Here's some quotes ripped from the splitboard.com forum. All were written by Corey; mostly defending his product from the hyenas there who were not thrilled to see this product.
"MTN Approach is a company I started and I'm stoked to see the discussion here, good or bad.
The main point of this product is to give backcountry snowboarders an additional option to access the BC. I've been riding a split for over 5 years and have ridden it in all types of conditions. I admit that I have my split pretty dialed as I'm sure most people on this forum do as well. However, there are a lot of snowboarders out there, and a big percentage of them are reluctant to ride a split due to cost, performance or ease of use. How many of you ride your split in-bounds? Hit a booter on your split? Why not?
Today was the first day at SIA and the amount of people at our booth was overwhelming, everyone was stoked to see innovation and a new option. The $800 price tag at retail is high but it's $400 less that a factory split with Spark bindings, and the price will come down. Our customers already own a snowboard they like, now they can ride it in the BC. Our system comes with a pack and skins and is ready to go. The pack has pockets for the skis and allows you to carry your board vertical, horizontal, 45 degrees or tow behind. The bindings are burly and have held up to thousands of vertical feet climbed with no issues. No skins to peel. The skis weigh 3.5 lbs per foot, 7 lbs per pair + 7lbs for my solid and I'm at the same weight as my split. The weight per foot is way less than my split and i will gladly carry my solid so i can ride it on the down. 1 pound on your foot is equivalent to 5 on your back...or close to that.
The hinges are burley, they lock out in seconds and you wont break them. Warranty!
MTN Approach is not anti-split, we're pro-bc snowboarding. These skis are being release in beta mode for this year and will be for sale Fall 2011.
I welcome comments and would be stoked to get first hand input if you'd like to give the system a try. I'll have demo units mid February, please PM me."
"I don't think I'm going to debate this with anyone on this site, everyone on here is obviously a passionate splitboarder. I've been splitboarding for 5 years and am well aware of the advantages and disadvantages. Your splitboard doesn't ride the same as your solid.
These skis cost $800 because they come with BD skins and a pack and they ski better than most AT set-ups. Lets go on a tour and you can tell me in person that I'm not having the same backcountry experience as you are. I'll wait for you at the bottom.
Used board and bindings: $200
Voile kit: $160
Total cost: $630
Weight with skins: 15lbs
Doesn't ride very well.
Spark Bindings: $300
Total cost: $1,470
Weight with skins: 14lbs
Rides better but still not the same as your solid board.
Doesn't everyone already own a board they like? No need to spend money on a split, just ride the board/bindings you already have.
My solid board weighs 7lbs, these skis weigh 7lbs, combined I'm at the same weight as most splits. Plus my weight per foot, per step is much lighter.
These skis come with a pack and BD skins, they transitions in seconds and you don't have to peel and store your skins every lap. They are real skis, sidecut, metal edges, camber and perform as well as your split in ski mode - if not better as they have sidecut on both edges. The bindings are bomber, allowing for great traversing and accommodate any size boot. 145cm long, 135, 115, 125 (tip/mid/tail width).
Currently they're more expensive and heavier than i wanted to introduce to the market but based on the interest at SIA, the units will go up, the cost will come down and the weight will be dropped.
This system will not be for everyone but it's another option for people wanting to access the bc. They will be shipping Fall 2011."
"The system will be great for people not willing to invest in a factory split and want to ride their normal board, which is a large percentage of the market. Leisure trends reports that 1.7 million snowboarders say they are "backcountry and sidecountry" participants. Only about 6,000 splits are sold annually, that leaves a lot of potential customers.
I've been using this system for over two years now and my average tour is 4-5k and i'm not riding low angle stuff. These skis will get you anywhere your split will get you. If i was doing a multi-day tour, i'd take my split."