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Old 12-30-2012, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you think of split boards? and can you ride them like skis if you do both and feel like skiing half the day and riding the other half?
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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no, they don't work like that. you only have sidecut on one side of the ski when they're in ski mode, the heels don't lock down to the board in ski mode, and the pin system that the binding hinges on in ski mode isn't designed for telemark skiing - your toes would smash into the board and eventually the pins would break.

we use climbing skins on them when they're skis to get grip to go uphill and on the flat and downhill you do get some glide even with the skins on - even on short 30ft sections of downhill its really hard to have a lot of control in snowboard boots and bindings even with skins on to slow you down.... without skins on would be sketchy as fuck for me at least.

splitboards are awesome tools tho and work great at what they're designed for: skis on the up, board on the down.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, so it's definately not for us east coast riders...or anywhere where the chair ride is longer than the run.
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definitely not
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Only if you consider the ligiments in your knees expendable.
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I think I'd like to keep my knees...do you think there would be a way to almost "re invent the wheel" and make a split capable of skiing and riding normally?
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I think I'd like to keep my knees...do you think there would be a way to almost "re invent the wheel" and make a split capable of skiing and riding normally?
I don't see how. If you had a sidecut on the inside edge, it would ride all kinds of fucked up. The binding issue would be pretty tough too.

I don't see why you'd want such a thing to be honest. Buy skis for skiing and boards for riding. Splitboards only split for the hike up. There's no intention for them to be used as skis on the downhill.
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I don't see how. If you had a sidecut on the inside edge, it would ride all kinds of fucked up. The binding issue would be pretty tough too.

I don't see why you'd want such a thing to be honest. Buy skis for skiing and boards for riding. Splitboards only split for the hike up. There's no intention for them to be used as skis on the downhill.
there are some 3-piece splitboards (i don't think any commercially) that have been made where a middle section is removed and carried on the back to make two more ski-shaped skis.

it might be possible to make some kind of setup like this with hardboots and some kind of AT binding to do what you're asking but in reality it is pretty stupid.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ok...ill just stick to regular snowboarding
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