Thinking of buying a women’s splitboard? If the 2017 line is anything to go by, women’s splitboarding is in good shape right now. Never has there been so much choice if you are a lady shredder thinking about buying a two-planked snowboard!

 

Having just finished a backcountry expedition in Argentina South America, I’m looking for a new, lighter board for the coming Japan season. The past few years, I have struggled on a men’s split, too wide for my feet, too heavy for my weight and with zero torsional flex. The uphill was a slog and the downhill was mediocre. I didn’t ride that splitboard, it rode me. Time for a change.

 


 

I ride the Arbor Swoon splitboard

 

With so much choice in the 2017 women’s splitboard range, you do not need to go through the struggles I have. It is worth investing in what’s under your feet so you enjoy the ride. You’re earning your turns after all.

 

Read: Learning to splitboard – 8 things I wish I had in my pack

 

Arbor Snowboards Swoon Splitboard – $649USD

 

What they say:
The Swoon is a women–specific design created around a reclined version of our Rocker System shape to improve climbing performance. The design brings the versatile, surfy feel of our Swoon Rocker shape to women who want to explore the backcountry.

 

Splitboard sizes:
148, 152

 

Board design:
Rocker, twin

 

Who rides their boards:
The one and only Marie-France Roy. I also ride the Arbor Swoon!

 

Warranty:
Three years

 

Other:
If like me, you would prefer a longer snowboard for the backcountry, Arbor also make the Coda splitboard. This is a men’s specific board available in 158, 161 or a 164. Just watch the width if you have little feet. It will be too wide for you – hence why women’s specific boards are best for us gals!

 

 

Jones Snowboards – Women’s Solution Splitboard – $899USD

 

What they say:
The Women’s Solution is designed to deliver unrivaled performance on any terrain or snow condition. The blunt nose, directional rocker profile and inner/outer edge magna-traction keep you stable, floating and locked in no matter where you roam. For playful pop, the Women’s Solution features carbon split stringers and an eco-plastic topsheet. The topsheet is made from castor bean and is snow-repellent so snow sticks to your board less. New for 2017, the Women’s Solution features our new Bolt-less Bridge which eliminates base hardware, stainless steel tip and tail reinforcement plates for added durability plus Karakoram Ultra Clips for improved connection between board halves.

 

Women’s splitboard sizes:
148, 152, 156

 

Board Design
Twin directional (can be ridden switch but more rocker on the nose)
Camber under feet, rocker tip and tail.

 

Who rides their boards?
Jones supports a number of female athletes and mountain guides through their ambassador program.

 

Warranty?
3 years

 

Other
The Jones Mothership regular snowboard has been my go-to big mountain snowboard for the past three Alaskan spring seasons. There is so much life in their boards but they do not have a great reputation for being durable.

 

Splitboard Mag 2017 review – Read full Jones Solution review:

 

 

Venture Snowboards – Tempest Splitboard – $899USD

Venture snowboards women's splitboard Tempest

 

What they say:
Our shredding sisters need solid equipment that’s up for every challenge, so this season we proudly introduce Venture’s first women’s specific freeride board – the Tempest. We use the same bomber materials and construction techniques that Venture is known for, while adding women’s specific flex and tighter stance options. The Tempest’s moderate taper and a softer nose provide float in the fresh, while a stiffer midsection and tail drive stability and control. Designed with hard charging ladies in mind, the Tempest delivers maximum power for carving turns, stomping landings, and ruling anything you choose to ride. Also available as a solid snowboard.

 

Splitboard sizes:
148, 152, 156

 

Board design:
They do not say but it looks directional.
No mention on camber or rocker.

 

Who rides their boards?
Venture have a large team of 17 men but only one woman on board, Tiff Simpson– a bit sad really.

 

Other:
My first splitboard was a c.2011, 156 men’s Venture. It was too much for me in weight and stiffness. It was however indestructible. I would be very interested in riding their women’s specific board. Every guy that I ride with and respects and loves Venture. I’m continuously told to stick with the Venture brand. Sadly, they never answered my emails despite meeting them in person on a backcountry tour in their back garden of Silverton, Colorado… which I thought rather rude.

 

 

K2 Snowboards – Northern Light Splitboard – $699.95USD

 

What they say:
Designed by women for women who seek good times and sick lines in the backcountry, the K2 Northern Lite is waiting on your horizon. An all-new, women’s-specific splitboard from the K2 Snowboarding Alliance, the Northern Lite pairs a reliable All-Terrain Baseline™ rocker with super-lightweight, super-durable Ultratech™ Construction – a moulded edge that lands on a half-height sidewall, optimized to handle the unique and often harsh splitboard experience with ease and grace. Skin on and skin off with easy-to-use Z Clip™ skin attachments, and barrel backside lines with cosmic power on the K2 Northern Lite. This board comes with t-nut inserts for attaching your bindings.

 

Splitboard sizes:
152

 

Board design:
Rocker, Directional

 

Who rides their boards:
The lady of the hour Leanne Pelosi (make sure you watch her latest movie all about women’s snowboarding called Full Moon Film)

 

Warranty:
One year

 

 

Rome – Powder Room Splitboard – $679USD

Rome Powder Room 2017 women's splitboard

 

What they say:
Powder’s value in life is indisputable. When you drop into an untracked bowl or a bottomless gully, there really few feelings in life that compare to the weightlessness and floaty freedom. With our splitboard Powder Room, we give backcountry riders a directional pow surfer that combines floatation up front with responsive power in the tail.

 

Splitboard sizes:
153

 

Board design:
Directional. Rocker on nose. Camber under foot

 

Who rides their boards?
No women on their 8 men pro team (shame shame).
Mary Rand is the only girl on their AM team of 14 guys.

 

Warranty:
Two years

 

Read Splitboard Mag 2017 review – Read full Rome Powder Room review:

 

 

Burton Snowboards – Burton Family Tree Anti-Social Splitboard – $799.95USD

Burton snowboards women's splitboard

 

What they say:
Earn your turns on the easiest-to-ride splitboard on the market, the reward: endless untouched lines, all to yourself.

Ditch the lifts and seek out the freedom and fitness of exploring the backcountry with our women’s-specific Anti-Social. Featuring a lightweight design and a progressive, tapered shape, it boasts directional camber for fast, effortless float in deep snow and a smoother uphill glide when gaining vertical in the skin track. The Split Channel eliminates the splitting headache associated with most splitboard setups, allowing for fast mounting and near limitless adjustments. Features like a sustainable FSC™ certified wood core and bio-based Super Sap® resin enhances performance and positive feelings.

 

Splitboard sizes:
147,152

 

Board design:
Directional. Camber.

 

Who rides their boards?
Burton have a number of great women snowboarders on their team including Chloe Kim, Anna Gasser, Kimmy Fasani and Kelly Clarke. No known heavy hitting freeriders spring to mind though.

 

Warranty:
Three years

 

Other:
Limited stock apparently

 

Splitboard Mag 2017 review – read full Burton antisocial review:

 

 

 

Prior Snowboards– Slaylok Splitboard – $899CAD

Prior women's splitboard

 

What they say:
The Slaylok Split is our Women’s specific twin. Taking inspiration from the AMF and Shotgun Split, the Slaylok Split utilizes a tighter turning radius, narrower waist and softer, more responsive freestyle flex to allow female riders to have a powerful board but built for their foot size.

Its symmetrical shape promises maximum performance riding both regular or switch

 

Splitboard sizes:
147, 150, 153

 

Board design:
Rocker tip and tail. Camber under foot. Twin

 

Who rides their boards?
Pretty much all of Whistler!
No female team publicised.

 

Warranty:
Three years

 

Other:
Prior Snowboards offer custom shaped snowboards and splitboards.

 

 

Prior Snowboards– Khyber Spliboard – $799CAD

Prior women's splitboard Khyber

 

What they say:
The Khyber Split has been the long running ride of choice amongst the local Whistler community on those deep, coastal days!

 

Splitboard sizes:
150

 

Board design:
XTC Carbon. No mention of rocker, camber etc.

 

Who rides their boards?
As above.

 

Warranty:
Three years

 

Other:
Prior Snowboards offer custom shaped snowboards and splitboards.

 

 

Pallas Snowboards – Girl Scout Splitboard– $895USD

 

Who they are:
What!???? Pallas Snowboards is an independent women’s snowboard and splitboard company with roots in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. We’re a crew of ladies who love the snow, chase adventure, and make the outdoors our home sweet home.

 

What they say:
Unless you’re tapping into emergency food supplies and MacGyver’ing your way out of the backcountry, cookies and crafts won’t do you much good out here. Nevertheless, the Girl Scout snowboard lets riders chart new territory in the outdoors thanks to its off-piste design. With a less aggressive shape than the Zeitgeist, the Girl Scout is reliably stable in variable snow conditions, long after the last storm cycle. A zero camber profile with a kiss of early rise in the nose delivers quick edge-to-edge response and full control over the board’s performance.

 

Women’s splitboard sizes:
149, 153, 157

 

Board Design
Directional. Flat profile. BUHMPER inside edges.

 

Who rides their boards?
This amazing chick Christine Feleki who is training to be one of the first female splitboarding guides to take the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) test. She recommended this board.

 

Warranty?
Do not say.

 

 

Pallas Snowboards – Headonist splitboard– $895USD

 

What they say:
For the lady that loves to sample it all, the Hedonist is a dynamic, true twin board that uncovers the mountain’s best assets, top to bottom. A hybrid profile—rocker in the tip / tail, camber under foot and flat in the middle—combined with carbon support delivers an energetic deck that amps up backcountry booters, park hits and all the natural jibs in between. Subtle details like blunted tips and a longer sidecut ensure better flotation and catch-free carving in unruly snow, tapping into the pleasure of all-mountain adventure.

 

Women’s splitboard sizes:
148, 152, 156

 

Board Design
Directional. Hybrid camber . BUHMPER inside edges.

 

Who rides their boards?
As above
Warranty?
Do not say.

 

 

Pallas Snowboards – Zeitgeit splitboard– $895USD

 

What they say:
Celebrating the changing times of women’s snowboarding, the Zeitgeist is forged for ladies who pioneer big lines or venture beyond the boundaries. The directional snowboard features an early rise, spoon-shaped nose and a stiff, tapered tail for an unsinkable weapon on snorkel-deep days. Its flat profile fades to traditional camber at the rear of the foot, giving riders more stability and control without compromising that elusive surf-like feeling.

 

Women’s splitboard sizes:
155

 

Board Design
Directional. Flat + transitional camber.

 

Who rides their boards?
As above

 

Warranty?
Do not say.

 

 

Never Summer Aura Women’s splitboard – $849USD

Never Summer Aura women's splitboard

 

What they say:
Made for the backcountry enthusiast, the Aura is the splitboard of choice for women. Comes equipped with a bevy of backcountry performance features but the essence of this board arises from the Ripsaw Rocker Camber Profile. Powerful and graceful, the Aura Split is as incredible as the beauty that surrounds it.

 

Splitboard sizes:
151, 154

 

Board design:
Rocker Camber Profile

 

Who rides their boards:
Catherine Eagles and Mary Boddington.

 

Warranty:
Three years

 

 

Nitro Women’s Volta splitboard – $??

Nitro Volta women's splitboard

 

What they say:

The freedom, adventures, and workout that you will experience through splitboarding is not just a new way to snowboard, it is a new lifestyle. The Volta ́s Flat-Out Rocker allows you to blast through the learning curve with effortless float, and the needed support and response for easily getting up and down the mountain. A solid edge hold on your hike up and shred down is important for safety and control, so we have added out Power Pods to this beauty of a beast. Leave the chairlift and day ticket behind and experience the purity of exploration snowboarding with the Nitro Volta.

 

Splitboard sizes:
151

 

Board design:
Directional. Rocker.

 

Who rides their boards:
Anna Rumiha and Silje Norendal.

 

Warranty:
Don’t say.

 

 

GNU Snowboards – Are not making a 2017 Beauty women’s splitboard sadly. I heard their split was great!

Salomon – Not making a women’s splitboard

Bataleon – do not make a women’s splitboard

Roxy – do not make a women’s splitboard

Amplid –  do not make a women’s splitboard

 

 

The 2017 women’s splitboard that I will be riding?

 

It was always a choice between the Jones Solution and the Arbor Swoon splitboard. Having spent so many years struggling on my heavy, stiff, directional men’s split, I wanted something playful. Something that I could throw around a bit more and backcountry guide comfortably on.

 

In the end, the Arbor Swoon, 152 came out on top. Mostly because it was a true twin-tip splitboard. In the backcountry, having the option to ride switch is hugely beneficial (think icy traverses when you want to be on your toes, or a sore back leg). While you can ride the Jones directional twin switch, I don’t enjoy it as much as a true-twin. The Jones Solution also comes in my ideal backcountry length of 156 – it was a tough choice indeed. I went with the Jones Flagship 156 as my regular freeride board.

 

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2 Comments

  • Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive review! How have you been enjoying the Arbor split in Japan this season?

    • Hey Kelly. I’m so happy with the Swoon splitboard. I always hoped my split would become my main snowboard (so you always have the option to go off and hike whatever you want!). This board has totally become that. It was exactly what I was looking for. It is stiff but that’s what you want in the backcountry. I’d definitely recommend it. I wish it came in a longer size (maybe a 155) but the 152 is working good! Let me know if you decide to get one!!

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