User Review: K2 Panoramic Splitboard Kit
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $765
Board is awesome, Voile universal interface leaves a little to be desired.
- Board is awesome, powder carving heaven.
- Voile interface is universal
- Skins fit perfectly and perform great.
- Voile interface lifts bindings from deck
- Touring mode a bit sloppy
I love this thing, it's my first split. I have put about a dozen days on it so far and it's holding up great. The full rockered tip and tail are a blessing in deep powder, and the board actually performs pretty well on hardpack as well. The only condition I have noticed it being less than ideal in is heavy wet snow. The flexy tip and tail have a hard time pushing around the heavy stuff without excessive flex, making it a bit sloppy, but hell, its wet heavy snow.
The skins stay put, grip well, and seem to be holding up very well. The way they attach through the premade metal holes through the tip and tail are also great, makes it easy to switch from touring mode.
The Voile Universal binding plates are were this kit struggles. This universal interface lifts the bindings up about a half of an inch off the deck, which is a little awkward feeling at first. I ended up getting a pair of Spark R&D Blaze splitboard bindings after the second time out with the Voile interface, it just didn't work for me.
The second part of the Voile kit I'm not crazy about and will be replacing with the Spark R&D component are the touring brackets. On technical ascents or a traverse they tend to be susceptible to very slight bending. It's nothing that effects performance, but it can create a little bit of play in the pin at the front of the binding in tour mode, just because the steel where the pin goes through is less than 1/8" thick, and that allows any sort of gap away from the sides of the pin hole in the binding to develop a bit of play in the pin (hard to explain). A small adjustment with pliers before each trip can alleviate this, but if you have to put any sort of torque on the pin, it will tweak again.
I would buy the kit (instead of just the deck) again, because the skins, chinese hooks, tip and tail clips, pucks and heel lift are all solid components. The binding plates and touring brackets are the only components I have complaints about.