Our picks for the best splitboards for 2023 winter season. There will be a trend that will stand out this year in terms of profiles and the heavy use of camber in the majority of these splitboards. We cover Directional splitboards, twin tips and even a few funky shapes thrown in for good measure.
One thing I can’ figure out is why the industry is not selling splitboards with skins, packaged for the consumer out the door. The majority of the brands below do work with OEM skin manufactures and offer custom branded skins for an additional purchase. However if your buying a new splitboard I recommend adding new skins as well. Would you put a set of used tires on a brand new truck and expect it to perform it best? Anyways back to splitboarding..
Arbor Landmark Splitboard
Arbor Snowboards setout to make a splitboard that is attainable for most people in price and in the way it rides. Starting with the price the $699.99 sticker price is sort of in the middle of where most splitboards cost these days. Available in both rocker or camber the new Arbor Landmark Splitboard is the type of boards just about anyone will appreciate riding.
The board features a directional tapered shape with a larger nose for floating in powder and smaller shorter tail along with setback stance inserts. I tested the Camber version which with this shape offered plenty of float in deep powder. New for 2023 is the 4 point camber which in theory gives more contact points with the snow vs the Uprise Fendors Arbor has used in the past. Even with the additional camber contact points I never felt the board being too grabby.
Skins: Kohla Angusta Arbor Landmark Skins ($229.95)
Available in 152, 155, 158, 161 and 164
CAPiTA Mega Split
One the higher end of the spectrum of splitboards comes the CAPiTA Mega Split with it’s incredibly lightweight design and sticker price to match of $1,499.99 which does include skins. This split is built around CAPiTA’s Mercury Snowboards which offers epic pop, float, and can slay just about any terrain in it’s path.
The CAPiTA Mega Split is a directional splitboard with camber underfoot followed by some rocker near the tip and tail before transitioning to CAPiTA’s Flat Kick Tip. This profile called Resort V2 gives confidence in steep terrain, allows you to go fast thanks to the camber, and is friendly when landing in deep powder with the rocker and Kick Tips. The board comes with Union’s Pro Clips holding everything together nicely.
CAPiTA was able to make this board lighter by creating a new top sheet called Megalite Skin and managed to lighten up the rest of the core along with MEGACARBON biax/biax pure carbon fiber top. If your weight conscious for your splitboard setup aside from Amplid this is one of the lightest splitboards on the market.
Skins: Union Splitboard Climbing Skins (Included)
Available in 153, 155, 157, 159, 161
Cardiff Lynx Splitboard
The splitboard that looks like it should cost as much as the Capita Mega Split but comes in at half the price goes to Utah based Cardiff Snow for the Lynx Splitboard. The Cardif Lynx Splitboard has the tightest construction of all the boards we tested. In fact at times it was almost too tight, and hard to get the board apart. However, I would rather have that then be able to see light between the board halves.
For only $750 you get a board that rides great, looks rad and comes from the GP87 factory that is cranking out some of the best boards in the industry these days. This splitboard is being marketed as an “entry-level” board for whatever that means. Honestly I can’t see much difference between this and the brands higher end boards. If I was going to buy one board to ride in and out of bounds throughout the year this Cardif Lynx would easily crush any terrain you throw at it.
The board is built on a HALFCamber profile that is 65% camber, putting camber in the middle of the board and some rocker at the tip and tail. This board works great on the up and is a blast on the descent.
Skins: Any Skins will work.
Available in 142, 146, 149, 152, 156, 159 and 162
Jones Stratos Splitboard
Typically I avoid splitboards with funky shapes, have weird tails or don’t look like traditional snowboards. For the Jones Stratos Splitboard I made an exception to that rule as the Jones Stratos solid snowboard has been making some waves in the industry with it’s ability to carve, float, go fast and do just about everything one wants for a freeride board.
Jones calls this profile a directional rocker with more rocker at the nose than in the tail and camber underfoot. However it’s still a camber dominate splitboard with camber underfoot. Jeremy calls it “camber heavy” so don’t let the “directional rocker” throw you off. Although it does have a larger nose and lots of rocker, the profile name may confuse people. With a narrow side cut the board is easy to rail into turns, has a tapered design that floats without thinking about it on the way uphill the wavy inside edge offers additional contact points on the skin track.
Skins: POMOCA Jones Nomad Pro Skins ($279.95)
Available in 156, 159, 161W
Rossignol Escaper Splitboard
Is the Rossignol Escaper the most affordable splitboard on the market? Perhaps with it’s $575 price point it’s less than most traditional snowboards these days. So does the board suck? Far from it. The Rossignol Escaper Splitboard comes with Amptek All Mountain Rocker/Camber blend of 60% camber, 40% rocker. Has a true twin tip shape which I absolutely love. If freestyle is your thing in the backcountry you will love this board!!
The only thing I would question with this board would be it’s durability. As it looks like Rossignol saved some money and some weight by making a thinner board with less wood and less core. The board is rated 5 out of 10 on the stiffness scale which works in powder, but may be a little loose in big mountain terrain if there is any chatter at high speed you will feel it for sure.
Skins: POMOCA Rossignol Escaper Skins ($209.95)
Sizes Available: 153, 157, 161
Salomon Highpath Splitboard
This new splitboard from Salomon wants to go fall line with it’s tapered directional shape and Rock Out Camber profile that is flat between the bindings, camber underfoot and rocker at tip and tail. From touring to shredding fast this profile really allows great contact with the snow. Plus Salomon teamed up with POMOCA for custom cut skins that attach to notches in the tip and tail of the board.
The Salomon Highpath Splitboard is a little on the stiffer side but that means the board is comfortable at speed and with the majority being camber to flat where it matters when you need to count on the board to make a turn or use an edge you can trust this stick. Salomon is utilizing Plum hardware some of our favorite for tip and tail connectors, it’s super Euro and it’s supposed to be that way.
Skins: Any Skins
Available in 156, 159, 162
Stranda Descender Fjäderlätt Splitboard
Stranda, a brand you most likely have never heard of is making waves in the splitboard and snowboard world as of late. So hopefully we can help with the buzz. The brand started by Mats Drougge was founded in 2015 after a snowboard trip to Colorado where matt got inspired by people surfing on snow. Perhaps this is why I loved the surfy feel of the Stranda Descended Splitboard.
This directional freeride splitboard features camber underfoot with light rocker at the tip and tail. This full carbon splitboard feels lighter than most of the other boards in our test and absolutely rips in all sorts of terrain. You can go fast, ride deep snow and even hit some airs and cliffs on this board as it sort of feels like a board you would have loved to ride in the 90’s. Simple and to the point with a shape made for going falline.
Clips: Phantom & Voile
Skins: Kohla Stranda Climbing Skins ($248.00)
Available in 158, 161, 162W, 166, 166W
Burton Family Tree Straight Chuter Splitboard
Lets start with what sort of sucks about this splitboard before I get into the good stuff and there’s lot of good. Sadly Burton and Union can’t play nicely so for this splitboard you won’t be able to use the standard Burton Channel hardware with Union Bindings making this board incompatible with the Union Splitboard Bindings (my personal favorite). Now that we go that out of the way, and you probably own Spark Bindings anyways so the Union thing shouldn’t be much of an issue. Plus this board is the only splitboard on this list to come with pucks for mounting Spark or Voile bindings.
What you get with the Burton Family Tree Straight Chuter Splitboard is a tried and true profile Burton calls Directional Camber Bend. This puts camber from the tail to just above the front binding and then rocker at the tip. It’s a design Danny Davis runs and is seen in the Family Tree line of boards. The board has a larger tapered nose and a smaller tail. Toss in the directional flex, loads of carbon and mostly camber profile and you have a board with serious pop. One of the best all around splitboards ever built hands down.
Available in 151, 159, 162
Weston Ridgeline Splitboard
Although this board has tapered directional shape it actually looks and ride much more like a twin tip board. Out of all the boards we tested last year the Ridgeline surprised us the most. It’s another one of those more entry level splitboards that simply rips. Plus Weston teamed up with POMOCA to offer custom cut skins (available for purchase) that attach to the notches at the tip and tail of the board.
Once again another camber dominate profile with a little rocker at the tip and tail for added float in the deep stuff. This splitboard rides like a traditional snowboard. Although it might not be the flashiest board out there what you get is a board that is built to last coming out of the GP87 factory. Toss in Karakoram clips, Polyurethane sidewalls and tip and tail protectors and the Weston Ridegline Splitboard might just be the sort of board that last for many years to come.
Skins: POMOCA Weston Approach Splitboard Skins ($249.95)
Available in 154, 158, 162, 162W, 166W
If you are weight conscious with your splitboard setup the lightest splitboard on the market goes to Amplid for their popular Miligram splitboard. The previous models weighted about 5.5lbs. which is considerably lighter than most other splitboards on the market. Carbon or non carbon. This board is thinner than all the other boards we tested as well, which can effect the longterm durability of the splitboard. So it’s best not to take the Milligram into rocky terrain and expect it to hold up the way a heavier stouter splitboard would.
But if riding in deep snow, this board cuts through the snow surface with ease. I say cut as you really can feel the edges engage as you lean over to rail into turns. And when you want to go back the carbon feels incredibly responsive and seems to want to snap back to taking the Milli Splitboard fall line. It’s a directional shape built around camber profile.
Last but not least Amplid added a new gummy wall to the inside edges of the board that seems to seal the board together than traditional split edges offering more confidence on the way downhill with less movement between the board halves.
Skins: Kohla Amplid Pro Skins ($227)
Available in 153, 158, 163, 166
Hi Mike, I’ve been considering buying a splitboard for about 2 years now. I wasn’t quite sure if I would use it or or I get caught. Currently out of season, prices are very low for the purchase of setup. Im looking between two boards – Rome Uprise 165 cm boards (for about € 419 for about $ 450) and Capita Neo Slasher 164 cm (for about € 470 for about $ 500).
I am most interested in Rome Uprise because it looks like more oriented as allmountain board but there are no reviews anywhere and I see that you have it in the photos (so it was probably the subject of your testing and also in the video (in terms of spitboard bindings). But you did not publish a review of him anywhere.
Zaujimalo by ma ci sa zlepsila odolnost (zivotnost) oproti Rome Whiteroom.
So far, I have mostly driven in resorts. I drive 25 years mostly allmountain on stiffer boards Rossignol Jonas 160cm (stiffnes 10/10) and now I bought Jones UMT (9/10). My net weight is 92kg, height 182cm (5,97ft). I’m looking for a stable board for fast and controllable crossings over Allmountain and also backcountry in powder (more on allmountain focus).
Thank you for the detailed answer.
(sorry for my English)
Great review, thanks Mike!
Just curious about your thoughts on top boards for good uphill performance (multi-day tours/mountaineering). Particularly hoping for good performance on steep uphill traverses.
Currently thinking about the Arbor Coda Camber based on your review or the Amplid Milligram. Any thoughts?
Hi Mike, I`m looking for a new Splitboard to update my battered Jones Solution 2016. Since it would be a bit boring to buy the Solution again I think about getting the Arbor Iguchi. Do you think thats a good idea? What differences can I expect from the Igutchi Split? (On ascent and decent)
Thanks for your help!
Hi Mike. Enjoyed your article and reviews. Where would you direct a 6ft 1 rider that has size 11.5 and is about 210? Im in Australia and most of by BC touring will be in Japan on powder, and maybe the odd trip to our very average ski regions here in Oz. I can get my hands on a Weston Carbon Backwoods in 160 or 163. I was also considering the Jones solution 162W, Brian Iguchi Pro Camber in 162 or 163MW, or a Ride Splitpig 154.
I was considering the the Hovercraft split, but was concerned about the length of the nose tip and tighter turning in trees. Ive also heard that the splitpig can washout out a bit because of its profolie and is harder in ascent mode because of the width and shortness.
Any input would be appreciated.
Curious between the Coda camber and rocker, which you prefer and why! I’ve got an older Abacus which I love but have been leaning towards the Coda camber to replace it. I’m curious on how much pow capability might be given up on the camber versus rocker. Thank you!
I’m in a dilemma for my first split. I used to live in Japan for the past few years but now back in Eastern Canada, I’ll see less powder day everyday and more glacier days…
I’m riding a Drake Battle 164 for Japow. (spear head and super setback stance). Loved the setback feeling as don`t usually ride switch anyway or freestyling and I was trilled by the “steer it like a surf” feeling. Although, almost worthless on hard snow.
I was thinking the Weston Backwoods Split (160 maybe) to go midway with my former all mountain board. There used to be plenty of nice comments back in the days, but seems it got down or out of the top lists in the last few years or so, not sure why. Will the Backwoods serve its purpose other than my very occasional deep powder trips elsewhere?
I was also considering a middle rocker type for my woody and icy mountains, like the Lib Tech Orca split (thinking a 156 this time). I know the tracking might get compromised by its wider waist and middle rocker, but not sure how bad. Do I underestimate the climbing qualities over the downhill feeling?
Was maybe looking at the Jones Solution, but might be too stiff for me.
The sizing is also a challenge as I’m only 5’8 but 185lb with US11 boots, not sure I want to go with a wide for the climbing.
Couple mentions of difficulty with camber boards in the skin track. Do you have any articles talking about this?
I’ve found that my board breaks through skin tracks more often than others (flight attendant, now hometown x) and it seems like the board sort of bananas and loses the weight distribution. Is that what you’re referring to?
Where is the best place to buy second hand snowboards and how do you determine if the board is still in good shape other than obvious chips or cracks. Thank you for your insight.
Looking to put together my first split setup. Wondering if you ever got on the Taka split or had a recommendation for sizing. I am 5’9″ ~145pounds no gear. Wasn’t sure between the 155 and 158.
My solid setup is a Prior Khyber 156 with Union Forces and Vans Highcountry and hellbound and I really enjoy it.
I was also eyeing the Spark Surges as what I read flex wise was they would be closer to the Forces, do you think I will be okay going that route despite being on the lighter end?
Thanks for your help
Have you tried the Orca split? I currently have a earlier model Jones Solution 162 split and feeling the toe drag(size 12 boot). I’ve got a 156 orca that I love and first board I didn’t have to get in a wide and was thinking of moving to the Orca split.
You missed out on Telos!! I’ve been using them for over a year now and there’s no comparison to their ultralight splitboards in market.
Did you get a chance to demo the Taka Splitboard?
Kinda funny that you dislike the Neversummer Splitboards (review of NS Atom) with the rocker/camber profile and on the top 9 Splitboards the Arbor Coda, build on a rocker platform, is 2nd best.
You mention that the Arbor Coda and all other rocker splitboards have problems when going through skin traveled tracks, wonder why they could score so high on this top list.
Hey man, was hoping you could help me with a sizing question… I’m ready to pull the trigger on my first splitboard but I’m torn between the Jones solution or the Jones hovercraft split. I really like the idea of 3D base/nose on the solution but then like how nimble the hovercraft sounds…
I’m 5’11, 175lb-180lb ish without gear, wear a vans size 9 boot, and currently riding a 156 niche story. I’m pretty happy with the 156 size but the size guide on the Jones website says I should be on a 161 solution and I’m wondering if 161 would be too big for me? or if the 158 would sacrifice too much float?? or if I should grab the split hovercraft to keep a similar length??
Orrrrr maybe the Bryan iguchi split lol??
And if you have any binding suggestions I’m all ears as well!
Looking forward to the advice, Thanks a lot:)!
Thanks for all the great insight…
Got a Jones Solution 164 last years. Im 6ft and 200lbs.
Looking for a stiffer splitboard for this year… Any suggestions? I ride a Burton Custom X on the hill.
Question about women’s split boards. I had planned to demo some solid boards (that have a split option) and then well- 2020. I’ve been riding NS for some time- Lotus, Aura and now Lady West (a brief stint on a High Society, playful but too soft). I’m dealing with some recovery issues from an injury, so no early season demos for me, and by the time I’m ready to go I’m concerned my choices will be limited. I’m looking towards Jones since I know the profile is better for climbing and float, but also the opposite profile to what I’m used to. Opinion between Dream Catcher and Solution? I know the Solution is more aggressive and designed for big mountain terrain, but is it good for mixed and mellow backcountry? I know the Dream Catcher is more playful, but still solid if someone wants to ride it more aggressively? I would love any guidance you have to offer.
hey mike, do you ever tested the amplid milligram? i heard it should be the best split on planet can you say somthing about it?
Any experience with Prior Slasher? I’m 6’, 200lbs been riding for 20+ years. Looking for a new split this year and having a hard time choosing one. So many options…been looking at the Prior Slasher carbon in a 161 or 167 or the Jones Hovercraft in a 160. I ride a lot of backcountry in BC’s interior, mostly tree riding and always deep. Nice vid of WH20 btw, and love the NOFX soundtrack. I’ve ridden almost every inch of that mountain. Can’t wait for this season to start!!!!
Have you tried out the Black Diamond Goat? I’m thinking about switching to a split board, currently riding a Niedecker megalight, probably about ten years old, how would it compare to a split board
Thank you for your awesome and thorough reviews of all the available splits. I have a question about the Flight Attendant X. Some reviews claim that the added carbon has indeed made the board light for uphill travel, but sacrifices performance on the way down. I have read some reports that say the board (especially the tail) is too stiff and its hard to slash and turn the board like you would a non-X version of the F.A. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this? Or, was the board that light on the uphill that you could look past some minor downhill stiffness?
This is a lot of great info to absorb. I’m looking to buy my first split board for the northeast. I have a normal jones explorer, but I’d like to start touring around and think I should get a Splitboard that might be a little different from my Jones to change it up. Any suggestions on what would rip down the fresh groomers, but also tear apart a backcountry deep pow day?
Looking to by my first split, I have narrowed down to either jones frontier, mountain twin or lib brd.
I would like to be able to use it for backcountry in New Zealand and japan so good for big lines and nimble enough for trees.
Love love love your article – thank you for all the reviews. I am riding Arbor Poparazzi now (150), and I am trying to decide on my first splitboard now. I was looking into Arbor Swoon 152 vs Jones Dream Catcher 151. I do not have specific needs, I just love riding! 🙂 Which of those 2 would you recommend? Or would you suggest something else?
And as far as bindings – I looked into Spark R&D: their Womens Arc is out of stock, and their Womens Surge is available in M/L size only, and I am right in between their sizes (in shoes I am 8.5-9), and their XS/S : 5-8.5, and M/L – 9-11. Do you think it is OK for me to buy Men’s Arc n Medium?
Thank you in advance
Hi Mike, thanks for the reviews. Im heading to Hakuba Japan next week and I will be there for 2-3 months. Im going to be doing some back country touring and I am wanting to buy my first splitboard setup. I want something surfy that is great in powder and trees. My height is 5″5, weight 143lbs, boot size US 7. I have the 150 Jones Mind Expander but I am wanting to add a splitboard to my quiver. What splitboard would you recommend that I can buy in Japan?
Cheers for your help 🙂
Mike, thanks for the reviews. Looking for advice on splitboard upgrade. Have ridden Jones Solution and Venture Storm in the past. Both hard chargers and super stable but I’m looking for something a bit more playful and nimble for trees and powder. Also important that it tours well (camber underfoot?) and handles variable snow. Looking at Weston Backwoods, Prior Khyber, or Hovercraft. Any thoughts between those boards? Or something else I should look at? Thanks!
I was seeing if you enjoy the family tree flight attendant x over the jones carbon solution split for someone who likes to charge fast but also mainly riding powder.
Thanks for the info. I own a Jones Solution and have never had it in deep pow. How do you think it will handle the deep? Also it’s a 2014 I think. Has the design changed much since then?
Hi! I read your article and really appreciate the pointers here! I am a woman and am trying to buy my first split set up this season, and was wondering if you had any pointers on which board is best if I’m just looking for something that’ll give a smooth ride, be easy to manipulate (turn/carve- not stiff) and is forgiving with catching edges?
Regarding the Amplid- they moved their production away from Austria to east Asia and had some production issues. Indeed, the first board I had de-laminated after a few days out. They were super good with the warranty and sent a new one right away with no questions asked. New board is fine so far. That being said, the board some seem somewhat delicate.
The performance is simply spectacular, though. It is amazing going up due to the light weight, stiffness and camber. Downhill it was really surprising- it feels stiff yet playful / surfy. Worth a try, if you like to do lots of vertical and still want to rip on the downhill.
Hey, just wonder if you have demoed any of the korua splits or amplid splits?
I/m planning on making a switch to splitboarding. I usually ride Telluride, Crested Butte, and hike as well. Not big into freestyle. I would like an all mountain board. Which would be the best and do the split boards come with step on bindings or what would be the recommended bindings to use? Thanks
I really wanted to get the goldmember split as I love the goldmember board but I’ve heard it’s a little sketchy and loose on the way up and touring. Does anybody have thoughts on this?
Hi Mike, thanks for all the great reviews! Are you going to post a full review for the Jones MTN twin? I am wondering how it does on the up and also how reactive it is edge to edge on the down?
I’m confused, the article says Top Splitboards for 2019 but has last years Signal split.
Thanks for the nice review. Any chance you wil or could test West Snowboards Grammont, Korua Shapes Tranny Split and Cafe Racer Split Plus?
Solid list. Could you also list which semi prominent boards you didn’t test? It’s hard to know if a board is missing from the list because it sucks or because you just didn’t try it. Voile, Never Summer and others come to mind. Maybe list the others you did test but didn’t make the top 10. Thanks!
Hahow about adding the Lib Tech BRD? I’m dying for an honest review on this mystical creature from the Northwest. I had the GNU Beast from 15-16 season and would like to know if it has any resemblance.
Never ridden the GNU Beast split but I have the Split BRD and it rips! Reminds me a lot of riding my SPAM but a little bit faster. The set back stance, big nose, and slightly less stiff make it a super fun pow ride.
Where’s the split bean at?
Split Bean review to follow sometime Fall 18
I have one. It is pure phfunnnnn! Any coffee roasting splitboarder isn’t worth beans without one… hehehee…
we started reviewing coffee… just sayin’