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By ze_dirtbag
From TBD
Dec 22, 2012
cottonmouth

Last year I spent a bit of time in Idaho and Montana and got into some split boarding. I'm going to be back in the same area in a month or so and want to take it a step further and pair up the split board with some crampons and axes. So now to the Q & A part.

1. what are the chances of finding a crampon compatible with my snowboard boot as opposed to mountaineering boot? I've been looking around and it seems like the BD sabertooth seems to be a pretty solid all around crampon

2. I'm 6'3" and 200 lbs....what I've been reading suggests an axe length of 65-70 cm

I'm pretty gumby with the ice/snow side of things so I know I'll be playing student/sherpa a lot this year, I just wanna make sure I have the right gear to learn on so I don't end up buying gear twice. Thanks


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Dec 23, 2012
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

why not just wear mountaineering boots with your splitboard?

spantiks work great with splitboards. Would be a million times more comfy than hiking up a hill with snowboard boots. that sounds miserable.

as far as an axe its really your preference. 65-70 is the range you want.


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By Avi Katz
Dec 23, 2012

What kind of bindings are you riding? If you have regular strap in bindings you can wear any boot as long as it goes higher than the highback. Voile makes heel/toe bail bindings that work with mountaineering boots as well as most AT boots. I wear an old pair of Salomon Super 9 boots with them and they work great. They accept any type of crampon and are good for mixed approaches and boot packing. Voile also makes a crampon that fits onto your splitboard. I don't have any experience with those. .


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By ze_dirtbag
From TBD
Dec 23, 2012
cottonmouth

The bindings are voile light rails.

What are your thoughts on the sabertooths? I doubt I will be doing a ton of vertical ice, but I figured my first pair should be pretty versatile and maybe pick up another pair down the road for a more specialized use.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Dec 23, 2012
Bocan

I just sold mine, but voile makes a step in boot adapter call the mountain plate.


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