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Monday, January 14, 2013

Another epic winter on SplitBoard - K2 Panoramic

Well, it's for the second winter when I'm using this amazing splitboard made by K2 called Panoramic. I've got mine from, Bucuresti, Bulevardul Decebal Nr. 9, the official distributor of K2 equipment in Romania - thanx to Mr. Cristi Borda - to test it for the past winter season, and it was such a thrill! From my home resort to backcountry this snowboard shreded every single slope at any angle I was going to.

 As a mountainguide and snowboarder I started to appreciate the advantages of having a splitboard: long range for traveling on deep snow, autonomy created by this aspect, easy way approaching the summit, and, not at last, SNOWBOARDING ALL THE WAY DOWN!!! But K2 Panoramic is simply more than this. From the icy slopes of Retezat Mt. to the deep powder in Fagaras Mt. my K2 Panoramic splitboard was my faithful friend.

Funny enough, I was the only snowboarder in a ski-mountaineering competition at Postavaru Night - the 4th of March 2012.

Efortless turns on hardpack, majestic float on powder(thanks to its Setback 1" - 25mm stance) - despite I am pretty tall - 188 cm, and my Panoramic is just 162 cm long - it was just great to have this lethal weapon as my partner! This splitboard - if you buy it as a kit - comes with Voile binding system, and you can attach any snowboard binding you may have, and with custom climbing skins - swiss made, by Pomoca, providing unmatched grip and traction.

K2 Panoramic has a lot to offer thanks to the technology it was created with:

TWEEKEND - ADDED STABILITY, FLOAT & LANDING POWER A revolutionary tweek to the ends of our industry leading Baseline technology. By extending the Baseline rocker all the way out to the absolute ends of the board, new ride-able surface is unlocked, giving you a bigger, more stable platform to press, float and land on.

BAMBOOYAH - Skate inspired Indestructibility BAMBOOYAH® expands out into more models in this it’s second year. We now offer original Bambooyah cores and the all new Bambooyah Blended cores. Created for models that could benefit from just a little bit of Bambooyah’s incredible strength. A little bit of Bambooyah goes a long way.

HIBRILIGHT - Less waste, more shred! K2’s exclusive Hybrilight construction features a thin, constant thickness sidewall designed for maximum performance and minimal material usage. The result is a lighter, more advanced snowboard with significantly less waste produced in manufacturing. Better on hill and greener for the hill.

K2 Splitboard specs: 154, 158, 162, 168 cm
BASELINE: All Terrain Rocker Tweekend
DAMPING: Standard CONSTRUCTION: Hybrilight
SHAPE: Hyper Progressive
STANCE: Stance Setback 1" (25mm)

As I've been checking out another binding systems I have to admit that this Voile kit it's just fantastic! No loose parts to drop in the snow, everything's attached to the binding and switching from ski mode to snowboard mode comes handy and it's really fast! Very useful during climbs is the lifter but unfortunately it has only one position, which is a little too high, and probably you'll use it rarely. The good news is that you can buy the Voile Splitboard Dual Height Climbing Heels for about 36 $ and replace the existing one.

Maybe the best feature of K2 Panoramic Splitboard is the way that the tail responses to different terrain, keeping you on track, being very forgiving when riding conditions are changing from soft to hard snow, and on landings.

The skins have really good traction, and are pretty easy to fit and remove from the board due to the innovative fixing system. To add more traction during climbing on hard pack you can use the Voile crampons for extra grip. Cool thing is that you can use it in 2 modes: a swinging mode, when the crampon is attached to the binding - and the drag is reduced at minimum without loosing grip, and a fixed mode when the crampon will increase drag but will come very handy on hard and steep terrain, when the grip provided by the skins only is scarce.

Taking care of your splitboard is essential. From time to time you should check if all the binding screws are tight, and if every part is in a good condition; check also if the safety lock of the pin is not loose, and if it is use a pliers to tighten it. Inspect the edges and sharpen'em if necessary. Take good care of the skins if you'd like to use them for a long time, without loosing their properties.

So, at the end of all this, if you think about buying a splitboard, it might be an ideea to keep in mind this option provided by K2 Snowboards - the Panoramic Splitboard. For romanian customers -, Bucuresti, Bulevardul Decebal Nr. 9, Tel.: +4 0314 255 994 | Mobile: +4 0731 347 184, email:

For updated info about riding K2 Panoramic splitboard , technical features, tips & tricks or just impressions please contact me on mountainpro romanian guiding agency website !!! Play safe!