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 Post subject: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:15 am 
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It is a common rule to switch the board halves when hiking up.

However I found out that i have better edge hold on my old Burton S-Series while traversing hard-pack or icy slopes when I have the straight edges to the inside. Also I step fewer times with one "ski" on another using this arrangement while hiking up because the wider tip and tail parts point outwards.

Do you switch your board halves when hiking? When Yes why? What are the benefits of switching the board halves?

Except telemark skiing, boards without inner edges I don't see much sense in switching the board halves.
I did not have much opportunities yet to hike in high powder so maybe there is something I am missing... :?

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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:19 am 
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FaDe wrote:
However I found out that i have better edge hold on my old Burton S-Series while traversing hard-pack or icy slopes when I have the straight edges to the inside.

I also keep the straight edges on the inside for the same reason -- better edge hold on steep traverses.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:26 am 
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FaDe wrote:
Also I step fewer times with one "ski" on another using this arrangement while hiking up because the wider tip and tail parts point outwards.

This is an interesting subject to me, the above mentioned is the bane of my existence while splitting.

I anxiously await the feedback... :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:03 am 
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Better edge hold on steep traverses is all relative to which foot you prefer that hold to be on. Splitboards only have sidecut on one side of each ski so it is a trade off on traverses. With sidecut on the inside edges, your 'lower' ski has the sidecut and is keeping you from sliding down. If you don't reverse the skis as intended, then your 'upper' ski has the sidecut, but your lower ski will slide.

It's all relative but most splitters prefer to have the lower ski planted on the slope for safety.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:17 am 
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I do prefer edge hold on the lower ski,
and I do believe that the straight edge is less likely to slip than the one with sidecut.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:24 am 
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The side-cut seems to provide grip for me, i like it on my lower ski while traversing.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:20 am 
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My both sets of clips knock against each other and my bindings when the straight edge is on the inside. I've found I tend to knock off my tail clips for my skins as well when the straight edge is on the inside. Still learning, but my initial preference is to have the straight edge on the outside. We'll see if the preference stays after my first significant traverse.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:38 am 
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websherpa wrote:
My both sets of clips knock against each other and my bindings when the straight edge is on the inside.

Karakoram or Voilé?
The Voilé-Clips/Hooks can be turned not to interfere.
The K-Clips however will hinder one from having the straight edges inside, as they reach out over the edge.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:47 am 
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FloImSchnee wrote:
websherpa wrote:
My both sets of clips knock against each other and my bindings when the straight edge is on the inside.

Karakoram or Voilé?
The Voilé-Clips/Hooks can be turned not to interfere.
The K-Clips however will hinder one from having the straight edges inside, as they reach out over the edge.


Voile. It's as much about the bindings being wider than the skis than the clips hanging over. I always turn the clips for lower profile.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:52 am 
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I just figured you switch them to prevent the edge that has to clip back together from getting beat up while skinning.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
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^^^^+1 I thought the same thing, I want my inside edge to fit as well as I can. Plus, when I transition my board, I have a very certain way I switch over. I have it down and memorized, adding an outside factor that I am not familiar with, would create a train wreck.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:58 pm 
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If I don't switch the board halves I am constantly catching the tips together. I find it a much more fluid movement when they are pointing away from each other.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you switch your board halves when hiking?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:36 am 
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FloImSchnee wrote:
I do prefer edge hold on the lower ski,
and I do believe that the straight edge is less likely to slip than the one with sidecut.


This is the same on my Buton S-Series, that's why I prefer the straight edge hold on lower ski and don't switch the halves hiking up.

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