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  • #798667
    mar123
    370 Posts

    I know a couple of people that are on speed touring boots like the Dynafit PDG, and Aliens and say they like them for the most part and dont have to modify the flex. But on cold days their toes do get cold to the point of it being unpleasant. Also they are more susceptible to getting wet.

    Im considering a TLT6/Phantom binding setup, just cause id like that edge/efficiency especially in technical terrain over a soft boot setup, and to look cool at the trailheads. 😉

    Im a big weenie and absolutely hate cold feet/toes so I dont think id be into a race boot. My toes have yet to get cold in my Burton Driver X boots on any tour even in 0 degree temps, they are always comfy and toasty. So a TLT6 boot with some flex mods will prob be the boot for me. I Talked w Dan about his TLT6 boots and he says he likes them and you give up a little bit warmth but not much. TLT6 are a little heavier then the race boots but I’m willing to sacrifice some weight for comfort and warmth.

    I like what Phantom bindings are doing with all the mods to the TLT6 and their newest mod kit, makes it more appealing to go that route.

    With the recent growth of backcountry touring/splitboarding someones gotta make an affordable split specific hard boot with the right flex in the right spots. with pricing along the lines of the TLT6 or Sideral. The market is there and the first one to make “the” boot is going to crush it. Its one aspect of the splitboard industry that really hasn’t been tapped yet. I still feel like the splitboard industry is clunky and can take it more towards the technical/alpine/efficient route. I mean even if your not doing huge alpine ascents and mountaineering who doesn’t want to be more efficient….and warm/comfy 😉

    #798825
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    This is probably better suited to being in the boards thread, but seeing that I referenced the potential of a new deck with fish scales in my last post, I’m posting a teaser here.

    Dave at Voile was kind enough to offer to do a one off for me and I took him up on it. Note the 17-18 has channels instead of inserts and black bases which should make for cleaner repairs and take wax well. New colorway harkens back to the 2001 195, yeah!!!

    I’ll include some first impressions after this weekend and a long form write-up later in the season.

    Cheers!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #798833
    mar123
    370 Posts

    nice^

    About 4-5″ of low density over soft surfy base. Turns were good in the trees.

    #798843
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    @mar123 you should read my latest post in the TLT6 boot mod thread. I discuss some of the advantages and tradeoffs to doing some of the mods.
    http://splitboard.com/talk/topic/dynafit-tlt6-mod-thread/page/4/

    But yes, the boots are colder than my soft boots. There are things you can do, like buy some of these DryGuy Boot Gloves for the cold days. My neighbor runs this nifty store called Skimo on Ft. Union. They have lots of cool ski mountaineering equipment.

    http://skimo.co/dryguy-boot-gloves

    @snurfer that is a super sweet board. My friend has fish scales on his Voile Vector skis and he loves them. Only drawback is a little more downhill sliding resistance on the harder snow apparently. But we only ride soft snow, right?

    Here’s a shot from this morning. I’m sure you can tell where its from. This run used to be a staple for me but I haven’t ridden it in several seasons. Snow was creamy and bottomless till the westerly drop to the main trail. I think the snow at this elevation got into the 40°s this week so it was crispy, crunchy underneath.

    #798885
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^thanks WhitePine, yeah the Skimo store is pretty rad, I was in there yesterday and picked up a couple of toe pieces.

    I was settled on the TLT6 but after running into a friend on the skintrack today I might reconsider, He’s pretty darn fast and been on hardboots for a while he said Aliens were his favorite boot as far as flex/ride and light weight, but im not sure if I want to deal with my feet getting wet or cold at all, also he mentioned they are not very durable. He was currently on a set of Fischer Traverses which the guys at Skimo also recommended, said they were good in terms of flex/riding and not having to modify them, also said the TLT6 was too stiff, which is why people are modifying them. So maybe might go with the Fischers we’ll see.

    Both Canyons looked F’ed so went up Mill Creek, West Porter for a few laps. Early enough start to still stay ahead of the masses, A LOT of parties on their way up on the exit.

    12-15″ ?

    It was deep, Avy danger on the rise, put it at High, Sensitive/Reactive soft slabs breaking/propagating on steeper rollovers, limited to new snow. my guess is 12″-15″ and still snowing good at 12:30…Things could get crazy if we get another 1-2 feet with Mondays storm.

    #798906
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Yeah mar123, the Aliens my be a better boot. However, if you are looking to save money on a hardboot experiment, which is what I’ve been calling my experience, Aliens will be harder to find. TLT6s keep popping up on KSL all the time. I saw 4 pairs in different sizes just the other day for around $200. Makes sense, especially if you are going to perform frankenboot surgery.

    I don’t think your feet will get wet, but they will be colder. I rode two laps today while wearing my DryGuy Boot Glove all day as an experiment and my feet were toasty all day.

    We were lucky to hit the trail at about 7:30 before the masses arrived. We went to BCC and were a little disappointed to find like 3 inches of new in the parking lot. Up higher that evolved in to 8 or maybe 10 in some spots but nowhere near the 15-16 at my house. Still a fun day though. We didn’t see any movement or anything that put us on edge. Just some minor sluffing.

    #798921
    Scooby2
    612 Posts

    Confession: I tried on the scarpa alien and the Fischer traverse at skimo. The alien felt harsh, stiff too hard against ankles and other places. The Fischer felt soft and comfortable. I felt I could have a good day with them as they were with the strap connected but buckle undone. Just a nice even wrap w/o noticeable pressure points. I have wide forefoot, bony ankles and knobs on heels from skiing bumps that always needed work in ski boots. Nice internal gaiter. Just can’t do it yet though, love my k2 compass boots still and don’t want to complicate things esp with 45 degree front foot but hmmmm . . .

    #798959
    mar123
    370 Posts

    ^yeah kinda my same thoughts on the Aliens as well, I didnt like them at all, but to each their own. they felt kinda cheap and didnt seem like they would last long. they didnt fit my feet well. I could tell right away they were pretty thin and my feet would be cold also seemed like they had the most places/holes where snow would get inside the boot.

    I really like the how the Fischers felt and they fit my foot the best out of the TLT6, and Alien. I like the boa lace and the simple velcro strap/buckle. They seemed to flex well in ride mode, and felt awesome in walk mode. Overall my favorite boot that I tried on. I think if the TLT6 and Alien made a baby this boot would be it. Think im going to pull the trigger on this one and will post up my thoughts over in the boots forum once i get some ride time on it.

    Doug is this enough hard boot talk for ya? 🙂

    #798961
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Yep, that just about covers it 🙂

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #799126
    mar123
    370 Posts

    snuck outta the office for an afternoon tour …it didnt suck.

    It goes with a mandatory cliff huck.

    good stability on routes traveled…back ta work

    #799148
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Lap w Wasatch Surf before work this morning, we both agreed that it is about as epic as can be out there!! Low density, deep, and right side up.

    Sun provided a little dramatic lighting

    Dan before disappearing into his clouds of cold smoke



    Yep

    #799191
    mar123
    370 Posts

    took the afternoon off to test out my new setup…

    2 tracks and a booter… i’ll take it, thanks @noah_j_howell and @acpictures

    Stoked to tick off the Y in some deep pow…got a decent sized sluff to run off the top

    watch those south aspects tomorrow for fresh wind slabs


    so far so good, dont worry still got a soft boot setup 🙂

    #799243
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Been an amazing last few days, mise well keep it going…Dan and Logan marching up to the top of Stairs Gulch

    4500 ft of pow to the road!

    Logan in the upper bowl

    Dan into the bowl underneath the bowl

    Wow! What a cool line into some truly unique terrain, stoked to tick another one off in great conditions! Aside from a couple of creek crossings we were able to ride out to the road. Great tour Dan and Logan, good to finally get out and tour with ya Logan…Check out some more pics on their instagrams: @snowvols and @lifeundertheswatter

    laters

    #799249
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    ^Wow^

    Unable to get away from work during this last wave of storms I was overjoyed to get out today pick among the leftovers. Looks like people are hitting everything and anything. You’d think based on the UAC posts there would be slides going off everywhere. Weird…

    Anyways, got out and put the 2018 V-tail through the paces. While I didn’t need a new board, I gotta say I’m happy I took Grissom up on the offer to build me a one-off with fish scales. While the scales are not standard for 2018 the channel insert are great and the board feels really light.

    As for the scales, getting out of the furthest reaches of Mill D north without having to put skins on was so nice. Split the board, re position bindings and go. I’m still not very good at climbing on it, but getting around flats was a pleasure. And it rides very well…

    Nothing gnar but it was big day none the less. Lapped the shit outta that place.

    Cheers!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #799367
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Sick ride Doug! Looks rad.

    What a month that was!
    Hope everyone at least got out for a rip or two during that last storm cycle.

    Saturday Dave, Logan and I rode stairs. Stairs has been on my list since day one. Mclean’s descriptions scared the shit out of me and bushwhacking up in the summers over the years showed many years of winter carnage. I had all but removed it from my shopping list due to low snow and risk vs. reward. However late last week I suggested we hit Stairs and Dave was all in. Logan hit me up to tour and I talked him into it as well.

    The skin track up bonkers was uneventful and we made the top in pretty good time. Everyone had stopped at the saddle the day before so Dave poked a skinner up to the top.

    Dropping in from the top was a little bony, but it quickly opened up into dense pow in a dark wild setting.

    Logan all smiles

    the crux of the day was this small ice choke. I slope cut a small roll over at the top to knock down some sluff and it unearthed a bunch of rocks and ice. I found a strip of snow and pointed it.

    Mar123 banging turns above the choke

    Snowvols airing over the ice

    Mar123 finding great snow in the mid section of the run

    Feels so good to check that one off the list. Even better to do it in blower pow and in bankers hours as well. Thanks for the day boys!

    #799371
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    ^ Nice!
    Sweet with the textured swallowtail @snurfer. At first I was skeptical about the textured bases. After touring this weekend, I’m like, “you know what, that might be nice right about now.”

    Wait, by my calculations. . .
    ≈ 12.5 mi @ 14 min 15 sec/mi (12.5 x 14.25 ≈ 178 min . . . 178/60 (min in an hour) ≈ 2.9 hours)
    . . . You did 9, ~500 ft laps in a three hour tour?! Even better with the first and last 25% of your day being approach/departure. That’s like 10 min a lap!

    Also, do you designate the Strava activity as a “backcountry ski” or leave it as a “run?” And, what does straving your tours do for you? (a journal of trips, simply a way to log vert, crunch numbers to get faster, or something else?)
    I only strav my bike trips & runs and it’s mostly an odometer for bike maintenance (b/c I’m in less shape than I used to be and it’s depressing to see my performance go downhill).
    ************
    OK, back to Utah conditions. . .

    Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page...
    http://splitboard.com/activity-2/

    #799402
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Decided to edit out my long post and PM Hans with my reply… Hardboots, Scales, Strava no way this is a snurfing thread

    Cool photos guys!! Glad you were able to hit a lot of your coveted lines and get out during the outrageous string of storms

    Cheers!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #799467
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Hey Doug, what length V-tail are you riding.

    This weekend I had to travel back to the homeland for a funeral (Colorado). It was a great opportunity to tour in my home state for my first time and get out for some fresh air with family doing something my late grandmother would definitely approve of. So yeah this is not about Wasatch conditions but the Colorado conditions thread is basically non-existent.

    So my brother and I met up in the Vail area for some late afternoon hiking. We were going for a westerly aspect. It had been bluebird for a couple of days so I was worried about things crusting up. But it had been super cold and the air is drier out there so I think the snow was protected from sun damage a bit. Poking around in the snow I could tell we were going to get some creamy turns. However, I’m used to a lot more snow on the ground so I had to be careful about sharks.


    I also knew there would be some low angle meadows on the approach so I brought the V-tail 180cm to make sure no submarining or wallowing in the flats would be going on. Turns it it was a good idea.

    My bro.

    You can even see some of the fallen deadwood lurking.

    Fun day, looking forward to more Colorado touring. Good to be home except for the fact that inversion set in while I was away.

    #799479
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Hey Corey – That zone in CO looks fun, bummer about their snowpack. Looking forward to going to the San Juans myself in March and hopefully get some turns. The 180 swallow sounds like a good primary board for your height.
    I’m riding the 170 v-tail this season, its been my go-to board for two seasons now. The past few tours have been on the new one with traction scales. Haven’t been out on the 195 this year. Pretty much missed that string of epics storms, but hopeful I’ll get the ‘big bird’ out at least a few times.

    Cheers!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #799490
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Nice Doug, that Voile board looks fun, dig the graphics.

    Seemed like it took forever to get tour destination today, guess thats just how a gazillion kick turns and 3600ft feels…Dan stepping onto the ridge.

    Headaches and a snotty nose, the inversion taking its toll on my well-being. Nice to breathe the fresh air.

    Wastach Surf dropping in

    Settled pow pow…Surfs up

    Great surfy turns in settled pow on north facing.

    Cheers to one of the best Januarys I can remember!

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