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    Jimy
    64 Posts

    Just saw this post on Facebook from Splitboard Magazine. What are your thoughts on the speed rail system they are using for tour mode?

    Private Video so I have to link to their FB page

    knuckle dragger

    #788255
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I had to look it up on Google, the work filter blocks FB.

    http://activejunky.com/articles/backcountry-tech-five-new-products-for-2016

    That looks familiar.

    #788267
    Chewbacca
    97 Posts

    Can anyone say K2 Kwicker?

    Still don’t see how the ride mode works though

    #788309
    Doug
    23 Posts

    Can anyone say K2 Kwicker?

    Still don’t see how the ride mode works though

    Video on this page

    #788317
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    That is slick. Nice work Voile, one moving part much like Spark’s Tesla. I dig it.

    Can anyone say K2 Kwicker?

    Still don’t see how the ride mode works though

    Bindings slide on back on back to front, fixed tabs at the front (part of the rails) prevent the binding from sliding back further & then a locking tab under the heel locks in the rear. Flip the Tesla system around pretty much, no little touring pins to pop out and lose in the snow however.

    That was Pontus

    #788439
    rughty
    620 Posts

    I like that Voile is finally getting into the pin less category. That being said…I will have to voice a little skepticism towards their apparent use of aluminum rail touring interface. I know this was designed for light weight but aluminum does not wear well. Especially when touring exerts such a wide range of forces when sidehilling/traversing compared to a flat approach. Not to mention the thousands of steps required to complete only 1 ascent. The wear would certainly take longer than the old style voile plates due to a larger contact surface area, but then again there is surface area lost due to not having a top when using a hook feature. The possibility also exists for damage to the top sheet or inability to install in ride mode if the hooks do bend. Just a few things to look for at first glance. They are a much better Voile option than their previous bindings up to this point. I would think 350 is a little steep and to gain marketshare they would need to come down a little in price.

    #788444
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    @rughty If this binding is as similar to the K2 Kwicker system as it appears to be then K2 already addressed those issues with a bushing that the aluminum hooks ride on. I’ve been told that those bushings are even user serviceable but it’s been a while since I’ve had the K2 binding in hand.

    #788452
    rughty
    620 Posts

    You are right. I see it now. That does certainly make a huge difference. On a different note…given Voile’s place in the binding market and how they continue to drive down costs to the consumer to gain market share (ie splitboard, shovel price points), following inline to the top dollar asking prices for bindings bucks this trend. With their previous models the low prices reflected an inferior design due to insufficient and gimmicky technology and a lack of a good ski crampon option. The speedrail at a lower price would reflect more current tech at a price that would keep them competitive.

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