Best Splitboarding Gear and Splitboards of 2016-2017
You wake up at dawn, hit the head, down a banana and slam a cup of joe. Grab your almost-dry boots and skins, and fire up the truck. At the trailhead, the number of vehicles in the lot is unsettling. Like it or not, backcountry usage numbers are rising, forcing users to search further for the untracked. But we’re embracing the movement between lift chairs and skin tracks. It’s inevitable. And as long as we’re all making safe decisions, more healthy and happy souls finding freshies wherever their dreams–and legs–can carry them, the better.
Last spring we spent a week testing splitboarding gear in the rugged backcountry surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado. Boards, bindings, boots, beacons, and all the other important stuff you’d carry for a big day in the mountains. Then, in an effort to help readers make smart buys before heading to the hills, we chose the gear that performed best. Here it is. Happy trails!