A unique solution for uphilling on a splitboard with hardboots. Very light and stiff for good edging control on hard snow, the Maruelli Splitboard kit is a solid choice to get you up the mountain. The kit consists of a set of toe pieces with a levering screw-clamp, crampon receptors, and an adapter plate for Voile holes. Everything is sold in pairs for a left and right half of your board.
M2 Splitboard Kit – Everything you need! This is the kit with the toes, receptors, adaptor plates, and hardware to put the toes and receptors onto the plates. Does not include mounting screws if you want to mount it right into wood.
M2 Splitboard Toes – Very rigid and simple toe piece for climbing. Durability through simplicity. Put your foot in the toe piece, screw in the pin and lever it closed. Comes with Innox bolts for attaching the toes to the adaptor plates or other inserts.
M2 Splitboard Plates – Adaptor plates with a mounting pattern that matches inserts using the Voile split design. Includes bolts for attaching the plate to inserts on your splitboard.
M2 Crampon Receptors – Receptors that accept Dynafit-style crampons that bolt onto the Splitboard Adaptor Plates. Includes bolts.
As seen in the above image I recently purchased the voile STS binding and had to return it due to lack of proper functionality/poor design. I was not able to see one before purchase to evaluate it for myself. The same goes for these Maruelli toes at twice the price. I am hesitant to fork out that much money on something I don't know works, and after my experience with voile I'm a bit hesitant to spend 400$ on a similar and simple product. I have contacted Maruelli directly but he only gave one brief responce as to where to find a retailer, however, I had asked about the functionality... When I asked again I received no reply and have not since been able to contact him. So I am hoping you might have some direct experience with this product. Any dry or field tests would be useful. I am also wondering if you have dealt with him about warrenty at all. His lack of communication and support this far makes me worry about dealing with him if this product breaks. With my voile STS the clamp applied too much pressure so that the ski would not hinge freely, thus making it so when you lifted your foot, the tip would not rise. I feel this was an easily identified promblem and after speaking with voile it seemed to be a knows issue on thier end; a design flaw, not a defective unit. If the inventor of the split can't make a proper hardboot toe piece It gives me pause on weather these will work any better. Any experience with these bindings that you could impart would be much appreciated. Thanks for providing the goods, -f
Hey Forrest, Sorry to hear about your issues with Voile products. We have not seen any issues with any of Maruelli made parts. But with that said we have not had a ton of feedback on these toes. The Plum Pekye toes have worked really well and we have not seen any issues.
Hi Forrest, we've worked (and skinned) with Stefano for a number of years and he does support his products. As usual, we're happy to help with warranty cases so you don't have to speak Italian across time zones. His toe clamp is adjustable in tension. Buying without the plates and receptors makes it a bit cheaper, though still not cheap.
After a good bit of snooping around and referring to my mothers lawyer I figured out that Maruelli is only offering a 10 day warrenty from time of arrival on the "physical integrity of products upon delivery" and it is stated "nothing further than that". With the 200lb weight limit, an adapter plate and the fact he doesn't respond to emails (for months) $400 seems like a poor gamble. Is this the "support" you are referring to? If you offer any further support of this product please let me know. Seeing he is one of two options, and the other already failed, my money might still pass through your hands. The plum toes have a "ski" mode which is not reasonable, please don't tell me it's to travel in avy terrain. There is nothing to support that was even an intent by plum. I have my trabs for that anyway. All rhetoric on the plum site as well as from emailing the company says it's just another ski binding but they switch the mounting holes. Same same for R&D/Phantom. Voile and Maruelli are the only two companies making something that is not just another ski toe.(Although Maruelli's is) let's hope there is more support for splitboarders in the future; we really are out there doing the same stuff you are. Next time you see Maruelli on the skin track tell him to hit me back. -f
Hi Forrest, give us a shout at 801-942-9084. I'm still a little unclear what you're looking for...the hardbooters among us do just fine with ski toes. We and Stefano are nudging the sport along by offering some different options, but unfortunately the mass market is just not there yet.
Hi Forrest, I took some boots over to Voile today and we determined that the friction problem you experienced with their toe piece is limited to older model Sportiva boots that don't have Dynafit-made inserts. I'm guessing you have a Sideral, Starlet, or Spitfire 1.0?
I did try the Sideral, as well as 2 pairs of proclines(different models) and TLT5's. In this case it would seem at least the TLT5's would work. Sent them video of all the models in the STS as well as My trabs just to exemplify the difference in the way they preformed with each boot. I clearly showed how them STS hinged when just the first click in the clamp is applied, then clamped fully. At both positions friction was to the point the ski tip would not lift with any of the boots, yet they all worked perfectly in the trabs, let alone the several other sets of bindings that I have used in those boots. So the default seems limited to all of these models as well (every boot I was able to try). The siderals did not seem to have any more friction than the others I tried. But that is just my independent findings. If you're interested please ask to see the video I sent them, if then even looked at it themselves, or I could send it to you. They said they would take this issue seriously but if they are coming to the conclusion that it is only happening to la sportive boots when I sent them clear video of 4 models from 3 companies act in the same way I guess I shouldn't hold my breath for a updated design. Your statement about this kinda makes me feel like my experience, time and opinion has been disregarded. I was also told by Voile that if a working design was figured out I would get an email letting me know, to which I said if got that email would buy another set of STS's tomorrow. Maybe I'll go check my email now...
Well I checked and Nope... no email.
I attached a photo of a voile product with the best design yet' hahahaha. Looks like I'll probably just stick with these until something real gets made.
Interesting about the Proclines, didn't try those. Note that the condition of the fittings is also important. If they get corroded, gunked, dinged, etc, that can cause friction and interfere with the ski release mechanism.
2 old boots, 1 newish boot and 1 never skied boot was tried in my test. All fittings inspected. All worked perfectly in my trabs as shown in the video, as well as in my dynafit Speed radicals and Low techs.
I wanted to thank you for your time and interest in this issue. In my many years dealing with the ski industry much if any engagement from representatives on this level. It's nice to know that someone in the industry actually cares about the performance of splitboard tools.
Thanks for the positive vibes, Forrest! With such passionate participants, it shouldn't be too long for the market to catch up and spoil you with good options.
Answer this question:
Is the a welfare program I can get on to help support me in paying for these toes? I'm pretty sure I bought my first splitboard for less than that. However with lack of good options this seems like an option. Why are these so expensive and are they worth it?
Hi Forrest, I agree the US government should provide Euro-widget-stamps as they devalue the dollar via Fed balance sheet debt-monetization. The good news is the ECB will also keep printing until all fiat currencies collapse and then you can buy tech bindings with the silver that you're presently collecting while prices are artificially low. This is not investment advice.
Also, Stefano Maruelli is a one-man band who machines these toes out of Inox steel and aircraft aluminum while living far from the Silk Road and Chinese intermodal trade routes. He's the type of guy worth supporting instead of donating to the oligarchs during our transition back to feudalism.