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 Post subject: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:52 pm 
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not sure if this was posted already but: http://www.splitboardbindings.com/2012/ ... lock-down/


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:12 pm 
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They also lost the heel cup in favor of some shoestring.

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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:50 pm 
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I'm all for saving weight, but the shoelace seems silly to me. I'd rather a couple of ounces of aluminium on each foot and the stability of a rigid highback.


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:14 am 
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If you slip the string off the highback in tour mode, should give you an excellent rearward range of motion. That said... a nice black cable would at least look industrial strength.


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:38 am 
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That's spectra cord. It's stronger than steel by weight. Rock climbers use it all day long and take huge falls on it. It's not just a shoestring. It's also easily replaceable with cordage from any climbing shop in any color you want.

This is the Prime binding. It is one of the lightest bindings on the market split or not.

The heel lock option is compatible with all Karakoram bindings, not just the Prime so if you have the SL30s, it works for you too.

I think that it's awesome that Karakoram has finally done what no one else has and created a "Ski Feature" by allowing us to lock down our heels. Long rolling terrain with tight trees can be pretty scary with your heels loose, and I'm a telemarker on the side.

Love how everyone picks apart the binding before even noticing what the thread is about.


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:41 am 
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shredgnar wrote:
Love how everyone picks apart the binding before even noticing what the thread is about.


Haha so true.

I think it's awesome for those who are interested! I would love to have this option for basically "free" (weight wise at least).


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:04 pm 
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i like how they're using the ride-mode pin for all these other features in skin mode: crampons, heel lockdown. genius.


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:53 pm 
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RossM wrote:
I'd rather a couple of ounces of aluminium on each foot and the stability of a rigid highback.
Ahhh did you notice the highback is carbon fibre? pretty sure that it will be rigid enough without a superfluos heelcup.

the lockdown feature looks great, which in turn, will hopefully make me look like less of a kook on downhill sections of a skin!


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:40 am 
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that cord will probably perform better than a heel cup, it will send all your high back power to the middle of the board.

like flow bindings or salomon relay bindings.

i dont need to lock down my heel cause im a hippie but thats cool. (although being able to skate em would be helpful for some flat approaches and deproaches)

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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:51 am 
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The instant ability to release the highback to tour could be very cool.

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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:51 pm 
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Crosspost to the news on the homepage. http://www.splitboard.com/index.php/fea ... own-system

Thread in the main forum: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13294


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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:20 am 
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NICE! now I can do all three on one toy!.. ski, tele, and snowboard!!! :clap: this is what I needed a week ago when on some rolling forest service roads.. so cool these two are pushing the game like this. I also see better straps, looks like these guys are hearing us!!!!Can I get them before next fall????? im still playing!! :bananas:

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 Post subject: Re: karakoram heel lock down for 2012-13
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:19 pm 
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Props to Karakoram. This is long overdue and will be hugely helpful for approaches--for skating flats and skiing short downhills in topographically rough terrain--and for enabling ultra-fast up-track-to-descent switches as might be needed for an avalanche search. This makes split-boards the ultra-versatile back-country slope tool--skin, skate, ski-when-needed, and snowboard. I spent much of last week wishing I could lock my heel down on rolling approaches.

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