Forums Splitboard Talk Forum New Voile Product Announcement Nov 23rd
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  • #572256
    rightsider
    150 Posts

    Looks like Voile is finally releasing whatever they have been working on to the public:
    http://voile-usa.blogspot.com/2009/11/attention-major-voile-product.html

    They have me anxious, thats for sure. I really wonder if its product that will be available for this year or next year.

    #621391
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Major Announcement coming! Lol, this is a huge fail. My God, at least say it’s a ****ing binding.
    Unless this is some revolutionary interface system, quit yanking our chain ffs.
    (if it is a revolutionary interface system, then I will bow to you and kiss your feet)

    Hey Voile, I have a major announcement for you!
    BOOM!:

    #621392
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    I hope whatever it is (binders, or otherwise) pushes the development and technology of the sport.

    Can’t help but speculate as to why they have what appears to be a apparel label on the announcement? :scratch:
    Clothing? Boots???? WTF????

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #621393
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    BG.. that was funny as hell! WiLL I hope you have a patent on them thar slider binders!

    Maybe the Voile split turns into a helicopter to get you to the top faster! :doobie:

    #621394
    treepilot
    352 Posts

    FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLIC RELEASE

    VOILE, HQ.

    MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SPLITBOARD SYSTEM.

    Due to tight economic conditions, we regret to inform our valued customers that we have sold the patent and all designs relating to our splitboard interface to Alta SKI resort. Despite rumours to the contrary, Alta is not going to cancel the successful splitboard interface. However, all current users and licensees are required to send in their splitboard interfaces for a MAJOR UPGRADE which will result in improved down hill performance by allowing users to descend perpendicular to the fall line, rather the parallel to it.

    har, har, har….

    I’m with BGnight – I hope it’s revolutionary! Anything less will be anti-climatic…

    #621395
    affix snow
    521 Posts

    They improved the slider pin.

    #621396
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    @treepilot wrote:

    FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLIC RELEASE

    VOILE, HQ.

    MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SPLITBOARD SYSTEM.

    Due to tight economic conditions, we regret to inform our valued customers that we have sold the patent and all designs relating to our splitboard interface to Alta SKI resort. Despite rumours to the contrary, Alta is not going to cancel the successful splitboard interface. However, all current users and licensees are required to send in their splitboard interfaces for a MAJOR UPGRADE which will result in improved down hill performance by allowing users to descend perpendicular to the fall line, rather the parallel to it.

    har, har, har….

    I’m with BGnight – I hope it’s revolutionary! Anything less will be anti-climatic…

    😆 :clap:

    #621399
    affix snow
    521 Posts

    Supposed to be somhting in Backcountry…

    Anyone get theres yet?

    #621400
    samh
    726 Posts

    I have my copy of Backcountry. I don’t remember any amazing new thing from Voile in there though. I’ll take a closer look when I’m at home tonight.

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    #621401
    stoudema
    551 Posts

    I just got my Backcountry, but it was the November issue, not the December issue. WTF?

    #621402
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Maybe its short term memory loss for everyone else , but I remeber what it was like about 3-4 years ago. 2-3 board makers, Will just getting started and everything was “rough” . Flash forward a couple of seasons and we got what 6 board makers and 2 companies who will even step into the split binding world

    Why all the Voile bashing?

    Did any other company put up capital and back a guy from Michigan with a funky Idea at best? a couple of guys in the wasatch mocking BC skiers to get where they wanted to ride with such newbie vision they forgot to use poles the first season , they talk to a guy named “Wally” ( stop here and ask yourself .Whos Wally? Ifyou know read on, if not think of the vision of Craig kelly and the wallet of a BC donald trump and do your homework)

    these 2 people ( Cowboy and Wally) brought you farther in splitboarding than any of the stars yet you start bashing them because they didnt release a new binding?

    Man…remind me never to get into this bussiness

    Hey , Wally- Thanks . Thanks for the first freeride.
    Cowboy- Thanks for the vision

    Will- thanks for the binding

    all the others (Board Makers)
    Thanks for following the LEADERS

    Oh one more thing- return policy

    I cant think of any other company in my world, and I mean EVERYTHING I have ever bought can match Voile’s customer service
    Your board delams- they mail you a brand new one , with one question asked

    “Can you mail us your old board back?”

    Thats after they send you a replacement on good faith

    And finally, I took a little adventure awhile ago and opened my own company. Didnt make money but it made me realize what it takes to sell a product or own a company

    Lots of Risk, Capital investment, research , wringing your hands hoping you can feed your family , finding insurance , looking for loans…the list goes on and on.

    Be thankful of the Voile’s and the mountain Hardwares and the Black Diamonds because behind every one of those labels there are people just like Will struggling day to day to pay employees, produce products , go home safe at night ect

    Peace in the Backcountry

    #621403
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    While we’re at why don’t we kiss Ford, Chevy, and Toyota’s ass since we all like to drive.
    W/e man, I’m the paying customer. They’re making $$$ off ME. If they didn’t do the splitboard thing someone would have been right no their heels. Good businessmen don’t annoy their customer base. I don’t hate Voile (I’ve given them thousands of dollars), but this whole BINDING thing fucking annoys me and makes me not want to give them $$$. Maybe it’s just me. But that’s $300 out of their pocket. I’m sure a lot of the companies you speak of have really nice people working for them. That has no bearing on why we are bashing on them though.
    I don’t get why we have to be all touchy feely just because this is a snowboarding business and is ran by people someone happens to know personally. It’s a profit driven business period. When it comes to taking money from people’s pockets you should expect scrutiny.

    #621404
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I wouldnt kiss the automaker asses , or yours or voile’s . But the difference ( I think)is Customer Base.
    I would like to see some numbers but I cant see how the splitboard bussiness is that profitable. And thats why I dont get the bashing.
    We are in the middle of the nations worst economic downturn sense the depression and we are fortunate we can still enjoy the ride and Im pretty shocked that some of our major players havent closed up shop. It really suprising that anyone would have the balls to come out with any new products
    Im glad there are compaines like Voile that make B/C telemark and split products only -It tells me their interest is in what they believe in

    And I like that.

    #621405
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    I agree somewhat w/ Tex but please no butt kissing…I don’t think Will was the first to start working on a binding either…just the first to market. I see much room for improvement too, not bashing, Will is putting in WORK! um…CAD file are dated upon creation. :thumpsup: Good luck to all though, not enough funds $$$ available to make it worthwhile.

    actually, if you have any coin right now is a great time to get deals.
    let me know if you are designing a new product…I’ll give you a 10% discount for being a splitter. :mrgreen:

    #621397
    powpow
    75 Posts

    Anyone get the Backcountry mag and see the review/ad?

    #621406
    samh
    726 Posts

    @powpow wrote:

    Anyone get the Backcountry mag and see the review/ad?

    I paged through this month’s Backcountry again and didn’t see anything. Seeing as how they’re making the announcement on the 23rd I’m sure it won’t be in this mag, but next months.

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    #621407
    rightsider
    150 Posts

    @samh wrote:

    @powpow wrote:

    Anyone get the Backcountry mag and see the review/ad?

    I paged through this month’s Backcountry again and didn’t see anything. Seeing as how they’re making the announcement on the 23rd I’m sure it won’t be in this mag, but next months.

    it should be in the december issue, that comes out tomorrow. we’ll see!

    and just so its clear, I didn’t start this thread to bash voile. i am genuinely excited to see what they have been working on. splitboarding is a sector of the industry that is in its infancy. it is also a sector that may never make it past its infancy. There is such a small percentage of the ski/snowboard market that has any interest in backcountry that it is obviously not the best thing to base an entire company on. Yes, there are niche markets in every industry, but those niches almost never become fully saturated markets. being a business owner, i have nothing but respect and patience for companies who dedicate themselves to the activity that i most passionate about. i understand that it takes a long time and a lot of perseverance to create a product that will revolutionize an industry. i also understand that in small industry (such as splitboarding) it is very easy for rumors to spread before a company is ready to release a new product. it takes a lot of time and money to get your advertising, distribution and promotional ducks in row. Also, in a small tight knit industry, it is easy for the consumer to become jaded by these rumors because they feel like they deserve to know because they are part of the core. its great that we are all anxious for a new, hopefully revolutionary product to be revealed. at the same time, we need to respect the company that is putting money into our hobby and wait for them to be ready on all fronts. Voile has done nothing but support us all, before anybody else did. To that, we all owe them nothing but patience and respect. :twocents: :twocents:

    #621408
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Fair enough Ray.

    Tbh, just knowing they are being secretive for no good reason rubs me the wrong way. It’s like they think they’re giving us some gift none of us can do without and by being so secretive about it they’re gonna create some huge hype. Nothing bad can come of them just coming out and saying “NEW BINDING COMING OUT LATE 2009”. There’s no legal reasons. No one’s gonna steal their patent. It’s just them doing it for profit motives. Hell, I like money so I’m not criminalizing them for it, but some of us don’t like the b.s. They know the rumors are out there and yet they won’t acknowledge it. That’s what pisses me off. I don’t want a picture. I don’t want a description. I just want acknowledgment by them of what we all know.

    #621409
    treepilot
    352 Posts

    A recession can be the perfect time to innovate and launch – attack while others are in protection mode, or boggled with legacy issues. New guys can be nimble. It’s a small industry for sure, but it’s growing and for those with direct distribution, I’m sure the returns are plenty decent.

    Satirical post aside, I’m excited to see what comes out on Monday or sooner if someone gets their backcountry mag. I wish mine made it here sooner, I don’t think I’ve gotten one since the gear issue 🙁

    May the best binding win. Actually, let’s hope the best system wins, but I don’t think that’s getting announced on Monday….

    #621410
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    I’m going to invent the first split doobie! I will patent it, and make 10’s of dollars. I just need to figure out how to get down, after cheech’ing :doobie: before the descent.

    Ya vole’ beeches :headbang:

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