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  • #634075
    idtmcp542
    65 Posts

    If you are counting on durability to justify this purchase (even at off-season prices), you are looking at at least a six-year investment. Compare those clams to two pairs of Deeluxe’s or three Driver X’s.

    I didn’t say anything about justifying cost by durability, that was meant about durability vs. weight. However, I would imagine these boots will last me 6 years easily if I used them for splitboard mountaineering only when I needed them.

    To keep this in perspective for me, Sparks don’t fit my feet (only make up to size 12.5, and I’ve tried them), and Driver Xs nor Sparks provide near the amount of climbing ability as the Spantik, obviously. I also got the boots 20% off from backcountry.com, so I get an unlimited return policy. My other options seem to be that boot that only has information in Italian, and hardboots. And considering I probably wouldn’t be able to return hardboots after I cut down the tongue and remove some buckles, I decided that the Spantiks involved the least risk.

    These boots can be found for a decent price used. For instance, in my local craigslist: http://bellingham.craigslist.org/spo/2976654974.html

    I think words like worth and investment are important in threads where you’re talking about boots that cost close to $1000 retail. I guess maybe I don’t really understand what you mean by that last part.

    #634076
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Saw this modification to the Spantik and thought those of you with these boots might find this interesting.

    What I’m thinking could be loads of fun is to pick up these boots, and modify the toe for a tech mount like in the link below and then ride a full powder surf board like split (say the Venture Euphoria) with nothing more than these boots with bindings that are full auto compatible. Kinda like no boarding but with the obvious exception that you do have a binding. (I know, I’m sure this is nothing like no boarding, go easy, not trying to hurt any feelings here or make any ridiculous claims just thinking out loud). However, I’d expect that with no highbacks and thinking that this is a softerish boot, it might provide a really fun ride without having to worry about losing your board and having to carry extra bindings for going back up.

    Now to see if I can find a pair of these boots on the cheap…

    http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2012/04/it-is-about-time-tech-fitting-on.html

    #634077
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @keffler wrote:

    Saw this modification to the Spantik and thought those of you with these boots might find this interesting.

    http://coldthistle.blogspot.com/2012/04/it-is-about-time-tech-fitting-on.html

    Sickness :headbang:

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #634078
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Cool to see someone giving that a go. I’ll be interested to hear the results of testing. Seems a little sketch? If they would do it in the factory however with a bomber palstic toe piece. You would still have to use crappy strap bindings. (with overboots?)

    I still think a warm plastic AT boot would be better for high altitude splitting. Let the boots do most of the work for all the traversing you will likely be doing, and simple bindings w/possible overboot compatibility, bomber dynafit toe piece.

    #634079
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    Que the fruit!! 😆

    #634080
    Incalescent
    225 Posts

    Has anyone had a chance to test the Spatniks out long term? I’m really interested in hearing an updated report, I’m looking at getting a pair for splitboard approaches/descents in Alaska this spring.

    http://goldenincalescent.blogspot.com/

    #634082
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    What kind of cramps would you guys pair with the Spantiks for moderate mixed climbing and moderate ice climbing?

    Cyborgs?

    I am looking for something that will work well with my AT boots and Spantiks for climbing on low angle water ice, and/or seracs/icefall etc. Currently have 10-point strap Contacts, fine for neve but obviously not suitable for the aforementioned activities …

    And I think I’m going to bite the bullet and pick up some Spantiks this year, whenever I can get a bc.com deal or whatever.

    #634081
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    I rock G12 newmatics for stuff up to WI4, if you are gonna wanna get on something with more vert look at G14s or any mixed maybe look at G22s.

    As for durability, I have about 30 days on mine for climbing and riding. I added some layers of Freesole to areas that have been found to take a beating on approach. With this care, mine are holding up nicely thus far.

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #634083
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    For those who don’t frequent cc.com, a very nice review of the Spantik and comparison to other winter boot options.

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #634084
    andylagan
    5 Posts

    Hi Folks, thanks heaps for this thread, it really helped me make up my mind on getting these boots for splitboarding. I bought mine last week at Au Vieux Campeur, Sallanches, for 435 euros,. I’m pretty sure you can buy online from other countries, non taxed, so it might work out cheap for you. Anyway, Thea boots are amazing! I have had Burton Drivers/ driver X/Vikings for years as I really like the support and they fit my fit well, but hated having strap crampons ping of my boots right when you really needed them to do their job. Spantiks feel amazing to ride in. Stiff, good support, super comfortable. Going up on split mode they feel great, no different from my normal boots, going down too. You can really crank the laces, to stiffen them up. Just be careful as they don’t have as much cushioning on landings as normal snowboarding boots. Plus my toes hang out over the edges a bit more than my normal boots. But nothing too serious. In conclusion I’d say Spantiks are a really good snowboarding boot that are not a compromise to normal boots.

    #634085
    Incalescent
    225 Posts

    I use Petzl Sarkens on my Spatniks and they have been money for the WI3 I’ve done in them, but I expect they are solid for much harder.

    http://goldenincalescent.blogspot.com/

    #634086
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    So thanks to the bc.com 20% off sale earlier in the month, I ended up with some of these.

    I normally wear a 9 Malamute and went with a 43.5 Spantik to deal with swollen feet after big days, elevation etc. The size seems about right.

    Here’s my problem – before starting on any boot customizations, I get a ton of heel lift. The heelcup is not nearly as well defined as the Malamute. Did anyone here find similar, and stuff their boots with any kinds of inserts?

    #634087
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    BUMP

    I got one ride on bumpy spring snow in these boots in June, and I did NOT feel safely dialed at all. I had such little feel for the board and the stiff outsoles felt so much different than what I was used to in my Sparks. Of course, booting up the snow was glorious, and skinning was just okay though I did get toe interference from the boots being so much larger and hanging off the top of my Sparks more than my Malamutes.

    They also cramped my feet – like I had to stop riding for 5 minutes to let the cramps settle down. This was due to lots of things -the insoles I was using, the insole lifters I was using, the fact that I had my binding straps on my Sparks cranked all the way.

    So I’m on the fence about sending them back for credit vs. trying to double down and get an Intuition liner and better fitting insoles. I feel like my only real options are trying to get the Spantiks dialed or getting something like a Sideral boot and trying to dial that.

    Big hmmm. What were you Spantik users using for your soft boots? Any specific model of Intuition recommended for the Spantiks?

    Ended up with size 43 Spantiks. These things definitely fit different than Trangos!

    #634088
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    Yo A,

    Sorry to hear your first experience was unpleasant. They definitely ride different than a true soft boot, and it took me a couple of trips in firm conditions before I truly felt I knew how to ride in them. I am still rocking the stock liners, but planning to upgrade to the Baruntse liner at some point as I have heard lots of folks are much happier with those. Regarding toe interference while skinning mine are a little bit worse than my Malamutes, but not by much. One of the reasons I am really looking forward to trying a TLT5/Phantom/Dynafit setup this year as another tool in the arsenal.

    My advice would be as follows. If you only plan to use them for splitting you may be happier long-term with something else. But, if like myself, you would use them for other climbing activities, they are really hard to beat. Though as a purely splitting boot, they are still a solid option once you are used to how they respond.

    Cheers

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #634089
    Incalescent
    225 Posts

    I use the liner from my Burton Ambush boots. I would not use the stock Spatnik liner for snowboarding. The liner seems to take care of the heel lift.

    http://goldenincalescent.blogspot.com/

    #634090
    Kakiko
    8 Posts

    @96avs01 wrote:

    Yo A,

    Sorry to hear your first experience was unpleasant. They definitely ride different than a true soft boot, and it took me a couple of trips in firm conditions before I truly felt I knew how to ride in them. I am still rocking the stock liners, but planning to upgrade to the Baruntse liner at some point as I have heard lots of folks are much happier with those. Regarding toe interference while skinning mine are a little bit worse than my Malamutes, but not by much. One of the reasons I am really looking forward to trying a TLT5/Phantom/Dynafit setup this year as another tool in the arsenal.

    My advice would be as follows. If you only plan to use them for splitting you may be happier long-term with something else. But, if like myself, you would use them for other climbing activities, they are really hard to beat. Though as a purely splitting boot, they are still a solid option once you are used to how they respond.

    Cheers

    Hi there!
    I have been reading a lot about the TLT5 boots, but, what would be the update in the Spantiks? Still recomend them for a good splitboard boot for mountaineering?
    Or how you compare them to TLT boots?

    Thanks

    #634091
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    ^^^ I am not sure what “update in the Spantiks” you are referring to in your post. Would I still recommend the Spantik as a splitboard mountaineering boot, absolutely. One could also consider a pair of the Fitwells, which look like a great option for a boot for both endeavors but I haven’t tried them personally. Without knowing more about your intended usage, it’s hard to say how the TLT would compare to the Spantik for you. :twocents:

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #634092
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I think the “update” is updated impressions since he just bumped a year old thread to see if anything has changed with more use and with more options on the market now.

    #634093
    aksnow
    1 Posts

    Looking at getting a pair of these for Denali, want to bring skis/boards to 14 and ride some there. I tried a friends pair on today and they seem to have quite a lot of ankle flex? How do you feel about that and riding with potentially heavy packs? I have the Fitwells right now and are very happy with them but am looking at getting the Spantiks for Denali and ice climbing.
    Thanks!

    #634094
    christoph benells
    717 Posts

    i would take the spantiks on the sled with you to 14. tour and ride in the fitwells. either that or maybe your overboots can fit over your fitwells? then there may be no need for the spantiks…or some tlt’s with 40 below overboots.

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