Report from the SIA Snowsports Trade Show 2012

Published on Friday, 03 February 2012 17:57 , Written by Chris Gallardo

Jones is committed to the splitboard program again this year and adds a new Carbon Solution split that is stiffer and damper than the standard Solution and for the ladies they now offer the women's Solution. Boards come with Karakoram tip/tail/hook hardware. Jones will also be offering a basic pack this year and continue to work with Karakoram on bindings.

Left to right - New jones pack, the boards, Jeremy speaking to the crowd at the Backcountry Experience
Bottom - Carbon Solution, Hovercraft split, men's Solution, women's Solution, Mountain Twin split

Boardkor is a company doing some amazing work with natural wood inlays. They may offer splitboard someday too.

The Karakoram brothers were great to finally meet. They've been working hard to meet the demand for their bindings but have still found time to make improvements for next year. Across the line the straps and ratchets will improve for next year. The Split30 will get an improved highback as well. The boys also showed off their new concept binding they're working on called the Prime. The heelcup is removed and the binding features carbon inlays in the undercarriage to make it as light as possible. Also shown was their new heel lock system!

Top - Split30 and Split30SLs, Bottom - the undercarriage of the new Prime and the Prime on the Carbon Solution

The sleeper find of the show was the new Flow boot called the Talon. The boot features a waterproof lining, Vibram sole, BOA, and super clean design. Its very lightweight as well. Its designed as a freeride boot and I think it will be a great option for splitters that don't need a boot quite as aggressive and stiff as the Deelux Spark and Spark XV. Look for a review soon.

After making build-to-order splitboards since the early 2000's Never Summer continues to offer splitboards in their normal line for the second year in a row. They make the Summit split for big mountain/freeride and the SL split as the playful, do anything charger. Both boards have the snow shedding Carbonium topsheets and come with the Voile tip/tail/hooks. Never Summer owners are fanatic about the product and we look forward to sharing our opinion soon.