The Freeride Split is designed to handle any type of snow and terrain you can find in the backcountry. The combination of high-speed stability, maneuverability and catch-free features has made the Freeride Split one of the most talked about splitboards in recent years.
Furberg Freeride Split 19-20
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!
Furberg has already won our Splitboarding Selection with the Freeride Split, so I don't want to go into detail about the excellent performance here. But what we experienced in terms of riding performance, especially in hard terrain or on a hard slope, is beyond all expectations. For years we have been riding almost exclusively on splitboards and the lower torsional stiffness compared to a solid board we considered to be given and unchangeable. The binding manufacturers contributed their part to bring the riding pleasure as close as possible to a solid snowboard and they succeeded well. With Furberg's floorboard technology a new standard is set. The difference to a Solidboard is only marginal, provocatively said it is imagination if you still feel differences here. Congratulations Furberg for this outstanding innovation!
After two seasons, 30,000 vertical meters, 60 days of touring & resort riding with little hikes we arrive at the following picture. Topsheet chips a bit away around the tip and tail clips and needs to get reglued. The poplar core lost a bit of its camber profile, to be more precise, the low-camber profile decreased from 2 mm to 1 mm. It also lost a bit of its initial pop, but not dramatically.
The Freeride Split is designed to handle any type of snow and terrain you can find in the backcountry. The combination of high-speed stability, maneuverability and catch-free features has made the Freeride Split one of the most talked about splitboards in recent years. Its long sidecut radius makes the splitboard peaceful and forgiving, while the rocker and reverse sidecut in nose and tail make it float amazingly well in powder and remain catch free.
Furberg Snowboards is introducing a splitboard revolution!
A tongue and groove on the 2019/20 Freeride Split eliminates movement between the board halves. The new splitboard assembles like a regular splitboard and rides like a snowboard.
Gone is the lack of response that splitboards have suffered from.
Tongue and groove eliminating vertical play between board halves. The result is a responsive splitboard that rides more like a regular snowboard.
Long turning radius
It is standard to use a longer turning radius on a freeride ski than on a slalom ski in the skiing industry; however, Furberg Snowboards is the only brand to adapt the turning radius for freeride snowboards. A longer turning radius generates better stability at higher speeds and, more importantly, gives the boards a calmer and more forgiving behavior by distributing the edge pressure over the entire contact length.
The best compromise between the flotation of full rocker, responsiveness, and grip of camber.
Long Rocker and Reverse Sidecut radiuses
When a board is ridden flat on the snow, a long rocker transition will make the nose of the board impact irregularities with a low angle of incidence and slide over with little resistance. Many snowboard brands are aware of this, but only we have combined the rocker with a reverse sidecut in nose and tail to maintain this low angle of incidence when riding the board on edge.
The long transitions of the reverse sidecut make the board turn more effortlessly since the typical pressure points at the end of the effective edge do not exist. The overall result is a very catch-free and surfy board.
Long and high nose
Increases flotation and makes the board slide over irregularities in the snowpack with less resistance. The very last part of the nose also has a slightly steeper angle to make touring with our splitboards easier.
Isosport Brushed Polyamide
The Isosport Polyamide topsheet is one of the most durable topsheets on the market. The texture makes the topsheet very scratch resistant and less snow sticks to it. We also make all our topsheets in light colors to further avoid snow sticking to them. Dark colored topsheets get warmed up more by the sun and therefore more snow will freeze to them. This is a simple, yet effective way to save weight without compromising on durability and performance.
Core – Poplar
We are using 100% Poplar for the perfect balance between weight, strength and ability to hold flex and shape over time.
Base – Isosport 7500 Sintered
The base is 1.3 mm thick, which is thicker than industry standard. This means that you can hit rocks harder without getting core shots and you can stone grind the base more times. Isosport 7500 Sintered is one of the fastest bases available on the market. The thicker base does add a few grams on the weight, but more importantly it gives the board a much longer life.
Composite – Triaxial Fiberglass
Triaxial fiberglass is used in all our boards to get a good torsional stiffness, which gives better edgehold.