Hey guys- Am new to splitboarding and getting my setup together for this winter. I need help on the binding front. Here’s the context: – Experienced resort snowboarder (15 years+), I ride an all-mountain board with Union Atlas bindings and Burton Ions. – Got myself a G3 Scapegoat 162. – Am debating between Voilé Speed Rail system vs Karakoram Prime Connect. – I get pretty similar pricing on both complete systems (pucks vs splitboard kit). – I like the quivering feature on the Karakoram Conncet but not sure I’ll use these bindings in a resort setting just because I want to extend their life the most possible given price tag… plus I like my Unions. Thoughts?
Also : I’m planning on using my Ions for splitboarding also, but not sure what your thoughts are on this front.. Thanks in advance
As far as boots go, I believe you’ll be fine if you are happy with the ions. I’ve been splitboarding in burtons for a decade , both the driver x and imperials. Each lasted me several seasons. Keep in mind that skinning really breaks-in a boot in ways resort riding cannot, so you may need liners after a season, etc. I’m going with the K2 Taro Tamai boot this season as I really like the design and Taro’s style. My second choice would have been another pair of imperials or ions.
As for binders, I’ve personally been riding spark binders over the seasons (ignition, blaze, arc). If I was getting the karakoram at the same price as voile I’d be tempted to check out the K’s, as by all accounts they’re quite good. On the flip side the V’s are going be more universally swappable with friends, demoing boards and re-sale (Though K’s may hold better value).
If possible you might try and seek out both setups and try going through a transition with each setup. Ride to ski mode and back, how easy it is to raise the climbing bars while in ski mode, etc.
Either way, enjoy!
Shark Snowsurf Chuna Voile V-Tail 170 BC Voile One Ninety Five Spark R&D Arc
Ended-up getting the Voilé. Karakoram were more expensive ($100), I don’t think it was worth it either. These were the Prime Connect, and SL or Prime Carbon or whatnot. On K2: I’m surprised a lot of people seem rocking their gear, wouldn’t have been attracted to this brand. How is the fit and footprint? They seem large.
@Snurfer Thanks for pic. It appears from pics online that this years model is shorter in height and looks “Stumpy”. They are both a very classy, simple looking boot. i am interested to see how they work this season.