2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SPLITBOARDS

It was a brave new world for splitboard brands at this year’s Backcountry Magazine 2020 Gear Test at Powder Mountain, Utah. Five new companies submitted boards to be tested and reviewed, and three of those newcomers won the coveted Editors’ Choice Award. The take away: innovation and refinement of splitboard technology is on the rise and our testers took note. 

Here are the 2020 Editors’ Choice splitboards and accessories.

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FJELL M1542S

$1,100 – fjellsnowboards.comLENGTHS: 160 | WEIGHT: 6.8 lbs.

From the Gear Guide: “Like Otis Redding, this board will stand by you through anything due to tip-to-tail stiffness and playful torsional flex.


TELOS DST CARBON ULTRALIGHT

$1,200 – telossnowboards.comLENGTHS:  158, 162 | WEIGHT: 6 lbs. (162)

From the Gear Guide: “By far the most stable and responsive board in its weight class…The first ultralight board I want to take off the scale and actually ride.


IGNEOUS WOMEN’S CARBON SWALLOWTAIL

$1,549 –  igneousskis.com | LENGTHS:  142, 147, 152, 157 | WEIGHT: 5.2 lbs. (147)

From the Gear Guide: “You merely have to think about it and it turns.


WESTON JAPOW

$899 –  westonbackcountry.com | LENGTHS:  154, 159, 164, 169 | WEIGHT: 7.3 lbs. (159)

From the Gear Guide: “[Best for] people who want a swallow that jumps and stomps.


VENTURE TEMPEST

$919 – venturesnowboards.com | LENGTHS: 152, 156 | WEIGHT: 6.7 lbs. (152)

From the Gear Guide: “Just the right amount of stiffness for full control while allowing plenty of room to play.


K2 MARAUDER

$900 – (w/ skins, pucks, hardware)  k2snow.comLENGTHS: 147, 151, 156, 159, 162, 158W, 163W, 166W | WEIGHT: 7.4 lbs. (162)

From the Gear Guide: “Take it anywhere and be prepared to be satisfied, but not ecstatic.


K2 ASPECT

$460 – k2snow.com | SIZES: 7-13 | WEIGHT: 5.4 lbs.

From the Gear Guide: “I’ve scrambled up some weird shit in these.


SPARK R&D ARC

$385 – sparkrandd.com | SIZES: W’s XS/S, W’s M/L, S, M, L | WEIGHT: 2.8 lbs. (MED)

From the Gear Guide: “I trust these in the backcountry more than anything else.

Comments

  1. Did you guys not test any lib techs?

    • Louise Lintilhac says:

      Hey Justin, Yes we did, but Lib Tech will just appear in the print version of the magazine for now, as they are not an Editors’ Choice winner this year. You can pre-order your copy on the website today.

  2. Daniel Scully says:

    Did you also try out any from Korua or the Rossignol Sushi?

  3. The Telos is the first ultralight you actually want to ride? The Millisurf is even lighter, and was an editors’ choice winner last year…

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