Best Splitboards 2019
Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant X Splitboard
The best money can buy comes from Burton Snowboards. The Men’s Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant X Splitboard offered the most fun out of all the splitboard’s I tested last winter. Most likely this was due in part to the splitboard’s weight, Burton uses a Dragonfly core giving the splitboard considerable weight reduction. Essentially The Dragonfly places thicker wood in high impact areas and thinner wood in places that don’t need it as much.
Why is less weight important? We spend 75% of the day touring, so being fatigued when you’re going to strap in won’t help you any on the way downhill. The Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant X Splitboard, when paired with the new Spark R&D Arc Pro Bindings, is possibly the lightest soft boot setup available on the market. This direction camber splitboard is extremely nimble, poppy and quick.
Not Compatible with Union Bindings
CAPITA Neo Slasher Splitboard
CAPITA has a splitboard called the Neo Slasher which simply rips going downhill, especially when paired with the Union Explorer Bindings. So what makes this splitboard stand out? It’s ability to crush the entire mountains, thanks in part to the addition of traditional positive camber underfoot and flat camber in the rear. Plus reverse camber where you need it most, at the tip and tail.
If you spent time snowboarding when camber was a thing back in the 90’s Capita’s Neo Slasher will offer a very familiar, responsive feel. The CAPITA Neo Slasher Splitboard has tons of pop, solid durability, and a sintered base. CAPITA snowboards are built by hand at their Mothership factory in Austria.
Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Splitboard
Camber, hmm that seems to a be a trend in all the boards above including this one from Arbor Snowboards. The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Splitboard was designed by Bryan Iguchi who likes camber. And for good reasons, camber is powerful and reliable. The 2019 Arbor Bryan Iguchi Splitboard comes in a Med-Stiff Flex which seems to be a little damper and more responsive than the solid version of this board I tested a few years back.
This splitboard uses a Grip Tech sidecut which offers incredible edge hold in shitty snow. Thanks to tip and tail fenders the Bryan Icghuci Pro Splitboard offers a more forgiving catch-free ride.
Jones Mountain Twin Splitboard
Ahh CamRock, Jones Snowboards gets it clearly with a guy like Jeremy Jones behind the scenes. The 2019 Jones Mountain Twin Splitboard offers camber in the middle of the board, underfoot and between the bindings with a rockered tip and tail. This blend allows for camber pop and edge hold and a ton of freestyle fun. For years the Jones Mountain Twin was always my go-to solid board for a true twin splitboard.
If you like to send kickers in the backcountry, this board is for you. It’s one of the few splitboards you can actually ride inbounds and have a blast on too. Would pair nicely with the new Karakoram Prime Connect Splitboard Bindings. With Bamboo stringers and a wood core, this splitboard can really absorb chatter on the descent. Last but not least the Jones Mountain Twin Split comes with a Quick Tension Tail notch. This system allows Jones Pomoca Skins to attach through the topsheet essentially making your skins stay in place throughout the day. This is hands down the best freestyle splitboard available.
Weston Range Splitboard
Weston Snowboards based in Colorado made a board for one of their team riders. If you lived in Colorado you might be familiar with the brand; for everyone else, take note: These are some rad splitboards. I had a chance to test the Weston Range Splitboard which was designed by snowboarder Joe Otremba. Like just about every other board on this list, the 2019 Weston Range Splitboard is built with camber underfoot and rocker at the tip and tail.
This directional twin shape allows you to really throw down in the backcountry, another splitboard that won’t sacrifice your freestyle abilities on the way downhill. The Range is a little heavier than other boards we tested, but with that comes added durability in the Polamine topsheet.
Arbor Coda Splitboard
A Rockered splitboard made the list. And the cat’s out of the bag here, I freaking love this board and always have. The 2019 Arbor Coda Splitboard is a blast going downhill. With Arbor’s System Rocker you literally float down the mountain with ease for the ultimate surf-inspired session. The board is similar to the old Abacus that we loved and not much has changed, they got it dialed with this board.
Everything here works, however, touring can be a pain in the ass depending on conditions with the Parabolic Rocker. You might think your skins are failing, perhaps they are. Arbor is seeing the trend of camber for splitboarding, so they went and shaved down the amount of rocker in the tail of the Coda Splitboard. This allows the board to stay against the snow surface while touring more than in years past.
Rome Whiteroom Splitboard
Rome made a splitboard for normal people. One of the best entry-level splitboards out there, Rome Splitboards kicks ass. Basically, the Rome Whiteroom Splitboard is the sort of board you buy if you go splitboard up your local ski hill before work. Built off the Powder S profile with camber from the tail up through the midsection and rocker at the tip, this blend works really well when it comes to splitboard profiles. The Whiteroom Splitboard performs incredibly on the way down and works well on the way up.
Rome’s Whiteroom Splitboard is the most affordable splitboard on this list. With the lower price does come a little sacrifice in terms of durability. If you’re someone that splitboards less than 10 days a year this is a great board to consider.
Furberg Freeride Splitboard
Furberg is back on the list with their updated Freeride Split. One of the most noticeable changes to the 2019 splitboard is Furberg’s use of an Isosport Polyamide topsheet. When it comes to splitboarding on hard snow or even wind buffed the Freeride Split delivers confidence with a shorter turning radius than in years past. The Freeride Split is built with low camber underfoot and rocker at the tip and tail of the board.
The Freeride split is able to cut through the snow with ease, almost too easy at times. If you find yourself riding in places with heavier wetter, even firmer snow this version of the Furberg Freeride Split is for you.
TahoeLab Directional Splitboard
TahoeLab is a smaller under-the-radar, for now, splitboard, snowboard and ski manufacturer based in Lake Tahoe, California. I had a chance to test the TahoeLab Directional Splitboard last winter and really only had good things to say about the board. With a directional camber profile and early rise tip and tail, the Directional Splitboard offers great stability and float all in one.
The Directional Splitboard is not as lightweight as the Burton Flight Attendant X, but it sure comes close. TahoeLabs figured out how to wrap sheets of carbon around the wood core for their Phantom layup. If you like to go fast this splitboard is for you.
For anyone that plans to be in the Tetons this winter, look me and well go for a tour. Most of these boards are currently in the office and are available for demo.
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’