Lift lines bumming you out? Maybe you’re just tired of the same old laps restricted by your resort’s boundaries. Whatever your reason, getting into the backcountry is a more-than worthwhile experience so long as you’re armed with both the right knowledge and the right tools. And while you can’t go out and simply purchase the vital know-how and experience required, you can easily pick up the right gear. Here are seven 2019 splitboards and backcountry accessories from the annual snowsports tradeshow in Denver that had us ready to ditch the resort.
If you’re going to invest some money into your gear, why not invest it into something that could potentially save your life? The Dakine Poacher R.A.S. Series allows you to integrate a Mammut Removable Airbag System into your pack, providing yet another bit of insurance when headed into the backcountry. Plus, with the Poacher R.A.S Series offered in a number of sizes and styles, there’s a pack to fit everyone’s size and taste.
Salomon has a number of splitboard offerings for 2019, including the return of the always-popular Sick Stick and the brand new Speedway. For those in search of a lighter-weight option on the approach, Salomon also has the four-piece S/LAB Premiere – a unique split design consisting of two pieces that easily fit into your pack, allowing for more efficient touring.
Never Summer’s popular split lineup returns for the upcoming season, offering reliable options for both men and women – all hand built in their Denver, Colorado factory. For the guys, Never Summer has the surf-inspired Swift alongside the all-terrain slaying West, and for the ladies, the Aura, a freeride shape built specifically for tackling big mountain lines.
Nitro has some exciting changes to their 2019 splitboard lineup, including a split-version of the popular Squash – a versatile board that excels in the powder department – and upgrades to the high-end Doppelgänger, making it one of the lightest offerings on the market. The cost-effective Nomad also returns for 2019, providing a quality option for those new to the backcountry without breaking the bank.
Rome’s 2019 splitboard line is looking better than ever with a variety of options, including the powder-hungry Whiteroom. Featuring Rome’s Powder-S camber profile, this deck provides optimal float thanks to the 3D Rocker found in the nose, and plenty of performance thanks to the positive camber that runs from the mid-section to the tail. If time spent in the whiteroom is your mission, then look no further.
We all were stoked to see Union enter the splitboard market last season, and their bindings proved to the be the perfect option for backcountry riders looking for a similar feel to their in-bounds setups. But bindings aren’t the only things that Union is adding to the backcountry market. From skins and crampons to spare parts you can keep stashed in your pack, Union has got you covered for your next touring mission.
K2 is back in the splitboard binding market with the introduction of their Far Out model. Featuring an aluminum chassis and a pinless mounting system, these bindings are engineered for efficient climbs and performance-driven descents. Add in K2’s upgraded ankle straps and minimalist toe straps, and you’ve got a high-end, comfortable package that performs whether you’re trekking up or ripping down.