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 Post subject: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:45 am 
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Hello all,
I'm up here in Juneau AK. We've been riding since Oct 25th, but no lifts are running yet so you got to earn every turn. Hiking/backcountry is nothing new but I've always done snowshoes or the good old fashion bootpack. I HAVE OFFICIALLY HAD IT!!!! Sick of carrying the weight on my back. Sick of hooking the board on overhanging branches. Sick of carrying snowshoes and ending up not needing them (on firm snow). Sick of putting on my snowshoes and still sinking knee deep (pow pow). Sick of postholing through crust and getting the snowshoe stuck in the hole (rotten snow). Sick of trying to sidehill. Sick of trying to walk down short declines in snowshoes. Sick elaborate homemade lashing systems needed to carry all this stuff at the same time. Sick of having snowshoes come off at inconvenient/touchy/life-threatening times. Wow! when I lay that all out there I'm surprised I didn't get fed up sooner :D Anyway to the point I'm getting a split board and I've come to the experts for advice.
What you should know.
I'm a sold rider-The board will need to take anything I can trow at (no folding up on a high speed turn on a 50 deg face).
I will go airborne-I normally wouldn't even bring this up since any decent solid board can take any cliff a rider can land.
I will land and ride switch-not a lot but the 15% of the time I do it needs to work
This will be my only splitboard-I set one board up and that's the board I grab everyday so the split will have to multi-task (I will ride a solid at the ski area) I will use the split nearly year round (this year only one month I didn't make at least one day on the snow :headbang: :headbang: ).
I'm in South East Alaska-This means wet snow If you guys think you get cement in Washington......lol
There local terrain is benched-I seek out the steeps but they come in sections, so it's 300' of steep, 100' low angle, 400' steep, 200' low angle etc. So even though the boards primary purpose will be high speed high angle, it can't wallow in the flats.
I like a stiff board (especially torsionally)
I'm male 5'-9" and 175lbs with size 10 feet

If you guys need anymore info to help me select the right splitboard let me know. Oh yeah price. I would of course like to pay nothing for the board. That being said I also know that whenever I've gotten buyer's remorse it's because I didn't spend the extra money and gotten what I really wanted/needed. So just though out the suggestions, if I can't afford it I can always take up prostitution.
Thanks alot


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:59 am 
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See this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:43 am 
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Given your needs and knowing first hand what conditions you are riding, I would recommend the Venture Divide. I currently ride the Divide 181 and that thing kills it in ALL conditions. I have also ridden a 171 size and liked it even better than the longer size that I own. Plus you're buying a board from a great company. They build those things by hand, from scratch in Silverton, CO. I'm not a rep or anything like that, I just know the folks that started the company and can vouch for thier comitment to being a "green" manufacturer with extremely good custumer service and they build a board that WILL NOT fail.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:46 am 
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Thanks, bonesgetbroke-if you screw up on that straight line yor're looking down in your icon they definatley will.
You said you liked the 171. I was thinking around 165, my main consern being the minimum operation speed (the bigger a board is the faster you have to go for it to work) of course like everything it's a trade off because it still needs to be stable on high speed chop. I norminally ride a 159 which has been working as a good park to peak length. Since I won't be using my split in the park, and I figure a split needs to be a little longer (since it not solid) I thought the 165 would work out. Given I'm 5'9" and 175lbs (probably 190 riding weight) do you think that length will suffice or should I be looking bigger?


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:00 pm 
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Yeah that line (Naked Lady couloir on Snowdon Peak) definatly has dire consequences.

The 165 or even the 161 would work well in my opinion. These boards ride exactly like solid boards. I have a 181 Storm as well as the 181 Divide and they ride identical. The only difference is the offset (35mm on the Storm vs. 22.5mm on the Divide). You'll be happy with either size but I think the smaller 161 would be a perfect ride for you. My brother is roughly your size and he's going to be on the 161 this year once I buy his 171 :thumpsup: .


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:44 pm 
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I'll second the Divide recommendation. I'm 6'2 175-180 and the 165 works well for me, turny enough for tight spots but still stable at speed, no worries on big drops, and does ok switch. Pony up the extra cash for a pair of Sparks binders.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:40 am 
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PSA: Venture divide on ebay, but its a 181. 2 days left. probably too big for the OP.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:40 am 
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sorry, and the link:
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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:57 am 
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I'm going to have to throw a curve in the road here and suggest the Voile' Mojo. You can get the same sizes, they are also made in house in SLC, you are going to be using their hardware anyway, they are incredibly bomber and light. Plus you'll spend about $120.00 less. They are awesome in all conditions and can handle anything you can land. I've linked sections of trees switch and it rides fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:14 am 
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Is Voile a member of 1% for the planet? If they are I'd say that sounds like a good deal. If they're not then I'd say the extra $$$ you spend on a Venture will, if nothing else, give you a warm fuzzy because you are supporting a company that is in turn trying to give a little back to the planet.

Not trying to pick a fight or anything, but it's not always about the bottom line. Sometimes supporting a company with real, tangible values is worth the extra money.


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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:20 pm 
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Thanks for the additional input split.therapy. The Mojo is a cool looking board and I'm glad to see it's built here in the U.S. Ignoring the etihical "bunny killing argument" I still like that Venture is owned by a US company. That means not just blue coller jobs for american ski bums but a couple white coller jobs for american ski bums too. From an objective stand point I like the low weight cap consturction gives the Mojo-a 161 weighs 8lbs but I also like the P-tex sidewall and top sheet that the Divide has. I'm not sure what the weight of the Divide is but I imagine bomb proofing a board will affect it's weight.

Thanks DrKoKo for the heads up. A lower than retail Divide seems to be hard to come by. I took a hard look at the 181 but decided in the end it would be rediculusly big for me.

Also just so you guys know I'm dangerously leaning to the Atomic Poacher. I don't have any reason for it. I know that there's serious issues-camel toe/swallow tail (screws up switch) climbing bar attached to binding (slams directly on topsheet while skinning) and some others but I can't help it I want it. SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!! please.

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:17 pm 
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No way we're going to talk you out of that one. Someone has to take the plunge and give us the first hand review! I nominate you Peacefrog. :bananas:

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 Post subject: Re: Another New Convert seeks purchasing advice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:37 pm 
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[quote="peacefrog"] I still like that Venture is owned by a US company. That means not just blue coller jobs for american ski bums but a couple white coller jobs for american ski bums too. /quote]
:?: :scratch:
Voile' is a U.S. company They are based in SLC, UT. They provide jobs for both white and blue collar ski bums. Did you think they were a European based company?

bgb, I don't know offhand if they are a member of "1%" or not. I do know that their actions are all about reducing their footprint for sure. Their website has stuff all over it about recycling and reducing use of paper, etc.. I know from my own dealing with them that they live it as well.


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