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Maximum efficiency with minimal weight.
Need to shave grams off your current touring setup, but don't want to sacrifice solid board connection, energy transfer, and touring efficiency? An uncompromising solution to saving serious weight on the long uphill skin, the Karakoram Prime SL Split Snowboard Binding is ridiculously lightweight with high levels of energy transfer and rock-solid board connection.
Slightly softer than Karakoram's carbon-infused bindings, the Prime SL Split Binding features an Airflow highback that's cored out for a bit more lateral flex and an ultralight feel. However, it's still plenty responsive when you're laying into heelside turns and slashing through secret powder stashes. This highback features Ride-Stride forward lean that quickly toggles between Ride and Walk modes with a 1/4-turn of the forward lean adjuster. In Walk mode, the -8 degree forward lean elongates your stride to conserve energy on the long uphill skin. Ride mode delivers 0 to 22 degrees of forward lean (2 degree adjustable increments) for quick-turning response when you're charging steeps.
The mid-flexing Prime SL uses Karakoram's Prime Interface for a completely solid feel underfoot, without unnerving seam slop or high-speed chatter. Its Solid Ride four-point attachment increases your stance options (-30 to 30 degrees) and improves ergonomics. Four wide preloaded contact points direct energy to the edges for unmatched response and control when you're riding high-consequence terrain.
Ditching traditional climbing wires for a two-height riser that deploys with the simple flick of your pole basket, the Flip-Speed Riser conquers mellow approaches and more demanding ascents alike. Engage the shorter riser on long, flatter approaches or flip the taller riser during intimidating, steeper climbs. Additionally, there's a heel lock-down feature that's ideal for skating across flats and side-steeping small hills. This lock-down has a load equivalent to DIN 6. Total changeover time is roughly two minutes, and that includes taking off your skins and storing everything in your pack. Best of all, the Prime Interface has no moving parts, so you never have to worry about losing parts in the snow.
- Top-tier splitboard binding for backcountry explorers
- Prime interface for unrivaled up and down performance
- Quick and convenient switch from tour to ride mode
- Supportive and lightweight Airflow highback
- Open Binding chassis allows board to flex torsionally
- Solid Ride design eliminates slop in the seam
- Negative forward lean option for walking comfort
- Karakoram creates splitboard solutions in Washington, USA
- Item #KRM001H
- Q & A
hands down the best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I’ve rode split binding models from almost every major brand and the Prime is my personal set up. The board control is the best hands down. Without going into the ride to in-depth, I’d like to cover some of the new upgrades that make this year’s editions that much better.
The New Risers
They are amazing, hands down the best on the market. Karakoram fixed the durability issues with the new model and created and easier riser to use in the process. I used almost every proto type during the process of changing the risers and the version that went to production is well worth the effort of going through a testing process. You will be pleased.
Heal Lock in Ski Mode
The next part of the risers that is new is the heal lock for ski mode. SO MUCH BETTER! Before I would pop out of the lock when I would heavily flex the ski but not anymore! The heal lock is solid now. You can stomp, smash and ski!
Heal Lock in Ride Mode
This subtle difference is huge! I love how it pulls the binding down. It helps you not have to clean off as much snow or ice and it creates a tighter lock to the board. This is also part of constant testing by Karakoram. Science at work.
This is hands down the greatest advancement in splitboarding over the last few years. Bold statement, I know. Imagine all the advantages of a hard boot for the up and out but the soft boot for the way down. I literally have had the flex lock just sitting in my bin for half of last season. I put them on this year and immediately felt like a dumbass. Skating, skinning, skiing, side stepping, slope testing and about anything else that starts with an s feel immediately more stable. You will fly on long approaches or exits.
Well worth the money!
Does this item include the interface Kit (Solid-Ride, Tour Mode, Flip-Speed Riser w/ Heel-Lock), and Flex-Lock?