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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Atomic Poacher Splitboard - Advice?

I'd really like to get into backcountry, and have recently been put in touch with a skier friend who does it all the time and can teach me a lot of the essentials. The trick is finding a setup that won't break the bank...

Anyways, I recently came across this and was looking for opinions from the more experienced as to whether this would be worth pulling the trigger on:

Splitboard Atomic "Poacher" mint cond.

Basically a near full backcountry setup for $500

From the reviews that I've read, the board itself handles amazingly in powder. The biggest complaints have been the binding/transition system, which apparently has the potential to get snow/ice-packed rather easily. I was thinking that if it was that bad, I could always get a new interface system eventually.

I'm 5'7 145lbs without gear on as well, so I'm not sure if 164cm is a little too big for me.

Anyways, any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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Be patient and scour CL and the splitboard.com forums and you'll find a better deal than that. I haven't heard anything good about that Atomic system.

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do not buy that board. run away from the Atomic system... waste of money.

i'm almost 100% sure you'd have to drill it to fit voile/spark's system on there - you'd be better off making a DIY board.
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Hobo, that would be $500 wasted. That board is a turd. Look around at Craigslist and such.

REI tends to heavily discount their splits starting in the next few weeks. They carry both Voile and Prior. The best deals are on the Voile models, and they usually are full kit. Skins, interface. All you need is bindings. Which I would recommend split specific binders, but you can mount bindings to the slider plates and it will work. Just don't stick with it that way for too long. I've seen the Voile's go for around $700 in the end of season sales.
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Super appreciate the opinions, I always know I can get set straight here

For a sort of relatively inexpensive entry-into-backcountry beginner setup, is there anything you guys would specifically recommend? I'm just finding that looking at the whole scope of a board, bindings, skins, crampons etc... is going to be way out of my affordability range at the moment.

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Craigslist is a great place to pick up used splits. A lot of the time with skins. Also look for used rental boards and demo fleets. They do exist out there. I believe NOLS blows out a bunch of splits every spring. At least they used to. They were a steal. Splitboard.com is another place to pick up great deals on splits. This goes for Splitboard bindings too.

Unless you have some serious alpine objectives, ski crampons are probably not needed to start with. You'll want them at some point, but since you are new to this you shouldn't be putting your self in those sort of spots.

The tough thing is that yes, this is a fairly big investment. Seems to be around $1600 these days for a good splitboard kit new. Then if you need the avy gear, there goes another $300-$600. Don't buy a used beacon, unless you know the previous owner and are sure it is up to snuff.

Snow shoes do work, especially if you have spots you can hit that are relatively easy to get to and lap. It'll also make you come up with the money for a split set up that much faster. It's amazing how that motivates people.
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It'll also make you come up with the money for a split set up that much faster. It's amazing how that motivates people
lol your not kidding there. My split was nursing an injury so I did a tour on my snowshoes the other day. Yikes that sucked. I dont know how I used them for a couple seasons.

Have you considered DIY? If you have a board to split and use regular binding you can at least get out there for alot cheaper. Although after about 15-20tours on my DIY, I ready to fork over the money for a factory split and splitboard specific bindings. I think I bought my hardware, skins, and poles for under 300 bucks.
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DIY is an excellent choice actually. I should have mentioned that.
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lol your not kidding there. My split was nursing an injury so I did a tour on my snowshoes the other day. Yikes that sucked. I dont know how I used them for a couple seasons.

Have you considered DIY? If you have a board to split and use regular binding you can at least get out there for alot cheaper. Although after about 15-20tours on my DIY, I ready to fork over the money for a factory split and splitboard specific bindings. I think I bought my hardware, skins, and poles for under 300 bucks.
Definitely have considered it and have the tools to do it right. How do you use regular bindings on a splitboard? Is there just hardware that makes the bindings hinge and swing or something?

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Voile makes a slider plate adapter that you bolt you bindings too. It's quite simple actually. Four hole pattern only of course.
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