i have really enjoyed my diy, it was fun to build and i think it is a better board than my production split voile, most of the time. when it is really deep, which is not often this year, the voile is great. anything steep and icy, i like my diy. the inside edge has not been a big deal, i thought it would be. i think if your skinning is good its not a big deal. the diy is lighter. this is my first year on a split, and i have really enjoyed it, i am curious about things breaking and what to carry with me for the quick fixes. i have about 30 days on the split system, but only the last 5 on my diy. so i'm not the most credible, but at this point, the diy is the best for my $$$ and performance. the last 5 days have been the iciest days of the year, and i have climbed as well on the diy as the production board. i really want to try my crampons though.
i split a seven year old MLY maverick 69, and it is cool. there are a lot of good older boards around to split for cheap, and they ride well. center your touring brackets on the ski if you do it, this way you ensure that the crampon works. the voile template puts you off center about a 1/4in. towards the inside split and my crampons do not work w/diy. i'll move the touring plates center and forward this weekend, not sure what it will do to touring mode.
one last thing:
get the right tools, i used some real redneck shit at first, this made it a head ache. my biggest problem, after getting the right tools, was peen'en(crazy word) the tip and tail rivets.
good luck it's fun, do not over drink this task does require moderation!!!
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 4986 Location: California
I haven't ridden a DIY split but I been out with folks that use them. From what I could tell it didn't affect them in a negative way. For example, BCD and breadbox use DIYs and we've all seen what they can do.
I do think in certain situations the inside metal edge has an advantage but I don't think it makes a huge difference overall. Again, I haven't used one so I reserve the right to retract these comments later.
It will shed a little weight but I'm guessing only in ounces. I guess it does all add up.
The concern I've heard most about the lack of an inside metal edge is durability. The wood core and base can get beat up a little while skinning.