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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.

Meet the Team

Tyler Kloster

Co-Owner // Engineer

Snowboarding Since: 1987
Background: Splitboarder, BS UW Mechanical Engineering ’02
email: tyler@karakorambc.com

Where does your creativity come from?
I don’t really know where my creativity comes from to be honest. I have always had some weird inner drive to figure out how everything works or why things are the way they are, especially understanding mechanical things. This, for me at least, leads naturally into wanting to make things better and creating new things.

Coolest thing you’ve done with Karakoram?
I think it has to be all the friends that we’ve made along the way

What’s your ideal day?
Finish a new prototype, zip up to the mountains for a test tour, shred a 1500-2000ft pow filled couloir, finish the day at Alps for a few runs with my 2 year old daughter.

Favorite trick
NW Method and Wildcats

Bryce Kloster

Co-Owner // Engineer

Snowboarding Since: 1987
Background: Splitboarder, BS UW Mechanical Engineering ’02
email: bryce@karakorambc.com

Where did the idea for the Split30 come from?
After riding a splitboard for the first time it felt so different from a solid snowboard that the second I got home I gave Tyler a call and told him that I knew that there had to be a better way to make a splitboard. A year later we had our first working prototypes and the rest is history.

Who inspires you?
I owe a lot to my dad as he got Tyler and me into skiing at age 3 and snowboarding at age 8. He also taught us a lot about working hard and figuring out how things work. He isn’t an engineer, but he thinks like one.

Favorite thing about running Karakoram?
Snowboarding has always been a huge part of my life, so it is pretty cool to be making products that other snowboarders are enjoying.

What’s your favorite snowboard trick?
A Northwest Style Method

Russell Cunningham

Communications Director // North America Sales

Years Snowboarding: 20+
Background: Splitboarder, Mountaineer, Exercise Physiologist, Pumped on being Stoked
email: russell@karakorambc.com

Why are you a part of Karakoram? 
Quality of life is everything. I spent a long time preparing for a career in physical therapy research, but after a while I realized that I wasn’t there for the right reasons; it wasn’t for passion, I was doing it because of my ego. What I get to do now is apply my strengths and education to something that supplies me with endless amounts of passion and energy: Mountains and Relationships.

How did you get involved?
Well there were these two kooks I meet at the first Mt. Baker Splitfest and the rest is history…

What’s the biggest adventure you’ve been on? Why?
Spending two weeks on a glacier in Alaska. Getting the chance to see the biggest and wildest place I’ve ever seen and riding terrain that dreams are made of.

Favorite trick
BS 180

Robert Timmerman

Production Manager

Years Snowboarding: 15+
Background: Splitboarder, Material Science Engineer
email: robert@karakorambc.com

How did you get started with Karakoram?
Through Husky Snowboard team, started with a summer internship.

You’re from Hawaii, how did you get into snowboarding
My parents bought me a snowboard in 8th grade and took me to Idaho to go snowboarding.

How does material science play into backcountry products?
Understanding how temperature and use will impact design and material selection. Finding a balance between weight savings while maintaining performance and dependability.

What’s your favorite place to tour?
Mt. Baker

Favorite trick
BS180

Michael Davies

Purchasing // Mechanical Engineer

Years Snowboarding: 14
Background: Splitboarder, Mechanical Engineer, Van Enthusiast
email: mike@karakorambc.com

How’d you end up building bindings for Karakoram?
Living in Denver and wanted to get out. The Cascades looked rad. Thought Karakoram was doing some cool things and I contacted you guys to see if I could be a part of it.

You’ve been working with us since the start of the summer, what’s your initial impression?
Great people building a solid product. Good to be a part of a team that builds a great product and really uses it.

You just moved to Washington, do you think your nomadic living will settle down here?
Can’t tell the future. My girlfriend and I are totally stoked on it. We could stick around. It’s like Pennsylvania with bigger hills.

Favorite thing about snowboarding
I love that the only thing I’m focused on is what’s .2 seconds ahead of me.

Kyle Hansen

Business Development // Marketing Director

Years Snowboarding: 16
Background: Splitboarder, Snowboard Coach, BA in Business fromUniversity of Washington
Title: Business Development, Marketing Director, Binding Builder
Email: kyle@karakorambc.com

Why are you a part of Karakoram?
I’ve known and looked up to Bryce and Tyler since my first year riding the Alpental backcountry. Once I saw what they had done so far at Karakoram- the product, the culture, and the people they’ve brought together, I knew this was a place for me. Not to mention the snowboarding– the office is twenty five minutes from my home mountain. It’s a good place to be.

How did you get involved?
I’d chatted with Bryce and Tyler over the years, and seen what they were doing, but I really got my foot, or should I say cast, in the door when the guys let me come in, hang out and help assemble bindings while I was recovering from bilateral ankle surgery. They helped me wheel myself through the door, and I haven’t wanted to leave since.

 

What do you want to do at Karakoram?
Lots! Too much to list, but one thing I’m really excited about is being a part of building splitboard culture. I want to make it easy for other people to get the same life changing experience out of snowboarding that I’ve had.

Favorite trick
nollie

Robbie Hakim

Customer Service // Binding Builder

Years Snowboarding: 10
Background: Splitboarder, Mountain Biker
email: robbie@karakorambc.com

Why are you a part of Karakoram? 
Quality of life is everything. I spent a long time preparing for a career in physical therapy research, but after a while I realized that I wasn’t there for the right reasons; it wasn’t for passion, I was doing it because of my ego. What I get to do now is apply my strengths and education to something that supplies me with endless amounts of passion and energy: Mountains and Relationships.

How did you get involved?
Well there were these two kooks I meet at the first Mt. Baker Splitfest and the rest is history…

What’s the biggest adventure you’ve been on? Why?
Spending two weeks on a glacier in Alaska. Getting the chance to see the biggest and wildest place I’ve ever seen and riding terrain that dreams are made of.

Favorite trick
BS 180

Brian Leahy

Lead Binding Builder

Years Snowboarding: 15+
Background: Snowboarder, Snowsports School Manager Summit at Snoqualmie
How did you get started with Karakoram?
Through Husky Snowboard team, started with a summer internship.

You’re from Hawaii, how did you get into snowboarding
My parents bought me a snowboard in 8th grade and took me to Idaho to go snowboarding.

How does material science play into backcountry products?
Understanding how temperature and use will impact design and material selection. Finding a balance between weight savings while maintaining performance and dependability.

What’s your favorite place to tour?
Mt. Baker

Favorite trick
BS180

Ross Bulawa

Binding Builder

Conrad Nark

Binding Builder

Colin Woodward

Binding Builder

Fletcher Van Buren

Binding Builder

Cedar

Senior Office Dog

Powder-Keg

Chief Executive Butt Sniffer

Tucker

Chief Hell Raiser

Lucy

Shop Dog