With its own women-specific flex patterns and waist width, the K2 Women’s Northern Lite Splitboard is a giant leap in backcountry technology for women. It has skinning-friendly Ultratech construction, skins-ready Z-Clip attachments, and new Split Track mounting system that’s easy to use with any…
With its own women-specific flex patterns and waist width, the K2 Women’s Northern Lite Splitboard is a giant leap in backcountry technology for women. It has skinning-friendly Ultratech construction, skins-ready Z-Clip attachments, and new Split Track mounting system that’s easy to use with any setup but ideal for K2’s new super-fast, lightweight Kwicker binding system, making it every adventurous woman’s backcountry shred stick of choice. More on that revolutionary binding system in a moment, but first the board. The All Terrain Baseline profile is mostly flat for stability, with more rocker at the tip to keep you afloat in deep snow and less rocker at the tail to prevent wheelies when landing. The Northern Lite uses K2’s splitboard-specific Ultratech construction. This hybrid construction uses a half-height sandwich that’s as tough and lightweight as we’ve seen; the unique sidewall shape is also designed to withstand the constant abuse unique to splitboards, as the two ‘skis’ bang together and try to de-laminate each other. The Northern Lite sheds even more weight by eliminating the topsheet, and the Bambooyah bamboo core is used for its high strength-to-weight ratio and its sustainability as a natural resource. Carbon Web II carbon stringers improve power transfer to make the board more responsive for greater control at high speeds; K2 finished off the recipe with the ultra-thin, low-static sintered base. What makes the board even more special is the new Split Track mounting; instead of rows of holes that you need to painstakingly line up with your binding, the twin channels make it fast and easy to set the angles on your Voile setup. Its pinless design is much more glove-friendly, so you don’t have to deal with frozen digits in the backcountry. But where it really shines is with the new K2 Kwicker system. Essentially a step-in binding system re-imagined, it eliminates the need for separate bindings and binding plates. To strap in, you…
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