SIA: The Splitboard Revolution

For the past few years, the focus in snowboards has been on camber: traditional, reverse, mixed. Everyone and their mother has been coming up with new ways to mix and match the various degrees and inversions of camber in different areas of the board (i.e. traditional between the feet with rocker in the tip and tail, vice versa, micro versions of that and so on.) And guess what? They're still pushing around the Jig Saw puzzle.

But, there was another trend in snowboards at the 2011 SnowSports Industries of America trade show this year: splitboards. And it seems everyone and their mother has jumped on this bandwagon too.

Here are a few of the new splitboards coming out for winter 2011-2012. The only problem? [Frown face.] There wasn't one women's-size version anywhere in sight.

1) K2 Panoramic:


The Panoramic splitboard is one cool part to the backcountry story K2 is telling next year: the splitboard is $650, with a flat zone between the feet and rocker in the tip and tail. The flat zone should give you great contact with the pow while the rockered tip will keep you from nosediving. The other stuff in this photo? K2's new backcountry-proven Hoes & Probes, which includes a shovel, probe, and pack all for under $180. Hidden inside the shovel's shaft is a kit that lets you turn the splitboard into a rigid rescue sled (with the help of the Lockjaw poles).

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