Venture Zephyr Splitboard

Snowboard Reviews Posted: Words by

Venture Zephyr Splitboard

Over the past month I have been touring and riding in the Washington backcountry on the Venture Zephyr Splitboard. I had always said I never felt 100% comfortable riding a splitboard in gnarly terrain, that changed recently thanks to the Venture’s Zephyr Splitboard.

My initial impression of the board was that it felt heavy right out of the box. Venture snowboards have always weighed a bit more then their competition, however with the added weight comes strength and the ability to charge through any type of snow.

The Venture Zephyr Splitboard took me Here!!! Thanks Venture :)

The Venture Zephyr Splitboard took me Here!!! Thanks Venture :)

I set the board into touring mode and was gliding across the deep pacific northwest snow pack in seconds. Climbing up steep slopes was a snap and thanks to the stiffness of the Zephyr I was able to flip the splitboard skis around while always trusting my downhill edge. You really need something supportive under your feet while touring and riding and hands down the Venture Zephyr is the most comfortable I have felt while on a splitboard.

Once the board was taken out of touring mode and put back together the real fun began. The 163 screamed down powder fields kicking up massive rooster tails of snow. The Zephyr is unaffected by wind crust cutting through any type of snow making powder turns possible on slopes that you would have guessed otherwise impossible. After just a few runs I thought how on earth am I going to afford to buy this amazing board, I was in love right off the bat.

My only complaint with the board is the inserts for the Voile clamps go all the way through to the base. It would be nice to see Venture add some wood into the core where the inserts go. Hopefully in future split specific boards this will be an option. But honestly that’s more cosmetic then anything, and odds are wont slow you down very much.

Do you want to slay the backcountry? If so a Venture Zephyr needs to be in your quiver. I probably would not recommend riding this board at your local ski resort as it wants to go fast and make big long turns. But if you have the room to really open it up this is the board for you.

Splitboarding truly is the answer.

Why cant all snowboards be made the old school way? Venture uses sintered P-Tex for all the boards sidewall’s and base material, a rockered tip and tail (thank you for not putting a freaking banana under my feet!!!) and sustainably harvested woods for the core. Poplar and ash run the length of the board giving a real lively and dampening feel to the Zephyr.

Going fast was fun again, I could trust my edges while knowing the board under my feet was not going to flex out from under me while turning. Heel side never felt so good.

This Zephyr is recommended for someone that is a powerful rider, a person that will spend 30+ days in the backcountry touring and can really muscle any board around. Toward the end of the day I felt the board was riding me, which can lead to disaster. If you like to go fast, charge and have the legs to do so, be sure to checkout this years Venture Zephyr Spiltboard..

Venture Zephyr Splitboard
4.5 / 5 RATING      

COMPARE PRICES

Comments

Please complete required fields

Related Posts
Venture Snowboards Spring Fling and Opening Weekend of Unguided Skiing
SILVERTON, CO - Venture Snowboards is throwing a Spring Fling party to celebrate opening weekend of unguided skiing and riding at Silverton Mountain. Hang with the Venture crew for ...
READ MORE
Voile Splitboard Climbing Skins Review
Being on the lower end of the income bracket, I truly give my gear the test of time (if it can keep up). I have a love/hate relationship with my ...
READ MORE
Never Summer SL Splitboard Review
The Never Summer SL Splitboard Review became my daily weapon of choice for backcountry missions in search of deep snow. Technology combined with accessible terrain has rejuvenated the sport of ...
READ MORE
SIA 2012 Snow Show - Venture Snowboards Photo Mike Hardaker
DENVER, CO - Photos from Day 3 of the 2012 SIA (SnowSports Industries America) trade show. The industry raged all weekend with parties, concerts and events in and around Denver. ...
READ MORE
Venture Zephyr Snowboard
I was excited to get on the Venture Zephyr Snowboard as soon as humanly possible, the first thing I noticed was the stability of this board, and it never washed ...
READ MORE
The Low Down on the Best Climbing Skins for Splitboarding
Nothing is more frustrating than spending the first hour of your day messing with your skins trying to get them to work. Or the last half hour, or any time ...
READ MORE
Maybe Not the Bare Essentials: Five Extras for an Enjoyable Splitboard Outing
Beacon, shovel, probe. Beacon, shovel, probe. Avalanche textbooks and classes, as well as backcountry instructors, have hammered into our heads the essentials of backcountry skiing and splitboarding. Never leave ...
READ MORE
Splitboarding Essentials 5 Items Every Splitboarder Should Carry in the Backcountry
5 Items for all Splitboarders to carry First Aid Kit You would be amazed how many of your trusty partners don’t have this important addition in their packs. Be the prepared ...
READ MORE
Venture Odin Snowboard
The Venture Odin is a brand new Venture Snowboards board designed after the terrain preferences and riding style of their test rider, Johan Olofsson. It is categorized as Venture's Big ...
READ MORE
GNU B-Pro Splitboard
Ladies, there’s no need to hop on your boyfriends splits anymore, thanks to the GNU B-Pro Splitboard, designed by women for women. Stop dreaming about all of the runs you have ...
READ MORE
Venture Snowboards Spring Fling and Opening Weekend of
Voile Splitboard Climbing Skins Review
Never Summer SL Splitboard Review
SIA Photos from Day 3 of the 2012
Venture Zephyr Snowboard
The Low Down on the Best Climbing Skins
Maybe Not the Bare Essentials: Five Extras for
Splitboarding Essentials 5 Items Every Splitboarder Should Carry
Venture Odin Snowboard
GNU B-Pro Splitboard