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- April 16, 2020 at 3:07 pm in reply to: Fitwell Backcountry In Canada and Sizing information #849110
Higher Ground Sports in Golden has them.
Give them a call on (250) 344-7980. : )
Hopefully they have your size!April 12, 2020 at 5:19 am in reply to: Fitwell Backcountry In Canada and Sizing information #848933
I don’t know anywhere in BC you can buy them. I’d recommend calling Splitboard HQ in Calgary – I’ve found them to be very helpful on splitboarding questions. Alternatively Escape Route in Whistler? They are at least backcountry-focused though I don’t have much experience with them.
I tried on a pair of Fitwell Backcountry that I bought when I was in the UK and found them to be very narrow. I normally wear US 11 (Burton, Salomon) or 11.5 (Thirty Two). I couldn’t get my feet into Fitwells in a 295 and anything wide enough would have been far too long. I ended up returning them.
Interesting – haven’t weighed my board but have had similar issues with both the Jones Carbon Excavator Shovel and Karakoram Prime X Carbon bindings being heavier than advertised (392 vs 377g for shovel, 656 vs 580 for bindings – though in fairness that was with the normal toe strap and not the airstrap).
Curious as to how much variation there is and should be in these things…March 7, 2020 at 7:45 am in reply to: FS: Karakoram Prime X Carbon 2015/2016 Size Medium #847453
Bindings are sold.February 11, 2020 at 4:01 pm in reply to: Ultralight Splitboarding – Save kilograms or pounds and perform better #846526
Found this thread very helpful so will try to contribute.
Lightest shovel (245g) at the moment appears to be the ATK Carbon Shovel but the shaft is not detachable from the blade. Not sure how well a carbon blade would hold up in avalanche debris.
The Jones Excavator Carbon is heavier (377g) but has a detachable shaft.
Lightest probe I could find is the Arva Carbon 240 (120g). Seems like the 200cm probe has been discontinued.
The Rab Zero G down jacket is heavier than the Montbell but also warmer and has a hood.
There are many ultralight poles reviewed on BackpackingLight.com. There’s a table at the bottom of the article with collapsed length for each pole.
EDIT: tried to include links but doing so meant the site wouldn’t show the post. : (
Indeed. If you’re over in BC, let me know.
Tried to reply earlier but had problems logging in (seems others have also had issues).
To answer your question: it’s a matter of personal preference. I like bibs (Burton AK) rather than pants. For a hardshell jacket, I have a lightweight trail running jacket for the uptrack and a lightweight, 3L Goretex shell for the descent though I often don’t use it (just put an insulation layer over the trail running jacket).
ejorddny’s suggestion to figure it out at the resort is a good one. On a tour, especially when you’re on a trip, is the wrong to realize what you should be wearing! : )
Whereabouts are you based? I have a Carbon Flagship 164, either 2015 or 2016 model. Might be able to let you take it on a test ride. I also have a Carbon Solution (162W, 2015 or 2016) but I find it hard to make a direct comparison because 1) the boards have different width/specs, 2) I ride different bindings on each and 3) I’m using different boots inbounds vs backcountry.
I should be in Revelstoke for at least part of February. I’ll be working while there which will limit trips to weekends but definitely interested in finding people to go out with! I’ll message you both.
“the original footbed is garbage”
I suspect this is true of most/many boots. The footbed on the Burton DriverX isn’t good, either – I swapped mine out for Sidas footbeds.
I’ve been using a Mammut Nirvana Pro 35L for the last three seasons. I find the back panel access pretty useful but it adds weight, which is the tradeoff.
I’ll second what bcall8 said on the board. I have a Carbon Solution 162W and it’s not a board I enjoy riding in tight trees (though I do like it overall).
@Snurfer – I get Error 404 when I click on the link to the review. I’d be interested to read it.
I have a Carbon Solution 162W (30.3 / 26.3 / 30.2) and the G3 Alpinist skins (technically the white label version for Backcountry.com) fit fine. I’d be surprised if you had an issue with the skin width.
That said, I’d just go with permnation’s link – hard to beat that price and Jones skins are made by Pomoca anyway.
I’ve had a Mammut Nirvana Pro for four seasons now and I’m happy with it. Came recommended by ski patrol here. Comfortable, lots of features. Unfortunately it seems like it’s expensive in the US. I managed to pick one up while in Europe for about $140.
“Can anyone comment on the most recent version of the G3 Alpinist and/or the backcountry.com version?”
I bought the Backcountry.com version simply because the price was so good (I paid $81 for them). I haven’t had any problems with the glue so far. I’ve been using skin savers with them which I think G3 recommends. Neil McNab also used (uses?) G3 skins and didn’t mention any issues (link).
My only problem with the G3 skins is the tail clip but that’s due to using a Jones board – I’d like a tail clip with the notch but don’t want to pony up $200-250 for the Jones skins just to get that. Might be possible to MacGayver a solution (pun intended).
Thanks for the replies.
The suggestion from Karakoram was to get the Airform toe straps. I’ll give that a try.December 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm in reply to: Ultralight Splitboarding – Save kilograms or pounds and perform better #814773
Very interesting thread.
Spare liner gloves are a great idea. Worth putting them in a ziploc bag as I have had gear inside my pack get wet as a result of it sitting on the snow during breaks/transitions.
One piece of lightweight gear recently recommended to me by a guide was this jacket, which he likes for the uptrack. I’d never though to take a separate jacket for that reason, but it makes some sense.
I wear US 11. I bought and tried on Mondo size 295 (Backcountry, not Freeride) and couldn’t even get my feet in the boots. After making some comparisons with my normal boots (DriverX), it seems the Fitwells are fairly narrow at or toward the heel. I ended up returning them as sizing up to 300 would – I think – have meant the boots ended up being too long even if they were wide enough. Shame, as they have a good rep.
Incidentally, you can try emailing the rep (Thomas?): fitwellsales at gmail dot com.
FWIW: I’m the same height (5’11”), similar weight (~155) and ride a 162cm Jones (mostly in interior BC).
I’d second the point about gear adding to your weight. Might be worth doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation just to see how much it can be.