The Taka Split by Salomon is new this season and was developed by the snowboard icons Takaharu Nakai (Olympics 2002 & 2006, various video parts) and Wolle Nyvelt (
Salomon HPS Taka Split
If you are not touring in high alpine terrain and in tricky snow conditions, the Salomon Taka Split may be the right choice for you.
Ascent: Like most splitboards, it has a clean pull forward, which brings a lot of efficiency in ascent. Compared to other splitboards in the test, it is a very light board, whose low weight you feel positive in the ascent and not negative in the descent. That means it has exactly the "right" weight of a splitboard. The S-Rocker and also the relatively strong taper contribute to the good float in powder, which we could only test to a limited extent, 15-20 cm blown in. What we could test very well was a steep ascent on hard, blown off snow with many kickturns. Here the Salomon Taka Splitboard behaves solidly up to a gradient of about 35°, although less stable than other boards in the test. So you can see the compromise between a strong powder orientation and ascent performance.
Descent: We were able to test the Salomon Taka from fresh snowdrift to a depth of about 30cm, melted and wind-pressed natural snow, to hard artificial snow. Our First Impression: The Salomon Taka is very agile and is great fun to ride. Due to its shape it is powder oriented and has its qualities here. Nevertheless, it is also strong in uneven, tracked snow or on hard slopes. There was nothing to complain about and we can recommend the Taka to everybody who is interested in such a splitboard, just try it for one or more days.
The Taka Split by Salomon is new this season and was developed by the snowboard icons Takaharu Nakai (Olympics 2002 & 2006, various video parts) and Wolle Nyvelt (countless video parts, Äsmo Surfer). They both come from the backcountry freestyle corner and have many years of shape experience. The split has a directional shape with 12 mm taper and a powder camber profile with a medium flex. The long nose has a rather soft flex and the rocker in the nose area provides massive float in powder. Salomon supplies pre-cut skins of the brand Pomoca, this makes it quite attractive in price. With the long nose it is a splitboard for powder-affine tourers who want to chase through trees with maximum float.
|Nose Width (mm)||307||309|
|Waist Width (mm)||259||261|
|Tail Width (mm)||295||297|
|Effective Edge (mm)||1170||1190|
|Nose Length (mm)||370||380|
|Recommended Binding Sizes||S/M||M/L|
|Recommended Stance (mm)||560||570|
|Max Rider Weight (Kg)||95||105|
|Min Rider Weight (Kg)||60||70|