Phantom Alpha Ride

Category: Splitboard binding
Manufacturer: Phantom

Season: 2016/17
Price (SRP) from: 900€
 (1 review)
Included: All you need for your Hardboot Split

Weight: 900g  


The Phantom Alpha is the most sophisticated hardboot binding in the market. Two sets are available.

A. Contains everything for the Ride-Mode, so no set up to hike. The price is about 600€

B. Is the complete setup to hike and ride, the price is as mentioned above.

it is a great concept and with about 1500-1700g inkluding the interface it is amazingly light. A current splitboard binding for softboots weights around 2,2 kg inkluding interface.

The binding is available in 3 different colours and 3 sizes.

There are splitboarders around who say that is the one and only bindig - yea maybe but you need the hardboots.

There is an adapter availble so you can use this binding also for your solid board.

Unfortunately we didn`t have the chance to try the binding, we just saw it and mounted it. To set all up is a bit fiddly but when done it is an amazing setup where you can really feel the difference in weight.

People who used it are amazed by the uphill performance. 

If anyone has experience and wants to post a review it is mor than welcomed!

All you need including the Quiver-Connector

Comments

  • ric
    28. January 2017 - 18:06 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    I'm a mountain guide and I have adopted the hard boots and phantom bindings set up for splitboard guiding in the Alps.

    Here's my review from last year. (Below) For more info visit www.rpmguiding.com

    This season I shall be converting to Phantom splitboard bindings and ‘hard’ boots, after a few years of splitboarding with Magneto bindings and soft boots.

    Why? I’ll try and explain!

    As an experienced ski mountaineer before I become a splitboarder, I have always been aware of the failings of splitboard bindings, not in the descent, but in ascent. There are definite issues with the stability of climbing in conditions other than soft snow, and I have had one too many frustrating and occasionally insecure moments trying to cope with tricky terrain, using kit which I don’t yet believe is up to the job in all conditions. Understandably, as the splitboard market is relatively small at the moment, the equipment is still developing, but I think that John Keffler, who turns out Phantom bindings in his home workshop in Colorado, may be on to something, and that this system could be the starting point for future development in splitboarding.

    Firstly, here’s a list of some of the reasons why I think that the soft boot system is failing splitboarders – in my humble opinion of course!

    - The amount of play in a soft boots (even the stiff ones), coupled with the amount of play in a regular strap and buckle type binding means that you often feel as if you are being twisted off your board on any kind of ascending traverse.

    - Hard packed snow, or icy snow, increases this feeling and makes digging in the edges to grip much harder. If the edges fail to grip then you slip. From this point you have 2 options: put your splitboard crampons on, or get your boot crampons on.

    - Splitboard crampons such as the sabretooth are not strong enough to deal with some conditions. I have experienced total failure of splitboard crampons on more than one occasion so these are not 100% reliable – which they need to be.

    - The switch from board to boots is occasionally awkward – if conditions are difficult enough to make the switch then many regular snowboard boots don’t have the rigidity to walk around safely on hard snow without boot crampons. In some cases this can make the switch pretty dangerous, as you need to stand in your boots to get your crampons on. You can use an ice axe to cut a ledge from where you can sort yourself out but this is time-consuming and can also be awkward.

    - If the splitboard crampons still don’t give you enough grip, you have to use boot crampons. Boot crampons are fine if the surface is hard and icy, but in conditions of any kind of breakable crust it’s impractical to use crampons for any distance, so you are stuck! Additionally, once you are on your boot crampons you have to carry everything else.

    So, with the switch to the Phantom system I hope that most of these problems will be eliminated. The phantom incorporates a dynafit toe piece, from skiing, so that the skinning action will be the same as on skis, with the pivot point in front of the toe. This will allow a longer stride, give stability across the width of the split-ski, and coupled with the rigid boot, will prevent the twisting movement and allow edge grip. The boots themselves are stiff enough to kick a step in hard snow and walk around safely and take an automatic crampon. Sure, the boots look weird on a snowboard, but that may change in the future and who cares anyway!

    February 2016 Update on Phantom splitboard bindings.

    After using and testing Phantoms during the last month, in a range of Alpine conditions, I can only say that I’m pleased I’ve made the switch. Phew! After investing in a new system it is always a relief to know that you made the right decision. The Phantoms have performed really well and I’m really happy with the result.

    read more about impressions, which problems had to be solved and the advantages:
    http://rpmguiding.com/portfolio-item/new-skis/