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Old 07-05-2011, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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heh. maybe this is common topic up here, but one more time.

bigger guy, with over 220lbs and US13 shoes.
Already got NS Legacy-R 174 and feel fiiiiine on this. Now sure, but going to sell it and grab Raptor X for stability and more agressive freeride. Or get a split.
Will travel to get to the hardest slopes of the local mountains.

Right now i'm deciding waht is better, and why not to grab a pair of snoeshoes. So the choice is:
Louis Garneau Ergo Trail FX Epic II 10x36
OR
Redfeather Snowshoes Alpine 180 with Pilot II Binding

Second one seems to be better for me. Just seems, dunno why.

BTW: Does any one tried to carve on a split? I'm pushing my board harder and harder, and now Legacy is the limitaion, so i'm thinking of NS raptor X, or Unity dominion split 180. Or leave legacy and save a money =)
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What do you mean carve on a split? You mean ride it? There are several members on here that split with regularity.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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buy a new raptor, keep your old legacy and split it with the voile kit. get a crapped out shithouse board to practice the cut on and then cut the legacy...


.... and get a pair of sparks or rughty bindings
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You can buy snowshoes, but once you get a split you'll probably never use them again. I'd go with Shred's advice.
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Yep, skip spending real money on snowshoes. If you need a pair in the meantime, keep an eye out on CL. I think I paid like $30 for my Tubbs and they were in virtually new condition.
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If you live in the snow snowshoes aren't a bad thing to have anyways. But if your going to spend real money spend it on a split, not shoes.

BTW, I didn't realize how inexpensive a Voile split kit is when compared with buying a new manufactured split. I wish I had a board worth splitting, I'd be doing this right now.
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Well keep in mind the split kit doesn't get you skins, which I believe are another $180. If you have a board that you already want to cut, it's probably the way to go. If you are looking at spending any sort of real money on a deck and then you're going to split it, probably not. For an extra $100-$300 you would probably be into a manufactured deck. DIY is certainly a great way to go, don't get me wrong.
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I have a DIY and this weekend riding corn I could really tell it was wobbly. I for sure am buying a production split for next year.
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What do you mean carve on a split? You mean ride it?
I mean something like freecarve, softboot carving. Not just ride it in a powder, but hardly push it in every turn. That's not a solid board with torsion stiffness, does it ever reasonable? Or that's bad idea? Keep in mind, that i'm a bigger guy.

2all: heh... got an idea, that i shouldn't spend $ on a snowshoes, and keep it for split.
Well, for now, 2 freeride boards is too much for me, i'd be in doubt which one to ride, since we're riding out ot bounds all the time, even on a resorts.
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Yes you can push the limits of what you are doing on a splitboard. I think Jeremy Jones has proven that.

If you check out the Trip Report forum on this site, there are several reports from riding in the backcountry on splits from forum members. Look for posts in there by Snowolf, Snowvols, Jeri534, and myself. I do not feel limited in anyway. In fact, being on a splitboard doesn't even factor into my decision making. I'm also a 240lb guy, though I don't have the Sasquatch foot you have. Still, with splitboards you are slightly raised off the board. So toe and heel drag is much less of an issue on them.
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