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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:05 pm 
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Good stuff :thumpsup: .

More companies, especially manufacturing companies, should do this sort of thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:30 pm 
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I wasn't sure if Voile was a US company or not but when I went to their website the banner was "Voile-USA" and generally speaking foreign company’s do that when they're setting up their USA division. I apologize for my ignorance.

I sent Atomic an email requesting that they explain themselves on a few issues.
1.What’s with the climbing bar attaching to the binding and slamming directly into the topsheet during skin mode?
2. No forward lean adjustment?
3. Since it's an all inclusive package are extra/replacement parts readily available?
4. The tech page list both a 1 degree power bevel for aggressive riders and a 3 degree easy to ride bevel for beginners-which is it?
5. The tech pages also says it has a "slighter softer forgiving flex" for beginners but list it's flex rating and 8 (10 being the stiffest)-which is it?

When they answer these questions I'll let you all know.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:38 pm 
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I would stay away from the Atomic. The Voile system is time tested, simple, and reliable. If you look all through this site, only a couple of people have actually used the Atomic in real situations, with mixed reviews. And it could likely end up in the same situation as the old Burton setup - around for a few years, until the masses realize it is not as good as Voile, and then when it is discontinued, no spare parts are available, meaning one small part failure can make the whole thing useless. While I personally am partial to Venture, lots of people on here have good things to say about Voile, Prior, and Burton (though it is a well known fact that Burton boards just don't hold up to abuse like the others). It really comes down to which board will give you the best ride at the right price. Any of them are way better than slowshoes.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:58 pm 
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I can get a good deal from prior on a new 161 backcountry but the nose is 1cm lower than standard. Do you think that's enough to say forget it or should I go for it?

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:32 pm 
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I don't think 1cm in any direction would make a difference anywhere. If it's a good deal I'd say pull the trigger.

As a side note, I just mounted the hardware on my brothers new '08/'09 Divide 161. This thing has badass written all over it. The new topsheets are money. We're planning on climbing/riding two 14ers tomorrow just south of Aspen so look for a TR in the next couple of days. :bananas:


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:37 pm 
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Shep wrote:
Someone has to take the plunge and give us the first hand review!


splitboard.com was all set to receive an Atomic split to test and review but then my contact there (and one of the designers of the split) suddenly left the company. Now it seems we won't be getting one. I'm fairly confident it wouldn't be my split of choice but I was excited to give it an objective review.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:59 pm 
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I did think about guinea pigging the Atomic for you all but since this would be my 1st split board I would have no basis for comparison. It looks like I'm getting the Prior Backcountry 161. It's a little shorter than I'm looking for but at $760 including voile hardware it's difficult to say no.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:31 pm 
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Just ordered a prior backcountry!
Thanks everybody for the input. Look for a TR from Juneau AK soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:54 pm 
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bcrider wrote:
Shep wrote:
Someone has to take the plunge and give us the first hand review!


splitboard.com was all set to receive an Atomic split to test and review but then my contact there (and one of the designers of the split) suddenly left the company. Now it seems we won't be getting one. I'm fairly confident it wouldn't be my split of choice but I was excited to give it an objective review.


Ha! You mean I am going to get to test a splitboard before (Well NS Summit excluded) before you Chris?! That's a first. My contact got the splitty just before yours (and hers) split. I haven't had a chance to check it out, but hopefully in the next two weeks if the snow starts to fly.


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