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  • #799589
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Whoa, checking in after a long hiatus. Been in a self induced child rearing coma for 4 years. Suppose I should get out there and see all this snow this year. Looking good out there brosephs…

    #665816
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Nice write up! it’s good to hear others suffer similar slumps. For me, the winter of 12/13 is off to a sluggish start as well. But it’s mostly due to some new priorities, got married, had a kiddo, and work is busy. All good problems to have, but it is at the expense of days on the splitter.

    While this season may not work out for me getting in a ton of touring, it has it’s own rewards and next year I’ll be sure to make up for lost time on the skiboard. :guinness:

    UB

    #653583
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @idtmcp542 wrote:

    Would love to consider Chimera as a new split, especially the Mace and Unicorn Chaser, however with size 13 boots, I need something wider than 256mm waist. Love to see a split-specific company, especially with the outstanding customer service, which is a big selling point for me, but make some wide models! Hopefully as the company grows, they will offer more sizes to include longer boards as well.

    @jerrett wrote:

    +1 on the wider options, big boots here too.

    Never hurts to call and ask. Chimera is basically a 1 man show with several friends and volunteers helping out. Alister put it best, “there is only one paid employee, and it’s not me, it’s Carston…” Carston is a local skier that helps Alister out from time to time.

    I’m sure if he got some feedback from enough folks needing a wider board they could whip something up. They make a lot of prototypes with funky shapes if you follow their facebook page.

    UB

    #653578
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Yeah, bought the Sceptre without riding one, I was torn between the Mace and the Sceptre, but decided the Mace was too much like my NS Titan.

    Alister stiffened up my first Sceptre a little, And he took the rebuild a little stiffer than that. I think I’ll really like it. I really liked the first one, but a little more stiffness will be perfect.

    I really like the flat camber and rocketed tip. It still skins well but floats great and is nice and smear-able.

    It’s just rad to see someone take the time and make changes to build me a board for my needs, rather than just building me a copy that I may damage the same way again.

    Chimera is good peeps.

    UB

    #651684
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @aksltxlt wrote:

    Fart!

    Well played sir!

    OK, again I have been sucked into this… can’t resist so here we go…

    [sweetblog] I read these posts because I’m shortly going to be in the market for some new split gear, binders are on my list. I’m getting beyond frustrated because every time someone posts anything remotely negative about the Karakorum stuff and other products, a handful of fan-boys jump in and bash the review/complaint/reviewer. Now sometimes this is partially justified, other times people are just being assholes. I usually know what the products do well, the manufacturers typically cover that on their websites. I come to splitboard.com to see what other folks say, and what might not work as advertised.

    Here is my take on it as a potential customer for Karakorum, Spark, Voile, etc… If negative feedback is stifled, it hurts the product in several ways. I know some of you think you are defending the product by slamming the OP by saying “mine don’t do that, you’re doing it wrong” and occasionally other stuff like “nice phony review” etc… But to me you are hurting the product.

    The primary way stifling negative feedback hurts a product is that it can keep good feedback from getting back to the manufacturer and to new customers. Very few if any products are perfect, and a complex splitboard interface is definitely going to have quirks. The more that people on here dog-pile those that post negative reviews or complaints, the fewer people will post those reviews and complaints. On the surface this sounds good, but dig deeper and you’ll see the reality.

    Another way this hurts the product is, as a consumer, if I don’t see some of the negative reviews and read about the quirks, there is a good chance that I will buy the product and in the process of learning of these quirks and issues on my own be let down, and then speak negative of the product. “It should be perfect, all those bro-brah gnar-core super-shredder fan-boys raved about this, I’m just some half-ass hack, how could this be? I got screwed! Time to bitch!” On the other hand, if the negative reviews and quirks are easy to find and read, and I buy the product anyway, I knew what I was getting into. I’m less likely to bash the product if I bought it knowing the quirks. At that point, my bad, shame on me, live and learn…

    So can y’all do me a favor? When folks post a review of a product that you may not agree with, can you please not bash the poster, and figure out a more polite way to say “mine works great for me in the conditions I ride in” and then maybe describe those conditions and how you like to ride? That way I can see who’s review is more like what I may encounter in my journeys.

    Enough with the dick-waving and butt-licking. Tell me where you ride, what the snow is typically like, and what works well and what doesn’t. Anything beyond that is wasted space. [/sweetblog]

    Thanks,
    UB

    #651366
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Not just an IE problem, it’s been crashing on my iPad, iPhone and chrome on my work PC as well.

    #650678
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @bgnight wrote:

    Sparks took 5x longer to dial in their bindings and they didn’t have to invent an interface (and they still are an inferior ride!) I trust the guys with the schooling, knowledge of material science, who gave up high paying jobs to pursue their passion, as well as being super ripping riders over anyone else out there to take us into the future. Ok, maybe that’s why I’m biased 😛

    I’ve just got to chime in on this, Will at Spark R&D has his Masters in Mechanical Engineering and can ride from what I’ve seen, so I’d say between the Klosters and Will they are pretty equal in the schooling/shredding area.

    As far as Spark taking 5X as long. There is a lot to that in my opinion. After Burton’s failure, Spark was the first to really try something new in the split game. And at the time I believe Will was still finishing his Masters in Brozeman. So going from nothing on a students budget to something while trying to be repsectful to Voile and their patent took some time. The road paved there set the Karakorum folks up to take it a step further, and now based on nothing but intertubez photos and video’s it looks like Spark is trying to up the ante again. We all win as consumers.

    I have no stake in this game, I’m just a consumer watching for the best value to performance ratio for my needs. I run both hardboot and softboot set-ups. I’ve got 3 different splits, life is good. I’ve never really had any issues with the Voile puck system, others have and hate it. For me and my riding to date the Spark design has been a better value to performance ratio. Maybe I just suck, but being the best isn’t why I splitboard, it’s an escape, an adventure, exercise, time in the mountains. I’ve watched the Karakorum stuff and am interested, it looks rad and I see a lot of them on friends and other folks boards around Wasangelas with no complaints. In the next few years I’ll definitely be upgrading, will it be Spark R&D, Karakorum, Voile or something else? No clue, but I’m stoked to have what I consider several great options to choose from depending on my budget and needs.

    We are all winning, the rest is just people dick-waving. Chill out and enjoy what you have while not worrying about what others have and whether it’s better than yours or not. Go out and shred, laugh with friends and tell dick and fart jokes, knowing the gear we all drool over is only getting better. :headbang:

    My $0.02 :doobie:

    UB

    #650885
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @wasatch surf wrote:

    this shit hits close to home even when it’s someone you’ve only meet online and in passing on the skin track
    it’s been said before at least for the intermountain west- it’s the year of the dragon, don’t wake it.

    positive thoughts go out to his friends and family

    ^^^This x2.

    As the old saying goes, there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are very few old bold pilots.

    Alecs was a bold pilot. Shred in peace. 🙁

    #622959
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Never mind….

    #634366
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    I just sent a polite email basically asking them if they just went batshit. :scratch:

    Then I pointed out that if they were serious about generating summer revenue they’d take the money they planned to spend on the roller coaster and pay some experts to build a mountain bike park in the Big Emma area. If they did it right it would be easy to beat Deer Valley and corner the UT lift assisted DH crowd and gain those local customers as well as the summer tourons.

    I just don’t get it… :nononno:

    Here are the fuckchops to email and politely ask them to dig deep and pull their heads out of their ass.

    Jared Ishkanian
    Director of Public Relations
    Direct: (801) 933-2047
    Fax: (801) 933-2298
    Email: jishkanian[at]snowbird[dot]com

    John Collins
    Director of Mountain Activities
    Direct: (801) 933-2495
    Fax: (801) 933-2298
    Email: jcollins[at]snowbird[dot]com

    UB

    #633768
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    My turn I guess, sorry, a bit long winded… Thanks Wasatch Surf for starting this. Super interesting reading everyone’s stories.

    1980 – started skiing at the age of 3. My family lived on the front range in CO (Greeley, or Greasy Greeley as I call it). My Dad worked construction in the mountains building all the fancy 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th homes for rich folks. We would head up to visit every weekend in the winters.

    1988 – When I was in the 11 my older brother got one of the Burton Cruiser 165’s, it was way too big for me, must have weighed 30 lbs and it destroyed every one of the skiers that tried it, lots of busted tailbones and wrists, but I sure had fun watching.

    1997 – My first year of college (Colorado State, Ft. Collins). I was pretty good at skipping class and skiing. Over X-mas break I blew my right knee out on that cliff huck to G-out right under the main lift (Vista Bahn???) on the frontside of Vail. It was a pretty bad injury, ACL, PCL and LCL all torn, partial tear of MCL, cartilage damage, the works. Was lucky enough to have it fixed at Steadman in Vail, but the doctor strongly suggested I reconsider skiing as my preferred winter sliding technique due to the severity of my knee injury and the likelihood that my right knee would always be unstable

    1998 – After a year of knee rehab I bought my first Burton Custom. I snowboarded for about 2 years, just long enough to get OK at it and get destroyed in the park several times. But then skiing lured me back in.

    2000 – Only took about 10 days back on skis before I was getting my knee scoped and cartilage repaired again. Maybe the doctor was right

    2001 – Graduated college, working a “real job” and back on a snowboard. Had known Ellis (Schralptowner here on SB.com) for a few years, he had moved to Ft. Collins from LA (Lower Alabama) and was super amped on playing in the snow. Many of my ski friends were burnt out and into partying or work more than playing in the snow. So I started riding with him a lot, and soon enough we were slow-shoeing up to spots on Cameron Pass.

    2002 – Got a sweet gig in the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen) as a Research and Development Engineer for a start-up automotive company (long story). Ellis started bugging me to make him a split since I had access to a decent machine shop. I built him a split and then quickly bought my own factory split (Burton unfortunately). Only rode the split maybe 5-10 days a season so the Burton stuff was fine. I also had started doing contract design work for a small ski company out of Silverton (Scottybob) – more on that later…

    2005 – Moved to SLC for a new job after coming here 1-2 times a winter and riding epic snow for 3 years. Had an old friend from highschool here and him and all his buddies toured a lot. Bought a fancy Never Summer Titan factory split and started touring a lot.

    2006 – Scottybob was behind on payment so I got about 10 pairs of tele skis with binders and a few pro-forms for boots etc… Was the lone splitter in my BC group, everyone else was on tele skis. What the hell, I’ll learn to tele :nononno: As soon as I was getting it I blew my right knee again at Snowbird in April of 2006. Pretty sure my doctor was right now, swore off skiing for good and wear my fancy knee brace religiously when splitting.

    2007 to present – after 14+ years of season passes I quit buying them and spend 80+% of my days touring. Couldn’t be happier…

    #633108
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @snurfer wrote:

    Slightly different take…
    I agree with bits and pieces of what has already been said, but I’ve got to tell you if there were a practical way to put water, shovel, probe, extra layer, etc. on the board and off my back I would welcome a heavier setup under foot. The pack on my back is where I want to see weight dropped.
    Personally speaking, a few ounces off my back would go a lot further for me than the same ounces off my feet… :twocents:

    I disagree, I’ve found the old saying “1 pound off your feet is worth 5 pounds in the pack” to be true. Going from my Sparks and Driver X’s (always on my feet up and down) to my F3’s and Dynafits with Voile Plates in my pack for climbing on the same skin track in similar conditions (Flagstaff to Days for example) has driven this point home for me on more than one occasion.

    Another example is skinning with a bunch of snow build-up on your board vs. skinning with no snow build-up on your board. A lot easier without the snow on there…

    #633103
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    See this:
    viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9261&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

    Pay special attention to the post by Zak on page 2. The hardboot set-up will get you near the AT guys for the up’s. I have both set-ups (hardboot with Dynafit toes and Spark Fuses with LT pins and Driver X’s) and use them for different tours on different boards and mix and match throughout the season.

    Different horses for different courses. But I may use them different that many would think, I actually use my hardboot set-up on powder days when I want to stay out longer and get more vert. I use my softboot for firm days where I want a forgiving ride in tough conditions. Of course there are exceptions, long days with lots of booting on firm snow may call for the hardboots as well.

    UB

    #632503
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @zee wrote:

    Dreaded quality fade hits BD.

    http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1776

    “One of the problems facing China is that manufacturers continue to engage in a practice I call “quality fade.” This is the deliberate and secret habit of widening profit margins through a reduction in the quality of materials. Importers usually never notice what’s happening; downward changes are subtle but progressive. The initial production sample is fine, but with each successive production run, a bit more of the necessary inputs are missing.”

    Nice rant, but my Covert says “Made in the Philippines”… Damn Pilipino slackasses…. Oh wait, mine wasn’t on the recall list. :clap:

    #628258
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @Stagger Lee wrote:

    I just ordered a pair. I figured “what the hell”. I’ve spent 27 years abusing skate truck bushings with no real issues. I just replace them when they’re toasted. I’m guessing these bindings will be easier to service than a mountain bike but I could be wrong.

    If anyone in SLC is curious and wants to have a look at them let me know.

    I’m your huckleberry. I’d be happy to trade out one of my sets of Sparks with you on a tour. If they check out I’ll be adding a set to my Dynafit set-up.

    It’s cool to see these. I was actually working with Will at Spark on an identical concept 2 years ago, it appears no good ideas are original…

    #629379
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Double post :disco:

    #629378
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @russman wrote:

    Have you EVER tried to keep up with AT skiers on long, icy traverses? Dude….. They kick the CRAP out of us in those situations! And I assure you its not because they have a superior technique.

    If gear is irrelevant, why don’t we all just use Ducktaped Surrels and go back to slider tracks?

    The reason AT’ers clobber icy traverses compared to us knucke-draggers has more to do with NOT having 125+mm waist skis under each foot than boot and binder stiffness. I mean, if you want to talk leverage and free body diagrams that is a, if not the, driver on this situation. Granted I can dig in on traverses better on my hard boot set-up but still can’t compete with the AT’ers.

    This Spark v.s Karakorum debate is silly. I’m just excited to see options.

    That and snow is starting to fall and I’ll just be happy to schralp some pow soon. I’ll be on my crappy old Fuses just trying to make due… 🙄

    #627086
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    That’s pretty cool, but….
    http://www.alta.com/pages/snowhistory.php

    Plus 30″+ in the last 24….

    I’m just sayin’…. I don’t think I’ll make it… :thumpsup:

    UB

    #625710
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    I was bouncing some ideas and sending CAD concepts to Will a while back before he proto’d the Sir Swivels.

    But now that this came out:

    http://www.bomberonline.com/store/bindings/td3_SW.cfm

    It was basically exactly what I was going for. Now if Bomber would make a split specific version.

    UB

    #625633
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @Stagger Lee wrote:

    I learned last night that we will now have another couple carpooling with us, requiring us to take our small car (instead of small regular cab truck). Doesn’t look like I have room for gear now :nononno:

    FML this weekend 👿

    I have you beat, I have to go to a wedding in Boise this weekend. :banghead:

    That and work has been speed-bagging my nuts so bad I haven’t toured in weeks. Got 3 days inbounds during the 7 feet in 7 days storm which was nice, but I need a tour bad. Got some Fuses that need testing….

    Holla when you are back and we’ll try to get out in Wasangelas.

    UB

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