Karakoram Flip-Speed Riser

Another splitboarding solution from the masters of the backcountry.

You know the pain and frustration well—standing at the base of a steep approach, helplessly trying to engage your climbing wires with your pole handle. Lucky for you, Karakoram has created the Flip-Speed Riser to make your life a whole lot easier. Compatible with Karakoram splitboard bindings, the Flip-Speed Risers allow you to use your pole basket to engage or adjust it, even while you're ascending.

In addition to its ease of use, it also has a wider platform that allows for better edge control. The Flip-Speed Riser has one more trick up its sleeve, too. Only compatible with Karakoram Prime bindings, the Heel-Lock Spring locks the heel of your binding to the ski to make it easier for you to skate across long flat approaches, side step small hills, and traverse tricky terrain.

  • Compatible with Karakoram splitboard bindings
  • Dual height
  • Engage with tip of ski pole
  • Heel-Lock Spring compatible with Karakoram Prime splitboard bindings only
  • Heel-Lock releases at load equivalent to DIN 6 or 8
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

A not so great accessory

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was trying out my new karakoram straightlines in the San Juans on a weekend Avy 1 class and managed to snap the mid-level riser skinning somewhere around Red Mountain Pass on the second day. I think the problem is that they used glass reinforced plastic which makes the plastic very hard but also more brittle, especially at below freezing temperatures. I could be wrong but that is my nerdy materials theory. I have read reviews on Evo for the risers that say the same thing; snapped on the first use.

I would avoid these risers in their current iteration. I like the heel lock down option but didn't use it over the weekend. I've contacted Karakoram about the issue and am waiting to hear if it's a warranty issue or what. I think either way I'll probably be switching to the metal dual height Viole risers. Out in the sticks, I'd rather a part bend than snap.

It is an interesting materials choice though on Karakoram's part. Their bindings are basically all machined aluminum and cast parts and then you get to the risers, which are also subjected to repeated loading and they choose a hard molded plastic.

Hey Brent!

Kyle from Karakoram here. Thank you for the review. The issue you mention is one we have taken very seriously. The risers have been completely re-tooled for 16/17, so they no longer are susceptible to the issue you mentioned. We'll be putting more information on the Karakoram blog about the story behind this and what we've done to mitigate it at some point this season. For now, know the experience with the latest iteration of risers will be what we were originally intending with the risers: durable, easy to use touring efficiency. We will always stand behind our gear and our customers.

Will these speed flips work with the split 30 collab, karakoram did with GNU? By that I mean, can I still heel lock down or no?

John,



Great questions. The flip-speed riser will work as a riser for the Split30 collabs but the heel lock only works with the Prime series bindings.



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