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  • #569519
    Will
    377 Posts

    Well I didn’t even notice there wasn’t a divide thread yet. This board is awesome, if you can do it, go for it. I’m riding a 161, which is 5cm shorter than my last board, but it eats up the pow no problemo. The 10 mm of taper just makes it happen, it never dives and is short enough for the tightest tree spots. If you live in the Bozeman area I’ll let you take it out for a spin. It’s built crazy tough too, I slid down some early season junk a few weeks ago that should have really screwed up my ride, but it hardly left a mark. All that and they’re green too. What do the other divide riders have to say?

    As a sidenote, I’m not sponsored by venture, we trade retail for retail on our respective products.

    #601739
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    Will, I was going to ask you for a review after seeing your Divide in your photos and seeing bcr with one up for sale. Normally since I’m just under 6′ and weigh about 210 I ride 163 boards inbounds and my solid powder board is a 174. Now that I started splitting I have a 163 self split and a burton 165. I’m not sure what size I should be looking for. I have been riding for just over 20 years, but I’m not as extreme as some of the riders out there. I do love the steep, deep and trees, so I want something that should handle it all. Your input is gladly recieved. Thanks.

    #601740
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Check a little further down under “venture Snowboards”! 😉 These boards are nice, I love mine.

    #601741
    Will
    377 Posts

    Oh, um, duh

    Well I guess we have a new thread for the divide specifically, yeah, that’s what I meant to do in the first place. 😳

    #601742
    Mr. splita
    23 Posts

    😀 I bought a venture divide 165cm 26cm w.w. I’ve been out on it 3 times so far and I have to say I love it.I don’t have any other comparisons other than an old voile I rented which was fun as it was my first split experience but the board was lacking.The venture road flawlessly I live in park/summit county CO.and have been riding it on variable lower angle terrain.Powder 6-10″s,wind crusts thin to bullett proof and open bowlish glades to wicked tight trees.I’m 5’10” 160lbs 18 years of riding experience this board rocks it turns well even at lower speeds in tight trees.It charges through it with confidence and seems to be a very stable ride thus far.I’m looking forward to bigger steeper terrain as conditions allow will post more as time goes on.Happy riding peace out.

    #601743
    artemis
    2 Posts

    Hi all, looking for some size advice on the Venture Divide – I’ve seen a 156 narrow on sale, but am not 100% convinced that it won’t be a little long for me. My current boards are:

    Burton Fish 150 – 2nd hand, very cheap, great fun in the trees.

    Option Trinity 155 – stiff board, has felt a bit too much sometimes, especially when I’m tired. Can be a bit of a struggle in tight conditions, although I’m getting better at handling it.

    Arbor Push 152 – bought in a sale ‘cos I’ve been lusting after one for ages. Rode for 6 days in great bc conditions in Chamonix, love it, no problems in knee deep powder despite the shorter length. An altogether easier ride than the Option, but no less capable.

    I was set on getting the Voile Mojo 154, but the Divide looks great and I love their ethos. However, not much good if I end up hating the board (I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the Option).

    I’m 5’7″, female, 130lb without gear. I’m not a particularly aggressive rider, been riding 8 years, comfortable on most terrain except the very steep and icy.

    Can anyone give me any advice? Thanks in advance!
    Emma

    #601744
    Shep
    525 Posts

    The divide I tested was a very lively ride. It was towards the end of the day, and I was riding busted up pow, so it was a bit too much for me. I had the same problem with the burton fish, but the super damp NS came through for me. If you like a poppy, lively board that really communicates the snow to you, the divide would be a good fit. personally, I feel like my arbor element is more middle of the road, and I’d err more towards NS damping for my own tastes.

    Based on your feelings about the Option, which I know nothing about other than your statements below, the Mojo might be the better board for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shep

    #601745
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    Took my 165 Divide out for its maiden voyage this past weekend. While I was skeptical about how responsive it would be, as this is my first split, I was pleasantly surprised in how it handled. Rode very similarly to one of my in-bounds boards (159 Burton Baron ES), and the 165 length handled the weight of my mountaineering pack (four days of food and gear) just fine. The Divide was solid in everything from wind-scoured crust to corn to wind-blown powder, and was responsive enough to avoid most of the rocks and vegetation protruding the snowpack and maneuver through tight trees. After the 6,000 descent from Mt. Tyndall, not continuous, I am extremely happy with my purchase…trip report and pics coming soon.

    My only complaint is the weight when the board has to be carried on the pack…reminds me of my pack weight on Denali, not a good thing. Also ,had a slight problem holding my heelside edge at times (wanted to wash out), I assume this was due to me shifting my weight towards my toes due to the heavy pack, any thoughts?

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #601746
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    That weight thing is about the only downfall to splitboards. They are just going to be heavier than their solid board counter parts. Hopefully as the tech evolves, there won’t be such a difference.

    #601747
    wavy
    198 Posts

    Got the chance to ride the Divide this last weekend. The only other split I’ve ever ridden is my old, beat up, previously owned voile SD circa 2000 or so. My split is a 159 and my longest solid board is a 162, the Divide I was trying out was a 165 (medium width).
    The first thing I noticed upon picking it up was the shallow side cut, and it seemed a little on the wider side. Between that and it being longer than I’m used to I thought I was going to have trouble turning it. As it happens, it was surprisingly easy to turn, I’m guessing that had something to do with the taper. I was amazed out how nicely the two halves came together, very solid, no gap. Even without the binders on it had a nice, tight fit, really well made and felt like a solid board on the ride.
    It held a solid edge on the groomers at the resort and provided a stable landing platform on the little jumps in the kiddie terrain park. In the backcountry, it skinned well, and was easy to edge into a variety of hardpack. I took it down an open bowl and a series of gullies. It did a good job going through mixed snow conditions (corn, ice, slush, corn, more ice), though I wasn’t feeling as confident on it as I was at the resort. I think this is because I was also demo’ing a pair of sparks that day and hadn’t spent a lot of time getting them dialed in. Didn’t get to take it into any powder but I’m guessing it would do well due to the shape. Overall I really liked the board. The price is a little prohibitive but I’m going to start saving my pennies, I’m hoping the Divide will replace my beater some day in the future.

    #601748
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    PSA: Currently two venture divides on ebay starting at around $200 new. As much as I hate to invite more watchers to the boards I’m considering, I really need to let someone else buy these. I have spent enough on gear this year. One is a 161 and the other a 165. Both were newly listed with zero bids when I saw them this morning.

    There are also a handful of other splits when searching “splitboard” in sporting goods. One burton, two ventures and four voile boards in total.

    Lurkers…buy them and get into the split addiction.

    #601749
    wavy
    198 Posts

    Thanks Mumbles. If I win it I’ll let you take it for a ride 🙂

    #601750
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts
    #601751
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    @96avs01 wrote:

    Took my 165 Divide out for its maiden voyage this past weekend. While I was skeptical about how responsive it would be, as this is my first split, I was pleasantly surprised in how it handled. Rode very similarly to one of my in-bounds boards (159 Burton Baron ES), and the 165 length handled the weight of my mountaineering pack (four days of food and gear) just fine. The Divide was solid in everything from wind-scoured crust to corn to wind-blown powder, and was responsive enough to avoid most of the rocks and vegetation protruding the snowpack and maneuver through tight trees.

    Interesting. Did you have the big pack on most of the time you were riding it? That can definitely make a difference in how it feels. Reason I mention it is because I have a Burton ES too, and tried the Divide for a couple runs at the ski area recently (doing the same run and switching between a couple other Burtons). I definitely would not have said it felt like my Baron. To me, it feels a lot more damp and stiff. All the Burtons I have feel more lively. The dampness of the Divide is great for powering through crud, but I guess I just am used to the more lively feel of the Burton.

    I’d like to give the Divide a more extended test though.

    #601752
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    bcrider has one to demo if you live in CA jimw, which should work out well for you if you want to get your hands on that one. I’ve got an older burton and a new mojo (sound familiar?) and would gladly read your review of an extened trip on the venture divide.

    #601753
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @jimw wrote:

    @96avs01 wrote:

    Took my 165 Divide out for its maiden voyage this past weekend. While I was skeptical about how responsive it would be, as this is my first split, I was pleasantly surprised in how it handled. Rode very similarly to one of my in-bounds boards (159 Burton Baron ES), and the 165 length handled the weight of my mountaineering pack (four days of food and gear) just fine. The Divide was solid in everything from wind-scoured crust to corn to wind-blown powder, and was responsive enough to avoid most of the rocks and vegetation protruding the snowpack and maneuver through tight trees.

    Interesting. Did you have the big pack on most of the time you were riding it? That can definitely make a difference in how it feels. Reason I mention it is because I have a Burton ES too, and tried the Divide for a couple runs at the ski area recently (doing the same run and switching between a couple other Burtons). I definitely would not have said it felt like my Baron. To me, it feels a lot more damp and stiff. All the Burtons I have feel more lively. The dampness of the Divide is great for powering through crud, but I guess I just am used to the more lively feel of the Burton.

    I’d like to give the Divide a more extended test though.

    Yeah, I had my pack on the whole trip carrying between 25-40 pounds at various times. I mention it riding similar to my Baron ES given its stiffness and quick edge-edge performance. While I have never riden my Baron ES with a pack, let alone one that heavy, I was delighted in the responsive ride of the Divide with that much weight, and that was also with my Vasque ICE 9000 mountaineering boots (can’t wait to ride it with my Driver X).

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #601754
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    You might try comparing both boards with and without pack – I think you might be surprised at the difference, I know I have been. I remember a recent trip to Shasta where SF brought his Never Summer, and he was disappointed with it and felt that it was too stiff… until we packed up camp and rode back to the car, and with the extra pack weight the board came alive – he claimed it felt like a completely different board.

    Speaking of the Baron ES, I have a very similar setup to you, also using Driver X’s. I was thinking of selling it because I just think I don’t need the extra width after all. Interesting you mention the quick edge-to-edge performance, I felt that the Baron was actually noticeably slower edge-to-edge than my normal resort board (old Burton FL Project) – which makes sense because of the width difference. What size are your Drivers? Mine are size 11.

    #601755
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    @Mumbles wrote:

    bcrider has one to demo if you live in CA jimw, which should work out well for you if you want to get your hands on that one.

    Not to worry man, sometimes we’re on top of things here… that was actually the board that I tried. 🙂

    #601756
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @jimw wrote:

    You might try comparing both boards with and without pack – I think you might be surprised at the difference, I know I have been. I remember a recent trip to Shasta where SF brought his Never Summer, and he was disappointed with it and felt that it was too stiff… until we packed up camp and rode back to the car, and with the extra pack weight the board came alive – he claimed it felt like a completely different board.

    Good point. I should get a different feel for the board as I plan to take it to Round Top this weekend and will try it with a light pack and probably my Driver X’s, unless I opt to climb the Crescent Moon Couloir, then its the ICE 9000s. Although I suppose I could just take the ICE 9000s for a more direct comparison to last weekend’s performance. Anyways, I guess I should be happy I like the ride with a heavy mountaineering pack, cause that’s how I will use it the most.

    @jimw wrote:

    Speaking of the Baron ES, I have a very similar setup to you, also using Driver X’s. I was thinking of selling it because I just think I don’t need the extra width after all. Interesting you mention the quick edge-to-edge performance, I felt that the Baron was actually noticeably slower edge-to-edge than my normal resort board (old Burton FL Project) – which makes sense because of the width difference. What size are your Drivers? Mine are size 11.

    My Driver X and ICE 9000s are 11.5. I used to rock a K2 Eldorado that had a 25.5 WW, but managed to rip the toe rand right off of a pair of Airwalk boots. Ever since I have been riding at least 25.9 WW boards. What is the WW on your FL Project? Not that there are dramatic differences between years, but I am curious as to what year your Baron ES is? I have the 05/06.

    Cheers

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
    163W Jones Solution/Phantom Alphas/Dynafit TLT5s
    162 Furberg

    Chris

    #601757
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    The WW on the FL (a 162) is 9.75″ (24.75). It’s about 1/2″ narrower than the Baron, all around (basically identical shape except width). The Baron ES I think is the same year as yours. It’s a 164, and has the fake wax seal thing on it that makes it go way faster. 🙂 I don’t seem to have toe/heel drag issues with the FL and the size 11 Driver X’s. I think boot/binding design has come a long way over the years, and the same size boots in an older model might end up with toe drag.

    BTW, if you just get some …drumroll please… VERTS you can charge right up Crescent in your Drivers!

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