Season: 2018/19
   
Manufacturer: Karakoram
 

For the winter 2018-19 Karakoram presents the next interface generation for the Prime System, the Ride Mode 2.0. The Alpine Prime bindings still include 4 models. With the exception of the hard-tuned Straightline version, all Alpine Primes are also available for women.

Karakoram Alpine Prime 18-19



Weight: 1.300g  1.550g  

Price (SRP) from: 749€
Included: Binding, Interface Kit (Ride Mode 2.0, Flip-Speed Riser with Heel-Lock) and Flex-Lock

Description


For the winter 2018-19 Karakoram presents the next interface generation for the Prime System, the Ride Mode 2.0. The Alpine Prime bindings still include 4 models. With the exception of the hard-tuned Straightline version, all Alpine Primes are also available for women.

The bindings of the Alpine Prime series differ primarily in the heel cups and the combined high backs on the same chassis. The difference between the lightest (650g) and the heaviest version is only 125 grams per foot, which means that the respective binding characteristics (medium to extra stiff) can be selected to suit without any major weight reductions.

As already known from the Connect series, all Alpine Prime bindings can also be used on solid boards with the separately available Quiver Connectors.

Karakoram Alpine Prime

Prime SL

Medium hard 7075-T6 Heelcup, Air Form Straps and the light, rather soft Air Flow Highback make the SL the softest version of the Alpine Primes and weigh only 725g per foot. The Prime SL costs 750 euros including the Prime Splitboard Kit 2.0, which is fitted to all Alpine Primes, and the Flex Lock. Available as Prime SL-W for women.

Prime Straightline

The Straightline has a more solid and therefore stiffer Heelcup and an extra hard Carbon Highback. On Karakoram's scale the Straightline reaches 10 out of 10 points regarding stiffness without being very heavy with 775g.

Prime X

The X-Type Heelcup makes the Prime X 75g lighter than the SL without losing strength. Combined with the rather hard reactive highback, the Prime X has only 650g on the foot, with the Air Toe Strap included with all X models even a few grams less. The women's version is called Prime X-W and costs 899 Euro like the men's model.

Prime X Carbon

The high-end model for the elite of snowboarders and splitboarders. Here the highback is made of carbon and puts a lot of pressure on the board. The price is about 1200€. The top model is also available for the same price in a ladies version.

In contrast to the Connent bindings, the Alpine Primes come with the Splitboard Kit (RIde-Mode 2.0 Interface, dual climbing aid with heel lock and touring brackets). The Flex Lock buckle for improved lateral support during ascent is included free of charge.

Karakoram Interface

Ride Mode 2.0 - The new Karakoram Interface

Easier assembly, easier handling during transition and an even better connection of the board halves in ride mode. While the latter has always been achieved at the highest level by actively pressing the board halves together, some practice has been required for assembly and mode change so far. With the Ride Mode 2.0 this should be different now: Simple, reliable and intuitive.

Karakoram has arranged the four engagement points of the Prime binding around two semicircular, interlocking plastic pucks. The whole assembly and adjustment is now done quickly with two screws per board half. When adjusting the stance in 3° steps (± 30°) and aligning it to the edge of the board, markings at the relevant points help.

Outside in the snow, the carbon reinforced plastic promises to be less vulnerable to icing. In addition, the overlapping and interlocking part has been finger-friendly shaped to easily remove snow and ice from the inside of the board without risk of injury. Because the new pucks pull into each other when they are pushed together, adhering snow is squeezed out. At the same time, when the binding is open, there is more clearance for attaching the Prime foot section, or to drop-on as shown here in the video:

The Ride-Mode 2.0 interface in detail and other addons were kindly presented to us by Kyle Hansen, Splitboarder and Marketing Director at Karakoram.

As lightweigt as possible - Light Ride Mode

Here Karakoram eliminates every unnecessary piece of material and gains even more weight compared to the more universal Ride Mode 2.0.
The Light Ride Mode Prime Interface is aimed at backcountry purists and is specifically available as a Goofy or Regular version.

Light Ride Interface

Details


Proven features have of course been retained. The negative Forward Lean of the Highbacks brings advantages when gliding and if you want to make really big steps in Tourmode and get ahead fast. There is a 90° rotating Forwardlean "on-off" knob that allows you to quickly switch from the efficient "Tourlean" to your preferred "Ridinglean". The side walls at the heel are raised to give you even more edge hold on the ascent and stability on the descent. The functionality of the Touring Bracket as well as the Heel-Lockdown mechanism have been retained.

Prime Tech Details