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Anyone tried and had any luck using these...

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Anyone tried and had any luck using these as a splitboard boot?

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I haven't but they don't look quite tall or supportive enough for the downhill. You would probably have issues with binding bite in your calves. You could take a look at the Deeluxe Sparks. They are not clip in crampon compatible, but they do work nicely with other styles and have a vibram sole. http://www.backcountry.com/deeluxe-spark-snowboard-boot-mens

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I've splitboarded with the Spantiks and they do not perform nearly as well as a snowboard boot, since the forward and rear flex is far too much. It's not quite survival boarding though your goals should be more oriented towards a cold weather/technical climb more so than the descent. I've also seen these strapped into boards on the summit of Denali several times and everyone seems to make it back in one piece . . .

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I have splitboarded in these and they are just fine. The key is to change out the liner with a more snowboard specific liner. I use the liners from my Burton Ambush boots and have been very happy, no performance drop on steep technical lines.

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They work better than any other mountaineering boot I've used for spliting. There is not much support in the Ankle like everyone said. But they work great for the approach and descent for ice climbing.