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Old 02-25-2013, 10:56 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Phoned to all snowboard/ski/mountain equipment in my city to find a split for my husband (splits are not yet very popular here ). But was successful in the next city; there's a shop specialized on splits who even offers to reimburse the rental if one desires to buy a board later (very likely in my case, I really got obsessed by deep snow )

They have a Hovercraft 156 for me and a Solution 164W for him, both with Spark. I'm a bit disapointed that there's no Solution suitable for me, but they said that they will increase the number of test splits for next year. (Wrath: I tried, but a billy-goat is nowhere to find)

Cause of the continuous cold weather we have about 20-40cm powder up at 2400m, low avy danger and blue sky is announced for the rest of the week

One last question: For the ascent I wear fleece gloves but for riding I wear mittens (womans constant companion: forever cold hands). Is there a disadvantage to wear mittens if you have to handle a split? Should I rather take gloves?
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Phoned to all snowboard/ski/mountain equipment in my city to find a split for my husband (splits are not yet very popular here ). But was successful in the next city; there's a shop specialized on splits who even offers to reimburse the rental if one desires to buy a board later (very likely in my case, I really got obsessed by deep snow )

They have a Hovercraft 156 for me and a Solution 164W for him, both with Spark. I'm a bit disapointed that there's no Solution suitable for me, but they said that they will increase the number of test splits for next year. (Wrath: I tried, but a billy-goat is nowhere to find)

Cause of the continuous cold weather we have about 20-40cm powder up at 2400m, low avy danger and blue sky is announced for the rest of the week

One last question: For the ascent I wear fleece gloves but for riding I wear mittens (womans constant companion: forever cold hands). Is there a disadvantage to wear mittens if you have to handle a split? Should I rather take gloves?
I say 2 or 3 pairs of gloves/mitts....lighter for skinning up, warmer for ride down and an extra pair for dry/warmth or to get your hands warmed fast after the transition to/from split mode.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I generally just use gloves. I can change over my split (with Sparks) without removing my gloves. If your hands get really cold, you may want to try a mid weight pair of gloves for the hike up and switch out to your mittens for the down ride, if that is what you like. Regardless of how you do it, I would definitely have a back up pair of gloves or mitts in your pack. It can save your day. I would also recommend having an extra pair of goggles. Those are two items that if they go sour on your can really make your day miserable. Having spares can help keep your day pleasant.
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I can do the transition to board mode with shell mitts on over my liners (don't know if I could do it with poofier mittens), but it's a little bit of a hassle. I'm going to get some thinner softshell gloves to wear as liners when I'm splitting, so I can use those for the transition and have some dexterity without getting my hands all wet, and then put the shells over them on the way down.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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something like this might work for you too:

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I have a pair of those Loki Mitts. They are pretty well made and are certainly warm. You still got to expose your fingers though. I have only used them a handful of times on super cold days. I am a glove guy and I usually don't get all that cold. Not a bad option for those who get cold hands. Though I think you would get the same performance out of a trigger mitt instead.
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Those LOKI mitts look pretty interesting. What a pity they don't have a retailer in Switzerland... would be a good option for me. I take off my mitts countless times a day to release/tighten the BOAs (it's a spleen of my to tighten the boots as hard as I can for bombing a run and have to release them immediately at the end to let the blood flow again ) Hope, I'll find something similar available here. Thanks for the tip!

Ok, an extra pair of goggles will be added to the packing list. Never thought about it but you're right, to don't have them if needed could ruin a day.

I think, I'll go for the layer principle as tigre and take my thinner goretex gloves with the windbreaker fleece gloves as first option and have the thick mitts as backup. AND I'll exercise the transition at home WITH gloves. Don't want to disturbe the group just 'cause I don't know how/manage to do it.

I'm so excited and curious! It's 4 years since the last tour (bad neck injury, it's the first season ridind doesn't hurt anymore)
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Those LOKI mitts look pretty interesting. What a pity they don't have a retailer in Switzerland... would be a good option for me. I take off my mitts countless times a day to release/tighten the BOAs (it's a spleen of my to tighten the boots as hard as I can for bombing a run and have to release them immediately at the end to let the blood flow again ) Hope, I'll find something similar available here. Thanks for the tip!
Burton Hi-Fives and Swany Toasters are both made with zippers that run down your first finger, so you can get your fingers out without taking the whole mitten off. I've looked into them for photography. There's also a company out of Japan called Axes Quin that has an even better looking design (longer gauntlets, mostly), but I'd have to pull some strings to get them. Don't know if they'd be easier to come by in Europe or not.
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Burton Hi-Fives and Swany Toasters are both made with zippers that run down your first finger, so you can get your fingers out without taking the whole mitten off. I've looked into them for photography. There's also a company out of Japan called Axes Quin that has an even better looking design (longer gauntlets, mostly), but I'd have to pull some strings to get them. Don't know if they'd be easier to come by in Europe or not.
Didnt find them in the local shops neither, will try to order online. But found those windbreakers for the ascent/transition. The thumb can be exposed too, might come handy. Roeckl Sports |*Multisport / Outdoor*-*Multisport / Outdoor*-*Produkte

Well, the easy beginner tour was canceld we'll now join the 'bigger' tour tomorrow. God, now I'm very glad, I won't have to carry the Flagship the 1000m vertical ascent. Didnt get younger since the last tour

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with your boot size, pay attention to the waist width. I recommend trying out a b-pro split or a 156 billy goat split
Hahaha... this was funny... was in the new shop to fetch the splits. Looked through the boards they had there... and they had a GNU billy goat.
Me (to the young shop assistant): " oh, this board was recommendet to me. Will it also be in stock at your upcoming testweekend? I'd like to try it..."
He (eyes wide): "OH NO! I would never give this board to a woman. This is far to stiff for you! Woman shouldn't ride mens boards!"
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