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Go higher, shred harder.
Understanding that ladies can shred just as hard as the dudes, Karakoram made sure not to make the Women's Prime Carbon Splitboard Binding any softer or less powerful than the men's version. They simply tweaked the highback to make it better suited to the anatomy of a woman's leg to ensure comfort and performance. It still has the support, response, and ultralight feel desired by riders conquering the world's longest tours and gnarliest mountains, regardless of gender.
Lending an incredibly supportive and powerful and featherweight feel to this binding is a carbon fiber composite highback. Adding to its ultra-responsive feel is Karakoram's Prime Interface, which ensures a completely solid feel underfoot without unnerving seam slop or chatter at high speeds. Its Solid Ride four-point attachment gives you increased stance options (-30 to 30 degrees) and improved ergonomics. Four wide, pre-loaded contact points direct energy to the edges for unmatched response and control when you're riding steep, high-consequence terrain.
Its Ride-Stride forward lean 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 (in two-degree increments) for quick-turning response when you're charging steeps.
Ditching traditional climbing wires for a two-height riser that deploys with the quick 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 up the taller riser during intimidating, steeper climbs. Additionally, there's a heel lock-down feature that's ideal for skating across long flats and side-stepping small hills. This lock-down has a load equivalent to DIN 6.
Specializing in efficiency, the Prime Interface uses the tried-and-true Tour Mode used on the original Split 30 interface. A quick-release touring bracket and Power-Link activation lever allow for quick-and-easy transitions from touring to riding without taking your foot out of the binding. Total changeover time is roughly two minutes, and that includes taking off your skins and stashing 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.
- Ultralight uphill efficiency and downhill performance
- Carbon highback is insanely light and responsive
- Prime interface for superior up and down performance
- Quick and easy switch from tour to ride mode
- Open Binding chassis allows board to flex torsionally
- Solid Ride design eliminates slop in the seam
- Negative forward lean option for walking comfort
- Karakoram's innovative split solutions are made in USA
- Item #KRM001D
- 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!
Is this a men's or women's specific binding? Is this the 2018 year model? Will this fit a size 7.5 male snowboard boot?