This topic interests me. I would like to find out more about it before I finish my current split. I like the idea of less holes through the board. The trade off is the greater chance of these pulling out since they aren't through the deck.
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Guys I didn't have much time at the show to hang around but the weight wasn't over the top. The plan shape of the K2 is competely different, like a Furberg with a short radius sidecut. The machining on the Aluminium was a bit rough but that what they are made of. So imagine they make a core with AL panels and the once the board is finished and edged they stick it in a CNC machine and mill out the channels. That's how I would do it.
I'm surprised you guys in the US haven't seen this yet???
that looks awesome. a handful of the big brands use the end of the southern hemisphere winter to roll out the new stuff for the next american winter, so you probably saw it first.
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For all the DIY board builders out there FirstLight will have the "FLST 3.0" soon for you to put in you core layup. Pic to come but they are nearly finished being machined! We will have a few sets left over from the first batch so let me know if you are interested.
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I change my stance all the time, it really depends on the board that I'm riding, the camber profile, the boot/binding combo, loaning the board to a friend, selling the board after I'm done with it, etc. Channels are the best way to go and the one split that I've ridden with channels was the easiest split ever to set up. I wish they were all like that.
Rev had channels in their boards back in the mid-90's so if the patent isn't up it must be getting close.
I'm guessing that's the Burton patent because it talks about a single channel in the center of the board. I'd say that a splitboard consitutes a new application of an old technology that is not covered by the Burton patents since it is not used in the center of the binding.