A topographic map is a beautiful thing, full of would-be lines, potential chutes and zones to explore. Potential is the key in this equation, since looking at something on paper is vastly different when you strap in at the top.
Thomas Delfino has lived in the middle of these maps figuratively and physically. He has adventured into the FRENCH ALPS that surround his home in Grenoble countless times and every year he extends his season far into early summer; chasing the high elevation snow. It’s this passion for snowboarding and the mountains themselves that brought Bjorn Leines and him together this past May.
Armed with their splitboards, ice axes, a thirst for late season terrain and adventure; Thomas and Bjorn set off on a week-long trip from hut-to-hut nestled high in the Alps .Two students of the mountains, the old guard and the new, represent a unique realm of snowboarding energy.
Being such remote and rugged peaks, hiking and splitboarding was the only way to access snow. A game of calculated risks, timing and preparation found these two riding some extremely unique and treacherous terrain.
Check out their journey in the new film from Rome Snowboards: Find Snowboarding: FRENCH ALPS
Fair warning, this one might be hard to watch after seeing the winter they just had in Japan but you should watch it anyway. This movie teaser is from our friends at Gentemstick. The 4K Ultra-High Definition film features snow/surf legends Taro Tamai and Gerry Lopez along with Karakoram Ambassadors Alex Yoder and Forrest Shearer. Be on the lookout for tour dates and the release of “Snowsurf” The Movie this fall!
We are so stoked to see this teaser for “Seasoned” a new full length film by Aaron Hooper and our friends at Will Film For Food! Check it out for yourself and get stoked to see the whole video this fall.
“‘Seasoned’ is about exploring all that winter has to offer from the very beginning all the way to that warm spring end. We partnered up with Saas Fee to spend the majority of the winter there and truly get “Seasoned”. Starring Forrest Bürki, Wyatt Stasinos, Sammy Luebke, with Frederik Kalbermatten and Nicolas Müller. Also, Cory Stasinos, Aurel Anthamatten, Blake Paul, Mark Pinter, Sage Kotsenburg, Nick Becker, Blake Axelson, Romain De Marchi, Manu Dominguez, Terje Haakonsen, Jan Gyger and DCP.”
Calling all splitboarders of Washington state and the rest of the Northwest! Come on out to our shop in North Bend, WA to get the best deals you’ll find anywhere on Karakoram bindings, accessories, and apparel all while supporting the Northwest Avalanche Center!
Who?: You! You can contribute to our local avalanche center, NWAC!
What?: We’ll be selling both Prime bindings and Split 30 bindings along with accessories and apparel.
When?: Sale only during 1pm-7pm, Monday-Friday, the week of August 17th-21st, 2015.
Where?: 1546 Boalch Ave. NW, North Bend, WA
How?: Buy a pair of Karakoram bindings, accessories, or apparel and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Northwest Avalanche Center!
Why?: Why not?
Also, we have a new NWAC/Karakoram collab T-Shirt we’ll be selling during the benefit sale and afterward. 100% of the proceeds from these shirts will be given to NWAC!
If your splitboard bindings are a few seasons old and looking a little beat up, don’t worry, Karakoram has your back! We have a comprehensive Forever Ride Support program that can restore your bindings to brand new function.
When you send your bindings in to be refurbished, we do an in-depth inspection of all components, interfaces and hardware. For the original owner, worn or broken components are rebuilt or replaced under our “Forever Ride” policy for a nominal cost that covers the expense of materials and manufacturing time. Bindings come out functioning like new, and will continue to perform to the highest level for many seasons to come.
All customers sending their bindings in by October 1st will receive a 25% discount on all Forever Ride parts and hardware!
Toe Stay servicing with disassembly + reassembly if needed.
New Thread Lock on all hardware.
Forever Ride Replacement Components for all Karakoram Binding customers:
We offer replacement Heel Cups, Highbacks, Heel Stays, Toe Stays, Straps, and Interface Components etc. at a nominal fee to original customers with proof of purchase who are outside of their 2-year warranty period. Before replacing any components on your bindings with Forever Ride parts, you will be emailed a cost breakdown from Russell. Generally speaking, a set of bindings that is 2-5 years old that requires significant overhaul and new components can be returned to brand new function for $75-$250US, depending on how “well loved” the bindings are.
Please Note: the customer is responsible for all shipping expenses. Shipping charges will be added to the final invoice after the bindings have been overhauled.