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 Post subject: Re: Backcountry Mag Editors Choice
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Location: Colorado
I think everything has its place including reviews from said magazine. However, I put stock in what people say here above magazines for all the reasons people are talking about. For me, I like getting the locals on gear to see what they think. Here's a review of Phantoms that I did not solicit and just came about organically from someone demoing the Phantoms at the Silverton Splitfest. Some will cry over the top and bias (we AT splitboarders geek out too much about our gear, but hey, just let it be, it's fun and we mean no harm), but at least this review came from someone who got two full days in the backcountry riding the bindings...


One magazine that I do think is doing things right...Splitboard Magazine. Victor seems to want to keep a local vibe by putting stuff in there that we care about...splitfests happenings...articles by us no name local riders...along with covering the major riders too. He's open to new ideas and articles so if one of you guys out there has some material, you should hit him up about making a cool article about it. I've talked to him about making a section about local riders. I think he's done a few issues with the like. Point is, we've got a cool avenue if people are willing to put in the time. (Takes more work than you think to put a good TR/article worthy thing together, but really cool to see it come together in the end and share the stoke)


Next up, getting our local splitboard method shredder on some Phantoms to see what he thinks...stay tuned.

Also got some other cool things in the works that I'm hoping pan out and can share with everyone.

Ale....I think you ride an AT split setup...send me an email if you are interested in demoing bindings for a week or two....

Keep it real, Keep it local.

 Post subject: Re: Backcountry Mag Editors Choice
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:22 pm 
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Thanks a lot John for the compliments!
We are trying to keep it with this "close feeling" as much as we can, as we think that the splitboarding scene is pretty different than the snowboarding scene, much more like a gathering of friends showing lots of respect for the mountains. Even the "top pro splitboarders" that we interviewd (Mitch, Liz Daley, Jeremy...) are super close people anyway, so I don't think we lose it.

Regarding our Splitboardmag yearly test, we are very proud to admit that we are completely independent, that means that we won't rate a board with a higher score than it deserves no matter what the name of the brand is or how much money they would be willing to pay us. We want to offer a real test that people can trust, so that's why we gather professional splitboarders with lots of years of experience and have them in a mountain hut for three days trying boards in every condition: resort, sidecountry, backcountry, skinning...

In case you missed the article: http://www.splitboardmag.com/08-viva-la ... test-2014/

We wish we could have more testers and have them locked there for a week or so, but that costs a lot of money, so we try to get the most out of them in this relative short period of time.

Still, the best way to know how a boards works is trying it, so we always try to organize demo days and get brands to collaborate with splitfest helping the organizators to spread the word

Victor Perise
Splitboard magazine


 Post subject: Re: Backcountry Mag Editors Choice
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:08 am 
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Location: Denver
Interesting that you found the Abacus the "Most Versatile". I had it out for about 4 weeks, about a dozen days or so on it. It did everything well enough. Jack of all trades master of none was sort of my impression. It is better than that.

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