Forums Splitboard Talk Forum approach skis+snowboard vs splitboard Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) Author Posts March 10, 2011 at 9:11 am #574528 blades 19 Posts this is the question thats on my mind for months now.what is the best way to ascend ?any ideas? March 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm #637657 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts What? U know you are on splitboard.com right? Great thread. March 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm #637658 shredgnar 643 Posts I’ll help you out, read this thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10347 Then get back to us. March 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm #637659 blades 19 Posts all right i rest my case March 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm #637660 tiltedworld 406 Posts I was an active user of the k2 ascent skis for years (snowshoes before that), and even converted it over to accept a bare bones soft binding baseplate with just an ankle strap. I finally made the switch to a split this year after getting a taste for it on a borrowed split last year. The approach skis do have some benefit, but only really in certain applications. Approach Pros: Benefits of skinning fairly quickly (split is still way faster) Downhill on solid lighter with VERY slight performance advantage using solid board Approach Cons: Still carrying 10-12 lbs on your back for the majority of the day while hiking, Also carry weight/bulk of skis on downhill. I HATED the approach skis on my back on the downhill .The new MTN skis fold though but cost $800 😯 Overall, if you are going to hike out to a specific spot to session a booter or natural feature where you’d want the performance of a solid, or are simply looking for a one-run slackcountry outing next to the resort, you’d probably do OK with approach skis. The folding ones do look very good for this type of riding, but at $800 the split makes more sense. That is around the cost of a factory split, so for not too much more you’re at the split cost, or a DIY would be cheaper overall, even adding in the cost of a used board to split. Once you want to do some runs away from the resort, there’s no question a split is the tool of choice. March 11, 2011 at 8:56 am #637661 blades 19 Posts ok lets proceed to what shall I need to split a second board with the Voile kit March 13, 2011 at 3:51 am #637662 sneeky jesus 106 Posts scissors. Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.