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Prior vs. Venture vs. Weston SPLIT?

I've now been on the phone with all three companies (all of which incredibly nice) and dialed in on the perfect boards for me and my style and size. Just need some help narrowing down from people that might have ridden them. Don't have the luxury of demo'ing or I wouldn't be bothering you guys. Really helpful to hear from different people who have been on these. Thanks.

Me: 5'9" 189lbs with gear, Resort board 157 NS Type2 / cRc - which I feel comfortable on
Split need: Charging on the steeps, but being able to have fun in powder / some freestyle after the big run.

1) Prior BC (xtc or regular) split // Camber - 161
2) Venture Zelix split // Flat with rockered tips - 161
3) Weston Range split // Camber - 161
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Realistically, if your going to split up something your going to do it for powder. At least that is the absolute only reason I would do it. I hate riding a camber board in powder. Venture zelix is the only choice I would go with of the 3 there.

If you are an avid back country person and you ride steep spring condition lines then you could look at the other 2. I could care less about that, I will just hike in spring mornings and ride bachelor in the afternoon, they are open until May 29...
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Venture. Hands down.

I ride the current Paragon... have an older Odin, as well as a Kevin Jones model (which is a bit softer, but fairly similar to the Zelix).

The folks at Venture are amazing.. and they make AWESOME boards! Known specifically for their splittys, I'd go with the Venture all the way.

I believe they're hosting the Silverton Splitfest next week. Check it out: https://venturesnowboards.com/produc...nt=38508142023

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Much Appreciated input. I was leaning toward the Zelix. The paragon is available in split next year after speaking with them on the phone. That one seemed to sway more to the aggressive side where the zelix a bit more freestyle inclined. How do you like the paragon?
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The Paragon is an AMAZING board! I have ~35 days on it this season... a few local spots here in NY/PA/VT, as well as a few spots out west (I was just in Silverton last weekend!).

It's a little stiffer than the Zelix, and I believe it's got a slightly deeper sidecut. Depending on where you plan to split/hike, the Zelix is gonna be your best bet (considering your height, weight, etc..).

You should call Venture again... ask for Klem. He'll definitely point you in the right direction

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What are going to be riding? Are you just looking for pow? Or do you want to do steep technical lines?

You can get the Prior in Hybird Camber, which is R/C/R, and it rides awesome in pow...

If it were me I'd get the Prior. It is significantly lighter and ( with XTC ) and is worlds different on the up and saves some energy for sure...

I've had a Venture, super awesome on steep technical stuff, not so awesome in tight trees or lower angle runs, and they are heavy underfoot on the way up, but with that weight you do get tank like durability...

I myself these days own two Prior splits. A BC and Khyber, both with XTC...

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Much Appreciated input. I was leaning toward the Zelix. The paragon is available in split next year after speaking with them on the phone. That one seemed to sway more to the aggressive side where the zelix a bit more freestyle inclined. How do you like the paragon?
I owned a Zelix and I would not say it was freestyle oriented at all.. Yes it's shape is more directional twin, but it is stiffer and heavier than the Prior will be...

My Khyber 165 with XTC is the easiest buttering split I've had and is softer than the Zelix for sure. It's not a noodle by any means, but it is softer than a Zelix.

In deep pow, tight trees and low angle pow/trees it is significantly funner and easier to ride than my Zelix was...

But as I stated, on steep technical lines with firmer snow the Zelix was a better choice... I just don't ride that kinda stuff enough to make that deck worth owning.. I'm all about deep pow and I have no problem with the low angle stuff when avy danger is high...

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If a prior with a good setback and early rise rockered tip is an option I would take that option as #1 . Not only for the uphill weight but for he stability and edge hold uphill/sidehill the camber on the board will give you on the climb. Just a straight cambered deck for powder though, no thanks.
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I have a Venture Storm and I have beaten the $%^& out of it (not by choice). It's still going strong. Killclimbz is going to demo the Paragon at Splitfest next week, so he may have some input on that specific model. He might have something to say about it when he has time (??)

Could maybe be worth waiting for if you are not in a rush.

I started out in the same mindset as Argo in that splitboarding was primarily for powder. But through practicality, I have expanded my repertoire to include all snow conditions. The Storm seems to work in everything except super wet slush. I am told that the flat base gets a little bit of water suction going that can slow you down. Warm weather wax should mitigate this I hope.
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I'm not in a rush to buy, and am simply looking for the best possible product. I'm really an all mountain rider, and want something that can be playful, and still hold an edge on the 45+ couloir gnar. I don't just do one thing as a rider. It's not like after I ride one huge line that's the end of my day, i'm trying to cruise around and enjoy powder, mabye find a pillow / glade line after and air and air it out a lil. I like doing it ALL.

No one has said anything about the Weston Range, which has great reviews as an all mountain charging board with some freestyle capability.

The BC split can certainly do what i'm looking for and I intend for a slighttt setback to make the powder / steeps runs easier. Tough to decide.
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