We just finished up a new product video showcasing our Split30 Splitboard System.
Check out the new Jones Solution Video. Jeremy is riding the Snowboard Mag Editor’s Choice splitboard set up and Backpacker’s Ultimate Splitty Setup: the Jones Solution and Karakoram Split30 Splitboard System.
This past summer professional splitboarder Kyle Miller contacted us to see if he could try out our Splitboard Clips on his trip to South America with the Sweet Grass crew for their film Solitare. Read his review below:
When I first got my hands on the Karakoram splitboard clips I was a tad bit concerned. I had been using the standard Voile hooks for years and wondered what the benefit would be from trying out a new system. My first adventure with the splitboard clips was the high volcanoes and mountains of the Bolivian Andes. At a high point of 20,000 feet. I was beat both mentally and physically but was happy to find that the system was so smooth and effortless that it lined everything perfectly and solid with minimal energy it had prevailed in spring corn conditions but I wondered about how they would perform in powder.
The perfect testing oppertunity arose when I made it down to Las Lenas ski resort and it nuked 3 feet of pow. Over the next week I toured almost daily putting my gear through the ringer and had not a single issue with the splitboard clips, actually it made life a tad bit easier. No longer was I battling with built up snow between the hooks. Instead with two simple clicks I was good to go with much more tension connecting the two halves. Instead of a sliding motion to connect the boards your using a folding motion which makes life easier when standing on top of a peak where space in minimal.
They had past the test and look and feel just as good as the day I got them!
With well over 50 days under my belt on them I can say without a doubt the Karakoram Splitboard Clips are a huge step in the progression of splitboarding!
Professional Splitboard Mountaineer
Snoqualmie, WA October 19, 2011 – Karakoram has been honored as a recipient of a 2011 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Snow Award, the most prestigious award in the outdoor industry, given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and/or performance.
Backpacker Editor-In-ChiefJonathan Dorn and his staff of editors and testers presented the Karakoram Split30 Splitboard System with the award at the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, August 4, 2011.
In total, nine manufacturers were honored as recipients of the first-ever Editors’ Choice Snow Award. Using the same rigorous gear testing practices as the annual Editors’ Choice Awards announced in the spring, the Editors’ Choice Snow Awards are a prestigious honor in the outdoor industry, given to cold-weather season products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance.
Backpacker Editor-In-Chief,Jonathan Dorn and his staff formally presented the awards on August 4th, the first morning of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market inSalt Lake City. This year’s winners include: Soto’s Muka Liquid Fuel Stove; Outdoor Research’s Sensor Gloves; La Sportiva’s GT Ski and RT Bindings; Dynafit’s TLT5 Mountain Boot; Beyond’s RoughRider Pants; Mammut’s Felstrum Half-Zip Jacket; Therm-a-Rest’s NeoAir All Season; Adidas’ Terrex Conrax CP; and Karakoram’s Split 30 Bindings.
Autumn has always been a season of anticipation for people who love the snow. The leaves start changing from green to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow, the morning air becomes crisper and eventually the morning dew turns to morning frost. Winter is getting so close. Sometimes I would say I’m giddy with eagerness and other times I’d say I’m fidgety with withdrawal. My last white room powder day was months ago. I’m lucky enough to go splitboarding in the summer and fall on Mt. Rainier, but I still long for wintery goodness. Read more
Splitboarding is taking off. It’s really cool to see the progression of the equipment thats happening right now. Since meeting the Kloster brothers and checking out Karakoram, I was blown away with the passion they both had for innovative designs. After putting a season in on the Karakoram system it made sense to me to get on board with Karakoram.
Riding the Karakoram system you can tell the difference it makes in you riding. The bindings are great they are the lightest things out there. Five contact points on the binding keep me closer and gives me more response to my board. Interface to the ride mode plates is easy using the front hooks at your toes and locking it down with the heelstay pins and heel lever. When ready for the change over into tour mode the switch is easy and fast. The tour mode axle at the front of the binding fits perfectly into the touring brackets and when your hiking theres a solid connection and each step you take the system moves perfectly. Using the board clips you can tell your board is stiffer torsionally. Locking down the board clip theres no gap down the middle and forget about chatter. The board clips are so rad! Theres no way I could go back to hooks. Read more
Just added this new gallery to the Split30 splitboard system webpage. You can now see the entire binding, ride mode interface and tour mode interface in great detail. A big thanks to Kyle Christenson for shooting the studio shots! Check out the Split30 Splitboard Bindings page here.
After a long summer of assembling bindings we are ready to change the Split30 status from “pre-order” to “in stock”. We are still building bindings as quickly as we can. There may be a short delay between when an order is placed and when it ships, but we will be doing our best to ship the day after your order is placed. For the most up to date shipping dates contact me at: email@example.com
Split30SLs are still on a waiting list. More details to come soon. People on the waiting list will have the first opportunities to purchase SLs, so if you want them get your name on the list.
Thank you to all of our supporters!
With winter approaching quickly it’s video premiere time. Check out Forrest Shearer shredding on his Karakoram Splitboard Bindings in the following films this September. Forrest had this to say:
Sweet Grass Productions: Solitaire
World Premiere next thurs sept. 15th Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
Powder Whores: Breaking Trail
World Premiere sept. 28 SLC, UT Brewvies
We have been working hard all summer and we are starting to ship pre-orders of the Split30 Splitboard Bindings a month early. We will be shipping in the order we received payment and orders are going out as quickly as we can build and package them. If your order doesn’t show shipped it is because we are still working through the back log.
Split30SLs are still in production and are targeted to start shipping mid-November.
Thank you to everyone who is supporting us!