Top 8 Splitboards for 2020

Best Splitboards 2019

Family Tree Flight Attendant X Splitboard 2019

Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant X Splitboard ($1,499)

The best splitboard 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.

[Purchase: $1,499]

2019 Lib Tech Splitboard

Lib Tech Split BRD – ($849)

Most likely as a splitboarder you have heard some fuss about the new Lib Tech Splitboard.  The 2019 Lib Tech Split BRD was designed with touring in mind.  Finally, Lib Tech started to pay attention to splitboarders needs and it shows in the profile of this board. This Camber-dominate splitboard still has a little bit of rocker between the feet, it’s a Lib after all.  Keep in mind the rocker is sort noticeable on the skin track.

Where the real fun with this boards begins is going downhill.  With a Polina Wood core, the 2019 Lib Tech Split BRD offers a very lively, snappy ride on the descent. Toss in a high end Sintered Base and this board flies down the mountain, and won’t suck up wax as fast as other boards on the market.

[Purchase: $849]

 

CAPITA Splitboard 2019 Neo Slasher

CAPITA Neo Slasher Splitboard – ($749)

CAPITA has a splitboard called the Neo Slasher which simply rips going downhill, especially when paired with the Union Expedition 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, great durability, and a sintered base. CAPITA snowboards are built by hand at their Mothership factory in Austria. This is one of the best new splitboards on the market.

[Purchase: $749]

Rome Whiteroom Splitboard

Rome Whiteroom Splitboard – ($679)

Rome made a splitboard for normal people. One of the best entry-level splitboards out there, that 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.

[Purchase: $679]

Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Splitboard

Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Splitboard – ($789)

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.

[Purchase: $789]

2019 Jones Mountain Twin Splitboard

Jones Mountain Twin Splitboard – ($779)

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 great 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 great 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 top sheet essentially making your skins stay in place throughout the day. This is hands down the best freestyle splitboard available.

[Purchase: $779]

2019 Weston Range Splitboard

Weston Range Splitboard – ($849)

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 great 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 great 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 top sheet.

[Purchase: $849]

2019 Arbor Coda Splitboard

Arbor Coda Splitboard – ($739)

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.

[Purchase: $739]

All the splitboards that made the list of best splitboards for 2019 are a sure bet.  I tested a bunch of boards that did not make the cut as well. If you have any questions about these splitboards or others on the market please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me.

Furberg Freeride Split 2019

Furberg Freeride Splitboard – ($949)

Furberg is back on the list of the best splitboards of the years 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.

[Purchase: $849]

TahoeLabs Directional Splitboard

TahoeLab Directional Splitboard – ($849)

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. TahoeLab Splitboard Review

[Purchase: $849]

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.

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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.

32 Comments on "Top 8 Splitboards for 2020"

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Mike, something to put on your radar for an upcoming review. Greg over at Trapper Snowboards in Revelstoke, BC is cranking out handmade splits and solids. http://www.trappersnowboards.com I met Greg a couple years ago during a trip to Revi. Awesome guy. Amazing snowboards. Especially the Trout Trap. https://trappersnowboards.com/collections/splitboards/products/trout-trap-splitboard

    • 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Where’s the split bean at?

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