Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 am Posts: 550 Location: Stowe, VT
Man, I'm reaaaallly sorry to be the barer of bad news, but I was in the same spot until a few weeks ago. I got to try one out last summer when I was in Portland, OR, but I never could find a shop that sells splits, much less rents them, on the east-coast. ikkin and I and a few others made some noise about trying to have a festival this year, but nothing happened so far. perhaps next year we will start planning a bit earlier, and we can line up some demos.
So, I guess that's what I can offer... If you make it to CO, UT, OR, WY, or BC CA, I'm sure you can find one to rent, but often they are older models, and there's a good chance they'll only have one. Other than that, if you know what kind of board you're interested in, look for a bad-a$$ sale. If you change your mind, you can probably unload it here without losing too much money...
you might be able to get a west coast shop to ship you a rental if you pay all shipping, just a thought. might work, might not... then again, you'll need to set everything up for your preferred stance, which can be confusing and sometimes frustrating for a first timer w/o instructions. maybe they'll offer to set up your stance angles and pucks prior to shipping, then let you mount the binders yourself. who knows, might help.
i'd try wasatch touring in slc, ut. google for contact info and phone. other shops are around.
I'm down for a split-fest next season. Not sure what everyone's industry contacts are but I've dealt with Voile as an event sponsor recently, and I'm sure they'd be more than willing to work with all of us to get something going for the east coast.