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 Post subject: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:54 am 
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The HB option interested me soo much I got my hands on a pair of "Raichle Snowboarder" boots.
At this stage I am not going to do any mods until I get them out there.

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The lean mech seems to work in the locked and unlocked position

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All I have done is put a set of Burton Driver liners in.

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I have tried to get some info on these boots but have had no luck online.
They must be fairly old due to the funky fluoro Purple and green?
What binding are you guys using?
The voile one seems cheep?
Any feedback would be good.
I'll post some more info when they get a few KM's on them.

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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:22 am 
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Here is a link to a search on Bomberonline.com. Ignore the first two responses. Raichle Snowboarder

Voile Mountain Plates would likely be the lowest cost and easiest to find option for those boots. It looks like you might even have some already. Those boots are not Dynafit compatible so you will tour using the binding and slider plate.

There are a few other options for bindings that people have adapted to the Voile slider plate from the alpine binding parts. F2, Snowpro, and Burton come to mind.

If you are a big guy and the Voiles seems a bit soft, you might try to find some Bomber Splitboard bindings. They are much more solid than the Voiles. I think the new Sidewinders from Bomber will be best with Dynafit toepieces for touring though.

Hope your winter is going well!


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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:13 am 
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I have a pair of those left over from the early nineties. Mine are an earlier version, with white lower shells, teal cuffs, and teal (or pink!) tongues. They came with two sets of tongues, teal (softer) and pink (stiffer). I used to ride with the pink tongues for the front foot and teal tongues for the rear-but teal tongues all around for backcountry. They are good riding boots with a little tuning, but they are a lot heavier than contemporary AT boots.
You might want to take apart the forward lean mech-inside is an elastomer that controls the forward flex when the lean is locked in, cutting this elastomer down will result in easier forward flex, while retaining the forward lean. Do not remove the elastomer entirely though, as this can result in the boot overflexing.

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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:16 am 
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I am jealous! Over the years I owned three different pairs of these boots and loved them, litterally, to death. I wish that I could find another pair in my size. I always rode with both walk hinges in walk mode to give me the right forward lean/flex combo but you can also try combinations of one locked and one open. As far as mods go, with the forward flex/lean that those boots offer you should not need many, if any, mods to make them work. Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:38 pm 
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I'm not sure how long they will last as they are showing signs of being a little brittle. I will give them a go. They show no signs of wear on the sole and look unused.
I have another pair of snowboard hard boots for piste riding on carve boards but they are much bigger and heavier.
I didn't use this year but will next year.
I hate to waste days dailing in a new setup when the snow window down here is so small

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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:46 pm 
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I've got the same pair of Raichle boots, that I borrowed from a friend, mounted to my Prior Backcountry split, w/ a pair of Burton race plates (borrowed from another friend.). Just got 'em mounted up last night. I'll I've done thus far is hop about the living room a bit in them.

Planning a test-run in the SoCal back-country (San Gorgonio) this Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes.
I'm new to splitboarding, and my current soft boot setup is problematic (i.e. painful).

This is probably mostly because my soft boots are worn out (Solomon Synapse ~5 years old).

If I like the hard boot thing, I'll probably pull the trigger on a set of Dynafit compatible AT boots with the Spark R&D dynafit toe adapters and Bomber Sidewinder Split bindings.

Boot suggestions for that set-up are welcome. Currently looking at the Scarpa Maestrale. Would that be a good replacement for the discontinued Spirit3s that everyone seems to like for splitting?

If I really can't get into the hard boot thing I'll probably look into new soft boots and Spark R&D Blaze bindings.

That'd probably be the cheaper option, as I need new soft boots for resort riding anyway, and could probably get one pair to do it all (I don't really ride the park, so a stiffer boot isn't gonna slow me down to much for resort riding.).

Hard boots sound better for a lot of back-country uses (traversing, kicking steps, crampon usage), but that's a hell of a lot of $$ in gear, so I want to try out hard-boots on the borrowed gear first.

I'll try not to let the heavier setup color my perceptions too much.


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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:13 pm 
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If I like the hard boot thing, I'll probably pull the trigger on a set of Dynafit compatible AT boots with the Spark R&D dynafit toe adapters and Bomber Sidewinder Split bindings.


I truly enjoy the splitboard set up you mention above, including the Sidewinder Binders. I will post a review in a week or two on the Sidewinders, I just got the binders from Fin/Bomber.

I saved quite a lot of money purchasing AT boots and split board through end of season sales, Ebay (I got the new Venture Storm last May off Ebay), Thirft / second-hand Sporting Goods stores (Aspen has some killer deals in the Thirft / Second Sporting Goods stores ), online retailer (F1 AT boots). I paid retail for the Sidewinders and the Sparks adapter plate, everything else, I got on sale or purchase second hand.

Also, Consider looking for a softboots a second-hand store in and look for bargins.

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 Post subject: Re: "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
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Got out for a short trip on them yesterday.

Not really a full test, as I didn't do much hiking in them. We were able to skin pretty much from the trailhead.

Skinning is definitely better in them than my soft boots/bindings, though I still *really* suck at kick-turns. Gonna need to work on that.

They seemed to ride pretty well too, though we didn't get a whole lot of vertical. Riding the last stretch of icy trail back to the car sucks, but that's a limitation of snowboards more than hard boots I think.

The snow was great though. Just can't get snow like that at resorts in SoCal.


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