Backcountry Equipment Gear Guide - Bindings
Contributor Andy Malton Talks Through His Top Splitboard Bindings
Intro Our backcountry expert Andy Malton from thegemsstock is back with another article, this time running through the essentials and more when it comes to backcountry equipment. Next up are his recommendations for bindings - with a deeper look at two top splitboard binding brands specifically, Spark R+D and Karakoram.
Most riders go for a stiffer, more supportive binding for riding in the backcountry, although in reality it all comes down to what you prefer. Splitboard bindings are a little more complicated – most regular snowboard bindings will fit on most splitboards, though if the splitboard has Karakoram specific hardware then it’s essential that a Karakoram binding is used.
Splitboard Specific Bindings
Two brands dominate the splitboard binding market, Spark R+D and Karakoram. Both offer innovative solutions that give the user super easy transitions and changeovers.
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Spark have a variety of bindings across two different systems – their traditional pin bindings and the new Tesla bindings. Both systems are compatible with traditional Voile splitboard hardware so will fit on any splitboard. The Tesla system in particular is a big step forward in splitboard binding design.
Spark R+ D AfterBurner Binding
Featuring the revolutionary Tesla system, the AfterBurner is built for the aggressive big mountain rider who wants a very responsive binding. It has a super stiff highback and a solid base plate with the Tesla snap down toe plate. No more fiddling with pins whilst your fingers freeze!
Karakoram are based in the Pacific North West and are proud of their backcountry snowboarding roots. They make splitboard bindings of the very highest quality. The PRIME system is quick and easy to use and a long way from the early splitboarding binding interfaces that were fiddly and time consuming to use.
Karakoram PRIME SL Binding
The PRIME SL is Karakoram’s superlight, high performance binding. It’s stripped down design ensures you won’t be dragging any extra weight around on the long days out whist the superior materials and workmanship keeps things locked in for the ride down.
Karakoram Limited Edition Higher Collab Bindings
Karakoram have always had a close relationship with Jones Snowboards and this winter to mark the completion of Jeremy Jones’ Deeper, Further Higher trilogy see the release of the Higher limited edition binding. It’s available in the PRIME Carbon, SL and 1 models in the range and each order will come complete with a Karakorum T Shirt and a copy of Higher. Sweet!