Splitboards

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Every year more and more splitboard brands and models appear in the shops or online, currently we count over 400 different models of more than 50 different brands on splitboarding.eu. Please understand that we only list those brands that inform us about their splitboard specific range of products without further request.
Should you therefore miss any splitboard of a certain brand, take a look at our brand overview, you'll find all last years and previous splitboard models there.

Find your perfect splitboard set

Everything you need to know about choosing the ideal splitboard setup. After clarifying "What is a splitboard?", obviously the question arises "Which splitboard should I buy - do you have any recommendations? Our Splitboard Gear Guide and the many test reports will help you to make the right decision. Also the choice of the best suited binding system and shoe is crucial.

Splitboard traverse
With an unproper combination of boots and bindings an easy traverse can become challenging or may require crampons early.

The combination of board, bindings and boots is crucial when it comes to splitboarding.

Splitboard = a snowboard for ski touring

A splitboard is a snowboard that can be split lengthwise. This allows you to make an energy-saving ascent, just like with a touring ski. At the top, the two halves of the board are reassembled to form a snowboard and you can ride downhill normally. The bindings can be changed quickly and without tools and function like a ski touring binding on the ascent and like a normal snowboard binding on the descent. With suitable climbing skins, you can therefore go snowboard ski touring with the splitboard. Ride on and enjoy! In other words, a splitboard is the best way to discover the backcountry.

What type of splitboarder am I?

Now we need to assess ourself. Find out with which type of splitboarder you can identify best. Then you can match it with the boards we have tested or take a look at the profiles and shapes to find your perfect splitboard.

Riding-Hiking-Level

Most people who like to start splitboarding already have average to good riding skills. But this doesn`t mean that they already have experience in hiking or mountaineering. So please take care when you get your first experience. The board profile is an important factor regarding agility, playfulness and uphill qualities and should be taken in mind.

Splitboard Profile variants

Meanwhile there do exist lots of different profiles for different riding styles and areas of use. Here you get a short overview of the most used profiles and it`s advantages and disadvantages.

Camber Splitboard:

Splitboard Camber ProfileIs the traditional profile of a Snowboard / Splitboard

Advantages: Optimal edgegrip on the ascent as well as on the descent, lots of control, precision and a strong POP.
Disadvantages: Less maneuverable, not catchfree, less float than other profiles.
Conclusion: The right choice for those who are used to ride camber and like it`s advantages. You need to ride precisely but you can also charge in all kinds of conditions. Also steep traverses are not a problem.

Flat Splitboard:

Splitboard Flat ProfileNo Camber - no Rocker = flat

Advantages: More grip than a rocker board, so better uphill performance and more control. It is easier to turn and still good at hgher speed.
Disadvantages: Less maneuverable than a rocker, less POP and edgegrip than a camber board, less float in powder compared to rocker or hybrid boards.
Conclusion: Well suitable for splitboarding, a bit more slippy at the ascent compared to a camber, but more float and agility.

Rocker Splitboard:

Splitboard Rocker ProfileIs like a negativ camber so almost as a banana.

Advantages: Best float, extremly agile and playful.
Disadvantages: Short effective edge and due to that less grip than boards with other profiles. At highspeed usually they vibrate a lot if they don`t have a good dampening.
Conclusion: Rockerbords are great for short less steep hikes. When it comes to traverses you have to use the crampons very early. Anyway they have lots of advantages in powder and make incredibly fun at the descent also in steep powder lines.

 

Hybrid - best of both worlds - some variants

S-Rocker / Pow-Rocker Splitboard:

Splitboard S-Rocker ProfileLong nose and camber down to the tail, This profile works excellent in changing conditions and steep lines. If the adjustment and the weight of the rider matches you get great control and smoothness also at highspeed.

Advantages: Great stability at the rear part of the edge, also works well at the ascent. Lots of float and agility.
Disadvantages: Riding or landing switch is quite difficult.
Conclusion: These boards are great for sophisticated splitboarding and splitboard mountaineering, with the focus on big lines and challenging couloirs. Those who prefere riding switch and doing tricks should chose another shape.

Rocker-Camber-Rocker Splitboard:

Splitboard RCR ProfileThis profile brings much more edgegrip than a rockerbord, but still is very maneuvrable and has good float. In the ascent it has normally good grip but stil less than a traditional camber board.

Advantages: Maneuvrable, smoothness, easy switch riding.
Disadvantages: Less stability than a camber board.
Conclusion: Great for splitboarding if the downhill fun should be big, the uphill performance solid and you like to use obstacles and features in a playful way. Sure it has good float in powder.

Camber-Rocker-Camber Splitboard:

Splitboard CRC ProfileThis profile gives you additional Pop, very good grip and control on the edges both at the ascent and the descent. Hard landings after big drops or airs are well suspended and little mistakes are easy to compensate.

Advantages: Switch riding is possible, hard or icy conditions are no problem. In the ascent the grip is quite good, it is agile and mistakecompensating.
Disadvantages: It needs to be ridden fast and with power in the feet, if not it starts to "jump" while carving.
Fazit: For freestyle oriented splitboarders and aggressive riders this profile can be excellent.

 

Splitboard Shape-Options:

There are lots of different shapes for special conditions or riding styles. Here you get an overview of the mostly used shapes for splitboard designs.

  • Directional: directinal sidecut - good for powder, nose is longer than tail
  • Directional Twin: centered stance, directional flex - good for freestyle and powder, normally the nose is softer than the tail
  • True Twin: centered stance and sidecut - good for freestyle
  • Tapered: Nose is broader than the tail - extra float for deep powder
  • Reverse Shape: Looks like a surfboard and is mainly for powsurfing in really deep and untouched areas.
  • Fishtail / Swallowtail: the tail sinks in deep powder to get the nose even better out of the deepest.

Conclusion:

To find your perfect splitboard setup, you should be aware of your favourite range of use and your level. Then consider the most likely snow conditions you'll find and of course how much money you would like to spend on your splitboard setup.

There is a Forum-Thread for your individual questions, too.

Now you know everything you need to know about buying the right splitboard. Continue with the choice of a suitable splitboard binding and suitable shoes.