Anyone have any thoughts/experiance on taking a Capita Charlie Slasher and making it into a split? I've got an email into the Capita HQ to see what they think. I really don't know much about Capita or their boards.
I'm looking for a cheap way to get a rocker splitboard so I can put some time on it in the backcountry and see if I like it. These boards are only $400 new. Hopefully that doesn't also mean that it's made cheaply and will not hold up.
Post subject: Re: Capita Charlie Slasher as a split?
Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:16 pm
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:03 am Posts: 312
I forget which one, but i;m pretty sure Capita are mad eby one of the big manafacturers. Even the cheap board these days aren;t too bad. The price is right and design is goddamned perfect for what i would in a splitty, IMHO. It'll split just like any other; nothing unusual in the construction that i can see to get in the way. In fact, as a very broad statement, i woudl think the cheaper boards will make for an easier split as they are lessl likely to use exotic materials or have additional structural pieces buried.
My buddy just pulled the trigger and bought this board. We will be getting out this weekend so he can get his stance dialed in and then it's time for the saw! I'll post pictures when we get on to business.
Here are a few picture of the final result. As you can see, set this one up with the Karakorum setup except for the tip and tail clips. I like the Voile ones a little better then the Karakorum tip/tail clips. Turned out pretty good. My buddy really likes the way this board rides.
Sorry they are a little fuzzy. I forgot to take picture with my camera and he sent me these from his camera phone.
Thinking about splitting that same exact Charlie Slasher. How did it work out? Never split a board before. Was it still stiff enough? Did it tour okay?
I did the work so here's my thoughts on splitting the board.
The construction was good for spliting (all solid wood core). However, the aluminum logo on the base did get distorted when I cut it on the table saw. Not a big deal and was able to get it all sorted and epoxied in. Just something to keep in mind.
I asked my buddy what he thought now that it's been a while since we split this. Here's his feedback.
It did soften up a bit after split but nothing that he thought was detrimental. It tours good and overall he really likes the board and how it rides in pow.
Hope that helps and sorry for the delayed response.