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  • #822601
    russman
    689 Posts

    Hey guys,

    Full disclosure: I’ve worked at Karakoram for the past 8 years, and have basically set my career around splitboard binding development. So, I’m not without bias.

    That being said, all of you need to check out the new Prime Ride Mode 2.0, as well as the new “SuperLight” (SL) ride mode. The shit is soooo dialed now!

    We’re calling this “Drop on changeovers”. For those of you who’ve ever suffered with snow & ice buildup, I can tell you that these new interfaces almost eliminate that issue entirely. And, with Active Joining Tech, your splitboard will ride better than your resort board….Not joking! I’m super proud of the new interfaces.

    Check it out:

    #822954
    Taylor
    781 Posts

    I didn’t know that you have financial interests in a soft boot binding company. Your failure to disclose that fact in your public dissing of AT splitbaord systems on this forum reflects poorly on you and Karakoram.

    @sun_rocket

    #823186
    ozsnowbum
    62 Posts

    lame.
    extra lame that long time employees of karakoram bash other binding companies.

    #823208
    buell
    532 Posts

    russman has not been hiding the fact he works for Karakoram. He has posted about it in the past on multiple occasions and even been in a feature on the SB.com homepage in 2015. I would have figured most people here knew. That apparently is not the case. That is probably why he put at the top of this post.

    Also, while he has spent plenty of time expressing his thoughts on the evils of AT boots for splitboards (he can have his opinion, even if I think it is wrong), I have not seen him bash other binding companies or AT splitboard systems.

    #823340
    FloImSchnee
    290 Posts

    Looks nice indeed! Also the strong board connection.

    Karakoram bindings would definitely on my short-list, if they wouldn’t cost TWICE as much as Sparks. (at least here in Europe)
    I don’t get it.

    (and I know that there is a cheaper model now, but this is much heavier than a Spark Surge or Arc)

    #824918
    russman
    689 Posts

    I didn’t know that you have financial interests in a soft boot binding company. Your failure to disclose that fact in your public dissing of AT splitbaord systems on this forum reflects poorly on you and Karakoram.

    Yo dude, first of all I’ve always provided full disclosure. Either here or on other social media outlets, I make it extremely clear that I work at Karakoram. Secondly, if you actually read my posts, you will NEVER find bashing or bad mouthing of other companies or specific disciplines. Check your facts.

    The “AT boot Vs. Softboot” debate is a long and interesting one, and its complicated. If you think critical discussions on the specific biomechanics of each system is “bad mouthing”, then you need to go back and reread the thread. I actually have hardboots and a full AT split system. I also happen to find the benefits / compromises of each style to be extremely interesting. Discussions on these details are not “dissing” AT systems.

    lame.
    extra lame that long time employees of karakoram bash other binding companies.

    Seriously? Can you please provide an example of myself or any other person at KK “bashing” on other companies? Your comment is extremely misguided and not accurate.

    I will also tell you guys, that Karakoram and Spark actually have a pretty cool friendship. Of course we don’t trade secrets, but we DO drink beer and tour together. I think your perceptions need to be updated. It honestly bums me out that you guys think I’m just here dissing and bad mouthing. That is absolutely not accurate.

    This post was intended ONLY to spread the stoke on the new technology. Splitboarding as a whole is being driven by two extremely small companies with limited budgets, and together we are pushing the technological edge of this sport harder than any large company before. The new ride mode tech from KK benefits all splitboarders in huge ways, because the sport just keeps getting better and more accessible.

    #824927
    96avs01
    874 Posts

    Splitboarding as a whole is being driven by two extremely small companies with limited budgets, and together we are pushing the technological edge of this sport harder than any large company before.

    I’d agree, @russman has been objective in his contributions to this site. One personally may opine that elements of subjective preference have influenced his choice of presentation and comment. But that’s for a separate thread/discussion.

    I’d only offer that there’s no less than three companies moving the needle. Ignoring what Kefler has done with http://www.phantomsnow.com/ would be a serious omission. My $0.02.

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #824949
    buell
    532 Posts

    ….there’s no less than three companies moving the needle. Ignoring what Kefler has done with http://www.phantomsnow.com/ would be a serious omission. My $0.02.

    +1

    #824955
    ozsnowbum
    62 Posts

    Seriously? Can you please provide an example of myself or any other person at KK “bashing” on other companies? Your comment is extremely misguided and not accurate.
    . Splitboarding as a whole is being driven by two extremely small companies with limited budgets, and together we are pushing the technological edge of this sport harder than any large company before. The new ride mode tech from KK benefits all splitboarders in huge ways, because the sport just keeps getting better and more accessible.

    Here.
    You may not directly slight phantom, but its pretty obvious the way you show disrespect to phantom but not mentioning them.
    karakoam and you just rub me the wrong way in how they hype up their products when imo its total marketing bs.

    #824956
    russman
    689 Posts

    Seriously? Can you please provide an example of myself or any other person at KK “bashing” on other companies? Your comment is extremely misguided and not accurate.
    . Splitboarding as a whole is being driven by two extremely small companies with limited budgets, and together we are pushing the technological edge of this sport harder than any large company before. The new ride mode tech from KK benefits all splitboarders in huge ways, because the sport just keeps getting better and more accessible.

    Here.
    You may not directly slight phantom, but its pretty obvious the way you show disrespect to phantom but not mentioning them.
    karakoam and you just rub me the wrong way in how they hype up their products when imo its total marketing bs.

    Marketing bs? What have you done for the sport?

    I uprooted a highly lucrative career to do this and attempt to make splitboarding a far more viable option for snowboarders globally. It’s fine if you don’t want to use certain products, but think about who you yourself are bashing.

    #824957
    russman
    689 Posts

    @buell + @96avs01 fair enough dudes. I forgot to mention Keffler. Three companies.

    #825020
    rughty
    620 Posts

    I was wondering when typical behavior of “triggered” millennials would rear it’s ugly head on a non political website. Anyone who has actually been around splitboarding for any period of time knows Russ and his intentions. It certainly isn’t monetarily driven. Maybe you should use a better investigating technique and look at the whole history before trying to find a single incident or two that still doesn’t show the validity of your claims against another snow slider!!! Grow up buddy………

    #825021
    Taylor
    781 Posts

    This is my second attempt at a reply, the first disappeared.

    Yo dude, first of all I’ve always provided full disclosure. Either here or on other social media outlets, I make it extremely clear that I work at Karakoram.

    Well… Here’s one example of your failure to disclose your affiliation with Karakorum while dissing AT boots. There are many others.

    I’ve been active on this forum for many years, and have been splitting for over 15 yrs, and I had no idea you were affiliated with Karakorum. I see you’ve begun to make that disclosure up front in new posts since I made the point; good, and, thanks.

    Why not just put that information in your signature?

    Secondly, if you actually read my posts, you will NEVER find bashing or bad mouthing of other companies or specific disciplines. Check your facts.

    I should have said “AT boots” instead of “AT boot systems.” My bad, and I apologize. That said, one does not ride AT or soft boots without a corresponding interface system, one of which you sell, so my point about your failures to disclose your affiliation with Karakoram stands.

    The “AT boot Vs. Softboot” debate is a long and interesting one, and its complicated. If you think critical discussions on the specific biomechanics of each system is “bad mouthing”, then you need to go back and reread the thread. I actually have hardboots and a full AT split system. I also happen to find the benefits / compromises of each style to be extremely interesting. Discussions on these details are not “dissing” AT systems.

    We agree that that’s a long and interesting discussion.

    The problem is that you are prone to sweeping generalizations, stating opinion as fact, disfavoring AT boots, and by extension AT boot systems, without disclosing your affiliation with a company that sells soft boot systems. Here’s an example:

    “The benefits (of AT boots) are limited to touring and certain crampon work, while a softboot system still offers far more in terms of a “tuned suspension” system for the ankle joint, which is absolutely critical for powerful dynamic snowboarding.”

    This is a sweeping and subjective statement. It conflicts with my experience and others’ on this forum. (I choose AT for soft snow and soft boots for hard snow because my AT system is softer and surfier for soft snow, and the soft boots dampen chatter and vibration in hard snow.)

    ———-

    A primary value of this forum is consumer-driven information and opinions about splitboarding equipment that is free from profit motive.

    Another value of this forum is the interaction between consumers and producers to refine and advance equipment, which benefits all of us.

    With an eye toward preserving both of those values, my request is to simply disclose the fact that you have a financial stake in Karakorum so that everyone reading this forum can factor that into their interpretations of what you say.

    Best,
    Taylor

    @sun_rocket

    #825023
    Taylor
    781 Posts

    Also, @russman, you guys have done a beautiful job with your system, and if I were buying a new soft-boot system, this would be the one. – Taylor

    @sun_rocket

    #825028
    russman
    689 Posts

    @taylor I truly am sorry you feel I’ve been biased against AT boots. It is true that we all have opinions, and I’m likely as guilty as anyone in having biases. This being said I do work very hard to analyze topics from a critical thinking standpoint. I did a master’s in biomechanics, and at this point have spent about a decade studying snowboard athletes, climbers, endurance athletes of other types, as well as highly explosive strength / power athletes. I truly find the biomechanics of the human ankle joint and its relation to triple extension power transfer to be super fascinating. In essence, snowboarding is defined by triple extension characteristics. The AT boot / softboot discussion basically has 2 parts: 1) Personal preference in how you like your setup to feel. 2) Intrinsic biomechanical properties that every human neuro-musculo-skeletal system is bound to.

    I do also want to say that KK is not a “softboot binding” company. We are simply a “snowboard binding” company. And trust me, the “financial interest” I have here is rather irrelevant, actually. In terms of the market, it is true that of the hundreds of thousands of snowboarders globally, the vast majority still want to ride in a soft boot system. That is just purely where the market is. This being said, the AT segment is rapidly growing, and I see this as an opportunity to really drive innovation.

    With more innovation and new ideas, everything gets better. What I see happening is the AT “movement’ in splitboarding really forcing new technologies to come forward, and this on its own will change the culture. Its almost like the political divide in America… We really do have to listen to the wisdom of both sides of this isle. There’s tremendous merits in softboot technology because of the biomechanics of how the ankle joint moves in relation to forces being applied to it (ie. softboots can be likened to a suspension system). And yet there’s equally important value to be learned in the AT side. Its undeniable, AT boots are more efficient touring and they are amazing with crampons. Until your description of using plastics in soft powder, I’ve never really heard of a snowboarder describe any real riding benefits. But again that goes back to personal preference. Each to their own.

    Regardless of the hardboot topic, this new interface is something I’m super darn proud of. Changeovers really are amazingly fast, and the riding performance is absolutely locked in high precision shredding with a wide open throttle…

    I’ll also say, that in years to come, there are huge advances coming. I go to work every single day, every week of the year to hopefully advance this stuff, and trust me, I’m pushing the industry with everything I have to advance splitboard technology, and that very much includes AT boot / binding technology. Trust me on that one dudes! I really do think you guys will all be stoked on what’s ahead.

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