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  • #567828
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    Hi,

    I live in Israel, we don’t get much snow.

    Once every two years or so I visit my grandparents in Austria and get to board a bit.

    I’ve always envied the touring-ski people – I love climbing and I find the lifts kind of bland, so I’m very drawn to splitboards.

    My problem is in trying one out – I’ve never seen one for rent or sale in the area. It’s pretty rural too, so not much else to look.

    Any suggestions on how I can actually see if this works for me (the whole shenanigan as well as comparing boards for purchase)?

    As a last resort I will simply buy one online and have it shipped, hoping to resell it if it’s not right, but I’d rather not risk several hundred dollars in the name of curiosity.

    Thanks,

    #588765
    kaspar
    11 Posts

    Voile is starting a European divison, they run test camps once in a while:

    http://www.voile-europe.de

    another option would be to go to a shop in the ressort and to just ask.

    One shop that might rent splitboards is “hang loose” in Vienna, but I moved to Seattle so I don’t know how many splitboards are out there now 🙂

    #588766
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    Hola,

    @kaspar wrote:

    Voile is starting a European divison, they run test camps once in a while:

    http://www.voile-europe.de

    Hmm, I’ll have a look at their schedule, this sounds promising!

    @kaspar wrote:

    another option would be to go to a shop in the ressort and to just ask.

    Sadly that’s a no go, it’s too small… I’ve seen all their inventory and they haven’t got that sort of stuff. =(

    @kaspar wrote:

    One shop that might rent splitboards is “hang loose” in Vienna, but I moved to Seattle so I don’t know how many splitboards are out there now 🙂

    This sounds like the best option – my grandparents, aunt and uncle live in Vienna, so we usually stay the nights before/after the flighs. Thanks for the tip!

    #588767
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    @kaspar wrote:

    Voile is starting a European divison, …

    starting …? voilé-europe goes into its 4th or 5th season and is quite successful over here …

    @nothingmuch
    where are you snowboarding in austria?
    if it’s near the montafon/vorarlberg-region it will be no big problem. the “Huettle” http://www.huettle.at is in St. Gallenkirch/Montafon/Vorarlberg and it’s the official “test-center”.
    otherwise you can contact simon graf of voilé-europe to ask where to test/rent a voilé splitboard next season.

    next possibility for you is to ask at http://www.erstespur.de – the german-“speaking” snowboard-touring forum. don’t hesitate to ask in english if you can’t write in german.

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