Howdy all. I'm looking into building my first splitboard, and I was thinking about using my old Burton Malolo 154. I realize thats super short for a splitboard, but I know it rips in the powder (it has about 2cm of taper on the tail.) I was just wondering if anyone had any idea what kind of effect having such a short board would have while skinning up on the ascent? I am crazy to want to make a splitboard out of something this short, even with the taper? I'm 5" 6' and about 170 pounds.
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1430 Location: UT
Personally I like long boards, but use what you like. But consider you'll typically carry about 15-25 lbs of extra gear and splitkit in the backcountry. Oh... and you'll have to saw through the center inserts on a Burton board, which can result in carnage to board and rider if the saw kicks back on you.
Ride whatever you like. You can always chuck your pack down the hill prior to your drop in , so weight shouldn't be an issue. If you want to split a Burton, boar out the middle insert with a drill prior to cutting it. That way the blade won't kick on you. It shouldn't anyway, but that way you'll be safe and stoked with your board.
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:16 pm Posts: 124 Location: Kelowna, BC
not sure where you are at with this but i had a malolo and i honestly think that the 154 will be too short. i had the 157 malolo and it was such a great pow board but i think that once you load on all the extra split hardware and backpack weight you are going to be sitting at around 170 + 30 = 200 lbs. even with the taper on the nose, the wider nose, narrower tail, anything deeper than 8-10" and you are really going to have to work the board. right now i'm running a 158 resort board and 158 prior bc split and i wish that i had that extra 1" on my split and i'm 5'-9" and 160 lbs. it is fine on a lot of days but becomes work when in the really deep stuff....and in my personal opinion, the whole point of a split is to get fresh tracks in the deep....i think that you might find touring a bit easier with the longer board as well especially when in fresh....