Season: 2020/21
 
Category: Splitboards
 
Manufacturer: Salomon
 
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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


Review 2020/21 

Board-Profile: Hybrid
Hybrid
Rider-Level:
AdvancedExpert

Length: 158cm  161cm  

Weight: 0g  3.100g  

Price (SRP) from: 799€
WP-Score:  
5.3

Included: Splitboard, Plum Hooks & Clips, pre-cut Pomoca skins

Riding Style / Field of use


The Taka Splitboard from Salomon is tested and developed in Japan. If you choose the days in the Alps with good conditions and little hardpack in the ascent, it might be just right for you.
Freestyle, 65%
Allmountain, 70%
Powder, 90%
Speed, 70%

Test Results


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.

Riding, 77%
Agility, %85
Edgegrip, %70
Uphill, 70%
Traversing, %65
Weight, %75
Features, 75%
Finishing, %80
Sustainability, %70

Description


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.

Video Presentation

Specs

Board Size158161
Sidecut Radius7,67,9
Contact Length9801000
Nose Width (mm)307309
Waist Width (mm)259261
Tail Width (mm)295297
Effective Edge (mm)1170              1190          
Nose Length (mm)370380
Recommended Binding Sizes                 S/MM/L
Recommended Stance (mm)560570
Max Stance610620
Max Rider Weight (Kg)95105
Min Rider Weight (Kg)6070

 



 Comments

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    2. February 2021 - 19:08 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    What size would you recommend for a rider around 80kg and 180cm tall? Would you go with 158 or 161 based on your test?

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    2. February 2021 - 23:51 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    For splitboarding it is always good to have a little bit more board. So you can pass flat sections easier when necessary. Also for traversing you have more grip.

    Cheers Patrick