The snowboarding niche of the past has become a part of every adventurer’s bucket list. Being able to slide through a mountain’s untouched parts gives this feeling of being one of few if not the only one that has uncovered such a place. With splitboarding, you have this advantage over other ski and snowboarding activities that gives you a different type of snowboarding experience. There’s just something different in exploring the open backcountry on your own. But for all this to happen you need the perfect split board which can be a fun experience if you know what you are looking for.
A good rule of thumb is to get a board that will have its length sit between your chin and nose. Depending on your style you may get one closer to the chin or to the nose but it is better if you get one that sits in the middle. While splitboards that are longer will provide you with more stability in wide turns and higher speeds, shirt ones will provide you with more control over the ride since they are lighter.
The width of a split board will be determined by the size of your feet or rather boots, which will also impact how well you can control the board. Of course, you should also focus on avoiding toe drag – no matter how well you can slide through a gully you can easily plant your face in the snow.
Another feature of splitboards which will be determined by your riding style is going to be the flexibility of the board. Personal preference is major here but if you are not sure what your ideal riding style is its best that you go with an all-mountain board. You can find these from most snowboarding brands but I’d recommend you go with the Coda Rocker from Arbor.
First comes the freeride splitboard shape which is made to be used in deep snow throughout the year, second is the freestyle shape which gives you a bit more flexibility to do tricks. Nowadays there are even split boards made just for women, they have a smaller middle width. have softer flexibility, shirt length and are also made to be lighter.
IN order to keep everything going smoothly even throughout the robust terrain that lays underneath the thick sheet of snow, you’ll need to decide on the level of dampening on your board. For some of you this may be a deciding factor and for others just a feature that may not affect the overall experience. Whatever’s the case you should stick to your gut and go with what makes you most comfortable.