I wish the regular Atlas had a softer flex and this the same flex.

Flex Underfoot

Union Atlas Pro Flex Underfoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Union Atlas Pro and Atlas have a pretty similar flex underfoot. It makes the board a little stiffer than mini-disc bindings like the Falcor without making the board feel dead.

Turn Initiation/Response

The Union Atlas Pro has very quick response. The Atlas is no slouch either but this is a little quicker. The Atlas FC is even faster but each time you bump up from the Atlas you loose dampness. So it’s a balance between response and having a comfortable all day ride.

Shock Absorption

None of the Atlas bindings, including the Atlas Pro, have the shock absorption of the Union Force with all that softer EVA foam. The rubber helps keep the Atlas Pro pretty damp underfoot and quiet down the board but the gas pedal/base plate has forged carbon and it makes the binding less damp than the Atlas. The Atlas Pro is a lot better than the Atlas FC though in terms of being damp but I still prefer the easier all day ride of the Atlas.

Boot Support

 

Union Atlas Pro Straps vs. Atlas and Atlas FC

 

 

 

 

Love the ankle straps and toe straps of the Union Atlas Pro. Better than the Atlas for sure. They have a lot of support but also don’t totally lock you in if you want to play around. All the Atlas straps are exceptional.

Ratchets

Union Atlas Pro Ratchets and straps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ratchets are smooth and very durable. Some of the best in the industry. I just wish the Atlas Pro’s ladders were thicker like they used to be on all Union bindings. These days they are thinner and aren’t as easy to get going with one hand as they used to be.

Adjustability

There is no difference between the Union Atlas Pro and Atlas when it comes to adjustability. This is great because the Atlas is one of, if not the most adjustable binding out there. You have an adjustable gas pedal, adjustable heel loop, high back rotation and tooless straps. You can center just about any boot in the binding and then center the binding/boot on your board.

You also have discs that slide either way incredibly well. This is great for those that want to slide the discs tip to tail to get an almost infinite amount of stance width adjustability. I can always get the stance width I want with these Camber Discs.

Conclusion

So for me the Atlas is still the binding I prefer but if you want a little more response at the cost of some dampess these could definitely work for you.

 
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