I haven't ridden mine yet (waiting on the pucks) but I can see what you mean about the rough top sheet keeping snow rather than letting it slide off.
So why not put a gloss coat of polyurethane over the rough surface? The rough texture is essentially similar to any fiberglass job before the gel/finish coat. Since its a flat horizontal surface it would be easy to apply/make look good assuming it adheres well. If the current top is polyurethane another coat would stick just fine.
Venture may have some ideas.
Its not something I'm gonna do until I have the problem in a worse way than I currently encounter with my Burton. Snow accumulation used to bug me alot but the glop on top factor doesn't seem to irritate me as much as it once did, maybe I just got used to it. Snow accumulation seems a greater problem with splitters because the snow on top can't spill off the side as quick as it accumulates in most skin tracks made by narrower skis.
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:46 am Posts: 43 Location: ny
just got back from a silverton trip and almost every snowboard guide there shreds these boards (local advertising, i guess). the terrain in the saun juans is definatley a sick testing grounds. seems like they have a good thing going. i would have liked to demo one of their boards but had just purchased a neversummer titan that i couldnt part with! would be imtersted in hearing some more feedback on the venture boards.
I got on my Venture 161 last weeekend for a few rides in some unconsolidated corn/glop, didn't really know what to think considering the conditions.
After a few binding adjustments I got on it again Friday and Saturday on the mountain. Sweet, snappy ride. Didn't hurt that the corn from 10,000 on down was beyond primo.
Wasn't a cement pow day to evaluate the snow sticking to the topsheet issue but the stuff that was there didn't stick any more than on my Burton. Maybe a few inches of fresh cement this week so I feel obligated to take a few days off and test some more.
Rode the Euphoria on Silverton Mountain this past weekend.
Oh my god! What a great ride that was in the powder!!!
It was cutting effortless through the undisturbed white stuff, and it was performing still very well in chopped up pow and in the trees.
Next day I rode the Zephyr (their all-mountain board).
I think the specs are very similar to the Divide (their splitter)
It was also a very nice ride. I had it mounted all the way back and it floated very well in powder. And it handled all conditions on the mountain also great.
I would definitely take a closer look into the Venture Divide if you are in the business for a new splitter. They are not cheap I think (around $1200), but the company seems to produce a quality product and their efforts for saving the environment are highly appreciated.
P.S. minor detail: I am not sure what base or wax they used on this boards; but man I was just flying by all the skiers on the cat walks out. It was great!
Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:19 am Posts: 543 Location: Capitol Hill, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
I am looking to get a new non-split and I really like Venture's ethos and the fact that they are a Colorado boutique company. I'm wary of buying blindly without a demo, so I want to get some of your opinions.
I want a solid all-mountain board for two seasons: winter on the lifts, and big mountain descents in the springtime when the split becomes unneccesary. So I'm limiting my choices to the Zephyr or the Storm. Besides taper, what is the major difference between the two?
Second--size. My current (10 year old) nonsplit is 157cm. I've grown out of it my adult years. My split is a 173. I can get a Zephyr in 161 or 165. I'm leaning towards 165, but will it be too big?
I weigh 170 lbs. In the areas, I tend to seek out the deepest powder i can find, ride trees, and usually stay out of the park except for the big air jumps.
_________________ Riding a '06 Voile Split Decision Freeride 173, '07 Salomon Malamutes, Spark Ignition I bindings.
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm Posts: 673 Location: white room
I've got a Divide 165, which has the same dimensions and flex as the Storm. I like this board so much that when I get some Sparks I'll probably rock it in-bounds on occasion, or backcountry that doesn't involve skinning. It is definitely designed for the riding you describe, though I haven't hit any big park kickers in it yet. Size-wise, I'm 175#. When I have a heavy pack in mellower terrain, I wish I had a longer board (which I probably would have bought if it were available at the time), but it's perfect without a heavy load. Hope this info helps. After years of riding NS boards, and swearing off any other brand, I'd say Venture is right there with performance and quality.
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 am Posts: 550 Location: Stowe, VT
No argument from me on quality, but I found the Divide to be a lot less damped than the NS (solid summit) I got to ride. Between the two, if you want more pop, it's a great board. If you want less, the NS is the way to go.