List Price US $349
Union Falcor 2018-2023 Snowboard Binding Review
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Quick Release No
Manufactured in China and Italy
Canted Footbed Yes
Burton Channel Compatible Yes
Mini disc Yes
Approx. Weight Feels Light

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Boot Support


Turn Initiation




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

Union Falcor 2023 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

Union Falcor 2022-2023 Snowboard Binding Video and Written Review

Here is a detailed breakdown of the Union Falcor and comparison to many other bindings in the Union line.

Update 2023: The Union Falcor 2023 is still the same as the 2022 so this review still stands.

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: New more durable rotating high back. Fast Response. Great Butterability
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Mini Disc doesn’t work with set back inserts.


The Union Falcor offers a lot of easy flex underfoot for buttering but also has a lot of response and for 2022, a much better highback.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

A Breakdown of How it rides and who it is for

Union Falcor 2022 Snowboard Binding Review








How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.

Riders:  James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo,
Boards: Korua Transition Finder 2022, Ride Superpig

Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze, Smith Vantage
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt,

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Force, Salomon Highlander, Nitro Phantom Carver, Now O-Drive

Approximate Weight

The Union Falcor is 1.8lbs with screws and discs in which is pretty light. Compare that to the Atlas at 2.2lbs and you really feel that extra .4lbs for sure. It isn’t as damp as the Atlas but it is pretty damp for being this light.

Highback Flex

The Union Falcor’s high back looks the same but was completely redesigned. It is not quite as snappy but not as easy to snap either. In addition to extra durability the high back can be rotated so it doesn’t bite into medium sized to larger calves. This is great to see.

Turn Initiation/Response

The Union Falcor is pretty responsive. I put this along with the Atlas the Korua Transition Finder. Falcor on the front foot, Atlas on the back and then I switched em. I would say that the response is just a tiny bit better than the Atlas but it’s a good bit away from matching the Atlas FC or other super responsive bindings like the Flux XF. Overall, it has great response throughout the turn.

Flex Under Foot/Buttering

The Union Falcor gives you some pretty easy flex underfoot. It’s just a little bit behind the Contact Pro and the Burton Re:Flex bindings but right there with the Strata and way ahead of the Atlas. You don’t often get a combo of this much response and adjustability. sd

Shock Absorption/Dampness

So when it comes to shock absorption the Atlas does better being heavier and it also has what seems like thicker/damper rubber throughout the base. That being said the Falcor is great for having this much adjustability.

Boot Support

The ankle straps are a good bit more supportive than the Strata and more so with the Contact Pro but about right there with the Atlas. That means the Union Falcor is pretty supportive and it can handle uneven terrain really well. The toe strap is one of our favorites in the industry as well as the Union Line. I would say the only brand that we like better is from Flux but unfortunately Flux has no shock absorption.

Ratchet System

Excellent and very reliable. You can crank it down hard.


Again being able to rotate the highback with the 2022 Union Falcor really changes up the game. Now you can use the heel loop for fitting this to your boots like its intended to be. That is pretty great to have as well because it is pretty easy to center your boot in the binding for more even turn initiation. On top of that you can now turn your discs to slide tip to tail to get the stance width you want. This is what I love about Union and more so with the Falcor for 2022. The forward lean adjuster needs a screwdriver. Saving a little weight is not worth it and this should be tooless. Straps have tooless adjustability too.


Again being able to rotate the highback with the 2022 Union Falcor really ups the recommendation factor. Now you have a lighter, more buttery alternative to the Atlas so that is a great thing.

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Union Falcor Past Reviews

2021 Union Falcor Review

Turn Ons: Fast Response, Great Butterability, Pretty Damp

The 2021 Union Falcor has the same overall design but they changed up the ankle strap to make it a little more freestyle friendly. Even though it’s marketed as more freestyle oriented it is still a very responsive aggressive binding that pairs up well with boards that need a little extra to get it to turn.

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Union Falcor 2021 Snowboard Binding Review











How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.

Days:  3+
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 180-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
InsolesFootprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Boards: Jones Hovercraft, Prior Fissle

Similar (but not the same) Bindings: Union Atlas, Union StrataBurton Genesis X, Burton Cartel X,  Salomon Quantum, Salomon Highlander

Approximate Weight: 1.8 lbs per binding with the discs and screws. 

Highback Flex

The Union Falcor has almost zero give pulling it back but it does have some good twist to it making it overall medium/stiff.

Binding to Boot Adjustability

Speaking of that twist. You need it because the Union Falcor has limited high back rotation. What I mean by this is if you aren’t at the top or bottom of the recommended boot size then you can use the adjustable heel loop to rotate the high backs. If you are then you are S.O.L. and you can’t line up your highbacks to your heel edge to get more symmetrical turn initiation and calf bite relief. If you want to rotate your high back and have a similar ride then I would get the Strata or Atlas.

The rest of the boot to binding adjustability is really good though. Other than the forward lean, it’s all tooless. The adjustable heel loop allows you to center your boot better than fixed heel loop bindings out there. One thing about Union Bindings and especially so with the Falcor and Strata is they can fit a little bigger than the recommended sizing so if you are right in between sizes it’s best to size down. For example if you are a size 10 US or a 10.5 US with a really reduced footprint boot then a size medium will be best for you.

Stance Width Adjustability

Because you can center your boot easily you can turn the Union Falcor disc tip to tail and get the stance you want.

Boot Support

The 2021 Union Falcor ankle strap has a little less support than the bigger one they had in 2020. It doesn’t support quite as well as it used to but it is still really supportive while giving more freedom of movement. It is really comfortable and fit well around our boots. The toe straps are still exceptional and grip soo well around our boots. They really lock in the boot to the heel cup/high back so we don’t have to crank down the ankle strap too hard to feel secure.

Ratchet System

Union’s ratchet system is really smooth and reliable. It is just a touch off from the 2020 model though because the ratchet ladders aren’t as thick/stiff as they used to be. So it was a little bit easier on and off compared to last seasons.

Turn Initiation/Response

Even with the slightly less supportive/responsive ankle strap the Falcor really powers a board quickly edge to edge. It is made to go with Travis Rice’s boards and all but the Orca are far from being quick turners. The Union Falcor helps them turn quicker but you still need to be Travis to make em turn. The Union Atlas is pretty close to the Falcor and both power a board almost equally well but just in different ways. The Falcor allows most boards to twist/flex easier underfoot so they feel softer and therefore turn easier. The Atlas stiffens up the board underfoot and feels like it is powering the board edge to edge with the sheer strength of it’s base plate.

Flex Under Foot/Buttering

The Union Falcor has a very similar response to the 2021 Atlas but butters soo much easier.  The mini-disc with all that rubbery foam really minimizes the contact with the board allowing it to flex and twist easier.

Shock Absorption/Dampness

The dense rubbery like foam really does a great job at shock absorption. The Union Falcor and the Strata are pretty close. However, what makes the board butter easier also makes it less damp. In comparison to the 2021 Atlas, the Falcor just didn’t feel as damp when picking up speed. The  2021 Union Atlas’ larger disc and minimal rubbery foam near the heel really stiffens up the board. Last year the nod would go to the Falcor by just a bit but now the Atlas is better.


So overall the Falcor is still a great binding but we find that lately the Strata and Atlas seem to match up better with most boards out there. That being said if you want a lot of response but still want a board that’s easy to butter then the Falcor is a great call.


The Union Falcor is a very responsive but still easy to butter binding in Unions Line. For 2020 it got a new more supportive ankle strap and also has a damper material at the base plate than 2019.  It is a nice balance between response and butterabilty that we feel a lot of people looking for a responsive binding will enjoy.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.  We borrowed this for a day and then returned it. We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites).  After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it.  We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.

Days: 30+
RidersJames (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Steph, Jack, Kyle, Stephen, Ginger, Mary, Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers Lite, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Boards: Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Korua Pencil, Korua Dart, Korua Otto, Lib Tech Lost RocketYes Optimistic, Yes Greats, Yes Pick Your Line, Jones Mountain Twin, Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, Jones Flagship, Jones Hovercraft, Loaded AlgernonBurton Flight Attendant, Gnu Mulair, Capita Mercury, Rome Powder Division 153 and a ton of other boards.

Highback Flex: Pretty stiff pulling it straight back but more twist than you would think.

Binding to Boot Adjustability: So there is one complaint with the Falcor for those who have a size right on the border. For example if you are on the border between medium and large you might have to push the heel loop all the way in or out. If so, you won’t be able to rotate your high backs. If you are right in the middle of the recommended sizing then all you have to do is push in the heel loop on one side to get some high back rotation. Some won’t mind if you don’t have it but some with medium to bigger calves might feel some calf bite. It twists pretty well for a stiffer flexing high back but not enough to completely eliminate calf bite.

Stance Width Adjustability: The mini-discs that the Union Falcor can get the right stance width for most riders if you can center your boot in the binding.

Comfort: Very comfortable every year we tried it.

Boot Support: The toe strap has always been great at pulling the boot into the heel cup but the real talking point for 2020 is the new ankle strap. It’s bigger than last year and makes the Union Falcor just as supportive as Burton and Flux bindings. I really liked the 2019 ankle strap a lot but this steps it up a good bit. Union does give you the option to play around with different straps and you can buy others at C3 here. 

Turn Initiation: Very fast edge to edge and it’s not recommended to partner up with quicker turning boards. It could overpower them a bit.

Buttering: The new more rubbery denser material underfoot makes it little less easy to butter this year compared to the 2019 Union Falcor but it still has a lot of flex underfoot.

Ratchet System: Smooth and easy. Very reliable and really comes on and off very well.

Shock Absorption: So the new more rubbery like dampening material at the bottom of the Union Falcor 2020 makes it a little bit less easy to butter but it sure dampens the ride a good bit compared to the 2019 model. Last year it seemed like you could get a damper ride from the Union Strata which didn’t seem right. This year it’s dampness matches the Strata and also is more appropriate for going bigger which is what this binding likes to do.

So all in all the improvement in the more damp base plate and also the more supportive ankle strap really makes the Union Falcor a good call for anyone looking to pair this up with an aggressive board that likes a responsive binding.

The 2019  Union Falcor replaced the T.Rice from last year.  It keeps the same fast response edge to edge but adds more butter ability. It’s a great binding for those that want really upper tier response.

The 2019 Union Falcor has a couple of improvements that make it the call over 2018.

  1. The ankle strap is probably my favorite in Unions line.  It’s big, comfortable and super supportive.
  2. The screw that holds the heel loop and ankle strap received a new washer that keeps it from coming loose like the older models did.  It’s such a little thing but it makes a really big difference.  I tested one of these washers for a season and the binding never needed tightening where my other union bindings needed them about once every 4-5 days of riding.

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Days:  5+ and many more to come
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles
Boards: Jones Ultra Mountain TwinCapita MercuryRome Powder Division 157

Highback Flex: The Union Falcor has a very minimalist high back that looks like it might be soft but it’s pretty stiff when pulling it back.  It twists pretty easy for how much carbon fiber is going on with this so it doesn’t bite as hard into your calves if you don’t rotate the high backs as you think it would.

Boot Adjustability: You can’t adjust the toe ramp but the heel loop is and it’s pretty easy to dial this out to your boot length so you can center your boot on your board.  You can’t rotate the high back without doing it with the heel cup so it does compromise dialing out your boot to fit center if it’s on the bigger or smaller side of the sizing recommendations but it should work for most. The only other issue is you can’t adjust the ankle strap angle without un-centering your boot but this isn’t as big as a deal as centering your boot.

Stance Width Adjustability: These mini-discs can get just about any stance width.  The only issue is they don’t work with those 1×2 inserts that are set back 1.5″ from the rest of the insert pack. A lot of companies have this option these days so it’s the only real drawback.

Comfort: The new ankle strap really makes the Union Falcor such a more comfortable binding and it works well with most boots out there.

Boot Support: Again, the new ankle strap is very supportive and matches the aggressive go big nature of the Union Falcor.

Turn Initiation: Super fast edge to edge and only a few bindings are faster.  It can overpower some easier turning boards so make sure it’s paired up with a board that likes responsive bindings.

Buttering: Super easy to butter with and it makes stiffer boards feel softer underfoot.

Ratchet System: Super smooth and reliable.

Shock Absorption: Not incredible but very good.  They seemed to take some of the Union Falcor’s foam out to improve response so there is a little trade-off here.

So as long as you don’t plan to use these bindings with an easy turning board or a board with setback inserts the Union Falcor is a great choice for those that want a lot of response and butter ability.

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Performance binding

Dec 25, 2020 by Exzul
Ability Level: 6.5/10 • 
Riding Style: All mountain freestyle/freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 

These are really a great performance binding, I found the 2021 strap cushions a little thick at first but after they broke in were great. The adjustablility is simple but works well and that simplicity makes for a sturdy build. I personally wouldn't try to rotate these the heel cup feels like its simply for boot size adjustment and that twisting one side into the frame more than the other would make it weak and cause uneven pressure. On burtons I rotate the highbacks simply because it feels like with those highbacks I have a better feel for engaging the heel edge firmly but with the highback design on the falcors with the super stiff y bracket on it I really liked the way they felt much more intuitive than my gen and gen x without needingto rotate. They seem to be more performance oriented than anything else and they're really versatile if you were after a performance binding for something like a mercury as a one board quiver these are a great match up so long as you're prepared to ride like you're on a lowered sports car all the time... theyre not uncomfortable but comfort isn't what these are designed for performance is. I've used mine for over a week and powder coating has only come off on the back of the heel cup on top where it gets abrasion so maybe improves made here.

has some flaws, good overall

Feb 10, 2020 by Martin Dedek
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Allmountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20-30 

Bought 2019 model to pair it up with my Yes Optimistic 2018, but also tried it with Yes Greats 2019. Overall it's a great responsive binding. As with everything, it's not perfect and here are some things that are bothering me:
- finishing / powder coating is very fragile. After 1st week of use some marks of use were already there and basically the paint comes off very easily.
- the ankle strap is made of hard plastic and it can be uncomfortable if you prefer softer boots. With these I can feel some pressure points. 2021 should have different type of a strap again so it might be worth waiting for next season. With stiffer boot it is no problem at all.
- and finally my last complaint with this binding: quite often snow comes to the small gap where toe strap is attached the base plate and blocks the strap to move in its full range.

Will always have a pair

Jan 07, 2020 by Jaron Benton
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'10", 205#, 9 

Love these bindings. So responsive and comfy. I'll absolutely always have at least one pair of Falcors in my quiver.

best out there

Apr 15, 2019 by Luke
Ability Level: Level 2 instructor • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 25 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6’ 2”, 82kg, US12. 

Superb If you’re looking for a dynamic, fluid binding. Rides better than the goodride review. I have multiple seasons on boards such as the jones mountain twin and bataleon riot. Also race in snowboardX. I’ve always had a battle between compromises of the Burton Genesis and the Salomon hologram. The Falcor beats these both out of the park in every way and I don’t usually give glowing reviews. Genuinely the best advantages of both bindings. Superb response with a smooth fluid ride, and so much scope for adjustment. The only disadvantages of the Falcors is the large size is just a little too large for any snowboard under 26cm width and the square bases increase the binding width at boarderX angles a bit too much. Also the highbacks have only three settings but they felt fine. I wouldn’t know how these would turn a more flexible board than say a flex of 5/10 though, potentially would overpower a jib board. Perfectly matched with my Lib tech Travis Rice and Arbor Iguchi camber.


Apr 07, 2019 by Richard Stoop
Ability Level: Good • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 174cm 80kg M 

Best Binding ever rode.
Nice aggressive All Mnt. Binding. Perfect for all conditions.
Good board response! Can't complain about anything!

Even better than I expected

Feb 24, 2019 by Charlie
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20ish • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'0", 185lbs, 8.5 

Earlier this year I bought some new Stratas and was stoked with them. Theryre a great do everything binding, light, really comfortable, etc. Recently I came across a really good deal on some falcors and couldn't pass them up. These are so comfortable, super light, super responsive front to back, but surprisingly flexy laterally. The most impressive thing for me is the ankle strap. I have 2 bone fragments in my ankle from old injuries, and most bindings cause serious pain for me. These ankle straps are the first I've ever ridden that give me no pain at all.
When you combine the light weight with the response and the comfort. I feel no pressure points anywhere, which is a new feeling for me! Its hard for me to imagine a better binding for those who want to go fast and want a very responsive binding, but also want to still be able to poke grabs and butter around. Im a huge fan of these!

2018 Union Falcor - First Impressions

Feb 11, 2018 by Mike
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 185cm, 90kg, US 11 Boots (10 for Adidas) 

I haven't ridden these yet so can't speak to their performance but I doubt I could add anything further to the review from the team at The Good Ride anyway. I just wanted to get some information out to potential buyers of Falcors after my experience with seeing them in the flesh and setting them up with my boots and board.

I'm running these on a Jones Mountain Twin 161W and with size 10 (US) Adidas Tactical ADVs. I purchased the Falcors in size M and the size 10 Tacticals fit in nicely.

Straight out of the box I was surprised how light the Falcors feel. I also have Union Contacts, which are quite light but the Falcors are impressive.

The all black Falcor looks like a cross between some military stealth machine and a ninja's home made weapon. Most of the construction is beautiful but the forged carbon on mine is a bit raw in places. One binding has a few burs remaining and the other seems to have been sanded smooth. I may remove the burs because some are touching my boot but it's not an issue. Considering the price and looks of these bindings, I had to smile when I remembered old sayings about the gap between Italian design and manufacturing. They are a bit like the Ducati motorbikes I've owned; look great, are a blast to ride... but are never perfect.

The ratchets seem really smooth and strong. The toe strap is a super grippy beast that moulds to the toe of the boot a little better than the toe strap on the Contacts. The ankle strap is an interesting design, you can immediately feel it will be more supportive than other Union offerings. The size of it means the top edge is close to the bottom lace hooks on the Adidas boots but doesn't seem to touch, no matter how much forward lean I try to simulate. I only mention it because different size boot and binding combos might have different results (running a size 10.5 or 11 boot in a large binding with the heel cup pushed in for example.) I was able to get my strap lengths perfect but be aware that the first time you use the tool less adjusters you will need the hands of Hercules. There is some sort of blue thread grip on them, which eases up after the first use but I wouldn't like to be trying to do it for the first time on a mountain with frozen hands.

The heel cup is fully adjustable and I easily got the boots centred over the board. The high back rotation is gone though. I like my high backs nearly parallel to the edge of the board. Apparently Mr Rice doesn't because although I've gotten close by pushing the heel cups in and out on opposite sides, you can't get to the parallel position. I really don't mind because it's close enough and using the heel cup method has meant there is no hook created at the base of the high back to gnaw away at my boots, (which was a problem with my Contacts until I learned this trick.) There is forward lean available in the high back but the convenience of tool less or quick release to do it has been taken away too. I suspect it makes for a stronger and more durable system, so again, I don't mind (I had someone bump the tip of a board into the back of my binding once and it smashed the lean adjuster, it likely would't have affected the Falcors).

Although only aesthetically 99%, I've given these five stars because there is something in the uncompromising design of them I just love. The ethos seems to be about putting some time into getting them dialled in for a rider and never looking back. It's all about performance first, cost be damned... and no apologies for it.

I'll do a ride review of them after my next trip if I've got anything worthwhile to share.

Responsive, Light, Great binding

Dec 19, 2017 by Renard
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Regular • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 

I would have given this a 5 star review but couple of things that people need to know when they buy this binding.

This binding is using EVA foam which is super comfortable underfoot but during the first day of riding, you have to check and tightenyour screws. This is because the EVA foam takes time to compact under your foot. Your screws have more room to travel each time if the foam isn't compacted.

Other than that, this binding is one of the best out there.

4.6 5.0 8 8 These are really a great performance binding, I found the 2021 strap cushions a little thick at first but after they broke in were great. The adjustablility is simple but works wel Union Falcor 2018-2023 Snowboard Binding Review

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