Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:42 am Posts: 2389 Location: California
We each approach this new Karakorum Split30 system with the baggage of our unique personal histories, behavioral quirks, physical abnormalities, habitual compulsions, formative sexual experiences, and random mutations due to radiation. None of us experiences the same universe, so we will not agree on which splitboard setup, ice cream flavor, Wu Tang member, or sexual position is best*. Where I’m coming from, is that I’m curious how the Split 30 compares with a Voile/Spark Fuse setup. The following is the view through my reality tunnel.
Now that is some funny shit
Great write-up. We need more trip reports from you.
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:45 am Posts: 815 Location: Bozeman, MT
Buckchow, you're completely and totally full of shit. Everyone knows Ol' Dirty Bastard is the premiere member of Wu Tang. Regarding splitboard bindings though you have a good way with words and I think your comprehensive initial review is worthwhile. I look forward to hearing something of the same regarding the Blazes.
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am Posts: 1208 Location: Denver
My socioeconomic status is such that I can support multiple splitboard setups. I’m happy to add a Split30 setup to the family. Spark R&D also makes great gear and have stood behind it. I’m for sure going to check out the new Balzes. Whoops, that’s a good typo though. I meant Blazes. I would be hella stoked to ride a new binder called "The Balzes" though. Speaking of blazing, think I’ll go do that, later.
1 Voile touring bracket with 3 bolts: 60g 1 split30 touring bracket with 3 bolts: 75g
1 pair Voile chinese hooks with 4 tbolts/nuts: 40g 1 pair split30 boardclips with 4 tbolts/nuts: 50g
(no tip clips available at weigh-in)
1 stock Spark Fuse (med? or med/lg?) binder w/ pin: 960g 1 stock Spark Blaze size medium binder w/pin: 810g 1 stock Karakorum size medium binder: 930g
total voile hardware w/ 2 Fuse binders (except for the tip clips): 2465g total voile hardware w/ 2 Blaze binder (except for the tip clips): 2155g total split30 hardware w/ 2 binders (except for the tip clips): 2610g
So, I measure a Blaze setup to be a pound (455g) lighter than a split30 setup, if you don't consider the tip clips, which can't be much different between the 2 systems. This is a more significant difference than what others have reported. Not sure why that is.