The Best Splitboarding Gear of 2017
You don’t need no stinkin’ chairlifts.
Northern Playground Ziplongs 3/4 Wool Tights
Thanks to full zippers along the legs of these calf-length long johns, they go from toasty to ventilated in moments.
Discrete Touque Beanie
A tuque or a beanie? Depends on whether you’re in Canada or the States. Whatever you call it, this one’s luxurious and warm, with a tight weave.
Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Poles
An ice ax feels extraneous until you need it. The Whippet, with a steel head above the grip, keeps one at the ready.
Patagonia PowSlayer Bibs
These are possibly the world’s best winter pants, with bomber three-layer Gore-Tex fabric, roomy pockets, and a trim, athletic cut.
Venture Storm Splitboard
The staple of the Venture lineup gets even better this season. A new poplar, ash, and aspen core shaves off half a pound— so it’s lighter, for fast climbing, yet still stiff.
Spark Arc Bindings
An easy-to-flip latch on the 1.5-pound Arc makes for quick conversions. An aluminum baseplate delivers a precise feel.
Spark Ibex Crampons
Click these 5.6-ounce aluminum spikes behind the toepiece of your bindings and you’ll stop peeling off slick traverses when the slope steepens.
Burton Tourist Boots
The Tourist pulls off the combo you want: stiffness in the sole for efficient skinning and soft side-to-side flex for comfortable rides down. A clever lace-and-loop system lets you microadjust tightness in the midfoot, heel, and shin, while an antimicrobial liner fights stank.
G3 Alpinist High Traction Skins
Proprietary glue that stays sticky down to minus 16 degrees, tail and nose clips that keep the skins snug, and better board coverage—they’re the best year in and year out for a reason.