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 Post subject: dazed and confused in colorado
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:58 pm 
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Location: Palmer Lake, CO
My tele friends won't let me join them on long slogs b/c I'm too slow on snowshoes so I thought I 'd check into splitboarding. Well its been a confusing couple of weeks reading posts and bidding on equipment on ebay when you've never used the stuff and there's no local outfitter that rents the equipment. Here's my position, please point out the error of my thinking if you disagree and speak from experience.
I ride a volant 157cm board with burton softboots/bindings. I just ordered Flow pro fs bindings. I'm thinking of getting La Sportiva Nuptses as the boot for my present board and my split when I find that killer deal out there! Folks here seem to prefer AT boots but I'm leary of such a dramatic transition. I would appreciate suggestions on lightweight bindings to use with the split as the flows are heavy suckers (present bindings are the old burton fed ex, guess I could use them). I'm looking for a cheap used board around 160-166cm so I can manage trees as well as open areas. (I'm 5'9", 160#, and 50 yo). Thanks in advance for your expertice!


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 Post subject: Re: dazed and confused in colorado
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:21 pm 
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There's a thread in the Binding Review forum titled something along the lines of "Lightest strap biding". There's some good info in there. People seem to really like the newer high end burton bindings. I'm on a pair of last years Missions that I really like and I've been using them on my split board. Bcrider also started a thread resently that has a review of Burton C60's and he seems to like those alot, but I think they are pretty spendy.

I'm completely new to split boarding and have only been out on mine 3 or 4 times...but, my .2c is to not worry too much about getting the best boots or bindings out there if you are just getting into it. Just start out with either gear you already have or used gear that you can get for cheap to make sure it's something you like.

and here's a little SPAM, I have a Winterstick Wasatch 164 for sale, check the "splitboard swap" section for my thread with details and pics. I don't want much for it and I think it would be a great DIY split. I would've done it myself but I needed something bigger for all my manhood (read: i'm fat).


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 Post subject: Split shit
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:16 pm 
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Don't let the hardboot posts fool you! For sure 90% or more of the splitters out there are in soft boots. The hard booters are just really vocal here (that's a good thing). It doesn't mean that one category of boot is better, it just comes down to personal preference. I would definitely recommend using something very similar to your solid board setup when you initally begin splitboarding. Dealing with a split is new enough, and messing with a completely different binding and boot will only make your first few experiences more awkward.

I personally would avoid the Flows for splitting, as I haven't come across a heavier binding yet. They will offer tons of support and control though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:16 am 
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Find the best splitboard you can afford, buy it, install your current bindings, use your soft boots, then go ride. Figure the rest out later. Don't over think it.

I guess since you've been slowshoeing we don't have to say anything about beacon, probe, shovel, and training.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:00 pm 
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Ecobrad wrote:
Find the best splitboard you can afford, buy it, install your current bindings, use your soft boots, then go ride. Figure the rest out later. Don't over think it.


thats the thing to do. i am probably using the heaviest bindings made, but i still have lots of fun. just get out there (and wait to buy BCR's bindings next year :wink: )

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:02 pm 
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Where U @ in CO? If your anywhere near Boulder, I know Neptune Mountaineering rents boards if you want to try some out. When you get set up we should make some turns.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:18 am 
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flows are nice for the convenience but I felt they were too heavy and since my foot came out a few times on the slopes, I ditched them. My advice is get some strap bindings.

I like my burton far more than my voile as far as board performance although i like the binding setup more with the Voile. My advice get the burton and when/if the binding rig fails, upgrade to the Voile kit.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 8:21 pm 
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I like my burton far more than my voile as far as board performance although i like the binding setup more with the Voile. My advice get the burton and when/if the binding rig fails, upgrade to the Voile kit.


i dont think burton is making boards with their own hardware anymore... so unless you find an old board (pre 2005/06) then the way the splitboard holds itself together will be the same across the board... !


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