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I'm interested in Spark's R&D bindings. ...
I'm interested in Spark's R&D bindings. From what I read, these seem to be stiff heel bindings, which is what I need. Are these the stiffest available? d
Darren Dix here again.
In response to Tyler Brawley's recommendation, Thanks, man! Those Spark fuse bindings were sure hard to find, and are totally sold out. However, I saw a guy on Craig's list that had a pair, and forgot to get into splitboarding. They're all mine now, and yesterday I tried them out at Kirkwood, CA. My Mojo 171 is now just as light as an average deck from my collection without those %&#*ing one pound plates. The heel is not as stiff as I'm used to with my Ride CAD's or Nidecker's CAD, but they do the trick. The split deck is 10 times better with these bindings for acting like it was never split.
Good call, Tyler! d
Looking back at the resort at Kirkwood.
Stopping for a breather, looking back, you can see the wall, other runs back in bounds on the way out to north gate (my favorite run). d
Postholing it uphill
The snow went past my knees with no snowshoes, but I managed haul up this 600 meter slope I just finished riding down. (Note that my line is right next to the "fall line" of the only other skier that had been through there before me and Ian.) If he had not taught me that, I may have ruined the whole run for others coming through there. It feels good to be polite and considerate.
Darren Dix sports skii poles
I swore up and down I wouldn't need poles, but yet wound up borrowing Ian's ski poles. Now I have telescoping poles, and the ava-lung.
We got a sunset nobody else at Kirkwood saw on the other side of the mountain
postholing it on the way to north gate
Love the Lichen
Ian Kent Skiis B/C behind chair 6 at Kirkwood
Ian is respected as one of the best skiers at Kirkwood. Special thanks to Ian for showing a snowboarder the secret ski spots, and teaching me to save the runs for the other skiers and riders.
Darren Dix rides north gate
The top of north gate, before the really steep part in other photo of north gate
Darren Dix B/C Kirkwood, CA
Darren Dix drops in behind chair 6 in the back country at Kirkwood, CA
North Gate, B/C Kirkwood, CA
Darren Dix riding North Gate before hitting highway 88
Accept No Subsitutes...
I just got my new 166 mojo this season. It is awesome! I rode a much older voile splitboard for 7 years and finally retired it. They have been much improved. Weight, quality of the board, pucks and plates, ease of configuration. The board comes with all you need but bindings and boots. I currently use the flow m-11 bindings and like the quick release for avalanche considerations. Cheat sheets are a must. Skinning is a simple and smooth.
There is a lot of hardware on these things. I suggest using a more permanent substance to hold the screws/etc in place once you get it dialed. Otherwise, check it a few times during a day of riding and every morning before you head back out.
Well worth the price if you want a great powder board that is capable of getting you back into the untouched. Highly recommended!
Best Split Board Out There
The Mojo is much lighter than previous Voile models! It has a more powerful edge when in ski mode due to both sides of the "ski" having a caped edge. Also the binding pucks are much easier to set up now with the included puck tool. This tool will take hours off of getting your stance dialed in! It is good to size up slightly in split boards but don't go too large. 2 cm is usually enough. If you are not riding deep snow you may not need to size up at all.
Can I use my own bindings and shoes to...
Can I use my own bindings and shoes to this type of board (forum arena bindings and Burton shoes)or do I have to purches a set of special bindings for these boards?
You can use the bindings and boots (shoes as you call them) that you currently own. No need to buy new ones.
Wild and remot
Splitboarding is about accessing sick turns like this one, and many many other ones.
Voile Mojo 171 Split Decision
I first tried the split board as a snowboard at kirkwood 5 days ago. Board rode better than I expected. Then I tried the skis, keeping in mind I have only ever skied one time 20 years ago. (I'm a fairly aggresive snowboarder of 12 years). Your experience snowboarding will not make you a skier overnight, I learned immediately. I got off the lift without falling, but man! It was very frustrating at first. O.K., so as open minded as I am, I am a snowboarder, not a skier. I retreated back to my 11 board selection for the day, riding my Nidecker 163 Megalight (I would just love to cut this board in half now because it is light, and a fantastic powder design). The next day, I decided I'd better try the climbing skins to complete my evaluation of this split board. O.K., NOW this is soooooo cool! I had my poles, and just straight launched right up the mountain! WOW! This totally changes everything!I had only back-country rode for the first time on my last excursion in March behind chair 6, also at kirkwood. I very much had the best riding day of my life. (O.K., it was THE best day of my life period, but don't tell my wife) I actually went with a pro skier, Ian Kent, who had climbing skins, and I had no snow shoes, and my Lib-Tech Dark Series with the much loved Magne-traction (another board I'd love to split now, as well as the banana with magne-traction)Sure enough, the Lib-tech was the good call for decending an icy wall coming down north gate near the entrance from the highway. The 6 hour expedition was so incredible after 12 feet of recent snowfall, and 4 fresh feet on the surface. Only one skier had dared put down a fall line, and later there had been no-one before on our route. So addictive! But so exhausting! Ian told me I must have been using 20 times more energy than he was with skis and skins. We timed it. It took me 3 times longer to traverse up steep pow, (untracked) and 2 times longer up medium but boot-tracked trail. I'm looking forward to the 5 times more terrain I'll be riding on future outings, and I'm already planning on hauling a light tent and overnight gear to make an overnight adventure. The hard part is to get someone as crazy as I am that is physically up to such a haul! Thank you folks at Voile for coming up with this one. From reading others reviews, I can see I'm not the only rider who's life is just dandy now because of you guys! God bless you! All the same, I'd like to see your board design improve. Carbon composite would save a pound or so, and have a nice pop, and if you could steal the magne traction off of a Lib-tech, and go banana camber, it would be THE ultimate! Especially for the traverse up with the skins, the banana would skip you up on the surface. By all means, respond to this and tell me what you think. Snowboarders?
P.S. in response to the rude comment below by "gir2464917" check out the photo on my profile of me riding down north gate out of bounds outside of Kirkwood before hitting the highway. Why would I lie? Where's your photos of your action at Kirkwood?
what is the best binding to get for a...
what is the best binding to get for a splitboard?
anything stiff, with a 4 hole mounting pattern (the stifness cuz i doubt you will be doin many butters or park with a splitboard)
You might want to have a look at Sparks R&D bindings. They are specific splitboard bindings which will save weight and bring you closer to the board itself (no more binding plates)
dynafit. Honestly if you want to take your touring to another level, plastic boots and dynafit will take you there. Way easier for touring, sidehilling is easier, boot packing is easier, doning crampons is easier, everything is easier. I may ski hard but I have lots of friends who splitboard hard and they have converted and will never look back.
Voile just came out with a new binding that does not need to be mounted to the slide plate, but is integrated with the slide plate instead.
I haven't tried it yet, but it would lighten your setup and looks sick. Would splurge and replace my flows if I had the cha-ching.
I will say that I am happy with my Flow bindings. I use the mid/stuff M-11.
Karakoram definitely is making the best split-board bindings for the conventional Voile hardwear pattern, which is what Spark R&D also uses. K's are twice the money (or more), but have the totally awesome lever release system that puts the original Voile puck system to SHAME.
If you want the best set up for the conventional Voile hole set up, the Karakoram Carbon SL bindings are the best, lightest, and with a stiff heel plate (thank GOD!). Kind of hard to find, but I bet next year, there will be HELLA split boarding gear for sale. Your next best option that still uses your old Voile puck system is Spark R&D's burner. They are only marginally heavier than the Karakoram Carbon SL (that is only binding weight. I'm not sure where the Karakoram plates put you for weight compared to the old Voile pucks....) at around 720 grams per binding.
K2 has a new system that of course makes all of these set ups obsolete, AND eliminates a lot of binding weight by, well, eliminating the bindings! (almost... there's still foot plates.) The touring gear is built into the K2 boot itself, which I believe features Vibram soles, and clip on boot crampons, as well as split board crampons. Naturally, nothing is compatible with the K2 set up, and you need to re-up on an all new expensive array of gear from K2, BUT.... before a bunch of spare-changing hippies go nuts and talk shit, BRAVO to K2 for advancing our beloved sport. These are EXACTLY the improvements I was looking for in a B/C split boarding package. BRAVO to Black Diamond for the collapsable poles that fit in your pack as well. BRAVO to Gecko for the glue-less touring skins! BRAVO to Karakoram for the split board clips that solve the Voile chinese clip problems, and their INGENIOUS set up! BRAVO to Spark R&D, who really did seem to "SPARK" interest in new split board gear with "the fuse". Nice to see the lower weight and improvements. It's exciting to see what will come next...
Best board i ever rode...
as some have said, this board is stable, and is excellent for shredding pow, blasting through pillows and crud, and rips corduroy better than anything i've ever been on. i'm 5'6" 150# and i ride the 166. these things are definitely an improvement over the Freeride! this is the longest board i've used, and i love the stability, which is nice for riding and stomping landings. the softer, wider tip and narrower, stiffer tail are great for keeping the tip out of the deep stuff. The Mojo's are also lighter than the Freerides: the Mojo 166 weighs the same (8.5#) as my Freeride 154... For those about my size and weight, if you're worried about the larger size of the 166, go for the 161. don't get the 154 if you're anywhere near my size. you'll sink your tip, have less stability in soft snow and crud, and have more chatter on hard snow conditions. don't do it!! i also highly recommend the mountain plate bindings for hard boots, and the Scarpa Matrix boots, which improve skinning, traversing, turning speed, and the inevitable two-plank downhill moments which are "spooky" as mentioned below due (partially) to the geometry of the board halves...
Love this board
Bought the 171 at the end of last season and have ridden it about 10 times since. I was assuming the in-bounds performance would be pretty bad but didn't care since I didn't plan to spend much time on it in-bounds....but was pleasantly surprised to find that the board rides really well even on groomers. This board on sale is definitely the way to go over buying an expensive Prior.
Don't go bigger than you need
I recently demoed a 166 and I'm 5'5" (that was the only size board they had). If your short like me (male runt) definitely go with the 154. the 166 was really heavy for me and I had a hard time turning the board in the powder. it was fun though!
I have been riding this board for about half a season now. I also tour with Alpine Trekkers (used with a variety of skis all with Salmon 916s) as well as with Marker Dukes on Praxis Powders. I have been very happy with the weight and durability of this board. I have blasted a few objects one of them being a metal I-beam that was buried under the snow at a trail head and the board only received a gouge that did not go through the p-tex. On this board I have Spark R and D bindings, which is the only way to go if you ride soft boots. The boots I use are Burton Ions and Driver X's both in size 8.5. This board is stable at speed and has a fairly large turning radius that is really only noticeable on groomers. This is not noticeable in powder as boards are easier to manipulate in those conditions. I typically ride solid boards in the 158-164 range. I was worried about this boards length, but it is nimble enough in the backcountry. I still plan on adding a shorter split to the quiver.