This might been up for discussion before? Why don't the splitboard companies start making slick boards without any inserts. The skiing industry has it right there, just ship two skiis for assembly. Maybe then the splitboard setups would be more interesting to see with new interfaces than the traditional patterns.
I think you're right about ICS (BCrider has alot to say about this) but I don't have any issues with splitboard inserts. For me any extra weight they may cause I think it's worth it for the versatility they provide
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If you can get ahold of one of the first generation Lib Tech "Voila" T Rice splits, they had zero inserts in them. I believe that was their way of getting around paying the Voile license fee (hence the play on words in the name). They even called it a "mono skis snowboard" instead of a splitboard. Those guys are so clever. The first time I saw one in the shop I thought someone in production had just screwed up and forgot to put in the inserts.
I think there are no factory splits w/o inserts for the same reason there are no factory solids w/o inserts - 99% of people don't want to deal with putting in their own inserts. Of that remaining 1%, most of those people are probably the ones who would be splitting their own solid board anyway, not buying a factory one.
There are lots of inserts in a factory split to allow for a wide range of stances. That said, I bet most people never change their stance once they have it set up. I know I don't... maybe I would if it were easy like with the new Burton channel system, but with the regular Voile system it's a pain in the ass. Plus I just don't find I need or want to change my stance for conditions as much with the versatility of most modern splits. So yeah it's annoying to have to carry around the weight of all those extra inserts that I'll never need. But in reality I wonder how much extra weight that actually is?
Really interesting information. I did not know Voile had the pattern patented but it makes sense. Lib tech is great on making plays on stuff. I loved when they had the B (even though I am a Burton fan) in that's it that's all that on the hood of the car that they drop the tree on.
I myself do not re-adjust my bindings when I had a factory split or my own DIY split because of the pucks. When looking at the new Tesla bindings from Spark they have the raisers in the binding, which I think makes more sense, and then those two holes is obsolete. One would need to drill new ones.
it is not the weight more the limitations they create in the early phases of the evolution.