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