Top 7 Splitboards for 2021

Best Splitboards 2021 Winter

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

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

[Retail: $747.95]

Jones Solution Splitboard 2021

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

[Purchase: $899.95]

Arbor Coda 2021 Rocker Splitboard

 

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

[Purchase: $749.95]

2021 Arbor Splitboard

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

[Purchase: $799.95]

Burton Family Tree Splitboard

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

[Purchase: $799.95]

Tahoe Labs PowFish Splitboard

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

[Purchase: $1,099]

Weston Hatchet 2021 Splitboard

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.

[Purchase: $949.00]

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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.

45 Comments on "Top 7 Splitboards for 2021"

  1. 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

  2. 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?

    Best,
    Evan

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

      Evan,

      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.

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

    Mike,
    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?
    Cheers,
    Captain

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

      Captain,

      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.

  4. 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
    Tim

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

      Tim,

      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.

      -Mike

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

    Mike,
    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

      Olena,

      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

  6. 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

      Greg,

      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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

      Byron,

      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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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?
    Cheers!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Where’s the split bean at?

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