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Regular softboots work fine, and no, you do not have to unscrew anything to use the ski function...
for some reason I feel compelled to tell you this is not a "if you want to ski one day, and snowboard the next" tool. It's a "ski mode for CLIMBING, and Snowboard mode for descending tool".
Hope this helps.
"A solid understanding of preliminary searching and following proper backcountry protocol of only one person on a slope at a time makes range a non issue."
Tell that to an SAR professional on a recovery mission!
But, then again, I hadn't heard any complaints about it's range from before this, and this is one of the most popular beacons in use right now IMO.
yeah you can remove all the hardwear, but dollar to donuts you'll just cough up another 150 and have a 2 splitty quiver!
Cutting the board cleanly is half the battle. An old splitboard is like a longboard (surfboard), you'll never need more than 5 minutes to find somebody who wants to borrow and tour with you!
You can ski 'em. But other than those long approaches with lots of rolling terrain, you wouldn't want to. I've seen guys rip tele-turns on splitters just to prove it can be done.
You can meadowskip all day though, and if you do alpine turns (carefully, there's no way to lock your heel down) you do indeed have a shaped edge to turn off of on your downhill foot.
spare parts at voile, like Cory said, but you don't need to buy that piece, just tie a loop of shock-cord around the pin and girth hitch to your binding. The cables suck anyway. Shockcord should be inspected from time to time, but it holds up a long time and is a cheap easy fix.
"I really want to stop carrying my board on my back!"
That's exactly why you should by a splitty and don't worry about the transition times. There are tons of guys using this board in the sierra where the seasons go 6 months long and the conditions range from powder to (particularly in the spring) icy in the am to corn in the pm. So yeah, guys (and girls!) are riding these things and traveling on them in all conditions.
Transition time vs. skiers...a bit slower. Practice speeds it up though and if you just get to the transition area a minute before your skier friend you'll mititgate the difference anyway. It's minor..unless you're out trying to keep up with some rando racers, you'll be fine.
I've yet to meet a splitter who would ever go back to snow shoes unless it's a coolie straight up without any approach, even then, most will skin the apron and switch to boots.
It doesn't say that at all in the description. This is as close as it gets and it's quite vague: " The S-Series takes a standard Voile split binding setup (sold separately)"
I was asking an honest question before dropping 7 bills on a splitboard and have been splitting for several years, your tone is neither helpful NOR appreciated. Thumbs down!!!
Does it come with skins? I'd presume not since it's not in the description, split hardware? Slider Plates? Slider Pucks?
The price is great, and I'd try out a burton split for sure, but it would help to know what you actually get.