Find out how Karakoram Prime bindings held up to the legendary terrain around the Tetons in my review below.
Karakoram Bindings Prime Carbon
Like the older version of the Karakoram’s, the Primes excel in ride mode, making the descent better than every other binding I have used. The binding chassis twists with the torsional flex of snowboard for a very good board feel.
What can be improved?
There is too much play in ride mode. The binding would move even when fully locked in. This might be related to the recall paperwork in the box which explained that you needed a different size screw and also washers. This seemed weird, especially since it doesn’t even come with the parts that the paperwork says you need…
Karakoram Prime Features
These are great bindings to use for riding in the backcountry off a resort where you will be maximizing downhill and doing shorter tours. The speed heel risers are light and very easy/quick to adjust.
Also, quick forward lean adjusters allows for negative lean for maximum stride in split mode. The baseplate interface is easy to adjust for whichever angle you prefer, and more intuitive to set up than the older generation of Karakorams.
Even though the heel risers functioned well for me, I saw my friends same risers break on an overnight mission we were doing in Grand Teton Park and he had to go without risers for the rest of the trip. Interface is still overly engineered for me. Too many moving parts make icing up a major issue on the Karakoram Prime Carbon Bindings ($599) and a scraper in pocket has to be used at every transition.