How to Select a Splitboard

How to Select Best Splitboard

If you’re looking to slack up in the hotel or take a full-day backcountry adventure, having an e-bike gives you the freedom to explore without waiting in a line for lifts. To fully appreciate the thrill of climbing uphill and to the bottom, you’ll require an appropriate splitboard designed to handle the kind of adventures you’re seeking. We’ll help locate that board by taking a closer look at the following aspects:

  • Length
  • Camber and Rocker
  • Shape
  • Width
  • Flex
  • Materials

Before you buy, you’ll be sure to read our guide on how to Choose the Best Snowboard–a divided board is actually a type of snowboard in fact, and you’ll find some useful information inside, too.

An Easy Guide for Buying A Splitboard

While not all snowboarders will be able to agree on which type of splitboard is appropriate for particular conditions or terrain The following general guidelines are a good starting point with some typical scenarios:

  • Splitboards for long backcountry tours/mountaineering: If your goal is to summit big peaks or go deep into the backcountry, you’ll be gaining lots of elevation and traveling lots of miles. A lightweight splitboard can assist you to travel more efficiently and save energy. A board constructed with carbon fiber is the tiniest alternative, however it will cost you. If you’re not able to afford it opt for a lighter board made of fiberglass instead. Pay attention to the shape and profile of the board look for one that has a directional design with either a camber or camber/rocker profile. These characteristics tend to offer greater edge grip and efficient uphill performance as opposed to boards with twin tips as well as lots of rocker.
  • Splitboards designed for riding deep powder Powder-oriented boards are generally wide in front, and tapering toward the back. Their directional, directional/twin forms and rockered noses offer excellent floating in powder. Certain powder splitboards are smaller in length than the typical snowboard, but are bigger, which gives a lot of surface area that allows for excellent flotation.
  • Splitboards designed for all-mountain riding They can cover through the entire spectrum from directional twin tip, cambered and rocked. Because everyone prefers something unique, deciding what is the most suitable for all-mountain biking can be difficult. Therefore, we suggest starting by looking at the kind of snowboard you are riding now. If you’re happy with the board and are at ease riding it across the area, you should consider the right splitboard that has similar specifications.


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Splitboard Length

Selecting the right length splitboard is similar to deciding on the appropriate length for a traditional snowboard. The most efficient method of doing this is to look up an appropriate size chart, which gives the proper lengths to accommodate body weights.

At REI we have listed recommended weights for riders in the specifications charts of specific boards that are available on page for products. For instance, you may find that a 158cm-long board is recommended for a rider weight of between 150 and 200 pounds.

The following size chart could be used to give you an idea of the ideal length of board in relation to your weight.


Size Chart for Snowboards

Ride Weight (lbs. ) Dimension of Snowboard (cm)
110-120 128-136
115-130 133-141
125-135 139-147
135-145 144-152
140-155 149-157
150-165 154-162
160-175 159-167
170+ 160+


Once you have an overall notion of the ideal length take into consideration how you prefer to ride and what kind of terrain you’re planning to ride on your splitboard, so that you can determine if you should choose a shorter or longer length. Here are some points to remember:

  • If you have a freeride or powder snowboard and you like the way it moves it, you’ll be satisfied with the similar size of splitboard.
  • If you’re currently riding an inbounds freestyle board then you might want to consider a splitboard that’s just a few centimeters bigger to give you more performance in soft snow.
  • A longer-length splitboard will support your body weight as well as that of your equipment better than a smaller one to ensure great flotation even in soft snow. When climbing, the additional length allows for better glide and therefore, more efficient you are skinning.
  • A smaller board is usually lighter in weight than a bigger one, and can help those who go out with many climbs.
  • A smaller board can be more maneuverable, which makes it much easier to turn-offs while skinning as well as to maneuver through trees when you descend.
  • If you’re purchasing a splitboard that can handle everything from deep pow all the way up to snow from spring think about a middle-range length that strikes a good middle ground between maneuverability and flotation.

There’s plenty of personal preference when it comes to choosing length of the board, so regardless of the information you’ve read or informed, if you prefer a longer or shorter board, allow that to guide your decision.

Splitboard Camber and Rocker

If you’ve ever bought a snowboard, then you’re likely to be familiar with the snowboard profile like flat, camber flat/rocker, camber/rocker and flat (you are able to learn more on these profile types in our How to Select a Snowboard article and the Camber in comparison to Rocker report). The same types of profiles are available for splitboards. However, most splitboards fall within one of the three categories such as rocker, camber or camber/rocker.

The right profile for your needs has many factors to consider, including the terrain you’re riding in, your riding style, and your individual preferences.



The camber can be defined as the raised middle of the board.


  • Great grip The continuous edge contact that camber offers provides excellent edge grip, especially on snow that is harder. This is evident both when you descend and when going uphill.
  • Stability when making turns A good grip on the edge provides a solid sensation when turning.
  • Excellent handling at speeds of up to 125 mph:Cambered boards have a comfortable, stable ride that allows them to take on speedy intense, high-speed riding.


  • A lower level of flotation in powderWithout the turn-up nose and tail of board that are rocked, cambered ones generally do not flot equally well in soft, deep snow, either in the ascent and descent. However, with proper method, an ergonomically designed cambered snowboard can be used in powder.


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