Check out this years picks for the best splitboads of the year. A total of 12 boards were tested last winter with 7 making the cut.
Best Splitboards 2021
Salomon Sickstick – Splitboard of the Year
Overall best splitboard of the year for 2020 / 2021 goes to Salmon for the Sickstick Splitboard. I have waited years to ride this board as something about the shape and performance always caught my eye. It’s shaped by Wolfgang Nyvelt, a guy that’s always super inspiring to watch ride. One of the features this board offers that none of the others on the list do is the use of PLUM hardware.
The Salomon Sickstick features a Rock Out Camber profile that’s flat between the bindings, which is perfect for touring. Camber underfoot for that added bite on the way up and a rockered tip and tail for increased float in powder. Another added bonus this splitboard comes with pre-cut Pomoca skins that lock into the notches cut into the tail of the board.
Best for: Surfy Riders
Jones Solution – Best All Mountain Splitboard
The best all mountain splitboard that works as well riding in the backcountry as it does on groomers goes to Jones Snowboards for the Solution Splitboard. In years past the Jones Solution seemed a bit stiffer and more big mountain focused. For 2021 Jeremy Jones and his teamed designed a board that can ridden every day throughout the season regardless of where you plan to ride.
Featuring a rocker/camber profile the Jones Solution Splitboard has camber between the feet and a rockered tip and tail. The nose has more rocker for added float since according to Jeremy Jones “most falls in freeriding start from the nose of the board …”.
The Jones Solution really likes to be ridden in deep snow with its directional shape blunt nose and just enough taper to keep the board in the backseat. Jones splitboards come with custom fit Pomoca skins that integrate into the notches built into the tail of their boards.
Best for: Splitboard Guides
Arbor Coda – Best Splitboard for Riding Powder
Year after year after year the Arbor Coda Splitboard makes our list of best splitboards of the year. For 2021 the Coda Splitboard from Arbor has won the award for the best powder splitboard. Riding powder is what we all search out while splitboarding this is this a board you’ll want to seriously consider.
The Arbor Coda Splitboard is built on a parabolic rocker platform. This is ideal for shredding powder as the nose rocker gives great float as the rocker continues to decrease towards the tail. When putting in a skin track in fresh snow the rocker performed well. However when the board was used in a heavily traveled skin track it slides back from time to time as most rocker splitboards do.
With a nice combination of wood, glass and carbon fiber the Arbor Coda has great pop, is easy to control and rides like a solid board. The Arbor Coda Splitboard is also now available in a camber version.
Best for: Powder Hounds
Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro- Best Touring Splitboard
Designed by Bryan Iguchi the Arbor Guch Splitboard focuses a little bit more on the touring side of things. Unlike the Coda above, the Guch Splitboard is built off a camber profile. It’s the sort of board you can ride and reminiscence to the 90’s. If you weren’t riding then, boards were stiffer, offered more pop and lots of power in the landings. Which is exactly the case with the Arbor Bryan Iguchi Splitboard.
On the way uphill the Guch Splitboard is a a beast, perfect for breaking trail, tail guiding and everything in between. With a parabolic camber profile and 4 additional Grip-Tech contact points you get some serious edge hold here. The only thing to keep in mind is with camber like this in a splitboard it was serious bite that might send you scorpin from time to time. The trade off is incredible edge hold and stability you can trust at speed.
Best for: Old school riders that like long tours
Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero – Best Freestyle Splitboard
A directional camber splitboard that rides more like a twin-tiped rockered board. That’s the magic you get when riding the Burton brand’s new Family Tree Hometown Hero splitboard for 2021. This board offers confidence on the way up and down thanks to its camber profile. With a shorter tail and rockered nose this board just has a fun feel to it making it easy to maneuver and effortless to spin
Mounting a set of Spark bindings to this board is a breeze thanks to Burton’s use of the Split Channel System. However, if you run Union Bindings you need to swap out the split channel hardware to standard Burton channel hardware. The channel hardware that originally comes with Burton split boards is raised above top sheet and doesn’t work with Union baseplates.
One thing to note: “This snowboard is no longer certified (FSC-C125149) due to a certifying error by FSC™.” does this really matter to the consumer?
Best for: Splitboarders that enjoy spinning off cliffs in the backcountry
TahoeLabs PowFish Phantom – Best Carbon Splitboard
When you need the most powerful, stiffest, sharpest, lightest board for the rowdiest conditions, TahoeLabs’ PowFish is your weapon of choice. Carbon camber takes a lot of power in the rider to control but if you’ve got it, and you like to go fast, this plank will carve the hardest ice and turn on a dime, hold speed at mach 2, absorb the heaviest drops and ask for more.
On the up, its lightness and stiffness ensures that you can move fast and light uphill with extra stability, keeping you charged on the up to slay it on the downhill. The TahoeLabs Phantom PowFish is a board to accompany hard-charging heavies on big missions into the high alpine meeting every condition on the way down
Best for: Fast and powerful riders
Weston Hatchet – Most Unique Splitboard Shape
The Weston Hatchet is guaranteed to blow your eyes out of their sockets when you see it. Double notched tips with enough girth to be ridden a few sizes down from your normal pow boards. This board’s extra surface area and directional twin shape is tailor-made for those casual, blower days when riding even low-angle pow is heavenly. The multi-radial twin camber profile still ensures you can turn when it gets all variable.
As an extra, the board’s sales benefit AIARE, just another way Weston is cementing its place as a champ in the backcountry. And with their unique combo of shape, cambers, and S Weave Carbon, you can rip every angle of bottomless on just a 152. Doesn’t get more unmatched than this.
Best for: Catskiing and ripping mellow terrain.