What Different Types of Splitboards Are There?
There are several different types of splitboards available to the consumer. For many years almost all boards had a camber (or curve) profile. If you looked at the board from the side, it was convex, rising to an arc in the middle and then pointing up again at the tips. About 6 yrs ago snowboarding company Lib Tech paved the way for reverse camber(concave) snowboards. From a side view had the shape of a Banana. As with regular snowboards the technology has advanced and you can find may different bend options.: normal camber splitboards, reverse camber, flat camber and hybrids (combination of camber and reverse camber) . Many companies have gone more towards reverse camber and hybrid splitboards due to the fact that it gives you options as well as they seem to float better in powder and that is the main type of snow you ride while splitboarding in the backcountry.
Factory Made Splitboards
Home Made (Do it yourself) Splitboards
Swallow Tail Splitboards
In addition to the different shapes of splitboards, there are also different shapes in the boards themselfs.
Never Summer has their SL Split as a good option for a regular camber splitboard. Website info: Access and build backcountry booters, lap a favorite cornice line and spin off that wind lip you’ve only dreamed of. Slightly set back for a more centered and balanced freestyle ride, this modern splitty will enable you to do that and more! Featuring our NS Superlight wood core and Carbonium Laminate Technology, for a light and nimble but powerful underfoot feel. The SL Split offers today’s backcountry rider a lightweight set up for the longest tours with the performance to back up the most technical lines and tricks they want to do.
The K2 Panoramic is a full reverse camber splitboard. It floats effortlessly in powder and turns very well. From K2’s website; All-Terrain rocker is designed for use all over the mountain; it allows effortless turning on hardpack but also provides ample float in softer snow and crud
Set-back stance, a medium rise through the tip, and a lower rise in the tail define the Panoramic splitboard? as a multipurpose freerider
Hyper Progressive sidecut mellows out the transitions, leaving you with a predictable, all-around board; make ultrafine adjustments at any speed and in all conditions
The Burton Freebird splitboard is a newer option by Burton. The bend of the Freebird is Burtons hybrid version called “S-Rocker”. The following was pulled from their website: Speed and float are your friends, and that’s what S-Rocker™ is all about. While the design specifics vary between boards, the basics are an entry rocker that extends from the nose to under your front foot, then transitions to either camber or flat between your feet. This design causes the entry rocker to lift the nose, thus improving float while maintaining momentum and stability through deep-driving pow turns and variable conditions. Retail Price: $699.99
For more information on choosing between a Factory Splitboard and a DIY Splitboards check out our detailed page explaining the pro’s and con’s of each.