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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:
(we are splitboarding stories)

stories

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

Splitboarding truly allows me the freedom to ride untracked powder and explore the peace and serenity of the backcountry. I like the complete experience of climbing as well as riding my line. While splitboarding I can experience a sort of intimacy with the mountain that you can’t get doing sled laps or riding a lift. You really earn that view from the peak and a cold beer with friends at the end of a big day. I also splitboard so I can bring my dogs along.

How did you get into splitboarding?

After a few years of snowshoeing around the Tahoe backcountry I saw people starting to split board and saw a bunch of splits in movies and was just like yeah if the technology is there, it will ride like a normal snowboard, and I can put miles behind me!? Yeah that’s what I want to do.

How long have you been splitboarding?

First year on the ol’ split.

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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

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