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Old 02-25-2013, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's my dilema, I'd like to put together a touring setup so will be getting a split. I'd also like to add a pow specific deck to the quiver for some trips I'm planning the next few seasons and the occasional dump here. What I'm wondering is, does it make sense to get a pow specific split like the Hovercraft, or is there to much compromise and I'd be better off with 2 different sticks?
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i have some experience that applies directly to this but i don't really know if it'll help answer your question...

i ride a heritage on the resort and also have an "sl" (heritage) split, and last year i picked up a hovercraft split so i could have second split to get buddies out there and also to ride at the resort it its really deep.

its worked great as a second split, and it is a really sick pow board - especially for splitboarding... but the thing is splitboards are just heavier than solids. they just fucking are (for now - next years JJ ultracraft with some of the karakorum sl's might be as light as a resort board).

on a pow day that ends up getting tracked out you will notice the extra weight for sure by the end of the day. you'll notice it on a day where the pow is resetting the whole time too just not as bad.


i would probably buy the hovercraft if it was my only split because its really sick in pow and gets by in everything else and i don't ride much switch in the backcountry, but i would be looking to add another directional twin split in the future.

given how cheap the good pow boards are now ($400 new) and that they mostly get rode in pow and don't get beat up, i'll be looking to get a solid pow stick for big dumps to save the wear and tear on the splitty and the weight at the resort...

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Thanks for the input, you brought up a great point on the weight. I hadn't even considered how the added split weight would affect resort riding.
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a solid weighs about 9ish, a split - 14 (lbs.)
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Also, as good as split bindings are, they don't compare to reg bindings. Your feet will get tired.

There have been complaints about the ascent brackets being too far back for skinning(on the hover). U end up with a huge nose and short tail when being centered Is better when skinning
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it skins pretty well actually. the extra 'ski' off the front is all nose, the touring brackets are pretty centered to the cambered section of the board. the extra length of the tips is fine to great in pow cuz the shape of the nose is so gradual
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when you pick up your foot does the tip or tail drop?
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oh, the tip drops all right... its weird, the nose is so gradual and long that when you push it into powder it has lift - almost like a wing, whereas my heritage split with a way shorter more kicked up nose kind of pushes into alot of fresh snow like a dam...

if you're shuffling and not stepping it works really pretty good. kickturns are easy cuz the tails are so short.
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I thought about a pow specific split but ended up with this rationale againist it. If it is a really big dump....am I going out bc...probably not due to avy risk and I could ride lift served slack with a very short boot hike. I also figured that a more of an all around board, i.e., billygoat that could be ridden in conditions when the avy risk settles, in early winter and spring conditions would be hopefully more used. And if the time comes for a pow specific split I would do a diy split of my c slasher or option northshore.
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