who we are

bryce tyler russell robert chad

mikekyle cedar lucy the shop

the shop

In 2008 we started off as two brothers in a garage with a home-made CNC mill. Today we’ve grown into a manufacturer with customers worldwide and team of people who define Karakoram. You’re welcome to come by the shop, grab a beer and see how we build bindings. You can find more inside information about Karakoram in our “From the Inside” category part of the Karakoram blog.

You can also find out more detail about our local supply chain in this blog post.

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Tyler Kloster

Lives: Snoqualmie, WA
Snowboarding Since: 1987
Background: Splitboarder, BS UW Mechanical Engineering ’02
Title: Owner, Creator, Mechanical Engineer, Binding Builder
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

Lives: Seattle, WA
Snowboarding Since: 1987
Background: Splitboarder, BS UW Mechanical Engineering ’02
Title: Owner, Creator, Mechanical Engineer, Binding Builder
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

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Russell Cunningham

Lives: North Bend, WA
Years Snowboarding: 18
Background: Splitboarder, Mountaineer, Exercise Physiologist, Pumped on being Stoked
Title: Relationship and Communications Director, Binding Builder
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.

You have adult ADD, how does this help or hinder you?
Hyper focus on the things I’m most passionate about and interested in. It gives me an unusual amount of energy. Hinders… I can’t work a desk job…

Favorite song to build bindings to?
Tool- Lateralus, Bon Inver- Holocene

Favorite trick
BS 180

Robert Timmerman

Lives: North Bend, WA
Years Snowboarding: 10
Background: Splitboarder, Material Science Engineer
Title: Production and Process Engineer, Binding Builder
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

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Michael Davies

Lives: Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest
Years Snowboarding: 14
Background: Splitboarder, Mechanical Engineer
Title: Binding Builder

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

Lives: North Bend, WA
Years Snowboarding: 16
Background: Splitboarder, Snowboard Coach, BA in Business fromUniversity of Washington
Title: Business Development, Marketing Director, Binding Builder

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’s the biggest adventure you’ve been on? Why?
Packing all my things into my car and heading to Oregon with the goal of spending a summer at Mount Hood, but no job, money, friends in the area or plan. I’ve spent 5 summers there since, so I’d call it a successful adventure for sure.

Favorite music to build bindings to?
At the Drive-In, Explosions in the Sky, and if it’s on the loud speakers, taylor swift.

Weirdest thing about your snowboarding?
I love riding in the rain. The snow’s soft, there’s no crowd, and it’s more fun than being inside.

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

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Paul Stanley

Lives: North Bend, WA
Snowboarding Since: 2004
Background: Snowboarder, Photographer
Title: Photographer/Multimedia Guy/Binding Building Jedi Master

Why do people call you Bagels?

I’m not exactly sure why or how I got the nickname, but I’ve always just assumed it was because I like Bagels. Sorry, there’s not a very good story behind it.

What is your ideal Winter day?

Wake up, 2-3 feet of snow fell overnight, still dumping. I-90 is closed going over Snoqualmie Pass in both directions. We’re in the middle of a classic PNW storm cycle so really that 2-3 feet is more like 5-7 feet, bottomless. Head straight to the lift line at Alpental and link up with friends. Ride pow laps with anybody who’s lucky enough to be at the hill. Then the freeway opens up in the middle of the day so everyone else comes up. By that time, patrollers have decided the sidecountry is safe to open, so there’s plenty of pow to go around. Learn about a new zone and shred until Chair 2 closes. Go hang out with friends and talk about every run over a brewski or twoski and maybe some pizza. Still dumping. Go back out for a few night pow laps with a huge posse before heading home and falling asleep just in time to get enough rest for the next pow day.

When you first started working at Karakoram, nobody knew your actual name. What were some of the names you were called instead?

Jesús, Cindy, Peter, Stan, George, Jacob, I think there’s way more. Basically any name that’s not my actual name.

Favorite Grab?
Method

Cedar

Lives: With Bryce
Years Snowboarding: Prefers to run and leap
Background: Dog, sleeps a lot, loves Patrick from UPS
Title: CED (Chief Executive Dog), Tail Chaser

What’s your favorite thing about Karakoram?
Bark, Running in the snow, woof, Patrick from UPS, arf.

Why do you chase your tail?
Woof, same reason you climb mountains and ride down them- because it’s there. Arf.

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Lucy

Lives: Snoqualmie, WA
Years Snowboarding: 25
Background: Splitboarder, 10 years Mechanical Engineering
Title: Watch Dog, Scare the Postal Delivery Guy Barker

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