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Innovate Ride Explore

who we are

who we are

We are mountain people. We are innovators. We are the builders of our products.

Our designs and products are born from our mountain experiences. We are as passionate about our gear as we are about the mountains. We build products that we use.

The belief that there is always a better way fuels our drive to create . Even though we are setting new industry standards with our products- we know we can make them even better and we will.

We take pride in building each product as if it were our own gear. Our products are built with our own hands. By riders for riders.

We love the mountains. We love creating. We love building our products in North Bend, Washington.

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ambassadors

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Jeremy Jones

Snowboarding Legend

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Lucas Debari

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Forrest Shearer

Self-powered Backcountry Freerider

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Mitch Toelderer

Freeride World Tour Champion 2011

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Ralph Backstrom

2013 Freeride World Tour Champion

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Liz Daley

American Alpine Institute Certified Mountain Guide

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Alex Yoder

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Bibi Pekarek

Our ambassadors are world class athletes, mountain guides and advocates for Karakoram. Every athlete we work with approached us about trying our gear and we are honored to have some of the best freeriders in the world riding Karakoram bindings.

Karakoram ambassadors test our gear all over the globe in the harshest conditions, from splitboarding in the polar lands of the Arctic Circle to exploring the desolation of Antarctica, climbing the highest peak in North America to riding endless pow in Japan, touring backyard stashes to claiming first descents. If we haven’t put our gear through harshest tests first, our ambassadors are sure to do it for us.

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we are splitboarding

Splitboarding is snowboarding in it ‘s purest form. It ‘s about scoring the line you’ve eyed for years, riding untracked pow with friends, earning your turns and coming home safe. Splitboarding is not about the biggest trick or who is sponsored, splitboarding is best described by Craig Kelly’s words- “the simple rider who’s out there just for the experience.” #WeAreSplitboarding is dedicated to the splitboard community, the people who live and breathe mountain life. We are a small but growing community of passionate backcountry snowboarders. We are splitboarding, here are our stories:
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stories

Norway Trip Report from Kyle Miller

Our good friend Kyle Miller went on another adventure this past spring to the mountains of Norway! Take notes and get a good look at what Kyle’s been up to. Also, if you’d like to keep with Kyle and all his adventures, follow him on Instagram: @kylemiller411 Words and photos: Kyle Miller It all started…

Getting Rowdy on Mt. Adams with Karakoram

Words, Photos and Video by Paul Stanley With the incredible stretch of warm, dry weather we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest, the volcano shredding has been firing in recent weeks. In our last blogpost we highlighted three volcanoes we went splitboarding on lately. One of them being Mt. Adams (12,280’/3,743 m). The trip we…

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Why are you a splitboarder?

Well the snow is better, the lines are more challenging, the terrain more varied, and things never get that tracked out. I mean it also keeps me from being arrested, because of how badly I want to hit the guy in the lift-line who is smoking, and yelling, and then leaves his crushed beer can on the ground *grin*. However, that aside, I do have to say that being able to get away from people, the noise, and all of the distractions that make a lot of resorts feel like extensions of the city is a big part of why I am out there. As a rider it has exposed me to deeper snow, more challenging riding, and a very different community. I think all of that can be seen in the way that back country riding is now far more of a life-style for me rather than simply being something I do a few days every winter.

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Why are you a splitboarder? How has splitboarding changed you as a snowboarder?

I love snowboarding, the backcountry, solitude and the mountains. The progression to splitting was very natural. Splitboarding has allowed me to expand my knowledge as a snowboarder, and taken me to places I could never have gone on a regular snowboard. Once I started splitting, it reshaped how I viewed snowboarding. Now when I think of snowboarding, I think about the backcountry and where my next tour is going to be, not about riding at the resorts.

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Awesome shot from zclanton of his buds getting rad in #AK #WeAreSplitboarding https://t.co/Za26Wg618n
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POV video of paulbagels shredding a couloir the other day in our local mountains #splitstoked https://t.co/slFVzG5PZr
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We had a bad winter here in Washington, and then it hails/snows 4 inches in Seattle on March 31st...… https://t.co/HRL52nb8oW
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splitboard bindings

PRIME Carbon

Prime Carbon

PRIME SL

PRIME SL

PRIME Straightline

PRIME Straightline

PRIME1

PRIME1

PRIME Women’s

Prime Women's

Split30

Split30

splitboard partners

Backcountry Safety

Your safety in the backcountry relies on your training and awareness to identify ever-changing mountain hazards and make decisions that will get you home safely. Your safety is important to us, your family and friends. In cooperation with the Northwest Avalanche Center Karakoram is creating a backcountry safety section of our webpage. You will find access to national avalanche forecasts, avalanche centers, safety articles and more.

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To Wear a Helmet, or Not to Wear a Helmet? You Decide.

Helmet use and its correlation to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and risk-taking behavior in snowboarding and skiing: A VERY brief review of literature. David is a fast, powerful snowboarder, and it was with a halting CRACK that his skull impacted the tree at Stevens Pass, Washington. He had been snowboarding all morning with…

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Saving Lives Through Avalanche Education with AIARE

Above photo: Zach Clanton (@zclanton on Instagram) For many of us here in U.S. the winter season has already come and gone, however it’s never a bad time to get educated on avalanche safety. Check out this gut wrenching and informative short video from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.

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Mt. Baker Splitboard Festival

  The Mt Baker Splitfest is indeed happening this weekend! If you are planning on going and would like to demo a pair of Karakoram bindings, we will be bringing our entire demo fleet with us. Last year we sent out every pair of bindings we had so it may be a good idea to…

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Know the 5 Red Flags

Know the 5 Red Flags

December 6, 2014

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