Why do so many companies insist on die cutting their bases? Sure, it makes a sweet looking base that really stands out but this is purely aesthetic and goes against functionality. If a company wants to claim that they are making a good durable board, why would they have a die cut base?
Have you ever seen what happens when a rock tears across a die cut seem? It can separate the base and really fuck it up making it a bitch to repair. Also, I would think that one solid sheet of ptex would be faster than one made up of a bunch of tiny pieces of ptex.
I'm not referring to any one company in particular because it seems that they all (most) do it.
Can anyone give me a valid reason why a die cut base is beneficial?
Wouldn't it be cool to have a single piece of Ptex on your base? Splits could even be two different colors.
My point is: They are using this all as marketing hype. Every manufacturer does it, not just Venture. Jones says the same thing about reusing the scraps on other boards. They actually talk about "Inlayed" or "Die Cut" as if it's a good thing. It's not!
Sure, it's better than the old way where there was a sheet of graphics under the base that was glued together. THose used to delam if you looked at them funny.
The problem is that they could just leave the bases as one solid color and they would be more durable and use less energy, man hours, and machinery cutting and putting these fancy bases together. Hows that for reducing waste?
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Shredgnar I completely agree.
I too wish more board companies offered just single material bases. You can get that through prior which is cool.
In the end though most snowboard equipment isn't designed from a 100% practical standpoint. Few things are. A lot of people want it to look pretty and then for it to preform well and everyone's scale of what sacrifices they're willing to make is different.
The best we can do is keep asking for it and ordering boards with single material bases!
Die-cutting / inlaying is the alternate option to printing graphics. Printing graphics requires extra paint and does not form an ideal epoxable surface. if weight and strength were everything, and you didn;t give a damn about looks, a plain base woudl be ideal. And boring.
Sentury Snowboards uses a one piece sublimated base for every board they produce. It does cost a bit more due to needing an expensive printer, ink and time and money transferring. Die cut bases are strictly a cost savings measure and are boring as hell because of the lack in detail with the graphics.
"Printing graphics requires extra paint and does not form an ideal epoxable surface."
This isn't entirely true. The process of preparing the surface is a simple step that is easily overlooked or ignored. It's all tricks of the trade.