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    I am looking for the best splitboard for East Coast riding. I live in Québec and most of my backcountry is riding powder in tree runs (glades).
    I am 6´ and weight 175lbs without gear.
    I like a board that float well in powder and that is quick turning.
    I prefer directional shape more than twin and I like tapered boards.
    I want a splitboard that will be light.
    I also have big feet wearing size 10.5.

    So far, I think the splitboards that would be the best fit for me are:
    -Prior Khyber xtc (160 or 165?)
    -Burton Landlord split 163

    Any other ideas?
    Pros and cons on those splitboards?

    Currently, my solid boards are a Jones MountainTwin 160 and a Rome Notch 162. I prefer the way my Rome Notch ride.

    #670941
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    both of these are pretty good choices.

    splitting on the east coast, i’d recommend a board with some camber under foot (for some spring/pop in variable conditions), a little taper in the tail (for quicker turning in trees), and some nose rocker for easier turn initiation in deeper snow. splits on the east coast tend to run about the same length as you in-bounds board would, whereas out west you may want a few extra cms for bigger lines or more exposed terrain.

    just my 2 cents

    #670942
    earthsurfing
    144 Posts

    I’ve totally nuggified myself…

    I haven’t been back on my longer boards since getting a spliff.

    I don’t know if you’ve tried any of the nugs, (bug, harvest, fishcuit, root, or directional nug, etc.) but it definitely more than just hype. and the reason the line has expanded is all of the testers and team are asking for more shapes/ variety with nug technology.

    Anyway- given your description, you should at least borrow a buddies /demo an unsplit nug and see if you could imagine yourself riding it around in the woods.

    I do. every time i close my eyes…

    #670943
    earthsurfing
    144 Posts

    PS-

    for all the doubters- this is from someone who spent several seasons on super 181s and 174s, and still takes out a race board every now and then. If you’ve dismissed this technology without giving it a few days on board, your eyes are closed…

    #670944
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    6 foot 180 lbs size 11 shoe Eastern Sierra rider here. I second Earthsurfing’s suggestion.

    I love my 148 burton spliff.

    Before I was riding a Jones 161 solution . No need for all that excess acerage.

    The Nug is like the shortboard in surfing. Time to toss out the longboards

    #670945
    treetop
    63 Posts

    @quebecbackcountry wrote:

    I like a board that float well in powder and that is quick turning.
    I prefer directional shape more than twin and I like tapered boards.
    I want a splitboard that will be light.

    I don’t know much about the east coast conditions, but it really sounds like the Khyber would be perfect for you.

    #670946
    vtbackcountry
    440 Posts

    @tex wrote:

    The Nug is like the shortboard in surfing

    i couldn’t agree more, Tex.

    it totally depends on what you want outta your board.

    the Nug and Spliff are def changing the rules…. my boards are getting shorter every year

    #670947
    Chef_Ben
    134 Posts

    what about the Hovercraft?

    #670948
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    I’ve got a two year old directional nug unmounted in the closet…Could never decide if I wanted to try it or not…. 😕

    I think VTbc described the ideal board…The kyber would be a good choice. I’ve always wanted to try the rome split. It has a multicamber profile, taper, and a more forgivng flex than the big mountain chargers, plus it’s 60% less than a kyber. I ride a Venture and I think the base has held up very well for the conditions it is subjected to, but it sure hurts when you put a big ass gouge in a $900 deck.

    Earthsurfing, are you still sitting on those romes?

    #670949
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    I have ridden the Vermont backcountry in the Mount Mansfield area. I would prefer a board for there to have an emphasis on maneuverability, and the ability to float at lower speeds sometimes required in the tight and techy terrain (small cliffs, waterfalls, hardwood forests, gullies).
    I would choose one of the high taper type boards for that terrain, size matched to my height and weight. The Chimera Unicorn Chaser, and Prior Khyber and the Never Summer Prospector would be my favorite options for that terrain.

    #670950
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    I have ridden the Vermont backcountry in the Mount Mansfield area. I would prefer a board for there to have an emphasis on maneuverability, and the ability to float at lower speeds sometimes required in the tight and techy terrain (small cliffs, waterfalls, hardwood forests, gullies).
    I would choose one of the high taper type boards for that terrain, size matched to my height and weight. The Chimera Unicorn Chaser, and Prior Khyber and the Never Summer Prospector would be my favorite options for that terrain.

    #670951
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Anybody on here or reading this thread rep for Burton? I want Barrows to ride a 148 spliff for a few months this winter. Then give an in depth review

    Come on somebody step up :bananas: :bananas:

    #670952
    Art
    9 Posts

    Another Québec rider ! I ride a Khyber and find it perfect for my needs. Did have a voile and really didn’t like the feel of it in our tight woods. Khyber is so much versatile, does well in all condition but feels at home in steep pillow runs and trees but still can charge in open fields. So much fun. Maybe I biased I always rode tapered board like Malolo, Fish for powder.
    Never rode the short boards. Need to demo one.

    #670953
    lernr
    233 Posts

    I guess I want to demo a nug board too now… WIll check if Snocon can arrange

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