- Splitboard Pack Buying Guide
What is a splitboard pack ?
Just like ski touring, splitboarding is there to allow you to explore, off the slopes, access the freeride. Starting at the bottom of the resort with your snowboard split in half, you will climb the mountain with your skins and poles. Once you reach the top, put your poles away, put your skis in snowboard mode, set your bindings in downhill mode, and then just enjoy the ride. The splitboard pack includes a splitboard, sealskin, bindings, knives and poles.
What equipment do I need for splitboarding ?
Your splitboard is a snowboard cut into two parts, which you will use like skis. You will need :
- a splitboard
- a kit to assemble
- seal skins
- splitboard bindings
- poles for your ascent
Another type of equipment seems to be essential when splitboarding:
- an avalanche beacon (DVA)
- A backpack with a shovel, a probe, a first aid kit and a survival blanket.
How to choose your splitboard pack ?
To choose your splitboard, as for the choice of a snowboard, we take into account your size and the way you want to practice. If you mainly want to ride along the slopes and jump, you will not take the same splitboard as someone who just wants to ride downhill and fire nice curves without jumping.
To choose its pack splitboard according to the level of practice:
Several types of practice emerge: the beginner in ride, the intermediate confirmed and the rider who has experience in ride. For a beginner who practices the freride on the edges of track, a board all mountain, accessible, flexible, light and easy to use will be to privilege. For an intermediate, an all mountain freeride splitboard will be preferred, a good weight to strength ratio.
For an expert, who is looking for a committed freeride on steep slopes, a splitboard that is light, efficient and above all solid.
What size should I choose for my splitboard in my pack ?
As for the snowboard, according to its size. However, you can take a little bigger. Indeed, the bigger the splitboard is, the better it will feel when you ride it.
It is necessary to remain reasonable, a splitboard too big would be felt at the time of the rise. For example, for a person of 1,75m one will choose a board between 155 and 165 cm. The size of the feet is also to be taken into account.