2022 Splitboard Skins Top Picks

Best Splitboard SkinsMountain Weekly News Founder Mike Hardaker Deep in the Backcountry for the 2022 Skin Test

Here’s my roundup of the best splitboard skins on the market.  I will restate something I have been hammering down the last few years regarding skins for splitboarding.  Board manufactures should be teaming up with skin manufactures for pre cut splitboard skins available for each sized and shape splitboard in their line.

Most of the skins on this list of best splitboard skins are a blend of 70% mohair and 30% nylon.  This seems to offer the most reliable grip and glide properties for splitboard touring.

If the splitboard your considering buying does not have pre cut skins available, perhaps reach out to brand directly and ask why not.  At this point there are only a handful of snowboard companies not working directly with skin manufactures. And out of all the skin manufactures 2-3 companies seem to understand the part about working directly alongside the splitboard brands, Pomoca and Kohla.

Best Splitboard Skins

Khola Telos Skins

Kohla Alpinist Splitboard Skins

For the cold weather splitboard crowd, Austrian based Kohla makes some darn fine splitboard skins.  The Kohla Alpinist skin is 100% mohair skin that gives nice grip on steeps and slick skin tracks. These skins come with the standard splitboard tip attachment you’ve most likely seen or used before.

The Kohla Alpinist Splitboard Skins are available to buy and cut on your own. Or available with Telos Splitboards factory cut Kohla Skins.

Kohla Alpinist Splitboard Skins

Arbor Splitboard Skins

Kohla Freeride Splitboard Skins

The Kohla Freeride Splitboard Skins seem to be the skin of choice in the Kohla line for board manufactures looking for custom pre cut skins.  Kohla made the Union Skins that can also be cut and custom cut skins for Arbor &  Korua.

Kohla Freeride Splitboard Skins

Kohla uses a splitboard specific tail clip called the Butterfly Clip for their splitboard skins. The traditional Freeride Skins and Alpinist Skins have the stand nose attachment.

Korua Kohla Skins

Korua took things a step farther and had Kohla add metal hooks that insert into holes on the nose of the Korua Escalator Splitboard.  This is the same Pomoca skins attach to the pre cut boards. This will be the future of splitboard skins!!!!

Pomoca Freeride Pro Splitboarding Skins

Pomoca Splitboard Skins

This where Pomoca shines the most: the best brands including Salomon, K2, Ride, Jones & Rossignol and many more have teamed up with Pomoca to make custom pre cut skin for every sized board in their splitboard lineups. For these manufactures Pomoca offers hooks at the tip of the skins that attach to holes in the nose of the board, which makes a noticeably better connection between skin and board.

Splitboard Skin

Plus there is an added bungee system that then attaches to notches for the tail attachment.

Salomon POMOCA Splitboard Attachment

The Pomoca Freeride Pro Skins are available to be DYI cut for your current splitboard. These skins offer a nice mix of 70% mohair and 30% nylon. With more of the skin being mohair for nice added carpet like grip. Pomoca Climb Splitboard Skins

Pomoca also offers the Climb 2.0 Splitboard Skin with very similar properties as the Freeride Skins, 70% mohair, 30% nylon blend. The Climb 2.0 skin works best for shorter shaped splitboards as the skins are smaller in length.

Voile Splitboard Skins

Voile Hyper Glide Splitboard Skins

Voile is back, well sort of. We can’t ever get anyone to return our calls or emails?  Luckily our friends at Weston sent us a set to try with the Backwoods Split. (the fit is perfect). First and foremost these are not the big old bulky faded orange Voile Splitboard Skins you may have used in the past.  You know the kind that gave you a hernia trying to pull apart and would stick to everything, all the time.

Similar to most skins on this list Voile is running a mix of 70% Mohair and 30% synthetic materials. The skins are thinner, faster and lighter then Voiles of the past, and with Voile you know your getting reliability.

Montana MONTAMIX Splitboard Skins

Montana Montamix Orange Splitboard Skins

A blend of 65% mohair and 35% nylon synthetic fibers make these Montana Skins reliable in many different conditions. What’s cool about Montana Mix Skins is they are available to be custom cut to the size of your board in their factory.

Otherwise they have the traditional mail cutter splitboard skin kit you can DYI. If you need skins that can be cut for your board, hit up the Montana International guys and they will get you dialed. Be sure to get the twin tip sliboard clamps for the tip and tail connector, they are burly and really lock the skin in place. They also made a sweet set of bright colored OEM skins for Kemper Splitboards.

Montana Skins for Splitboards

Montana Montamix Adrenalin Splitboard Skins

For a glueless splitboard skin option The Montana Montamix is a great skin. The bottom of the skins uses another blend of 65% mohair and 35% synthetic materials with some nylon added in. The glueless matieral on these skins was strong, I actually ran them without tail clips for the entire test, just to see if I could get the glueless skins to fail.  Happily, the did not.

If you’re planning to tour in wet snow and do more then a couple transitions, In the past I have found that glueless skins will fail more frequently then skins with standard glue.  That being said I spoke to the Montana Skins guys and they mentioned they have a microfiber towel that can be used “like we dry the dishes with a towel” on the glueless skins to get any moisture off the bottom, sweet. Oh and dog hair and dirt can actually be washed off these skins.

G3 Splitboard Skins - Glde

G3 Glide Splitboard Skins

Tour with skiers?  Like to go fast?  Spend a lot of time in the high alpine without being on too steep of slopes?  If so the G3 Glide Skins are for you. There are a total of three G3 skins on this list, what’s cool is each has a specific use. These one are built for added skin glide on the skin track.  For long days of touring in not to technical your legs wont get cooked as fast as you can use the skin in your advantage to slide, or in this case glide.

The G3 Splitboard+ Glide touring skins are made of 70% mohair and 30% nylon.

G3 Splitboard Skins - Universal

G3 Universal Splitboard Skins

Overall the most best G3 splitboard skin we tested that will work in just about every condition was the G3 Universal Splitboard Skins. The 2022 skin is an update of their popular Alpinist skin.  The Universal Splitboard is 100% nylon offering great grip and take on the way up and a blended nylon that isn’t too slow on the skin track.

Personally I would rather go a little slower knowing my skins are going to stay in place all day long.

G3 Splitboard Skins - Grip

G3 Grip Splitboard Skins

This is the grippest skin the G3 Splitboard+ line.  And it’s not just due to the incredibly tacky nylon skin material that excels in steep nasty terrain.  The reasons G3 made this list three times, is their tip and tail connectors. For the tip, G3 skins seem to fit on just about every splitboard out there (minus the super weird nose shapes) the design is simple and works.

Splitboard Skins

On the tail they have the only locking cam system of any splitboard skins I know of.  When stretched out and snapped into place there is some serious confidence boost, especially when you can hear the skin attachment snap on the tail.  Funky shaped tails will like G3 skins better as they can easily be adjusted in length and the connector can go on the back or sides of your tail.

Contour Hybrid Splitboard Skins

Contour Hybrid Splitboard Skins

The most unique skin, the Contour Hybrid is last on this list. Why, well it uses Velcro to hold the nose in place, so far in our test over the past year this has yet to fail.  Even with our guide in B.C. Nate going to town on these. Although we do think at some point this could fail, or maybe Camp is ahead of the Game with their Contour Hybrid Splitboard Skins.

Another skin on the list to feature a combo of 70% mohair for and 30% synthetic that seems to be the most reliable for all conditions we find ourselves testing in.

Splitboard Skin Buying Considerations

Are these the best splitboard skins for you?  Possibly, it depends on the following though as conditions, altitude, board shape etc can all effect the reliability of your skins.

Is your board camber?
Skins stick to camber profiles better than full rocker or weird combo profiles.

Is your board fat and wide?
If the skin width isn’t custom cut, they’ll most likely not offer a perfect fit on fat or wide boards.

Does your board have a weird tail?
Funky tail shapes can make attaching skins a pain and the first place the skin will fail.

Do you have a dog?
Dog hair and skins is a recipe for failure, any dirt debris will effect skin glue.

Will you be doing multiple transitions?
Skins start to fail when moisture gets on the glue after repeated laps.

Are you riding more then a few thousand feet of vert per run?
You’ll be riding through different temps, with different SWE (snow water equivalent) Think of what that does to the skin on the way up, hot cold, hot cold…

What are the temperatures where your riding?
Warm snow vs cold snow will effect every skin differently, your Colorado skins wont be so rad in B.C.

All of the above can drastically effect the performance of your skins.  It sucks when they fail, and it happens to me often.. So guessing it can happen to you two. Heres the list

Last years winners are on the next page including Jones Skins, Black Diamond Skins, Colltex and more..

About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

6 Comments on "2022 Splitboard Skins Top Picks"

  1. Terrica Arden | April 14, 2021 at 11:41 AM | Reply

    Insightful article Mike! I’ve been using skins from these brands for quite some time now so I wanted to switch it up a bit this time and find something unique. I came across Telos Snowboards for my splitboard touring skins and found it just how I like them. I would recommend you to try them out and add it to the list. Kudos!

    • Mike Hardaker | April 15, 2021 at 11:49 AM | Reply

      Terrica,

      Thanks I will be updating this article again in the next few weeks. The Telos skins are made by Khola one of the best out there. In the future all board companies will have private label skins. Makes way more sense to get them from the factory.

  2. As always, great write up Mike! I have a Jones 152 Hovercraft and was wondering if the BD tailclip would fit? Looks like they fit a traditional board shape but not sure about the Hovercraft’s swallowtail. Cheers!

    • Brian,

      I haven’t tried the clips on the Hovercraft. It was one of the tougher boards I do remember for clips though. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  3. I can’t dissuade strongly enough of not getting G3 skins. I’ve a had a pair for a couple of years and so has a friend (his for skis). The glue is horrendous!! It just seems to be falling apart. It gets everywhere, on your hands, all over the skins bag and worse over parts of the board (seems mainly at the extemities). This causes snow build up on these tacky spots which those that have experienced it is like riding with an anchor behind you in powder.
    I don’t buy into the fact that they have not been stored correctly as they are stored next to a pair of Burton AK skins from about 15 years ago that are still just fine.
    Just my opinion but I’m now going for glueless skins.

    • Jon,

      Thanks for the feedback. I just had Jeremy Jones on my podcast and we talked skins. Be sure to take a listen. They are great when they work, shit when they don’t. And its honestly a guess as to when they will fail, keyword when.

      Even the Montana Skins I love, I have had brand new pairs fail on day 1, while others can last a season then fail on some random day.

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