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(Charles Dustin Sammann)

The Best Splitboarding Gear of 2018

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Two sticks up, one down.

(Courtesy Weston)

Weston Backwoods Splitboard ($899)

Slashy even in tight trees, this poplar-bamboo board hails from a boutique maker in Weston, Colorado. Its fun, surfy feel comes from a tip that’s wider than the tail, plus camber underfoot and rocker at the ends.

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(Courtesy ThirtyTwo)

ThirtyTwo Jones MTB Boots ($600)

With full-zip gaiters, a crampon-compatible Vibram outsole with heavy lugs for hiking, and a collar that folds back to allow longer strides while skinning, these boots are tough enough to get you anywhere you think you want to be. Careful: you’ve still got to get down. 

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(Courtesy Ortovox)

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Transceiver ($490)

This flip-phone-esque, three-antenna beacon uses a digital display to locate buried riders. Internal compass-like tech senses when you turn, and a grid screen displays multiple victims and the distance to each within its impressive 164-foot-wide range. 

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(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia Descensionist Jacket ($449)

This waterproof-breathable kit has a soft-shell feel with hard-shell performance. We appreciated it skinning up on a crisp morning and while storm riding. Play to your vanity: the all-weather jacket can be matched with the Descensionist pants ($349). 

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(Courtesy Ibex)

Ibex Shak Glove Liners ($40)

These simple merino inner gloves are slim enough to fit below the Mercurys for the way down and breathable enough that you won’t sweat them out on the hike up. 

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(Courtesy Jones)

Jones Higher 30L Backpack ($149)

For long tours, go for this vertical-board-carry pack. Thirty liters belies its true capability, with pockets galore for all your essentials. A slick, coated interior beefs up toughness and adds waterproofing.

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(Courtesy Union Bindings)

Union Expedition Splitboard Bindings ($349)

Once you’ve clipped into these freestyle-focused bindings, the stiff nylon and plastic backs and an attachment that corkscrews the board together make the new Expeditions rip like you never left the resort. 

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(Courtesy Voile)

Voile CamLock 3 Lock Poles ($110)

In the backcountry, you need small poles that can collapse to fit in your pack. Voile’s three-piece aluminum CamLocks shrink to just over two feet long and are stiff enough to pole you out of the flats.  

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(Courtesy Voile)

Voile Split Skins ($185) 

These durable nylon skins, with nearly unbreakable metal split clips, will survive whatever your season dishes out, meaning they’ll last well beyond the next tech upgrade.

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(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Black Diamond Mercury Mitts ($110)

Take two sets of gloves into the backcountry: a light pair for going up and a heavy pair—like these lined goat-leather mitts —for going down. 

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From Winter 2018 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Charles Dustin Sammann

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