The third Mt. Baker Splitboard festival was great time. The last two we worked up until the last minute to finish off prototypes and demo bindings. This year we were a little bit more prepared, but we still rolled in a little late for the Demo set up on Friday evening. We’ll be on time next year… I always look forward to the Mt. Baker Splitboard fest because it is the time of year that I actually get to ride my snowboard a bit more. Read more
In our endless journey to make splitboard equipment the best it can be, Karakoram will be releasing a new heel lock down system for 2012-13. The heel lock down will be compatible with all Karakoram Splitboard Bindings (Split30, SL and Prime) starting from 2010. The purpose of the heel lock down is to allow splitboarders to skate more efficiently on flat terrain, and traverse and side step without skins on in tour mode.
Forrest Shearer splitboarding and getting after it in Haines, AK with the Patagonia crew.
Karakoram is the headline sponsor for this year’s Mt. Baker Splitfest. We’ll be raffling off a set of Split30 splitboard bindings, a set of Super Light splitboard bindings, crampons, board clips, etc. All proceeds from the raffle go to support NWAC. We’ll also have a bunch of bindings for demo, so if you’re curious about how our gear works here’s your chance to take it for a test ride.
Also, get a sneak peak at our new Prime binding, heel lock down and other goodies we have in the works for winter 12-13.
Come on out to Mt. Baker and support NWAC. Details below.
So we just got back about a week ago from a whirlwind trade show tour of SIA and ISPO. What a trip! Splitboarding is truly taking off and it’s pretty amazing to be right in the thick of it.
It was great to see the excitement for our new releases for next year, including the Prime- our new 575gram binding
The Prime on the Jones Carbon Solution
Our new heel lock down (just realized we didn’t take any pics of this, so I’ll post one later), the rest of our binding line, and accessories including board clips and crampons.
The Binding Line Up- Split30 standard (black), SL’s (green and blue), Prime (white)
A couple new things for next year that we didn’t have ready for the show: The Split30 standard will be getting a new custom highback with some rad features: negative fwd lean for touring, quick turn on the fly forward lean adjustment (same as this year’s SL’s), reduced weight by approximately 80grams. Additionally, we are working on new straps and buckles for next season so stay tuned.
The busy booth. Two board shape masters
Hanging with Jeremy at the booth
After the show wrapped up we had three days in Europe and no plans. At Jeremy’s suggestion, we grabbed a train to Innsbruck to meet up with him, Mitch, and Bibi. We didn’t get to shred with them as they were prepping for their multi-week trip deep into the Karwendel Range for Further.
Jeremy Jones, Bibi Pekarek, and Mitch Toelderer getting their splits set up
But we did get to shred Mitch’s home mountain Nordekette. With this as your backyard, there’s no question in my mind why Mitch won the Freeride World Tour last year.
Mitch and Bibi’s backyard, literally
Mitch gave us a few pointers on where to go and they did not disappoint.
Bryce slashing the steeps
Tyler rallying a chute
Some sharky fun
Bryce threading the needle
Bryce and I on the ridge
Innsbruck from Nordekette
Overall, it was a great show and a great trip. Looking forward to another good year! Thanks to Jeremy, Chad, and the whole Jones crew for all the support! Big thanks to Russell for manning the SIA booth while we flew to Munich. Lastly, big thanks to Mitch and Bibi for the hospitality and for pointing us to the goods!
There are some lucky people that get to follow the snow for a living. I think everyone who loves to ride has done it or wishes they could pull away from their 8-5 job and live the dream of riding powder everyday. Neil Provo is one of those lucky people. Neil has teamed up with fellow Outdoor Research Ambassadors Zack Giffin and Molly Baker to chase storms in their “Tiny House.” They’ve followed the snow to Silverton Colorado. I wish I was there as it’s raining here in the PNW…
For more info about Neil check out his website: neilprovo.com
Just got this trip report from our friend Kael Martin. I’m incredibly jealous of the snow he got to shred last weekend.
Heading deep into the Northern Cascade mountains provided an incredibly satisfying and refreshing start to the 2011/2012 snowboard season. Many uncertainties nearly hampered our trip plans, but in the end it all came together and we were thoroughly rewarded for our persistence.
We all gathered in Bellingham on Friday night and set out to the Winchester Lookout via the Twin Lakes Trail very early Saturday morning. Almost 4 miles out on the skin track were alarmed as we came upon a convoy of over 30 jacked up off-road vehicles struggling their way up, to who knows where, through the waist deep snow. Navigating past the impressive display of ‘truck life’ we got off the beaten track and into the hills.
Finally got around to posting this video our friend Walter Yi made of a couple of days in October on Mt. Rainier. We were rained out a couple of times, but eventually had a clear day to make it up to Camp Muir and ride down the entire snowfield. The riding isn’t special, but the views are amazing and any riding in October is good to me.
Hello Karakoram Family,
We have an easier way to vote for us for the ISPO Brandnew Award. Click the “like” button below to vote for us. Thank you all for your support!
-Bryce and Tyler
Hello Karakoram Supporters,
Please vote for us for the ISPO Brandnew Award. The ISPO Brandnew award is the largest start-up company competition in the sporting goods
industry. With your help we can win this. The process for voting is
1.Click the link below
2. Select “vote for your favorite”
3. Select Karakoram from the menu
4. Scroll to the bottom of the “video” window and select “Like” button
Thank you everyone for your support!!!
Bryce and Tyler