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Gear Review

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Backcountry Hovercrafting

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE the regular version of this board. It is the funnest board in powder ever. The split version of this is just the same when combinded with a set of Karakoram splitboard bindings. So much fun! There is one area in the splitboard construction where they could do some major improvement. The touring inserts are way to far back. They follow the same pattern as the solution in regards to spacing, but the thing is that board has a very different shape. It has not tail. So with the touring brackets being so far back you tend to sink on your tail a little bit when touring. The only area where it is a huge hassle is when you are touring up steep terrain and having to do sharp switchbacks. It makes it really hard to kick the tips around. I am almost contemplating re-drilling the touring inserts on this thing, but to be honest its not a huge problem. It's just something that would be nice to see them fix in future models. Again, this thing is so much fun to ride in powder and it makes touring in a the backcountry a blast.

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I ride the same board. But I love the touring inserts being set back. This board is the best skinning set up I have ever used when breaking trail because the tips float. When in skin tracks you don't notice and breaking trail is so much easier... I love it!

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i agree 100%, touring brackets are way to far back, the surface area at the front of the board has no down force so the skins don't grab. if i am skinning deep snow i can feel the tails sinking. very unbalanced
for casual touring it works great and the board rides smooth in tight terrain. tip and tail clips are junk and i have delams after five times out