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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:48 pm 
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Been meaning to post a review for awhile but never got around to it. Anyway, I bought my Divide last year and didn't ride it much as I ended up riding my Mojo most of the time. (love it as well)

Took out the Divide the past two days and realized how much I was missing it. It's just a great split. The tightness of the fittings when in descent mode gives it a super solid feel. Being a bit heavier of a board than the mojo i thought i would notice the extra weight after being on the mojo for so long but that wasn't really the case, in touring mode the set up hardly feels heavy or different than the mojo. On the descents the board surfs well and has a nice side cut for slashing etc. Feels solid on dicey out tracks and harder or icy conditions. Excellent construction for durability - I think I'll have this board for a long time.

Feel free to pull the trigger on this split if you are leaning towards it. It's simply a great solid ride.

bonus: great company and owners/craftsmen to support. your $ goes to a good cause.

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Venture Divide 165 w/ 07/08 Spark Ignitions
Voile Mojo 171 w/ same as above

5'10" 165lb's
big mountain riding, couloirs, trees... the usual

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:25 pm 
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i ordered one back in late september and knew it would be a little wait. lisa at venture has always responded promptly to my emails and has been very helpful. she initially told me i should be getting it mid to late november, but it's now late september and i have been boot packing my ass off without a splitboard. i've heard nothing but good things and i can't wait to get the board, whenever that may be. last i heard was last week, then another phone message from the dealer saying they may get it this week, and with holiday mail jams i'm thinking i'll be lucky to see my board by the new year. with all due respect to the company, maybe they should plan a schedule of cutting boards so the customers can have them by the time they are really needing them. at any rate, i do know all this boot packing will help me appreciate that divide 180 when it finaly gets here. :drinks:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:37 am 
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Douglas Mafia,
Sorry to hear you haven't got your Venture yet. Maybe if you lived on the right side of "lawson creek bridge" those guys would show you some respect :lol: Being here on crow hill the guys at Prior got me my splitty in a week :rock: Maybe you could give them B's address and they'd get it up here :poke: :duel: :pals:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:37 pm 
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shit, are we talking about actual Douglas Islanders or Nome imports here? :duel:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:43 pm 
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and actualy as a serious follow up to my initial post, B just heard from mountain gear on my order today, and venture had some type of problem with bubbling of the topsheet. they say they'll honor the full waranty and it shouldn't affect performance at all. they offered it for 20% off. i remember schultzie got a couple of glissades like that and i think he's been riding one just fine for awhile now.

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:37 pm 
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nothing wrong with 20% off. You can spend the money on Heineken :pals:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:20 pm 
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hahaha...and with the rebirth of your alcoholism you can join me! :thatrocks:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:45 pm 
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well, here it is two days before christmas and i have yet to see any sign what so ever of my venture divide which i was originaly told i may have by mid november, and that's after ordering it in september. needless to say, my patience has run right the fuck out, i've been hiking my ass off all season here in Juneau, Alaska, thinking that i may actually see the board which i dropped 900 bucks on. then come to find out, when they finaly got around to cutting the larger board sizes (mine's a 180) in the mid winter month of december, they came up with bubbles in the topsheet. i got 20% off of the price but still, no damn board. it's dumping outside right now, our local mountain isn't open on christmas and i would love to have a splitboard to trek around on christmas day. i suppose i will have no such luck. i'd go so far as to recomend NOT buying one just due to the shit show i'm enduring right now. if you do want one for early season riding, order it now and maybe you'll have more luck than i have.
this guy is not impressed with their performance. :soapbox: :banghead: :oops: :nononno:

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:05 am 
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If it makes you feel any better I ran into Lucas on the hill the other day and he said he's been waiting two months for his venture too. Maybe they just don't like Alaskan's?

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:08 pm 
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I had the same problem waiting for a board in their first season of splitty production. I sold my old board expecting to get my new one in Nov., it didn't arrive till after the new year. I was kinda bummed at the time, but I love that board. Unfortunately, sometimes when dealing with the small companies, shit happens (possibly related to dumpage in Silverton, but I'm guessing it's not due to them slacking).

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:53 pm 
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Sorry to hear all the tales of woe, regarding the Divide.

I ordered mine in May, and got it ( :bananas: ) within two weeks including shipping it to Canada.
It is a beautiful product, and the extra width is perfect for my fat feet.

Venture get's a :thumpsup: from me!

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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:15 pm 
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Douglas Mafia wrote:
this guy is not impressed with their performance. :soapbox: :banghead: :oops: :nononno:


Weird, I ordered a Venture Divide 181 wide from the same online retailer in November, received it in Japan 3 days later and it did not have a bubbled topsheet. :clap:

Now back to reality... I also ordered it in Sep, same as Mafia, got the same issues with the delays, bubbled topsheet, etc... So it seems they do not like Alaskans or Japanese. I emailed them to try to figure out what was going on and they never replied to me. The difference in customer service between a shop like R&D and Venture has so far been rather stark. Surely these guys are splitters, so there must be somebody on here who work for them and may be able to provide answers. I still ordered the board (I feel it is a bit of a gamble) because it is the only one with the specs I was looking for (180+ & 28 waist as I have roughly the same proportions as Mafia body-wise), but not pleased at the whole experience & forking out so much for a bubbled topsheet.

Here are some questions I have for Venture:

* why does it take so long to produce boards?
It seems you batch-process the boards far too late in the year.
* How on earth did you manage to bubble all your 181s?
* why should We trust the rest of the craftmanship if you cannot even get the topsheet right?
* why don't you reply to emails from customers?

etc, etc...

I almost feel there should be a dedicated thread called the Venture Shame Thread to get these guys to react.

I think Will from R&D is friend with some of the guys there. If anybody knows him, maybe he can pinpoint them to this thread so that we can finally get some answers.

The splitboarding community is a tight-knit bunch. What is the point of advertising on splitboard.com if you end-up treating your customers over the leg and generating some bad vibes in the forums. Word of mouth is way more potent than that ad you have flashing at the top of my screen.

Mafia, I am with you all the way on this.

and... I have not received my board either and there is 1m+ of pow in the forecast on our side of the world.

On a side-note, the people at Mountain Gear have inherited a lot of troubles due to Venture's amateurish behavior and have been most helpful. So good vibes going their way...


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 Post subject: Re: Venture Divide
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:56 am 
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one thing i will say is lisa at venture (their marketing person, i believe) has always prompty responded to my emails. that's how i was originally told the different dates that the board never showed up. :roll:

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