05 October 2016    

In the past season we have tested again lots of new splitboards for you. Now we are happy to announce the winners of the independent "Splitboarding Editors Selection 2016-17".

Before we start with the test results, we want to give you a quick overview about our testing method. These are also the criteria you should have in mind if you are testing splitboards by yourself before buying, like at the Split&Relax in December.
Comments and your experiences are most welcome, feel free to post your questions below this article or to the board's detail page.

Splitboard Review Method:

The boards in our independent splitboard review 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 (the guys between 70 and 100 kilos), 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 shSplitboarding Editors Selection 2014/15ape, 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 2016/17. This coupled with your prefered riding style and area of use makes it possible to find your personal winner.

The Boards were tested with the SP-Splitboard Binding and with the Spark Surge. We also mentioned the conditions and the boots used.
All tested boards were equipped with 70-30 Mix-Skins from Kohla.

Impressions Splitboard Test 2016-17

Splitboard Test Impressionen 2016-17

Here you get a summary of the tested categories to make it easier for you, to find 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.

 

Splitboarding Editors Selection 2016/2017

Splitboard Riding Style Test Result

Amplid Milligram 16-17

Alt
Freestyle, 70%
Allmountain, 90%
Powder, 80%
Speed, 80%
The "one for everything" Splitboard, which really feels like riding a snowboard.
Riding, 90%
Uphill, 90%
Features, 85%
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For beeing a Carbon Splitboard, the Milligram is quite soft, but the excellent tuning makes it your best buddy for all kinds of backcountry adventures. Most of all the Milligram likes it at high altitude, long distances and challenging terrain, because here its lightness plays the most important role. It is one of the most versatile splitboards in the market.

Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Split

Alt
Freestyle, 70%
Allmountain, 80%
Powder, 90%
Speed, 80%
Great Board, the camber gives pop and traction.
Riding, 80%
Uphill, 75%
Features, 70%
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Ascent: The Bryan Iguchy Pro is with around 3,1kg a bit lghter than his brother Coda. The performance is thanks to the camber also better and supported by the  "Parabolic" Shape (a little reverse curve at the inner side of the contact points). You traverse savely even at steeper and hardpacked traverses. In deep conditions the little noches at the Tail make the board sink at the Tail and so the Nose come out propperly and makes the ascent more fun. The balance is really good.

Elan Wave Strider

Alt
Freestyle, 50%
Allmountain, 80%
Powder, 90%
Speed, 70%
Snowboard- and ski-knowledge combined together to a outstanding backcountry splitboard.
Riding, 80%
Uphill, 80%
Features, 75%
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Ascent: The Elan Wave Strider is new and impressed us on the first challenging meters during ascent. With outstanding edge hold you draw your tracks up the mountain like on rails. With 2930g (for the 158 cm version) it is a relative lightweight board that is noticable when going uphill. We noticed how Elan added its expertise from skitouring into the Wave Strider Split.

Jones Solution Split 16-17

Alt
Freestyle, 70%
Allmountain, 80%
Powder, 90%
Speed, 70%
As already known a great Splitboard, with optimized finishing!
Riding, 80%
Uphill, 80%
Features, 80%
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The massive Rocker has been reduced while keeping agility. So it earned some more edgegrip.  The protectors and edges have been reduced to the minimum, without loosing durability. The T-Bolts are eliminated, so the base is clean and beautful. Also the Magne Traction got a bit stronger which makes the board more grippy at tricky traverses. While riding the board halfs stick together even better.

Pogo Venado Split

Alt
Freestyle, 55%
Allmountain, 85%
Powder, 95%
Speed, 75%
Boom-Yeaa, Pogo has created the Venado a Winter-Deer with which you climb like a fawn and riding you just scream roooaaarrr.
Riding, 85%
Uphill, 80%
Features, 95%
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Critically we tested the new Pogo Venado Split. Relatively wide nose, decent camber, strong sidecut and medium flex. Well lets see what this pretty unique shape can do.