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Old 11-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think he has seen the light.

Though I did tell everyone that by the end of the day you'd say you were getting a splitboard...
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't get me wrong. I'm hurting from Sunday, but with the splitboard you can travel much further with less effort. Even so, it's still a lot of effort. Then again, it does nothing but good things for you so it's worth it imo.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:10 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I snowshoe a decent amount in the mountains behind my house during the winter. One of the biggest things I notice is that when you have a hardpack of snow, with not a ton of powder on top, snowshoes work pretty good because they have something to compact the new snow onto and tend to not sink so much. If your on a lot of fresh powder though, prepare to get worked, because although they distribute your weight much better then just boots, they still sink.

Like everyone has said, snowshoeing is very athletic. It's a bit like hiking in sand. If your going a long distance, carrying lots of shit on your back, your going to get tired fast. That being said, I think snowshoes will probably serve you well for your first several smaller BC experiences, just to get a better idea of what it's like because just going out and buying a split is expensive. Once you decide snowshoes suck and you want to do lot's of BC, get the split.

Having a pair of snowshoes anyways isn't a bad idea. I have a pair simply because they are necessary where I live if I get snowed in, have to park my car down the road, and snowshoe to my house.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I bought a split off of CL for 450 including skins. Worked like a charm last weekend and plan on taking it out again this weekend. So glad someone sent that to me if not I was thinking I was going to buy slowshoes for the season.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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OK, here's a question, if I can find a pair of snowshoes on the cheap (say under $100), and will only use them for a couple of days in Colorado in January, will I be better off than the other 3 guys who will be booting it? Or is the gain so small that I might as well just save the pennies and boot with them?
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:57 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Well, depends what kind of hiking you are doing. Personally I think snowshoes are a huge upgrade over booting when your in thick/deep snow. Is this going to be the only time you will ever use them? Like I said before, just having a cheap pair of snowshoes is nice to have anyways. I think you can pick up a "decent" pair from Wal-Mart for like $60-70.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Snowshoes are definitely better than booting, but if you're only going to use them for a few days, you'd probably be better off just renting a pair. REI is $15 for the first day and I think $10 after that.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I think they have some plans to boot The Professor and a couple of other well known spots in that general area. I was kinda hoping you'd say the gain is minimal so I could save my money haha!

I think I may just buy some off ebay or craigslist. If I can get a few days use out of them this year I'll be happy, and then I'll have them for future trips.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Yeah, you get out here on a powder day and try to snowshoe it and you'll be doing like me and rooting through the garage for shit to sell in order to buy a splitboard!

I think I've scrounged up enough to net about $4-500 so far. I'm thinking about selling the 3rd row seat in my Tahoe as well. If I did that, I'd only be a couple of bills away from a new Voile Mojo RX. That's the way I'm leaning. I'd love to have an NS or Venture, but you're looking at about $1300 for those.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Yeah, you get out here on a powder day and try to snowshoe it and you'll be doing like me and rooting through the garage for shit to sell in order to buy a splitboard!

I think I've scrounged up enough to net about $4-500 so far. I'm thinking about selling the 3rd row seat in my Tahoe as well. If I did that, I'd only be a couple of bills away from a new Voile Mojo RX. That's the way I'm leaning. I'd love to have an NS or Venture, but you're looking at about $1300 for those.
This is true, I sold 2 of my boards, 2 kids snowboards (the old ones), and some other stuff... I'm sure there are things in the basement I could sell.
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