Year after year splitboards are rapidly gaining popularity among freeriders. First snowboards, which were split in the middle, have occurred on the market in the early 90’s, but the offer of splitboard manufacturers was severely limited. But things has changed since then, and companies have realized the true potential of splitboarding.
- What actually is a splitboard?
- The right equipment for your tour
- Where to pay attention when buying a splitboard
- The shape of the splitboard determines the field of application
- What is the right length of your splitboard?
- Binding systems and interface for your splitboard
- The advantage of a splitboard boot
- Climbing skins and crampons for splitboards
- Checklist: splitboard equipment
WHAT ACTUALLY IS A SPLITBOARD?
A splitboard is divided in the middle into two parts by length so that it looks similar to skis for ski touring. It only takes a few moves and splitboard is changed into ascent touring “skis”. The binding for ascent is mounted in the middle, proper climbing skins are put on and you are ready to go up the hill and leave crowds and lift rows behind you. That is the true mountain experience. The advantage of a splitboard tour, compared to tour with snow shoes and snowboard on the back, is the effortless and easy ascent possibility and weight reduction in gear needed.
We have some very useful tipps for you, on how to choose the best possible splitboard equipment for you and create the perfect mountain experience.
RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR TOUR
Within the basic equipment for splitboard tours, we can find the splitboard itself, interface, proper binding as well as climbing skins, telescopic poles and boots. Additionally, it would be wise to consider avalanche safety equipment and airbag backpack. We also recommend having a helmet, or a ski touring helmet and crampons.
WHERE TO PAY ATTENTION WHEN BUYING A SPLITBOARD
Make sure to follow these points when choosing the right splitboard:
- The riding range and area of application are determined by the shape of the splitboard
- Body weight<