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2014 splitboards

saw this pic at splitboard.com - there was also talk over there about a Rossi Xavier split pro-model for 2014...

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I have no clue why Rossi hasn't been making a pro model for him all along. The guy is becoming THE premier splitboarder. I imagine that crown will be passed from Jones to Xavier within the next couple of years. You could definitely make an argument that it's already happened.
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i for one hold X as a better rider than JJ... he turns way less.
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Xavier is just nuts. His style is just fuck it, Mach 11 everything.
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Yeah Xaview is pretty bad ass. Even Jones says he's the best out there.

That K2 board. Interesting, basically the ICS system for splits? Kind of dig that idea for sure.
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in the "FLST" thread at sb.com the dude FirstLight from AU has designed a way to do ICS channels in DIY splits, although i don't know how solid/durable that would be....
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in the "FLST" thread at sb.com the dude FirstLight from AU has designed a way to do ICS channels in DIY splits, although i don't know how solid/durable that would be....
I'd be interested to see what type of inserts he's using and how he's installing them. Maybe it's bombproof, but from just the outside looking in not knowing that info, certainly looks like the possibility of catastrophic (or perhaps hilarious) failure exists.
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OK just my .02 cents on things. There is/was a storage unit full of LFG (Locking Freedom Grooves) or whatever left over from Rev/Forum/Capita I can't remember up in Vancouver that the person was just randomly selling to companies/people as need be. Chances are if this is DIY the guy bought them there, now for the sake of durability I can tell you the LFG system was pure crap it is far worse in design than ICS. ICS now is designed to essentially lock in the whole grove where as LFG sucked up and pulled into the top sheet. The creates a hallow spot and whacked out flex patterns in my opinion.


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in the "FLST" thread at sb.com the dude FirstLight from AU has designed a way to do ICS channels in DIY splits, although i don't know how solid/durable that would be....
I was at his house about a month ago and he showed me the board he did with the channels, its just like a surfboard finbox.
BTW he owns more than a hundred boards lol.
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BA & ETM -

to be fair, the DIY version Firstlight showed looked like it would rip out (just from the pics) and really, i personally see it having very limited advantages on a factory board (easy stance changes is the only advantage i can think of)

i for sure do not think that ICS channels would be an advancement in split tech. i've only once had an insert pack strip while riding and it was some shithouse Kemper back in 1991. 4x4 inserts are not a problem for me, never have been..

i DO get stoked just to see further innovation in splitboarding or attempts at it at least... IMO the Karakorum system is inferior to Sparks, but some people love them and without Ks there may have never been an Edison system... and hopefully Ks will continue to innovate and come with some bomber designs in the future... its all good for the sport of splitboarding..
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