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Makes splitboarding more like snowboarding.

Look, it's not that there's anything wrong with the bindings you have, they're probably just fine—for the resort. But when you head out into the backcountry, nothing compares with the Karakoram Split 30 Snowboard Binding, which makes it easier than ever to climb to the top, and once you're there it provides unprecedented control and confidence that will change the way you ride in the backcountry.

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.

  • DuPont Zytel ST highback
  • CNC machined baseplate
  • 5-point attachment ride mode interface
  • Freely-rotating touring attachment axles
  • Quick Release heel lock
  • Dual height heel risers
  • Two minute change-over time (includes removing skins and packing gear)
  • NOT COMPATIBLE with Voile Chinese clips (Karakoram clips only)

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5 5

You won't be happier.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first I had to return these because my 10.5 size boots didn't fit the Medium bindings, But they are well worth throwing down the extra dough!
-Easy to switch to and from Ride/hike modes
-Not much more money than buying a different binding system from scratch
-put your foot close to the board and press the halves together to make it feel like a solid board
-support small company that make an excellent product, and they will work hard to please you
-Hard to justify purchasing if you already have a splitboard binding system
-takes a long time for initial setup, and slight McGivering might be required
When mounting the K-rams I used a bastard file to take off about a 1/8" of metal from the overlapping tongues that contribute the solid feeling the bindings give (this is recommended by the manufacturer in some cases due to slight differences in the mounting holes on boards) and i zip-tied the toe and heelstrap adjustment tabs to prevent accidentally hitting them while splitting(I even do this to regular bindings, It's my signature move). The ease of switching modes is outstanding as you can sometimes do so with out taking your feet from the binding, but most of the time ice buildup prevents that leisure. If you visit Karakoram's website they have crampons, wires, vert adapters, etc. that backcountry.com is yet to carry (Hint, Hint). it would even be possible to use the same bindings on many boards if you purchase an extra interface.
Overall I say splitting can't be easier with any other system. They to save up the extra money to get these. HAPPY SPLITTING!

Ride mode,

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Really have to be sure the mounting plates are clean of snow before the binding will lock in. Solid board feel! Awesome binders.

4 5

Caution! Measure Insert Spacing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Your binding inserts for ride mode MUST be 3 and 3/8 inches. For more details go here:


Ride mode will not work if your spacing is different. My 2011 Never Summer Summit Split (factory made) has a 4" space between the ride mode inserts.

They are well manufactured but measure your insert spacing!

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The 2013 Never Summer SL's have 3 3/8" spacing between binding inserts. They must have changed their design.

4 5

Pretty solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are definitely bindings you can trust in the back country, which goes a long way on those big tours.

I like the fact that you don't have to take your boots out of the bindings when going from tour mode to ride mode. However, I would advise taking your boots out of the bindings when you're on those gnarly knife-edge ridges.

Setting these up are a bit of a pain. You have to get them set up perfectly, I mean by the fraction of a millimeter. They are somewhat tough to lock in to ride mode, but I think these just need to get broken in. The video on Karakoram's site make it look super easy to set up, but don't be frustrated when you're fiddling with them for an hour or two.

Still a sick binding and I can't wait till these are broken in.

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The foam dampener on the heel is in two pieces - there is a thin one glued to a thicker one below. If you peel off that thin one (and leave the thick one on your board) I found it's just the amount of height you need to make the locking easier.

At Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier.

At Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier.

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First day out on the Split 30's atop Panorama Point on Mt. Rainier.

Will the small fit a women's size 6?

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Will the small fit a women's size 6?

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That will, of course, depend on the make and model of boot you are using. The small is meant to fit mens boots size 6-8, so before buying these with a womens boot that small I would recommend trying them on somewhere (e.g. our retail store in SLC if you ever have the chance).

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Hi ejgp! I also have tiny feet and was just searching for the same thing. I checked on the Karakoram website and they do a womens specific binding for w size 6-8.

4 5

So far, so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been out twice on these bindings and so far so good. They are easy to manipulate on the mountain and feel markedly more sturdy than the Voiles I rode last year. The one-piece-pin system is nice and the bindings are overall very light and very comfortable - both uphill and down.

On the downside, they are definitely an experience to put together and given their handmade nature you may have to do some manipulating to get everything working as it should. We ended up pulling the foam pads off the ride-mode piece in order to get the binding to compress down to a point where it would lock. I also think it's worth noting that the videos make using the bindings look much easier than it is but I'm confident that over time everything will loosen-up/fall into place and they will be easier to flip in and out of where I need them to be.

The one downside is that these only come with the tall climbing wires. Given the climbing wires double as your heel lock (which takes some manipulation the first couple of times) they lay down straight under your boot. This can make it a bit difficult to get the wires up/down on your ascent, not to mention the grade is pretty steep. I'd recommend buying the short wires ($15) and installing them straight away. It will make the situation much easier.

All-in-all I am very pleased with these bindings, the usability and comfort and prefer them over the others that I tried out. Just remember with handmade items you can expect some level of messing around is necessary to get them to work perfectly.

4 5

Can't wait to use these!

I just got some these bindings and from what I've heard from some serious backcountry riders, these things are where it's at. I used the Voile Universal hardware on an old Voile board today and had issued with the pins popping out when skinning. It definitely slowed down my pace and I ended up having to tie a piece of rope to the pins mid-hike to keep them from falling out. Looking forward to not having to deal with pins

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Nolan, trust me, you won't look back! Enjoy your split boarding.

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Is this a review on a product never used? I never had voile pins pop out when skinning-literally thousands of uses-weird.

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I posted a follow-up review December 10th (see above). I'm jealous you've had thousands of days splitboarding. The pins I were using were 4 years old with probably around 250-300 days on them. The wire clasp the closes over the end of the pin got bent, so it wasn't effective in locking the pin in. Same thing happened to two others that tour with me

Tour Mode

Tour Mode

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Going from "ride" to "tour" is easy, no need to take off the bindings. Simply unclip from ride mode and then drop the toe part into the touring plate.

4 5

No more fiddly pins!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Karakorams are the real deal when it comes to split board bindings. The days of fiddling with pins or, worse, snapping a pin on an exposed ridgeline are over! (sorry voile)

Aligning pucks is also a thing of the past. Of course it's worth spending an hour or so getting the fit snug and tight at home to avoid problems in the field. Make sure you re-tighten the screws after riding them once or twice.

In ride mode the bindings connect solidly with 5 contact points to the board.

Get yourself some heel lockdowns (enables split "skiing" although you can't put too much load on the binding as it'll snap) and on those flat run outs back to the trailhead you'll arrive at the same time as your 2-plank buddies.

Going from ride to tour, you don't even need to take the bindings off your boots.

These bindings aren't compatible with the old 'chinese' board hooks so you'll need to get the karakoram board clips as well, they're way better than the chinese hooks anyway.

I'd recommend the karakoram split crampons and you can fit these on the fly as well.

I've never had a problem with snow build-up, even in extreme balls deep powdery conditions such as Japan, all it takes is a tap to shake off excess snow.

The new bindings from spark r and d (tesla system) look a pretty solid alternative, although I haven't tried these.

My only (minor) gripe with these is the binding straps are a little low grade, could be better.

They also do a carbon version that I wish I'd bought, more expensive, but also lighter.

No more fiddly pins!