Forums Boots "Raichle Snowboarder" HB ?
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  • #573341
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    Guys
    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.

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

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

    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.

    Cheers

    Adam West

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    #628797
    buell
    534 Posts

    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!

    #628798
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    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.

    #628800
    foolishrider
    12 Posts

    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!

    #628799
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    Foolishrider
    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

    Cheers

    Adam West

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    #628801
    TrevorInCA
    9 Posts

    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.

    #628802
    Powder_Rider
    498 Posts

    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.

    #628803
    TrevorInCA
    9 Posts

    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.

    #628804
    TLN
    47 Posts

    Can anyone share experience with that boots?
    It looks like it is just between my softboot malamutes and alpine RC10.
    Does it worth getting and trying this nowadays? Ok, what is I weight about 95-100 kilos? (210lbs+).

    It looks like a nice boots for a swallowtails, doesn’t it?

    #628805
    NorwegianDan
    109 Posts

    @tln wrote:

    Can anyone share experience with that boots?
    It looks like it is just between my softboot malamutes and alpine RC10.
    Does it worth getting and trying this nowadays? Ok, what is I weight about 95-100 kilos? (210lbs+).

    It looks like a nice boots for a swallowtails, doesn’t it?

    I dont think a non dynafit compatible hardboot setup is the way to go for splitboarding. These days we have much better options.

    Read up on the Spark dyno or the Phantom bindings, combined with dynafit toepieces and a dynafit compatible AT boot modified (or not) to your liking 🙂

    Phantom bindings are the best thing that has happened to hardboot splitboarding since splitboarding itself!

    #628806
    TLN
    47 Posts

    Well, I don’t own any split, and plannig to use this on solid, but I got your idea – about dynafits.
    I can get this Raichles cheap, almost free, but even then i may be not worth trying.

    #628807
    NorwegianDan
    109 Posts

    Ah I see.

    Wrong forum then 😆

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