Anatomy of a Splitboard

The Boards

As stated in our FAQ, a splitboard has a similar shape and construction as a normal snowboard. The only real difference is that the splitboard “splits” apart to form skis for the ascent. Each ski has metal edges on the inside for additional control when in touring mode, particularly when traversing up the mountain.

Since splitboards are typically designed for powder riding the boards generally have an all-mountain freeride shape. Specialty boards like the Prior and Voile Swallowtails are also available. As the technology improves, these shapes are continuing to evolve and the boards are becoming more and more versatile, especially in conditions other than powder.

The Bindings

Most any regular snowboard bindings will work with a splitboard. Ideally you’ll want a lightweight binding that has a narrow profile and is durable. You’ll connect your bindings to your splitboard with the Voile Universal Splitboard Interface which includes 2 Slider Tracks, 4 Pucks, 2 Climbing bars, 2 Climbing brackets, and hardware. The Slider Tracks are machined pieces of aluminum that screw onto your binding through the standard 4×4 disc. The Slider Track allows your bindings to be easily changed from ride-mode to split-mode and is the primary connection between board and bindings. Once attached to your bindings the Slider Track slides onto the Pucks (see below) and is held in place by the Slider Pin.

Voile Universal Splitboard Interface

Ultimately the best option is a splitboard specific binding and we’re happy to report there are multiple choices in the market today. Spark R&D was the originator for split bindings and now we have Voile and Karakoram making them as well. Splitboard specific means that the interface connection between board and binding is built into the binding. This allows for a lighter, lower profile binding and better user experience. Here’s a look at the bindings.

Spark R&D Tesla binding

Spark R&D Magneto Splitboard Bindings - 2014/2015

Voile Light Rail

Voile Light Rail Splitboard Bindings - Women's - 2014/2015

Karakoram

The Karakoram system uses a proprietary interface that has really stepped up the game due to it’s creative and effective design.  This new interface no longer relies on the Voile Pucks.

Pucks and Puck Alignment Tool

The Pucks are small pieces of durable plastic that mount to your splitboard for the Voile Slider Track or after market binding to slide onto. They are sold as flat pieces or as canted pieces (3 degrees.) The canted pieces help to bring in the knees to better align the hips and ankles. They also include a center disc that allows you to set you stance width and angle. If your board has a channel mounting system be sure to purchase the Channel Puck Set. The Puck Alignment Tool is used as a guide to make set-up easier.

Voile Canted Channel Pucks

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