Forums Boots Using same pair of hardboots for skiing and splitboarding
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  • #578781
    dt007
    12 Posts

    Hi all
    Is it realistic to expect that the same pair of hardboots could be used for both skiing and splitboarding? Are the mods for riding basically mandatory and therefore I would need to own two pairs of hardboots if I wish to mix it up? I ride a softboot setup now – but am inclined to go hard boot setup, but meanwhile I am also wanting to ski more nowadays so was seeing if anyone else is having success with multi-purposing their boots.

    thanks

    #668862
    Powder_Rider
    498 Posts

    Modifying HB boots is a personal preference.

    A lot will depend on what boot you choose to ski/ride with.

    I ride stock Scarpa F1’s and the only “mod” I have done is to add an “Eliminator Custom Tongue” shim which has solved some boot fitting issues for me and also has soften forward-lean for me.

    So try to carpet test a pair of Eliminator Custom Tongues a your local ski shop. I purchased mine at Pomeroy Sports in Aspen, Colorado.

    http://www.tognar.com/the-eliminator-custom-tounges-pair/.

    The F1 boot is designed for AT / Rando-Racing so it will only will work well with my Völkl Snow Wolf AT Skis (113/76/100). But these boots will not drive today’s fat AT Ski.

    I say continue trying the “varations” without the modifications to you new boots; since your trying to use your new TLT-5 boots for both AT skiing and Splitboarding.

    I ride Bomber Sidewinder Bindings and these bindings flex lateral. I have not tried the Phantoms yet. But I ride stock Burton Race Plates on my solid board.

    Bottom-line is try before you buy or modify your boots.

    Canting the plate bindings can be accomplished through modifying a SNOWPRO Race Bindings to a Voile Plate binding, or use the Bomber Sidewinder Split-board binding http://www.bomberonline.com/store/bindings/splitboard.cfm. Although heavy, I would recommend the Sidewinder bindings.

    Barrows posted “Dynafit TLT 5 Mountain, WOW!” viewtopic.php?f=10&t=10958&st=0&sk=t&sd=a. This thread has a lot to say about the TLT 5 boots and modifications.

    Modifying boots is a personal preference; there is a lot of good advice for doing so. But for me, I am satisfied with the stock F1s.

    #668863
    yogisnow
    42 Posts

    Used a pair of dynafit one boots for the season in Whitewater BC.
    Phantoms/dynafit for the boards and dynafit for the skis.
    NO Mods to the boots except for fitting.
    Jut had them tight for skiing and looser for boarding. I like stiffer boots for boarding.
    Unlocked back foot when in powder did the job.
    As previously said in other threads many mods can be made but i did not feel the need.
    Maybe the more i ride HB the more i will want to mod them as it was the first season for me in them.
    And what a treat it was with touring, climbing and riding.
    No going back for me..

    #668864
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    007: It can be done as you suggest, but riding performance will be compromised to some extent. I rode the TLT5 Mountain (softer model, pebax cuff) one day in stock condition before starting the modding process. It certainly “worked” but it did not work as well as a well dialed soft boot set up. With mods, my TLT5s now equal or even outperform a soft boot set up.
    So, it just depends on how much compromise in performance you are willing to accept.

    #668861
    moridinbg
    151 Posts

    What bindings are you going to use? Phantoms or DIY Burton/CC bails on a Voile plate?
    I have been riding TLT5s on the DIY voile thing this season and didn’t find any reason to mod them. The binding itself provided enough flex.
    Before this I had been riding Forum Destroyers with Drake DTM’s, which is much more on the flexible side, both in the binding and boot and 32 Lashed before the forums, so I was used to a flexible setup, but didn’t have problems with the stock TLSs and the Voile plate + CC bails.

    #668865
    dt007
    12 Posts

    Thanks guys. All guidance is appreciated. This stuff is $$ especially after already investing in last year in a soft boot split setup so want to at least have expectations right.
    For those using un-modded AT boots, do you tend to leave the walk/tour mode on while riding and touring?
    How important is canting ability on the bindings?

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