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From what I've seen, the new Spark System is going to be $100-$200 USD less than the Karakorum system. The Riser system on the Spark Magneto looks much more supportive for climbing which I like. The self cleaning and simplicity of it is the big plus for me. Yes the Karakorum system looks way more neato but in use, simple is where it is at.

I will say, both systems have their positives and negatives. I am probably sounding more down on Karakorum than I should be. They do make a nice reliable product over all. If it is what you like, I don't think you'll be disappointed in it.
I'm totally open to both systems. I tended to the Karakorum, mainly 'cause the transition looked easyer (in the shop, with no ice/snow attached to the board). But you're right, in snow the picture could be different. Yes... the simpler, the better.
I was a bit shocked to hear what a complete setup will cost (around 2300$ was the offer for Solution/Karakorum) thus I don't say no to a cheeper binding equally suitable
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I ride the split goat and my daughter rode for 7 years but 3 years ago switch to mainly skiing has big fatty twin AT setup ...but skis like a snowboarder

The other day saw a gal with a solid 159 goat (I ride a 159 and at 180 pounds), she was 5' 6" maybe 140-150 pounds (i didn't ask) and grew up on the hill but later saw her riding soom off piste double black area and it seemed that it was getting away from her abit. Anyway a solid rider but perhaps a 156 would have been a better size for her.
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I'm totally open to both systems. I tended to the Karakorum, mainly 'cause the transition looked easyer (in the shop, with no ice/snow attached to the board). But you're right, in snow the picture could be different. Yes... the simpler, the better.
I was a bit shocked to hear what a complete setup will cost (around 2300$ was the offer for Solution/Karakorum) thus I don't say no to a cheeper binding equally suitable
When I was researching a split set up, karakorum is from PNW and there are fans...but most all of the locals recommended to do the sparks...more simple = less parts to break and easier repair.

And there is also triad bindings looks to be another possible option
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and there is also a hard boot dynafit system that looks pretty nice...perhaps since you a forward stance gal

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The Hard boot system is not Dynafit specific, but John Keffler made it with the Dynafit system in mind. He did a great job with his design for sure. If you want to go hard boot, his system is the way to go.
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and there is also a hard boot dynafit system that looks pretty nice...perhaps since you a forward stance gal
For heavens sake, don't add more options to choose from already now it's hard enough to decide Consider the facts that I ride foreward oriented and fasten the boots very tight on rough runs, your hard boot suggestion makes sense. But I have a difficult right foot and for the first time in 10 years riding I found a (pretty stiff) soft boot that fits good enough that I can ride an entire day almost without pain. This boot also worked very well on the 4hrs split hike, so I really don't want to get an other one. Never change a running system...

Haha, you hit a nerve by mentioning the board length... this will be the hardest thing to decide, loops right back to my first "girl on Flagship 158 - good idea" thread In a perfect world I could try both sizes of the BG split (and in pow), but there will only be one size of the solid deck AND on groomers... and 300 guys in the line all wanting to try exactly this board. Uhm... not sure if I'll go to this testweekend since I heard that they won't have any splits, just the solid ones - not sure if it makes sense at all...
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Haha, you hit a nerve by mentioning the board length... this will be the hardest thing to decide, loops right back to my first "girl on Flagship 158 - good idea" thread In a perfect world I could try both sizes of the BG split (and in pow), but there will only be one size of the solid deck AND on groomers... and 300 guys in the line all wanting to try exactly this board. Uhm... not sure if I'll go to this testweekend since I heard that they won't have any splits, just the solid ones - not sure if it makes sense at all...
I have 3 main boards...a groomer board 155 fs camber twin (but looking to replace with a 154.5 gnu riders choice), the billy goat 159 split and a deep pow board 164 charlie slasher. So the thought for a split is to go 5-6 cm longer than your groomer/inbounds board. And for me in the PNW if its a really deep day I'll stay inbounds and ride the charlie slasher because the goods are easy to get and likely the avy danger would be too risky to go out of bounds anyway. And I plan on doing the split early season, corn season/after the ski area closes and maybe into early summer...thus I don't need anything more than 159 split lenght most of the time.
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The interface systems are limited on angles, but what you have posted here should be possible with the Voile interface. Maybe not so much with Karakorum. This is your sport not his. If you want to play with the angles, by all means do it, but ride it how you like.

For the record I do ride duck. Pretty mellow stance. +-15. I don't do much switch, but the real advantage for me is being able to squat down very low with the duck stance. I ride very tight trees from time to time in Colorado and getting under low branches is just a reality. Forward angle stances block that.
You have a pretty strong influence... you made me change my angles for the first time in many many years, actually the first time below +15 at all (my guys winced as I adjusted the bindings).

Rode with +15/0 today and was comfortable with it. Spring has entered very fast, it was raining and only slush to ride in lower parts of the resort. Typical surf and straight line day. Anyhow I was pretty astonished, how little the (in my opinion drastic) change of angles affected my riding. Seems that they play a less important role than I thought. Will change to minus degrees tomorrow and try to ride switch haha, the guys will have a big fun day

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