One of the first things that I noticed in terms of wear on splits is the top sheet around the rounded nose and tail. So far I've used a razor to trim the hangnails and recently put a little epoxy along the rounded parts of the nose and tail that are most susceptible to getting bitten by the edge of the other half.
Curious if any of you have done this or have other ways to minimize the wear and tear on your splits.
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:48 pm Posts: 562 Location: Kodiak, AK
Some boards show wear more than others. A dark topsheet underlain with a light fiberglass will show wear a lot more than white-under-white or dark-under-dark, etc. The wear would be the same in all cases, but the cosmetic consequences different.
How much edge-topsheet contact you have depends on your skinning technique to some degree. I really don't scrape my skis together much, and neither does my wife. I do have some light wear at the top of the sidewall, but it's pretty minor. Other folks just run one ski over the other with every step and I am amazed at how hacked their board looks. You could try skinning like you were wearing crampons for a few days until separating your feet a touch became habit. If you are always climbing in skin tracks set by skiers, they definitely make a very narrow track for us splitties and keeping your skis apart is hard. If you are in a splitboard uptrack, then there should be no problem.
I don't have any thoughts on repair.
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wasatch = lots of ski set tracks. Occasionally I'll run into a skin set or used by a splitter, but often times I'm widening the track and bumping the skis together. Skinning with the board halves opposite could make it worse but the interface I have makes that harder to do.
Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:37 pm Posts: 139 Location: East of the Cascades, Wa
I like Chimps mentality, these are tools to access some of the best terrain in a given area, I ride my splits with little to no regard for their safety or cosmetic appearance! I am on season #2 with my DIY Rossi Experience and it has cracks, dings, scratches and missing tnut pucks, and still rides as good as they day she first saw snow.
You are on the right track for the repair side of things, but really you wont do much damage that will effect anything that a nice shiney new sticker won't fix