2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – Snowboards

We’ve entered the Golden Age of Splitboards. What’s that mean? Splitboards are as innovative as ever, with brands introducing more than 60 boards this season. But game-changing technology has gone beyond the decks. This year, we tested a completely new binding system from K2 and the most impressive binding to date from Spark R&D.

Here’s just a teaser of this year’s Editors’ Choice winning snowboards and bindings. To see the full reviews, and those of 20 more boards and accessories, check out the 2014 Gear Guide.

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SIZES (cm): 159, 163

+ “Nearly unlimited stance options. Ride it more centered or set it back and experience effortless pow riding.”
– “Purely cosmetic, but the black topsheet was a little more scuffed than I expected after a couple days of splitting.”
= An innovative split and precision freerider for all conditions.


2014 Chimera Spectre Spliltboard

SIZES (cm): 153, 160, 165
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 3 oz. (160)

+ “A high-energy board that is great for fast riding. Stiffer flex creates a solid stomping platform. ”
– “The upper-level flex means it needs speed to really shine. ”
= A versatile split with short yet sharp teeth on the uphill, and provided an energetic, powerful ride.


2014 Gnu 8pro Splitboard

$850 – GNU.COM
SIZES (cm): 152, 155
WEIGHT: 6 lbs. 11 oz. (152)

+ “All-mountain backcountry dominator! Handles steeps, tight trees, open meadows and crud with ease.”
– “It took a run or two in spring conditions to get used to the Magne-Traction edges.”
= Last year this was the top women’s split. This year the reviews were filled with enough high praise to earn the B-Pro a second consecutive Editors’ Choice Award.


2014 Jones Solution Splitboard

SIZES (cm): 154, 158, 161, 163W, 164, 168W
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 6 oz. (161)

+ “Lightweight, but charges like a brick shithouse down the fall line. Great for steeps and variable terrain.”
– “I would’ve liked just a little more tail to save me from backseat landings and for more stability at speed.”
= A seasoned freerider that gets better with age.


2014 K2 Northern Light Splitboard

$700 (Kit – $950) – K2SNOWBOARDING.COM
SIZES (cm): 152
WEIGHT: 6 lbs. 2 oz. (152)

+ “Great tip-to-tail flex for popping off rollers or dropping ledges into soft snow. And a brilliant skin interface; the best one out there for sure.”
– “A bit too stiff torsionally for my liking.”
= A lightweight, surfy women’s split with a finely-tuned skin system.


2014 Never Summer Prospector Splitboard

SIZES (cm): 160, 164, 161X, 167X
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 10 oz. (164)

+ “Simply the best split I’ve ridden. Feels like a solid board; rides like a dream in all conditions.”
– “The topsheet collected snow when skinning in spring conditions.”
= As one tester concluded, “Never Summer nailed it with this all-mountain split.”


2014 Prior Fissile Splitboard

$899-1,099 – PRIORSNOW.COM
SIZES (cm): 166, 172
WEIGHT: 6 lbs. 15 oz. (166, XTC)

+ “Absolutely destroys pow. So stable at speed it’s almost too easy. Punch down pillow fields and drop depth-charge heelsiders at will—one of the best pow boards I’ve ever ridden.”
– “Big nose was unwieldy in icy trees and on tight traverses.”
= A prolific pow stick that won’t let you down no matter how deep it gets.


2014 Venture Zelix  Splitboard

SIZES (cm): 149, 153, 154, 158, 159, 162, 163, 164, 167, 168
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. 8 oz. (158)

+ “All-mountain badass. Stomps landings, even on the heel or toe edge. Quick and smooth. Great float for a twin.”
– “Strong enough for a man, yet not enough torsional flex for (most) women. Smaller sizes need to soften up.”
= A powerful directional twin that’s playful in mellow terrain and steps it up in the steeps.



SIZES: small, medium, large
WEIGHT/PAIR: 3 lbs. 8 oz. (medium)

MAGNETO – $385
SIZES: small, medium, large
WEIGHT/PAIR: 3 lbs. 4 oz. (medium)

+ “Ten out of 10.”
– Accessing the short riser first requires engaging the longer riser.
= “The most innovative change in splitboarding since the first Spark binding.”

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  1. Hi guys. There’s no Zelix in venture lineup, there’s Helix and Zephyr.

    • Tyler Cohen says:

      Victor–The Zelix is a new model out of Venture’s Shape Shack that combines the twin shape of the Helix with the all-mountain traits of the Zephyr. Mash the names up and you get Zelix. –Tyler Cohen, Managing Editor

  2. Brad Campbell says:

    I don’t see the board I’m thinking of getting which is the arbor with reverse camber

  3. Guillaume says:

    tests are not bad but you should make them as such: touring, Interface, Ride by type *carving, freestle, powder, etc etc and other ranking so to get a good feel of where the board is the best

  4. Guillaume says:

    For example the burton board, all is around the technology but nothing is actually describing how good is the board to tour, how is the board doing on steep mountain, flat icy part? How is the board performing downhil? Does It carve well? Does it jump well? I think that is many attributes any reader/ potential buyer would like to know about a board – I musy say I bought the magazine for checking this test and I though they were very poor – Much worse than any test you coul find online or on a forum – it is a good initiative to do test but try to do them more thoroughly – It actually seems you did not even try the boards you are talking about –

  5. no karakoram ?

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