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Karakoram Prime Connect Splitboard Binding

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    Quiver expander.

    Split-specific bindings tend to be on the expensive side, so a little while back the guys at Karakoram figured out a way to attach their bindings to solid boards for the sake of backcountry enthusiasts who wanted to ride the resort occasionally without shelling out extra bucks for a second set of binders. Realizing that their split bindings actually rode pretty well in-bounds, Karakoram decided to take things a step further this year with the Prime Connect Splitboard Binding. This binding is primed for solid-board shredding, but can easily be prepped for backcountry exploration with the addition of Karakoram's Connect Split Kit (sold separately).

    The key feature of the Connect is the Quiver-Connector system. It comes standard with two Quiver-Connectors, which are the means by which this binding attaches to a board with a 4-hole system. By setting up the Quiver-Connectors on your boards ahead of time, you can switch the bindings from one board to the next in mere seconds, all without fussing with screws, angles, or stance measurements. Take the split out before the lifts start running, switch over to your solid pow board to snag some freshies at the resort, then finish off the day with some groomer laps on your carving board, all with the same set of bindings.

    • Versatile design for the backcountry or resort
    • Quiver-Connectors let you switch boards quickly
    • All-mountain tuned baseplate handles pow and groomers
    • Lightweight and supportive Airflow highback
    • Open Binding chassis allows board to flex torsionally
    • Two-stage dampening smooths out the ride
    • Connect Split system sold separately
    • Karakoram creates solutions for dedicated splitboarders
    • Item #KRM0018

    Tech Specs

    Highback
    Air Flow (Dupont Zytel ST)
    Baseplate
    DuPont Zytel (nylon)
    Baseplate Padding
    EVA, neoprene
    Ankle Strap
    Air-Form
    Flex
    medium
    Mount
    4-hole
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    Hoping for better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This review is based on 10 days of on/off piste snowboarding in japan, mostly using lifts to get up the mounting, though there was some hiking involved - no split-boarding. Otherwise I have used the bindings 3 other, one-day, times, so the binding are brand new for all intents and purposes.

    Based on this recent experience the binding let me down.
    1. A few days in, one of the toe strap ratchets intermittently failed to engage properly. I replaced with different brand's ratchet that worked reliably.

    2. The binding that I would get in/out of to ride the lift, snow would collect in the cutouts in the foot bed, between the board and the binding. The snow then was compacted when getting in/out of the binding. As the day went along, the mound of compacted snow would 'grow', as the snow couldn't easily be cleared/removed. Over the course of the day, my boot would increasingly be 'spaced off' of the binding's foot-bed, so it wouldn't sit properly in the binding.

    This may not be an issue when using the binding in 'split board mode', but as it is advertised as a split/resort binding I have to call out this issue. I've never had this issue with 'resort only' bindings.

    As an engineer I have a couple ideas on how to fix this issue, but shouldn't really have to modify this to work properly.

    At this point can't recommend this binding. Not sure if I'll keep using it or buy another brand. A fellow rider was using another brand and didn't seem to be having any issues, so might look elsewhere.

    Future of Bindings

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These bindings are seriously bomber. I got a set at the beggining of last season, and I love them. Super strong materials, and the technology is pretty crazy. The bindings attach to the board way tighter than anything else I've ridden. Turning feels different on these-- edge changes happen instantly, and in general everything is super responsive. But somehow they are still comfy, and let me move my ankles around with a highback that is only moderately stiff. It's so crazy. I didn't believe what they were saying about these bindings at first (if it sounds too good to be true...), but it's 100% valid, in my humble opinion.

    I don't have a big quiver of boards (yet), so I didn't think the included two sets of quiver connectors would mean that much, but it's actually really nice being able to swap quickly between my early season old rock board and my nice Jones Hovercraft. Plus it's super easy to stash my board in my car by removing the bindings from the board. I'm stoked to not have to deal with screws!

    Also, being able to splitboard with these is sweet. Don't worry about overusing them either-- their warranty and product support is great, so I'm sure I'll be able to keep these going for years to come, even at 50+ days a winter.

    Unreliable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    On my first tour the linkage that clips your heel in to downhill bent. I went directly to Karakoram and they sent me another pair with upgraded linkage and guides. Unfortunately this linkage also deformed. Karakoram informed me that the metal the linkage was made of was not up to spec and they had new linkage that was. I ended up exchanging and upgrading to the Prime and have had no issues since.

    Badass

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been on a prototype pair of these for a full season now and they rule. I Love them on resort. They are the most responsive toe to heel binding I have rode. The straps are really comfy and flex is sturdy yet there for forgiveness.

    I have also been touring on these a ton. The single riser is ok but you can easily upgrade to the dual riser.

    Overall, one of my favorite and most versatile bindings I have ever ridden.

    Recommended for the person who has a quiver of resort boards and or the person who splits time between resort and backcountry and wants one pair of bindings.

    Are the Connect bindings compatible with the heel-lock feature of the dual-speed riser?

    According to and email response from Russell Cunningham @ Karakoram:

    Yes, the new Dual Speed risers are designed to work with the Connect bindings, as well as the heel lockdown. The only difference, is that you need to run the riser in the "back" position in the slotted holes. On the contrary, the alpine primes utilize the forward position of the slotted hole.