TahoeLab Directional Splitboard Review

TahoeLab Directional Splitboard Review

TahoeLab is a small company based in Lake Tahoe, California that’s been quietly cranking out hand-built high-quality snowboards, splitboards, and skis over the past few years. Tracking down one of these splitboards was tough, but I finally got a chance to try out the 2019 TahoeLab Directional Splitboard, and let’s just say it was worth the wait.

TahoeLab Directional Split Review

TahoeLab Splitboard

One of the first and most notable things about TahoeLab’s Directional Splitboard for 2019 is its thin light-weight profile.  These guys clearly are splitboarders first, board builders second as the board is very streamlined and to the point. There are no fads going on here, zero added weight, and really everything that’s needed to be included in the splitboard is here, while everything else the industry is wanting to push does not exist, ie reverse camber underfoot.

The TaheoLab Directional Splitboard is built with a camber profile and early rise tip and tail.  This construction allows the splitboard to hold an edge when needed and can handle it’s own when it comes to surfing deep pow in the backcountry. It’s no wonder this board is in the running for splitboard of the year.

TahoeLab Phantom Topsheet

Phantom Topsheet

So goodbye to plastic top sheets. TahoeLab figured out a way to replace plastic and fiberglass in the topsheet while dropping considerable weight in the process simply by substituting carbon fiber.  This is what Lee Collins had to say about his boards Phantom Construction upgrade:

“The Phantom layup uses four full sheets of carbon wrapped around a bamboo core. It’s about 15% lighter that our traditional construction which uses two sheets or carbon and two sheets of triaxial fiberglass.”

Along with being lightweight, the TahoeLab Directional is incredibly responsive, see the video below.

TahoeLab is making the Directional Splitboard in a plethora of sizes including (143, 148, 153, 158,163,168 and even a 173). The Directional Splitboard sells for $849 or $999 with the Phantom Construction which is a must-have.


TahoeLab Splitboard Directional Review

So far so good, I do have to send this board back so I can’t talk too long-term durability however after a few weeks of touring the boards base looks brand new thanks in part to it’s sintered base.

The P-tex sidewalls, however, have started to take a beating and the top sheet is showing some noticeable scratches.  If you want to keep this board pristine, hang it on the wall.  Otherwise be gentle with this board as it’s thinner and lighter than it’s competition.

Overall Impression

Heading out on a long tour?  Need a board that can stick to the skin track and shaves some much-needed weight in the process?  Look no further than the TahoeLab Directional Splitboard. These boards are only available direct from TahoeLab. Be sure to check these guys out if you’re in the market for a fast, fun, directional splitboard that can handle just about any terrain you throw its way.


TahoeLab Directional Splitboard
4.5 / 5 RATING      

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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. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

2 Comments on "TahoeLab Directional Splitboard Review"

  1. after watching that sick pow demo clip can I buy one of these with envy, cuz that’s all I have but I have a ton of it!

    • Mike Hardaker | May 3, 2018 at 9:29 AM | Reply


      Luckily the cost of admission to these peaks is just a little bit of leg burning. Come on out to Jackson anytime and we can “demo”


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