Here on the East Coast we’re used to those long-rolling approaches and exits to and from our favorite zones. You know the type, where using skins can be overkill but still a necessary evil.
Well, I’m happy to report another option is coming soon! Last year Voile incorporated the fish-scale traction pattern found in their Vector BC skis and developed the Revelator BC splitboard. The design features the traction pattern underfoot that has become very popular in many of the East Coast backcountry zones. I witnessed the performance of the skis firsthand as one of my regular touring partners used them more days then his “normal” backcountry set-up, at times even charging up mellow skin tracks, skin free.
After multiple laps of my buddy being halfway up the low-angle track before I even had both skins on, we had a chat about what it would be like to have this same tech in a splitboard. The conclusion was, hell yeah that could work. Well, ask and ye shall receive, as Voile released the Revelator BC for this upcoming season.
“The Revelator BC is a splitboard, that when in ski mode, excels on approaches and exits that involve low angle, rolling terrain. The type of terrain that is found at most East coast backcountry locations, making the Revelator BC the perfect tool for the East coast backcountry rider. This low angle, rolling terrain use to involve using skins that would slow the glide of the splitboard down… The result of needing to use your skins less, both the approaches and exits are faster and more efficient.” – Voile East Coast Tech Rep. Will Roth
All of that tied up with the rip-ability of the new Revelator design (see review from Voile athlete , Neil Provo here) seems like a winning combination for splitters in the East.
Given the positive response the Vector BCs received last year from the ski community, this is definitely a board I’m looking forward to trying out soon. Some things I am curious about is if the traction impacts downhill performance at all and just how much can you push the traction pattern uphill?
Keep an eye on our forum for reader reviews and check back when the snow flies for a review from us.
Here’s a couple pics we took of the Revelator BC at the SIA Trade Show last season.
And a video from our friends at doglotion.com.
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