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Union Trilogy 2020 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Union Trilogy is a binding that can offer a lot of response at a pretty reasonable price. This is a binding that can fit a wide variety of boards and we find ourselves recommending this to a lot of riders that want a versatile binding to go with a versatile board.
One thing that the 2020 Union Trilogy has that those past models don’t is a new washer system that holds the ankle straps, heel loop, and high-back in place without coming loose like it used to do. This addresses the biggest complaint that most had with Union bindings.
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Conditions: All over the mountain, hard pack, bumpy, powder, park.
Boots: Vans Ferra
Union Trilogy Past Reviews
2015 Union Trilogy
The 2014 Union Trilogy has a few nice upgrades making it the call over the 2013.
1. New larger high back.
2. New toe ratchet.
So off to the review.
Flex: Much more going on in the high back. Before it had a softer older high back that was pretty old school. The new high back is very much like the popular mens’ binding the Union Force. It’s a little wider at the top and it allows you to get a little more leverage. This is a nice upgrade.
Adjustability: Same Union binding that requires a tool for all of the adjustments except for the ankle strap. It’s also not easy to rotate the high backs and you can’t really adjust the ankle strap angle like it is with most bindings. There is one good thing about the binding and that is the ability to adjust the heel loop to your boot length. They don’t have marks on the heel loop according to boot size which is good because a size 7 with one company usually has a different length on the outside than a size 7 with another company. They just have Ruler type marks so you can size according to your boot.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable and if you have a good set of comfortable boots you shouldn’t have any pressure points.
Heel-Toe Response: There is a lot of response going on here edge to edge and it’s almost there with the Legacy. It could even be argued that it’s almost the same edge to edge with both bindings.
Tip-Tail Response: There is a nice reduced dead spot under foot making pretty much the disc the main contact point so the board flexes better length wise with Union. You can get a nice butter after a carve.
Boot Support: The ankle strap is medium size so it gives you medium support so you have some room to move but you also have a little support going on the larger side of the ankle strap. Also the toe strap is improved this year to make it hold your boot in better than the past models.
Ratchet System: Big improvement with the ratchet system in the toe. It’s got a little lever like the ankle ratchet does now and it makes it less sticky when you take it off. Most complaints came from the toe strap so it was nice to see this fix.
Shock Absorption: Nice shock absorption and a nice binding to have under foot when you land badly or hit some shitty chunder.
If you ask me I wouldn’t even think about buying the 2013 Union Trilogy. The 2014 Union Trilogy is definitely the call and worth the extra money.
2013 and Below Union Legacy Review
They are also very light. This is definitely a plug and play style binding. If you can get past the little things like lack of adjustability around the ankle and high back then you will be very happy with the Trilogy. If you need more adjustability and comfort then you will have to sacrifice response and go with the Burton Escapade. Some of our riders really crank their straps down to the point of pain and they seem to have issues with all Union Bindings they try. The straps seem to get stuck or loosen up a few notches. If you don’t crank down your bindings then don’t worry about this. Unfortunately very little has changed from the 2011 model in 2012 except for the toe strap. For 2013 the Trilogy is pretty much the same except for one good thing. The ankle strap is a larger asymmetrical one similar to the men’s line. This small change makes the 2013 Trilogy the call over the past bindings. It’s more supportive and has a better all around ride to it.
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.
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Union Trilogy User Reviews
Very frustrating to setup. Not ridden them yet as the high back angle adjustment screws won’t push in. Tempted to stick to my Burton Lexas and send these back.
Worth the Trouble (I Think?)
I have the 2015 version of these bindings, and--like many others here have said--I have had a lot of problems with the straps. I lost a few screws on my second day with these bindings, and that was something that had never happened to me before. I replaced the screws, though, and now I just have to remember to tighten the screws on my straps every few days I ride.
However, I've also had a few pieces actually break. After about 30 days of riding, a toe strap ripped off. Next, after about 100 days of riding, I broke one of my ladders. And then an ankle strap snapped a few days after that. Which sucks.
Somehow, though, I'm still using these bindings, and I'm actually considering buying another pair of Trilogies next year because despite all of their problems, they are extremely comfortable and fun to ride and I've progressed a lot while wearing them. These bindings even feel light and comfortable and pressure-point-free while riding the chairlift with the board dangling below.
As for the (2015) ratchets, they aren't as smooth and fast as the ones on my old (2011) K2 Cassettes, but they're still fast enough that I can strap in just as quickly as anyone else.
The highbacks on these are apparently kinda tall for some people, but I'm just under 5'3," which is slightly shorter than average, and I didn't have any issue with them. I feel like they support me well on heelside turns, and they are pretty flexible laterally too, but the forward-lean adjuster didn't seem to make much of a difference if that's something you're into.
They also look really cool. Even as I start to get some holes in the fabric of the ankle strap and the paint continues to chip off the metal heel cup, people compliment them and ask if they're new. And if you were paying really close attention to the women riders in the olympics this year, you'd have noticed that a bunch of them were using the Trilogies :)
Overall, these bindings have been a pain in the [neck], but I've also worn them a lot and put them through the wringer this year, so I'm not really surprised that they've had some issues, and I love how they feel. There's a good chance that the next set of bindings I buy will be another pair of Trilogies. So I'd still recommend them... I think... just bring a screwdriver wherever you go and be prepared to befriend the shop guy :)
120+ days so far and I love them
I've had mine for over a year now and have more than 120 days on them and they've held up great. No issues with the straps, last year in March I hit a tree and broke my board and my right hi-back and Union sent me replacement parts right away and they were at my door in 2 days.They're very lightweight and I like how the 3D designed toe strap hugs your toe cap regardless of the shape of your boot. Amazing customer service and the quality is unreal.
Don't Buy from Union.
Had the ankle strap snap on my trilogies after maybe 15 days of riding. They replaced it after being bounced around their customer service people. Then the replacement ankle strap snapped, and I had to deal with their extremely unorganized customer service once more. Took weeks to send/receive replacements. Also when they replaced the ratchets, they sent me parts from a 2004 set..... I do noooot recommend buying from Union.
I bought theses thinking that they were awesome. The first time I used my new pair, the front strap broke. It was a mess to try to get help from customer service. The straps are poorly made, the bindings are heavy. I dont like them at all and the company did not allowed me to return them. I dont recommend this product.