Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Anyone ride a factory split Lib Tech?
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    Berts
    49 Posts

    I ride a 169 Skunk Ape solid and love it, have for years. Would the split version of that identical board ride comparable? I’ve never owned a factory split so not sure if they lose something before I drop the cash for one.

    #788077
    bcall8
    125 Posts

    I have owned 2 both of them were the t.rice model. I had the 161.5 and currently have the 164.5 from this year. I think they ride great. I have owned multiple lib tech and gnu solid boards over the years and I think that there splits ride really close to there solids. The differences that I have notice have been due to the difference in feel of the solid Union bindings that I ride compared to the Spark splitboard bindings. I feel that solid bindings cradle the boot more and provide more support, where as the Sparks are really low profile and have a looser feel. I think you will be very happy with a skunk ape if you like the way the solid version rides. With Karakoram bindings you probably wouldn’t notice too much difference. I prefer sparks and they ride great as well. I have had a handful of days riding chairs on hardpack with my lib split and had a good time.

    Due to the rocker profile my libs have not had as much grip and stability while skinning as my jones solution. That being said they still work great. In soft conditions not an issue at all. You may consider a high traction skin or even some crampons for certain conditions or terrain. Hope that helps.

    #788099
    Berts
    49 Posts

    Awesome, thanks for the feedback, I have crampons so no worries there. I have a DIY 172 Skunk but it’s not the same after drilling all those holes. It’s way too flexible and I cracked it through the core yesterday, It’s early January and I have no split board. Think I may just pull the trigger. I wish Venture was making boards.

    #788134
    Berts
    49 Posts

    Update, I ordered the Skunk Split. I hit up backcountry.com and they hooked me up with a 10% off.

    Thanks for the input

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