Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Avoiding costly newbie mistakes Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) Author Posts February 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm #846520 Stefano 4 Posts Hi i’m Stefano I’m looking for my first splitboard, i’m kinda on a budget(not super broke) and i want to buy the right gears to buy it once. I’ve doubt on many points, instead of making multiple posts i’ll try keep all in one. GENERAL After lots of reading i feel like i want to jump in in hardboots but i got a bit confused too. – is that easy? find boots mod it put on the board and go? or am i missing somenthing? BOOTS I kinda understood that atomic backland, dynafit speedfit/tlt6 and procline are the most popular I just need to find one that fit my wide feet and get a good discount. – are there boots that work out of the box? or with minamal mods? whitch one is the best? – people speak about “atomic backland” but there are many whitch one? (i know they fit wider and i tryied the expert model) BINDINGS Phantoms are too expansive, voile are to ugly. I’m looking to spark dyno. I found plum SOK and nobody speak about it. Any clues? BOARD I’m looking for one board, versatile and for Alps. My choice i budget driven and affected by offers i find. I have eyes on jones solution, rossignol XV, K2 maruader, maybe furberg i’m still open to suggestions. I’m 173cm for 84kg 10.5 boot I ride a K2 manifest 157w. – What is my board length? or lenght range – Should i keep it wide? – wide board need wide crampons? some regular crampons are wider than wide board waist. I’ve tried to be the most sintetic possible. Thank you in advance for replies Stefano February 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm #846559 VtVolk 29 Posts Welcome to the darkside, Stefano! The answer to almost all of your questions is “it depends.” Boots and boards are almost totally personal preference. For a board, in general, I’d advise you to ride what you like for your solid board setup but factor in the terrain you plan to ride and the pack you’ll be carrying to get there. I like big boards and I can not lie. For bindings, the Spark Dyno DH has been bomber for me for many seasons of abuse. I used the Voile Mountain Plate kit for a bit before that and it never failed me, but it is indeed heavy, ugly, and raises you high off the deck. You can skin uphill on them, though, which is a unique attribute if you’re on a tight budget (i.e., no tech toepieces to buy). For boots, I use Fischer Travers completely stock and unmodded. They fit me great and I love their soft flex. What works for me might be terrible for you, so I’d recommend trying on a bunch of boot models before buying. As far as modding goes, I’d suggest a lot of trial and error. Ride, mod, ride, mod a little more, etc. Good luck! February 12, 2020 at 11:41 pm #846569 Stefano 4 Posts For bindings, the Spark Dyno DH has been bomber for me for many seasons of abuse. I used the Voile Mountain Plate kit for a bit before that and it never failed me, but it is indeed heavy, ugly, and raises you high off the deck. You can skin uphill on them, though, which is a unique attribute if you’re on a tight budget (i.e., no tech toepieces to buy). PLUM SOK offers the same feature, cost less than spark dyno, is lightweight, have cheaper crampons. It comes in a kit whit all u need. They offer a low tech toe, pretty expansive, as an optional/upgrade that break the budget. Look very interesting to me but i can’t find reviews or opinion about it. February 13, 2020 at 10:57 am #846592 Scooby2 611 Posts I’d see if you get a boot to feel good with wide feet before buying anything else. February 13, 2020 at 11:17 am #846593 Stefano 4 Posts Scooby2 wrote: I’d see if you get a boot to feel good with wide feet before buying anything else. Thats is the plan indeed. i just tryied today a couple of pair of boots today. i undestand why VtVolks like the fischer traverse. they have the same frontal flex of my soft boots. I felt it a bit loose on ankle. Than i tried a couple of salomon x-alp. They felt mutch more secure on feet a bit on thigt side. But i think a small heat mold may fit it. The range of motion is amazing. But forward flex is mutch resistant. they make me feel some pressure on sheen but my softboots feel the same sometimes. February 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm #846637 Stefano 4 Posts I made my mind up for the solution. I found good price for it, but i can’t really decide for lenght. I can’t choose between 159w and 162w. My plan are mostly 1 day trips max 2. Powder is rare near where i live and there are lots of hard pack and icy/winded snow. To find myself snowboarding on narrow path is not improbable. Steep section are not rare at all. My actual board is 157w, i bought it recently, i like it but i was coming from a 156w. I never tested it on deep snow. It’s not snowing this year. I had a look at jones sizing chart for weight i’m just in the range for the 159w and in the middle of the range for 162w. I was 95 kg a year ago. I know this i mostly for floatabilty. 159 in not mutch more than 157 (witch i use as resort board) but 162 is 5 cm longer than i have ever ridden In the end any advice will be helpfull February 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm #846675 Method 151 Posts I don’t think it matters which size (159 or 162) you choose. After all, we are talking about 30mm, less than the width of this sentence on your screen or around a 2% size difference. If I had to choose, I’d go with the longer board since you are 95kg. Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.