Just a year out from introducing the innovative System boot and binding technology, Hyperlite has introduced what I think is its most ahead-of-its-time board since the Byerly Finless dropped back in 2000. The collaboratively designed and now collaboratively ridden Union was influenced most by Webb, Jimmy LaRiche, cable king Nick Davies and Hyperlite shaper Aaron Stumpf. Riding the Union, you get the feeling that the riders and shapers at Hyperlite have been spending quite a bit of time on the slopes during the offseason. As cliché as it sounds, the board is just buttery. It's stiff enough that you don't feel like you're riding a noodle, yet flexible enough to get into some serious presses. Chalk that up to Hyperlite’s new Crossover Core, which combines its Nova and E-Core materials for a lightweight yet durable layup. The Union’s subtle channels make tracking into a kicker or a half-load ollie really solid. And don’t fret about it holding up to park-level abuse, because the R&D team up in Redmond built this thing out of some space-age jibber-jabber that makes it bullet proof.