It just makes sense.
The Voile Light Rail Split Snowboard Binding eliminates the extra plate that is essential to binding systems that use regular bindings. The cut-away aluminum construction reduces weight and increases durability and stiffness. for serious snowboard touring, there is really no other choice.
- Cut-away baseplate for reduced weight and less icing
- Machined 7075 aluminum rails add stiffness and durability and reduce weight
- Avalanche safety ripcord for quick release in an emergency
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Comes the Voile Light Rail splitboard...
Comes the Voile Light Rail splitboard bindingwith the new wider Touring Bracket and longer Slider Pins?
Are these the 2012-2013 model or the...
Are these the 2012-2013 model or the 2013-2014 model?
This is for the 2013-2014 model. Improvements over last years model include:
Extending vertical sides to baseplate for improved stability and performance. Also for more adjustment of heel cup to achieve negative angles on high back for more comfortable touring.
3 sizes/widths base plates where all base plates length has been increased for better heel side support.
Improved and more comfortable ankle straps with low profile single screw adjustment, better for uphill touring
Improved ladder straps for toe and ankle to better match buckles, smoother and more precise operation.
Wider pivot bushing for better durability and stability, hence need for wider touring bracket and longer slider pins. Also requires new Splitboard Crampon for Light Rail.
has anyone used the older (2 seasons)...
has anyone used the older (2 seasons) version of this and the new ones for a comparison? The new ones look like they've been improved a lot but I would like to hear 1st hand how they compare, Thanks!
I owned the Light Rails from 2 years ago and these are definitely an upgrade. I currently own the Spark R&D Burners but I have ridden the newer version of the Light Rails as well. The biggest upgrade for me is the wider touring bracket and the longer pins. This makes a difference in the changeover from tour to ride mode. I have poor circulation (cold hands) and it makes it a little easier to get the pin fully engaged for ride mode. The other difference seems to be the flex for me. The newer version feels like it has a smoother flex. They are definitely responsive but these just feel more like my everyday binding (Burton Cartel) than the old model did. The straps have also been upgraded as well.
Thank you Laurel! I've been using the old light rails for 2 years and thinking about getting these for me and retiring the old pair to my loaner set up. I like the Sparks a lot too. I might go with the Burners and stick with the puck system vs the tesla or Karakorum.
Used every split binding set up, from K2s new click in garbage, the spark burners R&D, both generations of voile and both generations of karakoram.
I disagree with the difference of voile first and second gen, the straps sucked on both. The wider toe did absolutely nothing except annoy me.
Sparks are a shittier version of voile! I really don't get the hype about them and their boots suck to.
K2?snowboarding has already tried click in's they sucked, and you still have to take off your boot to switch from touring to riding mode. The boot? wow its almost worst than a ski boot and it weights 8 pounds.
Karakoram? WOW! 1st generation was alright 2nd blew me away!
-the support to have the board flex as 1
-lightest (K2 you loose put those boots on the board)
-lock down the touring bindings!!!
-only down falls $$$, and you have to buy new clips as the chinese clips won't work with the karakoram bindings you need $50 clips.
I am now rocking the Voile system with burton mission straps.
Wish I could afford the karakoram, tried to convince myself that voile is more reliable (less moving parts)
Karakoram bindings win all parts and seem pretty damn bomb proof
There is always a debate with bindings for sure. Don't get me wrong the lock down touring binding part of the Karakorams is mind-blowingly awesome. I love my Burners and for me they have been the best split binding I have used to date. Maybe it is because I am on the lighter end of the spectrum for someone wearing a guys M or L binding. Karakoram's are great, I would just shy away from them if you are going on any extended missions. My buddy makes a living (and lives) in the backcountry and he has broken 2 pairs of Karakorams so far. One was 1st gen so those kinks have been ironed out. The second pair he snapped the highback. Granted this man pushes his gear to the limit, but something like that worries me when you are going on a glacier mission or are winter camping for an extended period of time. We stand behind products 100% so there would never be an issue as far as warranty goes but Braden's point about less moving parts is definitely valid. For me personally I like the Voile and Spark approach a little more. My buddy once again rocks the Voile bindings so that is a testament right there for their durability.
Braden, I use these binding 4 days a week during the winters and at least once to twice a week during spring and summer for the last 2 years. I think they're awesome. Huge step up from slider plates not as comfortable as sparks and waaay easier to use then Karakorums.
After the abuse I've given them I've worn out the slider rails and pin holes, Voile replaced them for no charge. I know the guys up in North Bend would do the same.
I've used the dynafit toe piece\ AT boots with plate bindings, Mountaineering boots, sorels (yuck)welded slider plates into Ride bindings, sparks, Karakorums. All things considered, I still prefer the Voile.
Perhaps your standards are to high for splitboarding. That being said I value any and all opinions and experiences of gear.
No your getting me all wrong,I'm stickin to voile. I am very impressed with karakoram, and have gone with their clips instead of voiles. Though the price and the likelyhood of mayyybe something going wrong with karakoram has made me stray. Voiles been around and seems like a pretty bomb proof system thats pretty easy to fix in the mountains, as long as you prepared with extra pins and screws.
I just don't get why they made the pin gap bigger? Change up your touring bracket just to do something new, for no obvious benefit. The binders work great for me though I changed the straps for a much better binder. It also just caused confusion when my friend brings me his shit asking whats up with his touring binders.The store that he bought it from has no idea that voile had 2 brackets and so on ha ha. If there is a reason like more stability for touring right on, but I think it was just to make it easier to pop off the pin lock which I feel is pretty insufficient reason?in my opinion.
Its all good Braden, Tell your friend to contact Voile directly. They sent me all the parts I needed over the year.
Thus far I've ridden my Split30 bindings twice and they're pretty sick! But not simple like just slamming the binding on the pucks to clear snow.... I'll write up a review after a few more treks.