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  • #822730
    shredgnar
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    Ended up ordering some Rome Libertine SRTs. Couldn’t find the Guide in my size, and hoping the Libertines fit as I had to size down. I’ll report back with a review. They were CHEAP! $179 from BC

    These are supposed to be a little on the medium flex side of things so it might be weird coming from Drivers but I’m not as aggressive as I used to be anyway. Might be nice to be able to tweak a method a little more too!

    #822013
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    I was given some Talons a few years ago and I broke the BOA on the 2nd day. They were also too small for me so I never really got a good feel for them. Maybe I’ll revisit.
    Having low volume feet always makes me have to over tighten all of my boots, which means the BOA is usually overstressed. I’m OK with a BOA for the liner, but for the shell they just aren’t up to the task.

    #789105
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Stoked these guys are making a comeback. Klem makes great boards. I think that it is awesome that they are so uncompromising. They make solid boards for riding tough terrain. They are big burly boards made for riding Silverton and terrain like it, not flimsy park boards that last half a season (like Mervin). They aren’t for everyone, no board is.

    Congrats on the comeback Venture!!!!!

    #785613
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Been using Expeditions for 10+ years with absolutely no problems. Don’t store them compacted, and allow them to dry when not in use and they shouldn’t freeze. Maybe take them apart for storage.

    Sounds like you are hard on poles, so maybe compactors are unable to withstand the amount of abuse you are putting them through. Beef up to Expeditions and treat them right and you should be good.

    #784699
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    You sound just like me 20 years ago when I was first learning how to get around in the snow. Let me save you some time, money, effort, and pain.

    Step 1) Get rid of snowshoes and get a split
    Step 2) Invest in a good 40L pack with avy gear pocket, back access, and ski/board carry. I like the BD Anarchist.
    Step 3) Build a pulk sled for the beer when you need it.
    Step 4) Invest in lightweight gear and learn what you really do and do not need in the woods. (Hint: get a bivy or learn to share a tent, or go camping when you won’t need one.)
    Step 5) Profit!

    Bottom line, 75L packs are not made for what you are describing. Carrying a 30 rack on your back is retarded, and cans will break inside your pack. Trust me, I’m the guy who has hauled 5 gallon kegs miles into the backcountry on my back and up multi pitch climbing routes, it used to be our thing, still kinda is, but I put it on a sled now.

    75L packs are for fucking huge expeditions. Hiking long distances completely self supported for weeks at a time, shit like that. Most people who buy them never use them, and if they do, it’s because they have no idea what they are doing and bring the kitchen sink for an overnight trip.

    Good luck.

    #784047
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    We need more threads like this to drive traffic to this site before it dies.

    Hardbooters ride like robots!!! Sideways skiers !!!

    #783814
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Saw this the other night at the Breck Film fest. Definitely agree that it was one of the better climbing films that I’ve seen in a while. I was actually most impressed with Jimmy Chin. That guy is a legend in the making.

    #783453
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Look like they are canceling orders for this season. Bummed. Great company and great people, hope they can make a comeback.

    From their FB page:

    “Venture Supporters,

    Venture Snowboards has encountered some challenging terrain in recent months. Circumstances beyond our control have forced us to make a tough decision. We will not be delivering any boards to market for the 2015-16 winter season.

    To our friends, colleagues, collaborators and all you Venture riders and supporters, we are deeply sorry. We sincerely apologize for any impacts this may have on you or your business.

    To our staff who stuck by us through thick and thin—you are the heart of Venture. So many people had the best days of their lives on boards we built by hand. That is something to be proud of, something no one can take away.

    Trust us when we say we did everything possible to make it work. Venture has been a labor of love for us for more than 16 years. We did it for you, for ourselves, and for snowboarding.

    We can’t project what will happen beyond 2015-16. In the meantime, we hope you’ll support the other craft manufacturers out there who love snowboarding as much as we do.

    This isn’t goodbye. See you soon.

    Klem and Lisa Branner
    Venture Snowboards”

    #781862
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    For a start, the grey color of the typeface makes me unable to read more than a few sentences without some serious effort. The pop up adds that come up if your mouse hovers over them and don’t go away, also irritating. The loss of a “new posts” function made the forum more difficult to browse. It’s the little things that add up. The easier the forums is to use, the more people will return. I’m not a TR guy, but many people are, and making that more difficult doesn’t help either.

    I also think we lost a lot of users during the changeover when everyone had to reregister. I don’t know the numbers, but could we look back at the trends before the site switch? I would guess that users were trending upwards, not down as they seem to be now.

    Ease of use should be the primary consideration if you want to keep this thing together. All the bells and whistles in the world won’t get you anywhere if you don’t have a solid foundation. Kinda like split boarding, all the fancy gear in the world won’t walk uphill for you.

    #781755
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    It’s a culmination of many things that has caused site traffic to drop. I could list them, but we all know what they are. I used to go through phases of checking in every day, to every week. Lately, I feel like this place isn’t even on my list unless I’m REALLY bored.

    It’s a shame, and I’d hate to see what was once a awesome resource for our community go away. I found out about split boarding from this place in ’05 and have been doing it ever since, with a ton of help from this site. I don’t post TR’s ever, but it’s just not my thing, I rarely read them either. I’m more here for the gear reviews and such.

    It’s ironic that just as Splitboarding is starting to be more mainstream, the site that got so many people into our sport starts dying off.

    #781535
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Sorry, not interested in splitting up the system.

    PM me with questions or offers, I don’t check in here much anymore.

    BUMP!

    #780529
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    And the newest Zelix is based on the K Jones model from their shape shack last year if I’m not mistaken.

    #780437
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    This is the original one, not “Higher”. From what I can tell, they are pretty similar, but this one is made with a spectra fabric, don’t know about the Higher one.

    #780290
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    The so much hyped walk mode for the JJ’s 32 boot is a bit underwhelming for me. It’s just the ability to release the upper 7-8cm from the back of the boot, while the ankle, which is much more important, is still locked.

    Have you tried them? They actually allow quite a bit of ankle articulation I thought. I’d break that BOA in a few days though, not a fan of anything with a BOA on it. Every time I’ve tried, SNAP!

    #780218
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    I like that Spark listened and fixed their forward lean adjustment. It looks pretty slick in person, very functional, but only time will tell how durable it is. Hopefully it can take a beating.

    #779987
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Powslash the Euphoria looks to remains the same as 14/15, the other deck is a collab with Smith.
    Its in this photoset http://snowboarding.transworld.net/featuresobf/sia-tradeshow-2015-product-round-day-1#

    Nope, Euphoria gets regular sidecut this year. Should be interesting as you’ll actually be able to rideit on hardpack.

    Venture also came out with a carbon Zelix split. Light and snappy!

    Those Jones boots are pretty cool, walk mode is pretty nice.

    Karakoram’s are looking really nice with their new interface. Hoping to check that out at the on snow this week.

    #777123
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    After talking smack on bibs a few pages back, I just got a pair of Trewth bibs for xmas. We’ll see how they work out. They look pretty sick so far.

    As far as skin storage inside the jacket. All you really need is a string or small bar to hang them over inside the jacket. Don’t need a huge pocket really do ya? Actually, I’ll usually put them inside the jacket and let my hip belt hold them in. Never really had a problem.

    #776551
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Yeah, put this thing aside for a while and take care of #1. We’ll still be here when you return.

    Take care Chris.

    #775956
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    phillip.ak, I couldn’t agree more. On the new page, it kills me to click through forums and into sub-forums, only to find barrows offering his perspectives on a softboot thread (where as previously, I could see the specific thread title that was most active, as well as the contributor).

    nickstayner reflects my thoughts exactly. Thanks Chris for all your hard work on this forum throughout the years! In regards to splitboarding, I owe almost everything to this forum: techniques, tips, motivation, gear setups, dislike of frootboot enthusiasts (barrows), some fantastic touring partners and even better people, the rare piece of montana beta, etc. Because of these reasons, splitboard.com/forums has for many years been my most visited website. I recognize the reasons that are driving the changes as well.

    The new site is just tough to use though… it’s difficult feel and lack of ‘new posts’ function are definitely a step backwards. It saddens me to see myself rarely checking the site these days – and when I do, to see the noticeable lack of traffic and activity on the site. I think there’s more activity on the forum during the summer, than the past cpl weeks since the conversion. I would be sad to see splitboard.com go this direction for good :(
    I mean, you might as well make barrows a forum mod.

    Thanks again for all your hard work and time throughout the years Chris!

    (YES! A barrows dig in each paragraph!!)

    Agreed on all counts. I actually came here to see if there was any resolution to the “New Posts” function. During times of lower traffic (like now apparently) it’s very helpful to be able to view all new posts rather than just one forums at a time.

    It’s a bummer to see traffic slow here during what many would consider Splitboarding’s heyday, just because of a forums switch. I actually really like the new format, (except for the lack of “New posts”). I think the main lack of traffic was caused by having to Re-log in and the fact that many were unable to do that because of hotmail spam filter or something. It took me a while to motivate to do it.

    I think we all know that SB.com is not Chris’s full time job, so bear with him, I’m sure he’ll get this stuff dialed in eventually. The man’s gotta get out on the split too! Thanks for providing a spot for us geeks to bitch back and forth for all these years! Cheers!

    PS, damn I was gonna add smiley’s where did they go? And man, this lighter colored type is hard to read.

    #715618
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    You guys do know that live trees are cut down every day in large quantities, around the world, in order to construct all kinds of things of various levels of usefulness. My whole house is built out of Canadian Douglas Fir Trees that could have come from a forest very near to this site. People used to hang people from trees! At least they stopped doing that right? BTW, trees are a renewable resource. Y’all should google it! Yeah, they actually grow back! In a few years, this very slope could have thousands of trees growing on it again! Some people even burn trees in order to keep warm! Oh the humanity!!!

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