The Prime System
Prime Splitboard Interface
Every design change we make boils down to one simple tenet: gear should improve our experience. For us, experience is driven by performance. High-performance snowboarding is more than transport,more than just trying to get down the hill. It is dynamic, playful, aggressive, unpredictable, fluid. Communicated through feel, punctuated by turns, performance becomes an improvised conversation with the mountains:
Can you thread that couloir, navigate that spine, clear that gap?
Can I hold my line, throw up that cloud, drop that pillow?
Okay, now where am I? Can I make another lap before light escapes the hill?
It’s continuous – not one giant reckless rush, but a series of flutters: an ebb, a flow. We need gear that we can push as hard as we push ourselves. We want to focus on our environment and our riding – nothing else. Gear we can trust frees up bandwidth to listen to the mountain. Performance is bindings that don’t ever lose touch with the board, that send and receive tactile feedback to the hill, that changeover smoothly regardless of snow, temperature, wind or ice. It is an interface that transfers your energy to the mountain without lag. High-performance bindings instantly communicate your answer to the mountain’s challenge.
Rider: Jeremy Jones Photo: Jeff Curley Location: Sexy Spines, AK
Karakoram riding performance starts with our Active Joining which allows fast removal and attachment of bindings while maintaining optimal riding performance. When you close the Power-Link to lock your Karakoram bindings to the Quiver-Connectors (Ride Mode for splitboard), the Quiver-Connector (Ride Mode 2.0 for splitboard) spring loads the binding to the snowboard generating pre-loaded contact points near the snowboard edges. In addition to pre-loading contact points, the Quiver-Connector (Ride Mode for splitboard) creates a wider connection to the board by extending the binding attachment points outside the traditional snowboard hole pattern. The combination of the wider connection and pre-loaded contact points prevents the bindings from flexing off the snowboard and increases your leverage to the edges of your snowboard, giving you more power transfer from less movement.
BUY MORE BOARDS, NOT MORE BINDINGS.
Compatible with all Prime System bindings, Quiver-Connectors allow you to quickly and effortlessly swap your Karakoram bindings from board to board. Now your split, your park board, your pow stick, your groomer rocket, and anything else in your quiver can enter the world of durable, no-compromise, lightweight Karakoram performance. No turning screws, no fumbling trying to remember your stance, and no wasting time when you want to switch boards.
Rider: Nick Russell Photo: Andrew Miller Location: Chile
PRIME SPLITBOARD INTERFACE
RIDE MODE 2.0
When you work your tail off to climb up the hill, you want to know that your ride down will be a reward and not a compromise. You want your splitboard to ride just like a regular snowboard.
Pre-loaded binding to board connections give instant response.
DROP ON CHANGE-OVERS.
Active joining allows for a loose fit then closing the lever locks your binding to board, removing all play from the system.
The climb up is all about efficiency. With a precision sleeved pivot on the binding and Active Joining Technology on the Tour Mode you get the ultimate in edge control and the smoothest stride.
TIGHTEST AND SMOOTHEST TOUR PIVOT.
- Independent sleeves rotate freely on a fixed through axle (similar to a bike axle) for the stiffest and smoothest touring pivot
- Wide support cradle increases tour mode rigidity
- Offset cradle allows snow to clear during entry
- Quick release touring bracket allows for quickest and simplest transition
DUAL SPEED RISERS
Comes standard with Alpine Primes (SL, SL-W, Straightline, X, X-W, X-Carbon, X-Carbon-W)
POLE BASKET FLIP.
- Flip up with pole basket; simple and easy
- Dual height climbing risers
LOCK YOUR HEEL.
- On-the-fly heel lock down
- Release load equivalent to DIN 6
- Heel-Lock folds out of way when not needed
SINGLE SPEED RISER
Comes standard with All-Mountain Primes (Connect, Connect-W, Connect Split Kit)
- Flip up with pole basket; simple and easy
- Single height
PRIME SPLITBOARD AND SNOWBOARD BINDINGS
ALPINE PRIME SPLITBOARD BINDINGS
Built for big days in the backcountry. Charge up and down the mountains with the burly yet feather weight CNC’d aluminum construction of the Alpine Prime Splitboard Bindings. Active Joining Technology pre-loads your bindings to the board for the most responsive ride.
PRIME CONNECT BINDINGS
Bringing Karakoram Performance to solid snowboards with Active Joining Technology. Arc your carves or navigate the burliest terrain without sacrificing feel, comfort or flex. Quickly transfer your snowboard bindings among your quiver with the one set of included Quiver-Connectors. Add a Split Kit and explore the backcountry.
Choice is good! We’ve expanded our Women’s binding line to include five models with women’s specific sizing- lower highbacks, short binding length and narrower toe box. We’ve created our narrowest bindings yet for small feet, the Microburst and the small Nomad-W, which will fit a USW5 like a glove. We have you covered from the charging resort rider to the backcountry purist.