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The Splitboarding Essentials of 2016

Easier climbing equals more downhill

The Splitboarding Essentials of 2016 (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
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Race to the top with these nine backcountry tools that will keep your kit fast and light. 

Amplid milligram splitboard
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Amplid Milligram splitboard

At 5.5 pounds, this carbon board is light without sacrificing performance. The blunt nose gives it a surfy feel in powder, while the stiff core remains responsive even while riding icy late-season couloirs. 

Price $1,100 

Dakine heli vest
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Dakine Heli vest

Ditch the pack in favor of the Heli. The slim 1.9-pound nylon top is chairlift-friendly and easily accommodates the essentials (shovel, beacon, and probe), plus an extra layer, snacks, and a one-liter bladder. 

Price $150

Black Diamond front point bibs
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Black Diamond Front Point bibs

With full-length zippers, internal gaiters with boot hooks, and a pair of enormous thigh pockets, these Gore-Tex bibs breathe well in the uptrack and keep powder out on the descent. 

Price $499

Deeluxe spark xv
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Deeluxe Spark XV boots

These stiff boots have crampon-friendly soles, durable layers of rubber at high-wear spots, and a comfortable lace-and-strap fit system that adjusts the tightness of the heel, forefoot, and toe. 

Price $359

Ride Snowboards monthaven jacke
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Ride Snowboards Monthaven shell

Sure, it has fully taped seams, a helmet-compatible hood, and burly zippers. But it’s the highly breathable Cocona fabric and clever details like articulated elbows and extra-long pit zips that make this the ideal hard shell for long uphill slogs. 

Price $429

Spark R&D arc bindings
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Spark R&D Arc bindings

This season’s Arc uses a new single-wire heel riser—flip down for climbing the steeps and up for the flats—and an injection-molded nylon heelpiece for improved board feel. 

Price $385

G3 alpinist high traction skins
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G3 Alpinist High Traction skins

To prevent these skins from losing their grip over time, G3 coated them with a proprietary long-lasting synthetic adhesive. Paired with adjustable tail clips, the high-traction Alpinists stick tight no matter what. 

Price $210

Backcountry Access Scepter 4s p
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Backcountry Access Scepter 4S poles

These slick, lightweight, three-piece aluminum poles collapse to just over a foot long. Win. 

Price $120

SmartWool phd spring gloves
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SmartWool PhD Spring gloves

Smart splitboarders carry two types of gloves: a heavy pair for the ride down, and a light pair, like these, for the way up. The thin merino-blend lining and short cuff manage heat, while the goat-leather outer provides enough insulation for early-morning skins.

Price $90
From Winter 2016 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: The EssentialsWinter Buyer's Guide
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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