Best Splitboards of 2016-2017
If you were to ask, “What are the best splitboards?”, you’d find that the list changes dramatically each year. Splitboarding has never been more popular in times where untracked powder can be hard to find and riders are becoming more willing to hike for it. Some companies are scrambling to get their foot in the game while others continue to innovate new technologies that make the trek up almost as cool as the ride down. Last spring, we spent a week touring the backcountry around Crested Butte, Colorado. We tested two vans full of splitboards, split boots, split bindings, and backcountry snowboarding accessories. This is the gear that performed the best.
Lib Tech T. Rice Split
A backcountry badass that likes to get after some big natural features and throw down tricks, it was fast and playful and wanted to be in the air.
Never Summer Prospector Split
The Prospector sacrifices nothing as a split. It was plenty stiff tip to tail, while the rocker and torsional flex allowed the best edge-to-edge transition of any split we tested.
Smokin Jetson Split
The surfy nose with camber profile made it a ripping freestyle playdeck that buttered in powder, though you’d have to pump the brakes in highly variable snow conditions.