The Union Expediton Binding is built to minimize the time it takes to convert from climb mode to ride mode, the Union Split System is not only simple to use, but the unique connection between binding and board also maintains the torsional strength of your splitboard.
Union Expedition Bindung
What we liked testing the Union Expedition Binding:
As claimed by Union it is a Snowboardbinding made to split with. The riding performance of the Expedition Splitboard binding is equal to the riding performance of a Union Snowboardbinding, very good. With a good dampening the impact of rough terrain is very much reduced. Your boot is well fixed and the power transmission is the same like at a usual snowboard binding.
Regarding the ascent you notice the more flexible material if you compare it to a classic splitboard bindings, so the power transmission is a bit less. The stable attachment of the pin transfers the power well to the edges and most of the customers will enjoy this binding.
A Pin System? Yes, that is what we also thought, because actually the pin had been died already a few years ago. Anyway, if you take your time to mount the binding properly, the handling is good. The design of the touring bracket is excellent. You just put the binding on until it stops. Than the position is perfect to smoothly slide in the pin. Than you turn it in direction of the baseplate and it is well secured. Regarding the changeover the handling is equal to the Splitsticks binding which was the base of development.
What we didn't like:
If the binding is correctly mounted and the pin in it's place. It can be very fiddling to get it out when you change from Ride- to Hike-Mode at longer touring where you have to change over several times. If you take the "Leash" pulling strong it is likely to damage the plastic store for the pin. This implicates that you cannot secure the pin well anymore. It could have been done in a better way, following the the original design.
We are looking forward to see the next developments, keep on guys!
The Union Expediton Binding is built to minimize the time it takes to convert from climb mode to ride mode, the Union Split System is not only simple to use, but the unique connection between binding and board also maintains the torsional strength of your splitboard. This gives you the performance you expect from your snowboard along with the performance you expect from Union.
No compromises were made to Union's binding platform when redesigning it around the function of splitboard performance. They use the same guaranteed heelcups, ratchets, straps, and materials in The Expedition splitboard binding as they do throughout their entire product line.
Split bindings do not only have to be used with splitboards. If you have a quiver of decks to choose from when the situation calls, just mount the Union Split System disc on each one. With the push of a pin you can swap your Expedition bindings between each board quicker than it takes to lace your boots
Travis Rice talking about the Union Expedition Binding:
Video Union Splitboard Binding mounting:
Video Union Snowboard Binding for Splitboards presented by the developer of Splitsticks:
Video Union Snowboard Binding for Splitboards presented by Bryan Iguchi Snowboard Legend:
Base: Once injected with Duraflex ST Nylon, SP1 Expedition base becomes an even stiffer, backcountry access machine. Developed and rigorously tested by none other than Travis Rice and Bryan Iguchi.
Bushings: Shock absorbing synthetic bushings are durable and an outstanding compliment to the smooth, natural ride of the SP1 base.
Heelcups: The rigidity and strength of Extruded Aluminum acts like a roll cage on a race car - stiffening the entire chassis. The male/female connection with the base provides seamless response.
Highbacks: Designed specifically for touring, Expedition Highbacks feature an adjustable quick-snap forward lean adjuster that goes from tour to riding mode with the flick of your fingers.
Straps: Direct Connect System locks you in with zero strap elasticity. The Multilayer Core inside provides supreme comfort, and conforms across the top of your foot.
Rachets: This Union exclusive process produces a material 4 times the strength of aluminum with only 1/2 the weight. Plus magnesium is easily recycled and remains the eighth most abundant element on the planet.