Top 10 Splitboards for 2022

2022 Best Splitboard Test Winners

Splitboarding sure did get popular last year with everyone wanting to get outside, toss in ski resorts closing and we have a lot of new splitboarders out there.  This years roundup was missing a few of the bigger named brands, supply chain issues were to blame.  So if you’re looking to buy a splitboard finding one before mid winter is going to be super important this season. Our picks for the best splitboards of the year are below:

2022 Best Splitboards

Some of the Splitboards from the 2022 Mountain Weekly News Splitboard Test | Photo Mike Hardaker

If you can’t find a splitboard in your size, check your local second hand stores as tons of used gear is on the market. For everyone else, here’s a list of 2022’s top splitboards that we enjoyed riding the the most during this years annual splitboard test.

Best Splitboards2022 Arbor Collocative Splitboard

Arbor Coda Splitboard

First up on the list of best splitboards is a board that has won our editor’s choice award now for the 5th year in a row. My daily driver for years has been the twin tip shaped Arbor Coda Rocker Splitboard and recently I switched to the Arbor Coda Camber Splitboard.  Both of these Arbor Splitboards rip incredibly hard. I’m lumping them together for one award here. (last year they were listed separately). The reason I switched was the Camber was a little better on the skin track.

Arbor Coda Splits ride lively, this is due in part to the materials being used for manufacturing. The top sheets feature American sourced Walnut which Arbor calls Powerply.  On the inside there are carbon stringers that run from tip and tail to the inserts.  These Arbor Splitboards have a ton of pop, great for the freestyle crowd.  But Arbor took things a step farther by changing the profiles of both the camber and rocker version to a more skin track friendly design.  They have been listening…

The days of a brand taking their most popular board, sawing it in half and calling it a splitboard are pretty much gone.  Last but not least Abor teamed up with Kohla for skins that can be cut to this boards length, which are available to purchase separately.

The Coda in camber and rocker are one of the best all mountain splitboards on the list.

Best For: The Most Reliable Splitboard

Price: $780

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2022 Ride Snowboards SplitPig Splitboard

Ride SplitPig Splitboard

Another one of those splitboards that basically ready to go out of the box comes from Ride Snowboards.  Just like the K2 listed above this splitboard comes with custom custom POMOCA Skins and pucks.  All you need is bindings for this setup. Ride recommends downsizing 6-10cm from your traditional snowboard length.  This board is only available in 2 sizes, (148cm and 154cm) it may seem small but rides much bigger than it is.

With this Ride Splitboard you get a directional splitboard with once again, a camber dominate profile. The board has a short tail, a little bit of rocker on the nose this combo even with a much smaller sized board then you normally ride, somehow works in deep snow. Toss in Slimewall sidewalls and you get a little bit of a damper feel with less chatter than standard P-Tex especially with the responsive woods they’re using on the Ride SplitPig, Paolina, Aspen and Bamboo. If this board looks familiar, it should be it’s based off the Ride WarPig, a board we awarded for best solid board back in 2019.

Best For: Riding a Splitboard like a Solid

Price: $1,049

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2022 Rossignol Splitboards Sashimi

Rossignol Sashimi Splitboard

The splitboard that surprised me the most in this years test was the Rossignol XV Sashimi Splitboard.  I will be one of the first and most vocal people to say funky shaped splitboards for the most part suck.  Are designed by people that are clueless to splitboarding and have major issues on the skin track and even when riding down.  I have to change my tune a bit after riding the Rossignol Sashimi Splitboard, a funky shaped splitboard that totally rips.

This Rossignol Splitboard sat in the office for a while as I dreaded touring on this sort of shape.  We have reviewed the XV Splitboard (super stiff and gnarly) and the Rossignol Sushi Splitboard which is fun but huge and clunky on the skin track.  So what did Rossi do?  They combined both those boards into a ripping powder slaying surfing, fun smiling sort of machine of a board. By using Amptek Elite camber dominate profile (we noticing a trend here?) the Sashimi board performs great on the skin track with lots of contact points, and it’s not too wide to fit into existing skin tracks like the Sushi has issues with. Custom cut POMOCA skins are available to purchase for this board that work with notches in tip and tail.

The board is available in 1 size, a 156cm however it can handle it’s own in the deepest snow you throw at it.

Best For: Powder Slayers

Price: $699

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2022 Kemper Rampage Splitboard

Kemper Rampage Splitboard

Even if it didn’t have cutting edge tech, super fun performance and a great all-around shape, I champion the Kemper Rampage Splitboard because it does something that almost nobody else is doing – it’s taking the game back to when it was really, really fun. The OG graphics reminiscent of the punk early days of snowboarding aside, this board rips. Paulownia core with bamboo and carbon makes this a board that crushes through chatter but also has a ton of pop, as I discovered when I took it out for a day of resort riding. Which is really the best way to test a split’s downhill performance.

This Kemper Splitboard charged uphill with a flat camber base and now that Kemper has factory-cut skins (by Montana skins, one of our perennial favorites) you’re guaranteed to get full traction where it counts. It’s a directional twin that floats pow, can lay an edge in hardpack, and ride switch, all while looking super fun.

Best For: Going Big and Staying Steezy

Price: $790

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2022 Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero Splitboard

Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero Splitboard

If you like to charge straight downhill with one of the most reliable brands ever, the Burton Family Tree Camber Hometown Hero split is made for you. The Super Fly II 70G Splitboard Core is the kind of thing that literally only a company that been making boards for coming up on half a century can do. They basically blend down lighter and stiffer woods so that it’s sturdiness-to-lightness just dominates the competition. Plus the channel system seriously makes setting up your bindings easier than with any other board.

This Burton Splitboard has a camber rocker profile, an attempt at balancing all worlds. It has camber for crazy edge hold on the down with rocker to floating through pow. Plus again its stiffness comes in huge when heading up, making this board hold surprisingly well for a camber board (a little camber is good but a real edge holding camber sometimes pops up on the skintrack). Like most Burton boards, the Family Tree Hometown Hero rides super well in pretty much all conditions, making it a well-rounded super fun ride.

Best For: One Board Split Quiver

Price: $849

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2022 Salomon Snowboards Splitboard

Salomon Taka Splitboard

Surfy, camber dominate splitboards.  Round and round we go.  I just posted a review of this board.  Perhaps a new daily driver for myself? I ride light and fast when I splitboard and it’s always in deep untracked powder, our office is in the Tetons after all. Salomon basically allowed a couple of their biggest powder riders to create their own board.  And now it’s available in a splitboard version the Salomon Taka Splitboard designed by Wolle Nyvelt and Takaharu Nakai.

Similar to Arbor’s boards this Salomon Splitboard has a nice mix of responsive wood in the top sheet, the board turns quickly, is easy to put on edge and can always be trusted. The design is a directional camber profile with camber underfoot and rocker at the tip and tail.  This board comes cut with custom POMOCA skins ($200+ value)  that have great attachment points on the tip and tail of the board. The board is incredibly lightweight, if you’re touring a lot and want to shave weight this is a great option to checkout.

Best For: Surfing Powder

Price: $799

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2022 K2 Splitboard

K2 Marauder Splitboard Package

For someone just starting out with splitboarding and doesn’t want to have to fuss with too much the K2 Marauder Splitboard is a solid choice.  What’s cool about this K2 Package is it comes with a splitboard, splitboard pucks and skins, really good POMOCA skins.  I reviewed the Marauder Splitboard a few years back and enjoyed the mix of dominate camber profile with a little rocker at the tip and tail.

Splitboards tend to tour better with camber underfoot, it’s easier for the board to stay in contact with the skin track when sliding your feet. So for someone just starting out, I feel camber is a must have. It will make touring more enjoyable which should translate to a better day overall.  This K2 Splitboard is a directional board with carbon fiber stingers laid into the build, and thick P-Tex sidewalls. With that it seems to work best when ridden by for more powerful riders as it’s on the mid to stiffer side of the boards we tested.

Best For: Someone Getting Into Splitboarding

Price: $1,049

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2022 Slash Vertical Splitboard

Slash Vertical Splitboard

Another one of those ripping almost impossible to find splitboards is the Slash Vertical Splitboard.  This directional camber dominate splitboard has camber from tail up and then rocker at the tip.  The board has a tapered build with a nose that’s a little bigger and defined then some of the twin tip boards in the Slash Snowboards lineup.

This Slash By Gigi Splitboard has a swallowtail designs that sinks a bit when riding powder while adding that much more float to the nose. It’s really effortless to ride deep snow on this board, especially if you like to ride in the backseat. Like some of the other boards on this list the Slash Vertical Splitboard has carbon fiber strips running from the tip and tail.  You can really load this board up if you like to send it off kickers and features in the backcountry with the combo of carbon fiber and strips of Poplar wood laid into the core. Available in size 151, 158 and 162.  If you can find one…

Best For: Riding In and Out of Bounds

Price: $779

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2022 Korua Snowboards Splitboard

Korua Escalator Plus Splitboard

The board your most likely least familiar with is the Korua Escalator Plus Splitboard. These guys are based in Germany, love snowboarding in powder, carving and making interesting snowboard shapes. If you had seen Korua Snowboards in the past they had been all white, the Korua Escalator Splitboard changed that up with a jet black colorway. Only problem I have noticed with black top sheets is snow seems to melt and stick to the top sheet more so than lighter colored boards. Something to keep in mind if you’re riding in warmer locations.

This Korua Splitboard uses a Float Camber profile that is camber from tail to just before the tip where some rocker is added in for additional float in powder. The boards nose is a little wider than the tail making it tapered directional splitboard. The rails are thin, so if you like to go fast, want to be able to rail your board and not feel exhausted touring for long periods of time, the lightweight Korua Escalator Plus Splitboard is a solid buy. The guys figured out where to shave weight while still having a snowboard that can handle speed. For skins, Korua teamed up with Austrian based skin manufacture KOHLA to offer custom cut skins that are available for sale for each board in their line.

Best For: Longer Tours

Price: $1,155

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2022 Weston Snowboards Backwoods Splitboard

Weston Backwoods Splitboard

Ahh the Backwoods Splitboard from Weston.  Once a board I was hesitant to ride and now is a part of my quiver.  For deep powder days this board simply rips.  Weston designed a directional pow slayer with a big nose, shorter tail.  Some rocker at the tip and you guessed it camber underfoot.  Weston calls the profile a Directional Multi-Radial Camber-Rocker profile.

What’s cool about the Backwoods is there will literally be a size available for everyone, as Weston made 9 different sizes of the 2022 Backwoods Splitboard. With a huge size run like that, it shows the Backwoods is popular in not only Colorado but around the globe and for good reasons, its makes floating in powder a whole lot easier especially in deep snow.

The only thing that could make Weston Splitboard better and for good reasons would be if Weston (paging Leo) would team up with a skin manufacture.  Why you ask?  As I mentioned in a previous review of this splitboard skins started to fail near the nose of the board.  I believe this was due to the larger shape and size of the board and how the width of the splitboard skins we used were cut for smaller boards. I was testing the Montana skins, some of the best out there. In all fairness to Weston I was told they have skins slotted for release in 22/23.

Best For: Deep Powder

Price: $899

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Thanks for checking out this years roundup, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally.

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 based in Jackson, Wyoming.

80 Comments on "Top 10 Splitboards for 2022"

  1. 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)

    • Mike Hardaker | May 24, 2022 at 9:41 AM | Reply

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for the comment. I like the Capita Board the best. I have the Uprise here at the office but they sent a size 165 which is too big for me to review. So have yet to figure out how that board rides in different conditions.


  2. 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?


    • Mike Hardaker | April 14, 2022 at 12:45 PM | Reply


      The Coda Camber or Guch Camber are great boards on the up. I have yet to ride the Milligram but here good things. The Arbors will be more durable if in bigger mountain terrain.


  3. 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!

    • Mike Hardaker | April 3, 2022 at 1:08 PM | Reply

      Hey Mark,

      Thanks for reaching out. The Guch will be stiffer on the up and down. It’s tough they are both good boards. If you don’t mind some camber I would try out the Arbor. Also to make things more complicated the Solution seems to ride like a different snowboard now then it did 5-6 years ago. A lot more lively and forgiving.


  4. 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.

    • Mike Hardaker | March 25, 2022 at 4:41 PM | Reply


      Thanks for the comment, I like the Jones Solution for your height and foot size, #2 would be Weston in the 163. They will be the most “familiar” style of ride. So if you need it to be nimble the board will respond well.


  5. Jared Wolchuk | March 7, 2022 at 6:07 PM | Reply


    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!

    • Mike Hardaker | March 13, 2022 at 10:55 PM | Reply


      Thanks for reaching out. The Coda Rocker is basically the old Abacus which is an epic board. I feel the camber version still rips powder and offers better touring.


  6. Hi Mike,
    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.

    • Mike Hardaker | January 4, 2022 at 1:25 PM | Reply


      Thanks for reaching out, I think the Backwoods would make for a great board for your needs, and heck could be a crusher in Japan as well. I had it in the backseat and enjoyed the surfy feel.


  7. Hi Mike,

    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?

    • Hey Kurt,

      I feel Camber is 100% the best on the skin track. I will make an article about it. But with rocker under your feet (think Never Summer – Lib Tech) it makes touring awkward as the board can spin on that spot.

      Quick fix, put the skin track in yourself.


  8. Hey Mike,

    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.

    • Tyler,

      We love second hand stores. I would make sure edges are not bent in. Top sheets can have some scratches or dents or chips Look for a base that is free of any repair work or deep lines from running over rocks. The guys at the shop can help, im happy to as well. Feel free to email me pictures.


  9. Hi Mike,

    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

  10. 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.

    • Hey Mike,

      I have not tried the Orca split. It will be better with your shoe size but may be a little wider clunkier on the skin track.

  11. 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.

  12. Did you get a chance to demo the Taka Splitboard?

  13. Hi,
    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.

    • Danny,

      You must not have toured on the Never Summer RC profile. The Arbor Coda can have issues but nowhere like Never Summer on the skin track.


  14. 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:)!

    • Lee,

      So many ways you can go. Seems alot of splitboards are getting shorter these days. At 5’11 the old math would say normal snowboard between the chin and nose. Then size up 2-5cm for splitboards. The 159-162 range is hugely popular. I have ridden a 159 Jones Twin in deep snow with zero problems. I do recommend mounting splitboards in the back seat for riding powder. I tend to stay away from anything over 164 as it becomes more of a boat out there.

      If you can rip the Niche in powder (lean back) the 158 would feel more familiar. Where as the 161 is going to take a little adjustment period. For first split Hovercraft is a little too “niche”


  15. Hi Mike,
    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.
    Dean B

  16. Hi Mike,
    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.

    • Mike Hardaker | October 8, 2020 at 6:38 PM | Reply

      Hey Stephanie,

      Thanks for the message, coming from NS the Dream Cather will be a softer more fun ride. I like Solution alot but it needs to be ridden a little stronger.

      Either board you can’t go wrong.


  17. 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?

  18. 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!!!!

    • Al,

      I have not rider then Slasher, looks sweet though. The Hovercraft seems like it was built for the terrain you ride.. Thanks for checking out the site.

  19. 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

  20. Hey Mike,

    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?


    • Mike Hardaker | June 28, 2020 at 11:01 AM | Reply


      Thanks for the comment. Board is super fun on the way downhill. Check out the video for the turns I was making. You will appreciate the lighter weight especially on the up. I would not hesitate to jump on this board again.

  21. Captain Rudolph | June 9, 2020 at 12:10 PM | Reply

    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?

    • Mike Hardaker | June 9, 2020 at 3:13 PM | Reply


      Look for the boards in splits that are available in solids for the best ride going downhill. The shapes are tried and true. Arbor, Burton, Jones, K2 and others make there popular solids into splits. Stay away from anything that looks too specific for xyz terrain. Instead look for a board that can handle it all. Touring is important, so the brands that have figured out less rocker underfoot seem to be best.

  22. Hi there

    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.

    Many thanks

    • Mike Hardaker | April 9, 2020 at 5:26 PM | Reply


      The Mountain Twin may just be the best most underrated splitboard on the market. The Lib Tech is great too, it doesn’t tour as well. I have yet to try the Frontier.


  23. Olena Sholomytska | March 17, 2020 at 10:03 PM | Reply

    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

    • Mike Hardaker | March 23, 2020 at 10:33 AM | Reply


      The Swoon would be the most familiar, friendly board of the 2 where the Dream Catcher is a little more aggressive. For bindings I spoke to Spark here is what they recommend.

      “A Men’s Arc in Medium will be too big. Now a W’s M/L will likely work. It’s possible it is a little on the big side for her, but it depends on what profile of boots she’s rocking (big or small). She’ll have options with the W’s M/L to bring the heel loop in and adjust the straps if needs be. ”

      Thanks for the comment! Have fun and be safe out there

  24. 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 Hardaker | January 2, 2020 at 2:55 PM | Reply


      The Gentemstick snowboards are available in Japan as are the Moss Snowshapes. Best bet would be to contact the shops in Hakuba to see what demos have available. The Mind Expander would be my first pick for JP…

  25. 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!

    • TJ,

      The Prior would be a nice progression of a board for you. The other 2 are amazing the Backwoods rips in powder as does the Hovercraft although both are not the “best” touring.

  26. 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.

    • David,

      The Burton is a little more playful, where Jones is going to be more stable at speed. I actually haven’t ridden the Carbon version, I ride super light so it might be too stiff for my needs.

  27. 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?

    • Jack,

      I had that same split I think. Works great in the powder. Be sure to set it back a little and it may take a few days to break in. If you can take some laps at a resort on that thing before touring it will feel that much more lively.

      Article with 2020 splitboards to be updated soon.

  28. 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?

    • Moriah,

      Thanks for the comment. What board are you riding now? Do you know what sort of profiles you have ridden in the past? Happy to point you in the right direction. Awesome to hear you’re getting into splitboarding. It’s a game changer for sure.

  29. 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.

    • Jake,

      Thanks for the honest user-driven feedback. I like this part “if you like to do lots of vertical and still want to rip on the downhill.” sounds like a marketing campaign waiting to happen.

  30. Byron Shapland | April 21, 2019 at 3:16 AM | Reply

    Hey, just wonder if you have demoed any of the korua splits or amplid splits?

    • Mike Hardaker | April 21, 2019 at 1:14 PM | Reply


      We have not had a chance to test the Korua Splits, although there solid boards are sure a blast. As for Amplid, I hear great things, apparently super light. That being said they potentially have durability issues. But who knows. The hardboot crowd seems to dig those boards for their weight savings. Let me know what you end up getting. Now through summer is a great time to get a killer deal on a splitboard.

  31. 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

    • Mike Hardaker | March 4, 2019 at 8:23 AM | Reply

      Hey Tyler,

      Most of the boards on this list are perfect for all mountain riding. What board/profile are you riding now? I would look at the Arbor Coda, Venture Paragon, Coldsmoke or Weston for a first time splitboard.

  32. 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?

    • Brendan,

      very loosy goosy on the way up, amazing on the way down. This is why they changed the profile up a bit on the Split BRD for profiling specifically. The board rides similar on the down.

  33. 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?

    • Thanks for the comment. Jones Mtn Twin review to follow this week. Fun board top to bottom. Nice bit of edge hold, great flex, super sporty. Fine on the up as well. I was on a smaller version 158 I believe and normally ride a 161-163

  34. Thanks for the tip on Trapper. I’m actually in BC splitboarding and that brand keeps coming up in conversations. Looking forward to working with those guys and some other CA brands in the future.

  35. I’m confused, the article says Top Splitboards for 2019 but has last years Signal split.

  36. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the nice review. Any chance you wil or could test West Snowboards Grammont, Korua Shapes Tranny Split and Cafe Racer Split Plus?

  37. 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!

    • Thanks for the comment and question. The following boards did not make the list this year. (* Reviews to follow)

      K2 Cool Bean*
      Venture Euphoria
      Rome Powder Division*
      Jones Mind Expander*

      The above boards have fun unique shapes, that being said touring on these shapes is not ideal for what I like to ride. Sometimes I wonder if the brands actually “test” these boards before sending them to the market?

      We should have 2020 splitboard reviews going up soon. Never Summer has something new in store for 2020, this year split 2018/19 was the same profile as last year so they opted not to send it to me.

  38. 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.

  39. Where’s the split bean at?

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