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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Jan 28, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

Howdy

My first time snowboarding in about 16 years was strapping in at 10,500' on Hood a few weeks ago. I was pretty scared, but to my surprise, it IS like riding a bicycle.. I crashed spectacularly a few times, hot-dogging, but rode all the way back to the parking lot.. only bleeding a little.

I've been back up pretty much every weekend, including an all day lift-service session at Timberline on Friday, using my old Sims 152 "Roadie" from once-upon-a-time. It didn't fall apart, but my old Killer Loop snowboard boots did- mid-soles completely deteriorated, outsoles peeling off like ripe banana skins by the end of the night!

Anyway.. After confirming I'm a competent boarder and renting a splitboard a few times, I'm very solidly convinced I want to own one. But what to get?? There's so many quality options, and opinions are like assholes....

I'm hearing these rockered boards are a lot smoother and less likely to throw you. Not as fun to ride, but for carrying weight on an all-mountain board, probably better for injury reduction?

As a climber, weight is the first thing I think about when looking at new gear.. I can't find a lot of info on weight. Most of the manufacturers don't actually even seem to list it anywhere, so comparison shopping is sort of rough. What are the lightest boards?

Length... I'm 5'8 and 160lbs and will be carrying a minimum of 20lbs, up to 40lbs, but almost always closer to 20.. snow conditions varying as they do in the alpine. I'm seeing guys my size sporting 170+ boards... For the amount of weight this must add, is it really that worth it?

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By akafaultline
Jan 28, 2013

I have a burton freebird with s rocker. Size 158. I weigh 160 and carry about the same. I love the board. I wouldn't size up to much. I actually sized down from my first split board. I was riding a 163 and went to the 158. I am tempted by the burton spliff 148 for next year. Im also looking at getting an arbor abicus in 156. Arbor makes awesome boards. Love them. But so does never summer,gnu and jones. The rocker allows you to get on a smaller board than a camber board. All the larger boards that so many people sized up on were cambered but since rocker---a lot of downsizing has occurred

So no. I would not upsize. I have used my splits mostly in Utah and now live in alaska. I've never had a float problem at all. As far as weight. Anything with carbon will be the route to go like the jones boards. But they cost an extra $400. Not worth it to me personally. Lose weight in your boots or bindings. I like the mountaineering boot set up the best. I will be getting Karakoram bindings hopefully soon due the added benefits and ability to tour with a fixed heel. Voiles set up is old school at this point so if you have the option-I would at least look elsewhere. K2 is supposed to have a new sweet binding coming out next year as well. If voile doesn't up its game they will be out of the Interface arena soon due to other superior products from other companies. But that's just my opinion.

I would just buy it from backcountry.com. If you don't like it, send it back. Or Rei. But Rei doesn't have as good of a selection.

And who says rocker isn't as fun to ride. I love rocker personally. Floats so much better and butters good.


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Jan 28, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

Been looking at the Jones Mountain Twin split... any thoughts?

I have a set of Blaze bindings already, but they're last-year's model and apparently Spark shaved a bit of weight off the 12/13 season model, so I might sell 'em and go with a new LT. I sort of entertained the Karakorams, but can't find the justification. They're actually a little heavier than the Sparks LTs, and aside from the mounting hardware, which I'm not convinced is better, they're just a hell of a lot more money, near's I can tell.

I will definitely be using this setup with climbing boots. Absolutely


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By AK123
From Chapel Hill, NC
Jan 28, 2013
PMRP in October, RRG

The Mtn Split is considered one of (if not the) best Splits on the market. If you manage to find one discounted that's roughly in your size, I'd get it.


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