Splitboard Weights

Unfortunately many board manufacturers don’t publish the weight of their boards, instead they just spew out marketing garbage like 50% lighter, lightest board etc…

Anyway I thought I’d compile a list of splitboard weights that I came across, as well as the weight of some of our boards. The weights below are or just the board, no hardware except clips (ie: no pucks, risers etc)

MANUFA-CTURER Board Name Year Length (cm) Weight (g) Source
Burton Landlord 2013/14 163 3450 It’s my board! (Kitchen Scales)
Cold Smoke Splitboards Voodoo 2014/15 158 3345 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Icelandic Gemini 2014/15 161 3543 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Jones Carbon Solution 2014/15 161 2806 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Lib Tech Wingman 2014/15 165 3657 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Never Summer Prospector 2014/15 161X 3402 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Prior Brandywine 2014/15 154 2495 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Venture Zelix 2014/15 158 3288 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Voile Revelator 2014/15 162 2948 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Amplid Morning Split 2014/15 163 2807 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Arbor Abacus 2014/15 161 3175 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Chimera Sceptre 2014/15 161 3402 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
G3 Black Sheep X3 2014/15 158 2892 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
GNU Beast 2014/15 158 3515 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Jones Ultracraft 2014/15 156 2495 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
K2 Northern Lite 2014/15 152 2892 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
OZ Alpenglow 2014/15 164 3033 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Prior AMF XTC 2014/15 162 3005 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Venture Storm 2014/15 156 3175 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Voile Artisan 2014/15 162 3374 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag
Salomon Premiere 2014/15 157 3487 2015 Gear Guide – Backcountry Mag

I’ll try and keep this updated if I find more info anyway…

New Splitboard

So after trying a splitboard at Dead Horse Gap (near Thredbo, Australia) I decided to acquire one of these new toys:)

After a number of nights researching what to get I decided upon the Burton Landlord (163cm) with a set of Spark R&D Magneto bindings. Ok… I do lie a little, I was swayed in that direction because the local snowboard store, Mainpeak was having a sale on all boards and bindings which meant I picked up the board and a set of Spark R&D bindings for about $950:)

The Board is a “S rocker” which basically means its camber under foot with a rocker nose to help keep  it afloat in the POW!

The other thing that attracted me to this setup was the ease of setting up with the new split channel. I had used many Burton boards with their standard channel system before and have always been impressed so choosing a board with this system wasn’t a hard decision.

Anyway its a reasonably light setup (especially for the cost):

  • 163 Burton Landlord without mounting hardware: 3450g
  • Board with mounting hardware (voile pucks etc): 3950g
  • Each Spark Magneto binding: 750g
  • Total – Board + Bindings: 5450g

Anyway I will report back after I test it on the skidogs Japan 2015 trip!

First attempt at splitboarding in Australia

After a few very windy days in the Australian snowy mountains myself, Safety Dog and Backwards decided that it would be a better idea to give splitboarding (and ski touring for the Backwards dog) a go in the shelter of the trees at Dead Horse Gap.

This was the first time for all of us so we went and hired what we could in Jindabyne. The range was pretty limited in Jindabyne itself, however there is a much larger selection in Cooma at the Rhythm store as we later found out…

In the morning conditions were not looking any better, but despite this (and mostly because we had just hired gear) we headed off to Dead Horse Gap.  By the time we arrived there was plenty falling from the skies… as… rain!

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Splitboarding in the rain at Dead Horse Gap

After a short walk to the base of the hill we all attached our skins and proceeded to skin up the hill.

The first thing that we noticed was just how easy it was to get going up the hill and the ability to climb reasonably steep sections with ease. Once we were away from the road it was quite an enjoyable hike, and if it wasn’t for the rain and wind would have been worth it just for the trip up!

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Skinning up Dead Horse Gap in the rain!

While the hike up was actually quite enjoyable, the ride down was not what we were expecting.  I think this was because of the following:

  • The snow quality was pretty average! It was raining and Dead Horse Gap was quite tracked out after what would have been a number of amazing days in the week prior.
  • The splitboard and bindings were quite heavy, making it even harder to maneuver the board through some reasonably tight trees on heavy (wet) snow.
  • The splitboard bindings that we hired were not splitboard specific – they used the voile adaptor plate system which meant standard bindings were bolted on top of them. This added about 2cm of added height which again did not help with the overall feel of the board
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Safety Dog riding down Dead Horse Gap

Anyway after our very brief outing my thoughts are now firmly focused on purchasing a splitboard. There are over 80 splitboards on the market today and not a lot of reviews. Backcountry Magazine seem to have reviewed the most splitboards:

As for the binding system there are far fewer options, however this does seem to be growing every year with exciting new designs appearing all the time.  The main options available right now are:

  • Spark R&D bindings (uses Voile pucks on to mount the bindings)
  • Karakoram bindings (uses their own mounting system)
  • Standard bindings with an adapter plate – like we used (uses Voile pucks to mount the bindings)
  • K2 has the Kwicker system, but this requires you to use their boots
  • There are other systems for using “Hard boots” i.e.: Skiboots

After our day out I can only assume that using a splitboard specific binding such as the Sparks or Karakorams would be the way to go.
The Sparks are generally a fair bit cheaper (around $350), but you also need to get the pucks, which I think are around the $60 mark.
I think the Karakorams are around the $600-$800 mark… they seem to have some more features but yeah pretty pricey!

Anyway that’s all for now…

Spotty Dog

Let the mountain be the mountain