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20/03/2020 11:19 pm  

Day 1 of spring isolation splitting. Eaglecrest tried their best, but had to shut down yesterday. We made it a bit past most areas. What a killer season, too.

Nothing exciting today - saw a patch, went above & scraped through some crap, got a few decent turns at the very top. Thankful for splitting & ability to do so while being safe from in this weird time.

I split in my backup ions so as to avoid extra wear on my cherished leathers, but the leathers are a little more comfy (using same pair of liners/etc). May give them a try next time.

Sparks are great, but especially after nows, they are kinda harsh. I have a couple ideas to try minimizing that. Currently using their adhesive padding, thinking something thicker/more dense like a normal binding would help. Squash split is 👌 though...


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21/03/2020 12:07 am  

@spenser I don’t like resort riding in my 32s because they have a super burly sole that overly dampens riding and completely kills hoard feel with a standard setup... but they mellow out the harshness of my Sparks really nicely. 


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21/03/2020 11:56 am  

You can take advantage of the stride thing if you're in good shape, and it adds to comfort. Else you can just go steeper and shorten the stride and be better off.

The K2 TT boots might be nice for splitting, but that would have to be next season. More forward flex is underrated, if you like it for the way down too. Might go back to the Now Sieva straps for splitting, they flex more, there's a reason Plum uses them.

Tried the Salomon Trek, but I feel like their normal boots are actually better..


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21/03/2020 12:12 pm  
Posted by: @casjcade

You can take advantage of the stride thing if you're in good shape,

IDK, I've toured with plenty of people that are running hard boot setups that are in rock star shape, and they are never "outstriding" me, or running away on the skin track, to the contrary, I'm always, always, the annoying guy from behind running into your skis, no matter who's leading... 

The only place they felt any different to me was on the flats or super low angle ( when I spent a weekend demoing a hard boot setup ), and yes, there, I could see there was a slight difference in your stride, but not enough that it was mind blowing. 


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21/03/2020 12:30 pm  

@pow_hnd

You are pretty much saying you're in good shape, but yeah of course there's an angle limit where it's not that effective, and the speed you could get from longer strides + high pace is more like racing than touring. So in that sense it doesn't matter much. Some freeride skis are actually heavier than splits, and the hinge on AT boots+bindings has been less ideal than some splitboard bindings.

 


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21/03/2020 4:05 pm  

I’ve never felt any stride restrictions with normal boots & the negative forward lean of split bindings, but I’m no diehard and not picky about touring details. Historically, I have often left my boots loose on the way up, but it’s been a while. Our tours are usually from the Eaglecrest parking lot, just go uphill, clean track & soft snow mix, not much traversing or covering distance.

New skin day here - giving unions a try. Thanks @coleslawed

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22/03/2020 4:11 pm  
Posted by: @spenser

I’ve never felt any stride restrictions with normal boots & the negative forward lean of split bindings, but I’m no diehard and not picky about touring details. Historically, I have often left my boots loose on the way up, but it’s been a while. Our tours are usually from the Eaglecrest parking lot, just go uphill, clean track & soft snow mix, not much traversing or covering distance.

New skin day here - giving unions a try. Thanks @coleslawed

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I'm curious if those are manufactured by Kohla?  I had a very similar wood block to hammer my skins together.


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22/03/2020 4:42 pm  
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I'm curious if those are manufactured by Kohla?  I had a very similar wood block to hammer my skins together.

Korua has their skins made by Kohla. So far I like them a lot. They are supposed to be pre-treated to deal with glop, and haven't had a glop issue so far.  

What I like the most about them though, and other brands have started to do this as well, is that these skins are made for this split, there is no trimming, they are pre cut, AND they have built in attachment points. 

Korua is not the first to do this, but this is my first experience with the "made for" skins and factory attachment points and I love it. Skins always just go on, right in place and always fit tight. I know K2, Jones and other have this, but now that  I've experienced it, I don't see myself going back to universal attachment skins. 

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23/03/2020 12:55 am  

I’d love to have that, but oh well. Yes, it appears they are made by the same company - there is no branding on the skins other than union, but the  tail clips are Kohla

The squash tail is a little strange for clips, but these are definitely better than spark. I could probably go back and re-position the teeth, but I’ll probably switch to a ski clip that goes straight over the flat end.


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23/03/2020 8:54 am  

Anyone have a strong feeling on Spark Pillow Line ankle straps versus Burton Hammock straps?

I've slowly been picking up parts for my Hitchhikers and now they're now Surges with Hammock straps and Burton branding on the heel hoop. They're MUCH lighter now, and I'm considering making that last swap.

I haven't been splitting and thinking about these upgrades / changes for spring split season has been keeping me sane lol.


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23/03/2020 8:56 am  
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Anyone have a strong feeling on Spark Pillow Line ankle straps versus Burton Hammock straps?

I've slowly been picking up parts for my Hitchhikers and now they're now Surges with Hammock straps and Burton branding on the heel hoop. They're MUCH lighter now, and I'm considering making that last swap.

Hammock Straps > Pillow Line

I swapped mine from pillow line to Hammocks... I can send them to you if you want, I won't be riding them again 

So now I have Arc Pros, with Burton Straps and Surge Highbacks 


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23/03/2020 9:25 am  
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Anyone have a strong feeling on Spark Pillow Line ankle straps versus Burton Hammock straps?

I've slowly been picking up parts for my Hitchhikers and now they're now Surges with Hammock straps and Burton branding on the heel hoop. They're MUCH lighter now, and I'm considering making that last swap.

I haven't been splitting and thinking about these upgrades / changes for spring split season has been keeping me sane lol.

Hammock Straps are definitely better quality, feel more supportive, grippier, responsive, etc, (sparks are all these things also, but Burton has the edge for ride quality) but the B's are also much heavier than the Sparks.  In terms of a lightweight split setup where grams on your feet count, I will stick with the Sparks.  They are surprisingly very comfortable, and I have never experienced any discomfort on the ups or downs with them.  They work excellent for the intended use.  i have not toured with hammock straps, so cannot speak to comfort climbing with those, my thoughts on them being better are in regards to ride mode only.

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23/03/2020 11:56 am  

This isn’t really about splitting, but it’s even more impressive because it’s done on a split. This is my friend Lars who I’ve known for a long time, now living in Fernie. He runs the shop there. I would say he is my inspiration for carving, and the person I go to for advice. I have been trying to dial in my setup so it feels good for carving, even though we don’t do that too much on splits. It felt decent the other day, but I need to figure something out with sparks, they are just harsh underfoot even with the little sticky pad. It’s pretty thin. They are even worse after NOWs 😜 But I don’t actually mean to say they are bad. I like them. They are just splitboard bindings.

He is on a carbon solution wide, whatever is longer than the 62/63 size these days, and Karakoram. You’d think he was a big guy, but he’s probably 5’7 and 135 pounds, strong as fuck and a really great rider. I think it’s his German engineering. He normally rides drives, and is mostly on Nidecker and Stranda boards lately. Megalight 168W, cheater 170W, stuff like that


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23/03/2020 12:20 pm  

Fuck that is impressive on a split... dude carves better on the split than I can on a solid. I've ridden a split inbounds on groomer days sometimes just to make sure stance and whatnot is dialed before taking them into the BC... I definitely feel the seam in the board once I push the board harder torsionally and start driving up on edge.


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23/03/2020 12:54 pm  

That’s something I’ve never done, but should. Perfect way to work on getting your split dialed…


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