The Best Splitboarding Gear of 2021
One kit to conquer every slope
Weston Women’s Eclipse Splitboard ($899)
Climbing is easier with this surfy sub-seven-pounder (for the 145- and 150-centimeter models). Its tapered shape and rockered tip also lend nimbleness in tight trees.
Flylow Smythe Bibs ($460)
Even high-performance bibs get hot on warm days. Not the slim five-pocket Smythes, which now boast a breathable, waterproof soft-shell material.
Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero X Splitboard ($1,500)
Burton’s lightest split was built for backcountry powder, with a wood core, directional camber, and entry rocker that kept it afloat and slashy in hip-deep snow.
POC Obex BC SPIN Helmet ($250)
This smart helmet features an inner gel-like membrane that provides extra protection against lateral forces. Also built in: Recco (a radar reflector) and an NFC chip that sends rescuers essential health and location info, which you upload to the chip via app, in case you become incapacitated.
Leki Guide Extreme V Poles ($250)
Leki employed carbon in the upper shaft and aluminum below for a pole that’s strong but light (nine ounces). Interior cables keep it taut when snapped into place.
Spark R&D Summit Skins ($190)
Spark R&D built the nylon Summits with dual-angle clips, which lasso the board with hooks both at the tip and the tail. The skins stay snug even on hot laps.
Strafe W’s Alpha Hooded Insulator Jacket ($269)
Polartec’s latest Alpha synthetic insulation lends this hoodie premium breathability. Its slim fit is just right for skinning in cool midwinter conditions. Bonus: an interior mesh sleeve keeps your phone warm.
Spark R&D Arc Pro Bindings ($540)
Reinforced carbon highbacks, heavy-duty plastic straps and ratchets, steel pivot pins—every choice in Spark’s design is a testament to durability and weight savings. Invest now, ride for many years.
Vans Hi-Country and Hell-Bound Boots ($330)
These flexible kicks feature a quick-drying liner from the North Face and removable tongue inserts for dialing in the fit.
Ledlenser MH5 Headlamp ($50)
Lights are mandatory for safety. The 400-lumen MH5 features two crisp white modes—low and high—and a red setting, without extraneous switches. It’s airy enough (3.3 ounces) to forget about until you need it.