08. November 2019    

Splitboard Test and Splitboarding Editors Selection 2019-20 - We have thoroughly tested the most interesting novelties for you. Which boards won the race?

The splitboard market has continued to develop dynamically in recent years. On the one hand there are the established international big players, who dominate the trade with large quantities, on the other hand more and more young brands emerge, who mix up the old structures with fresh ideas and a lot of personal commitment.

Nowadays there are splitboards in all variations, from dedicated freestyle splitboards to special powder splitboards. Also the trend is to have at least one special funboard in your personal quiver for those special days.
In our opinion the most important thing is the overall performance, that means a splitboard should work safely in all conditions from slush to ice and in every terrain. That's what makes a really good splitboard.
The pleasure and the joy of the overall experience.

Of course, the kind of personal use is also decisive. Will I just go on a small tour from time to time or am I often on very long, challenging routes? Then, for example, weight plays a more important role. Should the splitboard be my board for everything, even on piste days?

Since we are asked more and more often what we think about special boards, we have decided to include one very special board in the Splitboarding Selection from now on, even if it does not go in the direction of "jack of all trades device". It is a board that needs special conditions to be fully effective, deep powder or slush for example.

In order to be able to test under such special conditions on the one hand, and to be able to assess the all-round suitability on the other hand, we spared no effort to ride and hike the boards over the entire last season on several touring and piste days. The weight of the riders was between 73 and 80 kg. The bindings used in the test were Spark and Plum, the boots from Deeluxe.


 

First the four winners: Jones Mind Expander (as Special-Board), Konvoi Kantar, Never Summer Atom and Plum Transition

Splitboard Top and Base
Splitboarding Editors Selection 2017/18
Riding Style
Freestyle, 70%
Allmountain, 80%
Powder, 80%
Speed, 80%
With the tongue & groove technology Furberg has once again made a home run. The time has come, with this splitboard there is almost no difference to solidboards.
WP-Score: 2.90
Test results
Riding, 85%
Uphill, 70%
Features, 85%

Innovation is king, but you have to do it too. Years ago we talked about the possibility of a splitboard with tongue and groove. Hmmm, what about the icing, we all asked ourselves and nobody really developed it. But Furberg dared to tackle this project. After intensive testing over the past four years, the time has come and Furberg says this technology is now ready for the market. After we already had the board under our feet in the First Impression Test, we had to put it through its paces. And yes it convinced us both in the ascent, even if it is a bit more weighty, and in the descent!

Splitboard Top and Base
Splitboarding Editors Selection 2017/18
Riding Style
Freestyle, 40%
Allmountain, 60%
Powder, 100%
Speed, 60%
With inserted carbonstringers, the Jones Mind Expander's ascent performance is much improved. On the descent it is again mind-expanding.
WP-Score: 3.40
Test results
Riding, 80%
Uphill, 65%
Features, 75%

Last year, Jones' Mind Expander convinced in the downhill, but there were some challenges in the ascent that reduced the range of use. Jones worked on it and almost eliminated this shortcoming with the new carbon stringers. So you can now be easier on steeper terrain, but of course you should always have the crampons with you.

Splitboard Top and Base
Splitboarding Editors Selection 2017/18
Riding Style
Freestyle, 80%
Allmountain, 90%
Powder, 80%
Speed, 90%
The Kantar is the magic weapon of Konvoi. The ultimate all-rounder with extra grip in both ascent and descent.
WP-Score: 4.30
Test results
Riding, 85%
Uphill, 80%
Features, 80%

Already impressed by the Nevado (winner of last year's Splitboarding Selection), we now had the chance to take the Kantar under our feet. With its rather classic shape and profile it is more versatile than the powder oriented Nevado Splitboard.

Splitboard Top and Base
Splitboarding Editors Selection 2017/18
Riding Style
Freestyle, 90%
Allmountain, 70%
Powder, 80%
Speed, 70%
Never Summer made a spot landing with the Atom.
WP-Score: 1.90
Test results
Riding, 75%
Uphill, 70%
Features, 85%

The Atom (Twin) from Never Summer convinces in the overall performance. The wing profile and the Twin-Shape make it very manoeuvrable and extremely fun to drive. At higher speeds from about 70 km/h it slightly loses stability. In the powder it floats up well and the wonderful feeling of gliding arises and makes you smile. If the snow becomes hard, it holds surprisingly well and carved precisely. This sensitive tuning also leads to a good and safe ascent behaviour. Even the forward pull is good, which always implies a high development effort for a wing board.

Splitboard Top and Base
Splitboarding Editors Selection 2017/18
Riding Style
Freestyle, 40%
Allmountain, 90%
Powder, 80%
Speed, 80%
The Plum Transition is an excellent high alpine splitboard with great allmountain qualities.
WP-Score: 4.30
Test results
Riding, 75%
Uphill, 80%
Features, 85%

The transition works in all snow conditions from hard to slushy. The early rise nose lets it float up very well, the solid camber gives firm hold and the finely tuned flex also contributes to the very good characteristics. It is best compared to the Plum Talps. It is a bit more harmonised, has an optimized flex, a longer and softer nose and it is massively tapered and can also be ridden less powerful. If you like it surfy you should try it. The very distinctive camber brings a big PLUS to the ascent.

Congratulations to the boardmakers and brands - and lots of fun for the readers to test the boards themselves, e.g. at the SPLIT & RELAX #7 from 7th till 9th of February 2020!!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to post under the article.