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Old 10-16-2011, 12:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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im just curious, everyone talks about splits relating to backcountry, whats the use of them?
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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im just curious, everyone talks about splits relating to backcountry, whats the use of them?
Well check out movies like Deeper, My Own Two Feet, for an idea.

Basically you can turn the board into skis that you can attach climbing skins to so that you can ascend uphill. Your bindings will attach in a ski mode for uphill travel. Tons more float than snow shoes. Actually float just like skis. Then on the down you can reassemble it into a snowboard and rip down hill. The difference you feel in performance is negligible if at all.

To get deep untracked powder turns there are only a few ways to do it. Pay for someone to take you in a heli or snocat, buy a snowmobile, or use a splitboard. I like to take my dog with me, and enjoy the quiet you get vs a snowmobile. Hence the split. Though don't get me wrong, sledneckin' around and riding is also a good time.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The only downhill performance difference I notice regarding splits is the weight. Then again, that may have a lot to do with my legs being straight beat from the skinning too.
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Or if you like lots of powder check out powderwhores new movie. Wow such a good deep movie.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
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im just curious, everyone talks about splits relating to backcountry, whats the use of them?
snowshoes = no glide, sink more, carry your board on your back on the way up, carry your snowshoes on the ride down.

splitboard = glide some (lets you lift your legs less), float more, carry a backpack with BC essentials with no board or snowshoes strapped to it on the way down.

long story short; less work on the way up, less weight all around, better performance in nearly every condition.
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I agree that any difference on the downhill between a solid and a splitboard is negated by having snowshoes strapped to your pack in order to use a solid. I'd rather have a little more weight underfoot than more weight horribly off centered on my back.
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If you're gonna go with snowshoes, I really like the MSRs. They have full length crampons for great traction, climbing bars, and detachable tails so that you can add and removing depending on snow conditions. Very versatile systems, but they're not cheap.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:28 AM   #18 (permalink)
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If you're gonna go with snowshoes, I really like the MSRs. They have full length crampons for great traction, climbing bars, and detachable tails so that you can add and removing depending on snow conditions. Very versatile systems, but they're not cheap.
wellll they have full length teeth, but they are not crampons. i agree tho, if you're gonna get snowshoes go MSR - or get verts to compliment a split.
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