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Your Voile Splitboard Dual Climbing Heels and Heel Lock help you conquer steep slopes on the uptrack, and hold you in place while you're sidestepping, traversing, or just trying to see what that whole skiing thing is all about. The heel lock eliminates those accidental tele turns when you're going up and over rolling hills, and the heel risers are quick and easy to flip up and down to increase your efficiency on the ascent.
- Heel risers for increased backcountry efficiency
- Two different heights for varying slope angles
- Heel lockdown keeps you in place traversing or sidestepping
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- Q & A
Love the heels; locks less useful
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had climbing wires already and added the heel locks later (bought separately on Backcountry, although they don't appear to be available right now). The price was low enough it was worth trying.
The climbing wires are great. Easy enough to put up/down using your pole, dead simple and reliable. Never clog with ice. And they make a huge difference on the skin up.
The heel locks are less of a home run. They are difficult to engage, usually requiring getting out of the skis entirely. My ski partner was able to engage them while i was still booted in to my bindings, by putting the point of his pole on each of the two "ears" (in turn), and giving the pole handle a sharp smack. Generally i prefer not to trouble my ski partners with this kind of thing -- especially if they are not splitboarders! Other times i have used them in the field required a lot of cleaning-out of snow and booting out of the bindings.
Once engaged, the locks don't have any play and give a firm feeling -- so the flex in your boot then becomes very noticeable; a strap around the highback would go a long way towards improving ski feel. Obviously you don't want to do any real downhill skiing on them but for a rolling ski-out after your tour they can be nice. You just have to decide if its worth the time/trouble of engaging them. The locked heel makes side-stepping and duck-walking faster and easier, but I have not had much luck skating -- more due to split-skis being so broad and heavy; not a failing of the heel locks. I'm not a great skater, though; maybe you'll have more luck.
Given the relatively low cost of adding these heel locks to the climbing-heel bracket I'd rather have them and not want them, than not have them and want them.
awesome to be able to lock the heel down for longer down hill decent while the board is still split