SL stands for 'super light'... probably.
Karakoram was founded on the belief that a splitboard should ride like a regular snowboard. While it may seem like a far-fetched idea to anyone who has splitboarded before, after one tour with the SL Splitboard Binding you'll be a believer. Featuring the same revolutionary system as the Split 30, but 100 grams (3.5 ounces) lighter than its forefather, the SL is a lighter version with more features, but the with same basic goal of improving your backcountry experience.
It's designed strictly for splitboarding and works exclusively with Karakoram's clips and system for seamless performance. The lightweight baseplate connects to the board in ride mode through five attachment points to create a stiff connection and eliminate chatter and slop in the seam. This allows your board to ride like a solid setup so you can tap into terrain once thought too gnarly for shaky splitboards. Thanks to the separated plates on the ride mode interface and an open binding chassis, you can actually feel your board's torsional flex beneath your feet, offering vast improvements in control and precision over traditional systems.
Not only does the seamless design improve riding performance, but it also makes changing over from tour to ride mode and back insanely quick and easy. Instead of dealing with finicky pins and stubborn plates, the Split 30 clips in to tour mode via freely-rotating axles that are integrated into the baseplate so you never have to worry about losing parts at the top. When you're ready to ride down, just snap down the quick-release lever and the binding is locked into place. This same lever also allows you to lock your heel down in touring mode for icy traverses and long skates.
Weight is shaved without compromising performance thanks to the cored-out Airflow highback, a CNC-machined 7075 heelcup that's two times stronger than standard aluminum, and the new Air Strap toe strap that's the lightest strap ever. A new negative forward lean adjustment setting allows you to lengthen your stride for greater efficiency when crossing long flats and mellow slopes.
- Airflow DuPont Zytel ST highback
- CNC machined baseplate with 7075 heelcup
- 5-point attachment ride mode interface
- Freely-rotating touring attachment axles
- Quick Release heel lock
- Dual height heel risers
- Negative forward lean setting
- Two minute change-over time (includes removing skins and packing gear)
- NOT COMPATIBLE with Voile Chinese clips (Karakoram clips only)
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My binding of choice. Along with the Karakoram interface the SL bindings complete the ultimate setup. Once you get you change over dialed theres no turning back. Lightweight and unmatched board connection. Really like the height of the baseplate, keeps my heel in place allowing for more support and quicker response edge to edge. Highback is solid with adjustable forward lean for tour mode. Ankle strap is comfortable, toe strap is lightweight and works great. Crank it down and shred. If you want a light weight set up, get these babies.
it doesn't sound like these bindings would...
it doesn't sound like these bindings would work with burtons new channel pucks, would it? For the landlord.
I've been looking at pictures and searching videos for you and I'm seeing a lot of others with the same question but based on how the baseplates on the Karakoram bindings were designed, I'd be saying that you won't be able to get the same functionality out of the channel pucks as shown in this video:
They're showing some Spark R&D bindings with the landlord. When I look at the Karakoram's I don't see the openings for access to the screw heads in order to get it all to slide. The Karakoram bindings can still be used on the Landlord, but you probably won't have the sliding functionality that the board was originally intended for. I could be wrong, but I'll keep searching.
Hope this helps!
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2013/2014 Karakoram SL
The SLs come with a Airstrap this year to reduce weight