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Old 02-13-2015, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to buy a splitboard and binding this season and need some help.
The only boards I can find here in my city that would also fit my price range are jones splitboards. (solution + explorer)
What do you think about theses boards? Whats the difference? (beside the solution is a bit stiffer)
The shop who sells the jones boards also sells karakoram bindings.
I would favor the "split 30". The system looks solid and its not that expensive than the other models.
Do you think jones + karakoram is a good combo?
Or would you go a different way?

Some info about me:
31 years old, +20 years snowboarding, 184cm tall, 80kg ( 6″0 tall, 176 pounds)
My equipment for "regular snowboarding" is Ride Machete 162 & Ride Delta MVNT. I like both a lot!
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would like to buy a splitboard and binding this season and need some help.
The only boards I can find here in my city that would also fit my price range are jones splitboards. (solution + explorer)
What do you think about theses boards? Whats the difference? (beside the solution is a bit stiffer)
The shop who sells the jones boards also sells karakoram bindings.
I would favor the "split 30". The system looks solid and its not that expensive than the other models.
Do you think jones + karakoram is a good combo?
Or would you go a different way?

Some info about me:
31 years old, +20 years snowboarding, 184cm tall, 80kg ( 6″0 tall, 176 pounds)
My equipment for "regular snowboarding" is Ride Machete 162 & Ride Delta MVNT. I like both a lot!
Your budget must be pretty healthy, if you're looking at Jones and Karakoram

Any Jones split + any Karakoram set up, imo would be fine. If its good enough for the spine master JJ, its good enough for us.

I'm getting into splitting and I went with splitting a solid vs buying factory, for cost reasons.

From the research I've done, when choosing a board, is buy what you like to ride. So pick the split version of the solid board you like or would like to ride. If you don't like the ride of the equivalent solid, you're going to hate it even more when its a split.

That being said, my advice is from a complete splitting noob so take it for what you want.

I basically take the same advice I give to when a noob snowboarder asks me what to buy. Don't worry so much about this and that but just get whatever you can afford and get out there and worry about this board, that board, these bindings, etc after you got some km's under your belt and go from there.

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Old 02-13-2015, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did my first two seasons on a 156 Hover Split with SLs

I've since sold my SLs and moved up to the prime system.
I prefer the prime system from an ease of use and setup point of view. However, performance wise they are basically the same. The quiver connectors on the prime are rad however.

Now as far as your splitboard goes the solution and explorer can do a lot more than my hover can. I love my hover split 80% of the time but the other 20% all I feel like I do is fight the damn thing. I really wish my first splitboard was a solution just so I can ride with more confidence on sketchy not-deep snow. However, for now I'll make the hover work.

Just make sure you get a set of stiff boots. I have DriverX because I know burton boots fit me well.

Also note that all your gear will add some weight so plan accordingly.

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thanks for the answers!
I was at a local shop today and took a look at the jones boards. I liked the solution best and will buy it in size 164 next week.
The guy at the shop also showed me some karakoram bindings and a voile interface that would fit my current ride delta bindings.
Since the voile interface costs only 150€ Im no longer sure if i should buy a karakoram binding or just try the voile interface first.
Do you have experience with both? Whats so much better about specific splitboard bindings? Less weight, faster to set up?
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if your interested in the voile interface look at spark bindings instead of your rides bolted to the voile slider. I started with bindings bolted to the voile sliders and you sit a lot higher on the board and the binding flexes more then normal because it is not fully supported by the board. It gets you out there and works just fine but is heavier. The touring bracket also has a bit more slop. Also swapping the bindings back and forth from your regular board would become a hassle.

I have been using spark bindings for years with no problems. i have only fondled the kara's in shops. the sparks are more simple design, while the kara's are a little more high tech. Both are proven systems. Sparks have been around a little longer and are more common if you are looking in the used market.
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks, the spark bindings look interesting.
Is there a major difference to the voile bindings?
(I just took a look at the voile website, I didn`t know they are also manufacturing whole splitboard bindings before. Voile: Splitboard Bindings )

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Voile bindings use the pins as a standard and Spark Bindings use the Tesla system which in my opinion is better than Karakoram. Some people think the puck system doesn't hold the board together as well as the Karakoram
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks so far!
After some more research there are 3 options left:

-Spark AfterBurner
-Spark Magento
-Karakoram Split 30

I don`t like very soft bindings. On my solid Board I ride a "Ride Delta MVNT 2008"
( Ride Delta Movement Snowboard Binding 2008 | evo outlet )
Which one do you think has similar flex/stiffness?

PS: In general I would favor a binding with a normal toe strap (no toe cap).
I`m used to it and also it could cause problems with boot/cap hangover with my size 11 boots
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All splitboard bindings are going to be way stiffer than your current binding. I suggest you go into a store and flex the binding yourself.
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