We have tested two Deeluxe Splitboard Boots for you. The already well known Spark and the new Independent, which is the most economic splitboard boot of the backcountry series.
Deeluxe Independent splitboard boot:
It's a relatively soft boot that provides good side hold. Compared to a conventional snowboard boot, you get more pressure on your edges and therefore better grip on the ascent.
Compared to the Spark XV, which is much stiffer, I would recommend this shoe for splitboarders who want solid grip while climbing and a lot of freedom on the descent. The Independent BC is also suitable for freestyle and very comfortable as well.
Should it be too soft for you, you can tune the Independent with the TPS-Shield and achieve greater rigidity and direct power transmission.
The super grippy Vibramsole is designed to use semi-automatic crampons as well, the Backwelt makes it possible. When I was using the Spark in more extreme areas, I have always been happy how easy I can mount the crampons.
The conventional lacing system is very robust, so that the Independent is also suitable for extreme conditions, for example for Skido drivers or backcountry workers. The lacing protection at the friction zone of the bindings elevates the durability.
Deeluxe Spark XV: I call them big brother of the Independent. They are much stiffer so you get very direct power transmission on the descent. On the shaft you have an extra strap, with which you can fix the shoe even stronger at the top.
The comfortable lacing system of the Deeluxe Spark is working properly, but to external forces, eg trees and branches in the forest, it is somewhat more susceptible than the conventional lacing of the Independent. I have lost a part of the lacing system during a harder use, after 48 hours I got the spare parts and now everything is working properly again. At this point, a thank you to Deeluxe for the great service .
Both boots are slightly larger than your traditional snowboard boots.
Conclusion: Both Deeluxe boots of the backcountry series are excellent for splitboarding. The Independent, is the shoe for the surfy feeling on the board and good grip on the ascent. The Spark is the shoe if you really want to charge and if you need direct power transmission.
Perhaps the question arises, whether one can feel the board well with this massive Vibram sole, right? Of course you can compare the backcountry boots with "normal" snowboard boots. They are stronger and more stable. The feeling for the board remains with minimal smears and in addition you have the incredible good grip of the sole for smaller hikes or climbs, the improved force transmission to your splitboard in the ascent and the feature of being able to mount the semi-automatic crampons. Recommended!
The already known Deeluxe Spark boot had been revised again revised by Xavier De Le Rue and offers everything a splitboard boot needs for hard use in the backcountry.
With the Vibram sole you can simply install the full and semi-automatic crampons. The D-Tex membrane has a water column of 15,000 mm and a breathability of 10,000, apart from that the Deeluxe Spark is very robust.
The integrated Asymflex provides good flexibility and stiffness in one, a good sensitivity and high power transmission are possible with this shoe.
The performance evaluation of Deeluxe is 8 and the Flex Rate at 7-9 out of 10, due to the TPS Shield.
P.S. We use the shoe ourself and except the outside dimensions (big feet and narrow boards it comes to fruition) very very satisfied.
- Dupont Surlyn Highback
- D-Tex Membran
- Waterproof construction
- Section control lacings
- TPS Shield optional
- Vibram sole