27 August 2014    

Splitboard Test 2014-15, Uphill and downhill performance properly tested. We are happy to present you the results of 13 brands and 17 Splitboards.

The boards in our independent splitboard test have been properly tested while touring, freeriding and also on the slopes. So we got a very broad perspective regarding the uphill and downhill performance. This is done to make our test the most objective evidence as possible.

The conditions changed from powder to hardpack and slush.While touring we had different terrain from relaxed routes to challenging splitboard mountaineering.

Our international test-team consists of riders (between 70 and 100 kilos, the ladies less ;-), who all have many years of splitboard touring experience and know exactly what is really important and what is less important to judge the performance of a splitboard.

We have been asked many times why we don`t assign "Special Awards".

In order not to distort the test results with striking awards! The boards we tested must perform in all disciplines. Due to the fact that each judge has his personal riding style, it is impossible to crown "a best Freestyle" -Splitboard. For this purpose Freestyle Boards should only be tested by Freestylers beeing compared directly in the discipline of Freestyle. In practice, if you do splitboarding in the backcountry this is not realistic. You need solid all-round qualities. Of course, the boards differ regarding their special characteristics like shape, profile, flex,... and so they have their advantages in a certain riding style.

The five splitboards awarded with the "Splitboarding Editors Selection" have the best all-round performance. Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15This coupled with your prefered riding style and area of ??use makes it possible to find your personal winner.

The Boards have been tested with the SP-Splitboard Binding, the Spark Magneto and the Voile Light Rail. Except the Splitsticks which has it`s own interface and concept and except the Plum which also has it`s own interface.

All tested boards were equipped with 70-30 Mix-Skins from Kohla.

Splitboard Test 2015

Here you get a summary of the tested categories to make it easier for you, finding a suitable board for your personal riding style.

  • Riding Style/Flex: Describes the orientation of the splitboards, whether they are more Powder, Allmountain, Speed or Freestyle orientated. The Flex description is a "felt" Flex, so it is a subjective value.
     
  • Riding Performance: Here we reflect the most important factors for a Splitboard, agility and edgegrip. Other parameters belong to personal habits.
  • Uphill Performance: The most important thing at the ascent is a good skin, what we haven`t tested at this point. Good edgegrip, traction (in our test it is a part of traversing, so if the board turns around as the needle of a compass or if it is stable and pulls forward exactly) and little weight. If the board is a bit heavier you can compensate it easily with a lighter backpack or professional clothing.
  • Features: Regarding the fact that the investment for a splitboard is a bit bigger, the finishing is also very important to us. Also the sustainability should be kept in mind as we have fun in the nature. So nature should be protected and the companies should put their grain to environmental friendly production.
     
  • Statement: Every tester describes the board with his personal statement. If more than one person tested the board, the statement is a conjunction between the testers opinions.

The Boards of our 2014/15 Splitboard Test:


Arbor Abacus 164 Splitboard

Arbor Abacus SplitboardArbor Abacus Riding Style

Arbor Abacus Test

The Arbor Abacus Split is, compared to the previous year, a lot more agile, has more POP and also has gained better performance and traction at the ascent. It is produced in a sustainable way and also the philosophy of the brand is convincing.
 


GNU The Beast 161 Splitboard:Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15

GNU The BeastRiding Style GNU Beast

GNU Beast Test

I fell in love with the Beast when I did the first challenging traverse and also got convinced at the descent in all conditions. Powder, ice, crust, and wet snow. The Beast feels at home in all conditions.

WINNER OF THE SPLITBOARDING EDITORS SELECTION

 


GNU The Beauty 152 Splitboard:

GNU The BeautyRiding Style GNU Beauty

GNU Beauty Test

Due to the Camber-Rocker-Camber profile, the Beauty is a playful, pretty soft board which you can rely on even when it gets serious. Precise edgehold under rough conditions, nice float in powder and always agile. Also hassle-free at ascent and that's how a ladies split has to be.

 


Goodboards Legends 164 Splitboard:

Goodboards LegendsRiding Style Goodboards Legends

Goodboards Legends Detail

With this classical camber board you can do all you expect from a backcountry board like that. It is well rideable in all kinds of conditions, but you need the skills to ride it properly. The Legend splitboard is on the stiffer side, that makes it more precise for heavier riders or you need to ride it powerful to get out the qualities. If you have the right weight you get a good fellow, solid grip on your way up and down again. The wood fnishing is noble and a timeless beauty.

 


Jones Explorer 159 Splitboard:

Jones ExplorerRiding Style Jones Explorer

Jones Explorer Test

The Jones Explorer Split is relatively soft. Compared to it`s brother Solution it is less agile but still fun on the descent at hardpack or powder. It is a great board for beginners or advanced splitboarders.

 


Jones Solution 164 Splitboard:

Jones SolutionRiding Style Jones Solution

Jones Solution Details

The Jones Solution received a massive rocker, which makes it very versatile. The camber down to the tail gives good grip and traction on the edge, both in ascent and in the descent. If it is steep and powdery you can feel the true qualities, but also in wet snow and wind-blown snow you can ride it very well.
 


Lib Tech Skunk Ape 169 Splitboard:

Lib Tech Skunk ApeRiding Style Lib Tech Skunk Ape

Lib Tech Skunk Ape Detail

The Skunk Ape is for bigger and heavy riders, they can get out the ape of themselfes, playing creatively with the terrain or charge hard. Recommended: Get a stiff binding for this board.

 


Never Summer Prospector 167 XW Splitboard:

Never Summer ProspectorRiding Never Summer Prospector

Never Summer Prospector Test

The Never Summer Prospector 167 XW is a solid All-Conditions Hybrid Split with hard adjustment and Flex. Stable in the ascent and finished in an impressing way. Big feet and heavy riders will have lots of fun with the NS Prospector 167XW in all kind of Snow.

 


Nitro Thunder 162 Splitboard:

Jones SolutionRiding Style Nitro Thunder 162

Nitro Thunder 162 Details

Compared to the Thunderbolt the Thunder is a bit more mellow regarding the camber. Still very good performance on the ascent and on the descent as well. Same as for the Thunderbolt, you have to know how to ride it in Powder, then it is a great board for all conditions and terrain.


 


Nitro Thunderbolt 166 Splitboard:

Nitro ThunderboltRiding Style Nitro Thunderbolt

Nitro Thunderbolt  Detail

The massive camber of the Thunderbolt and the low weight gives great uphill performance and edgecontrol on the ascent as well as on the descent. If you like traditional Camber and have the power in your feet to get the juice out of it. You have a confident partner for all your missions.

 


Plum Prems 164 Splitboard:Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15

Plum PremsRiding Style Plum Prems

Plum Prems Test

The combination of the Plum binding with this board gave us a kind of WOW experience. For a medium flex board it has excellent grip at the ascent and very direct response and precision on the descent and a good float, too. Sustainably produced in France.

WINNER OF THE SPLITBOARDING EDITORS SELECTION

 


Rome Double Agent 154 Splitboard:

Rome Double AgentRiding Style Rome Double Agent 154

Rome Double Agent 154 Details

The Rome Double Agent 154 is a very freestyle oriented Splitboard. It is excellent for that style of riding. Even when the length is short it has an amazing grip ascending and descending. The harder Flex makes it easy to stick even big airs with style and control.

 


Rome Whiteroom 158 Splitboard:

Rome Whiteroom 158Riding Style Rome Whiteroom 158

Rome Whiteroom 158 Test

The Whiteroom feels best in powder and due to it´s hybrid profile, kind of s-rocker, it is great for all sorts of backcountry touring. The low weight makes it really agile and the flex is on the stiffer side. So you get enough pop when needed.

 


Rossignol XV Mag TEC 167 Splitboard:Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15

Rossignol XV Mag TEC Split 167Riding Style  Rossignol XV Mag TEC Split 167

Rossignol XV Mag TEC Split 167 Details

The Rossignol Mag Tek Split  is superagile and rides through everything you can imagine, but it`s abilities are even bigger. Stability at the ascent,  massive float in pow and strong edgegrip in crust or windblown snow on the descent. The Rossignol XV wants to be ridden fast with power in your feet. Due to its stiffer nose it keeps calm at highspeed and the softer Tail makes it surfy in narrow couloirs or treeruns.

WINNER OF THE SPLITBOARDING EDITORS SELECTION
 


Splitsticks Slasher 166 Splitboard:Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15

Splitsticks Slasher 166Riding Style Splitsticks Slasher 166

Splitsticks Slasher 166 Detail

The Splitstick Slasher got optimized further and is still out of competition due to the unique binding system and it`s performacnce. This Board is recommended for everyone who is able to ride camber boards and looking for a highperformance setup for challenging touring in all conditions. All Splitsticks are produced in Europe as limited edition.

WINNER OF THE SPLITBOARDING EDITORS SELECTION

 


Venture Odin 160 Splitboard:

Venture Odin 160Riding Style Venture Odin 160

Venture Odin 160 Test

Due to it´s lighter construction the Venture Odin got much better performance in general. It is still a well rockered and solid split and even at high speed there is just little vibration. It is very agile has a medium-hard flex, a great float and is stable on the edges. The finishing is excellent and the production as sustainable as possible.

 


Völkl Untrac 167 Splitboard:Splitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15

Völkl Untrac 167Riding Style Völkl Untrac 167

Völkl Untrac 167 Details

Perfect technical alignment gives the board incredible hiking and riding performance.  The Untrac is super cruisy and exactly controlable in all conditions and terrain. As usual for Völkl, the finishing is excellent and sustainability important.

WINNER OF THE SPLITBOARDING EDITORS SELECTION

 


A big THANK YOU to Martin, Gasper, Constantin and Anna.

If you are interested in our First Fmpression Test, check this out.



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