Leaving first tracks through three feet of fresh stuff on an uncharted backcountry run can be a spiritual experience — especially for snowboarders struggling to get off the pipe. It’s tough to be sure, as most lift tickets lead away from the Promised Land and deliver only crunchy corduroy runways back to the beast. To help powder seekers find salvation, Austrian manufacturer Splitsticks (~$1,800) has developed a complete splitboard package that goes from hike to ride faster than a noobie can snap into his bindings.
Two years of research and development (and a lot of apres-ski beverages to be sure) have rendered a board, binding, crampon and skin package designed to tackle all terrains. With the board bisected, its unique binding system allows for hiking and climbing, along with fixed heel ski mode for when the terrain gives your calves a rest. When you reach the start of your run, peel off the skins and put the board back together by locking down the lightweight and adjustable CNC milled binding system and turning the bindings into position. When two become one, the all-mountain board offers extreme torsional stiffness and excellent rider feedback for an true ride. Available in three board sizes (156cm, 162cm and 164cm) this ISPO Brandnew Award winner is one of the more innovative ways to make winter your bitch.