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prior split lineupPrior Snowboards- Currently offers 9 splitboard models with 2 of which being Women specific. Any board in their lineup can be upgraded to XTC Carbon Construction for $200.

XTC Carbon Construction – Our high-performance XTC Carbon Construction brings splitboard technology to the next level. XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade on all splitboards and saves an average of 500grams (1lb 3oz) off each board. Weight reduction continues to be key to backcountry access as less weight means more vertical with less physical exertion. Ensuring that there is no decrease in performance with weight savings is often thought of as the Holy Grail for backcountry gear manufacturers and XTC takes a big leap towards that spiritual cup. In layman’s terms XTC Carbon Construction uses the same vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls, 4001 sintered bases and nylon topsheets as in their traditional construction but replaces the fiberglass weave with Prior’s newly developed XTC carbon material.



BC Split – The Backcountry Split (BC Split) has been refined over the years but is the original Freeride shape designed by Chris Prior in the early 90’s; the BC Split is a classic example of a true, all mountain shape that maintains its role in the line as the workhorse of the fleet.  Its directional Freeride shape delivers a smooth, stable ride in a variety of different snow conditions and the Hybrid Rocker Profile only adds to its versatility;  rocker in the nose and tail for turn initiation and float while maintaining traditional camber underfoot for added stability, rebound and edgehold. With minimal taper, the BC Split provides both power and drive on edge while allowing the playful rider to land or ride switch.

Profile: Hybrid Rocker Profile provides floatation and predictability in powder and silky smooth transitions edge-to-edge with excellent edge control. 2-4 mm of traditional camber underfoot provides energy from turn-to-turn.

Rider Type: Self propelled back­country freeriders, guides, explorers and multi day trekkers whose styles are geared towards big treks, fall line speed and large arcing turns.

Best For: Fall-line speed, powder, crud, hardpack, crust, all winter snowpacks.

Retail Price: $1099


IMG_7097Spearhead Split – The Spearhead Split provides arguably the most versatile Freeride performance in the Prior powder board lineup. Big alpine bowls to trees, the Spearhead Split handles it all! The Spearhead’s elongated nose and surf inspired nose rocker profile provide unparalleled float and non catch, edge to edge turn ability. Its moderate sidecut, taper and cambered tail gives enhanced performance and drive, especially when powering off the back foot. The Spearhead is named after the powder filled Spearhead range which sits just behind Blackcomb Mountain here in Whistler and much of the Spearhead R&D was done in its chutes.

Profile: Nose Rocker Provides floatation and predictability in powder of all kinds. It also allows the board to initiate sooner. Traditional camber in the tail provides additional power driving off the back foot.

Rider Type: Self propelled back­country powder hounds who want to maximize their overall powder experience without compromising all mountain performance.

Best For: Powder, wide open bowls, glades, trees, hardpack, crud, variable snowpack. Great all-rounder.

Retail Price: $1199


Prior Brandywine splitboard with Voyage topsheet



Brandywine Split – The Brandywine Split, Prior’s high performance, directional Freeride board for Women, draws a smooth, stable and fast line through all snow conditions. With a narrow waist and softer flex than the BC Split, the Brandywine Split allows Women to drive the board harder and maximize energy transfer for the best performance possible. Utilizing the Hybrid Rocker Profile, the Brandywine Split promises maximum versatility. The rocker portions increase both float and turn initiation while the traditional camber maintains edge grip, stability and rebound performance. With minimal taper, the Brandywine Split provides both power and drive on edge while allowing the playful rider to land or ride switch.

This sweet ride is named after a well-known horseshoe shaped waterfall located 10 minutes from the Prior factory. We like the falls, we also like Brandy and Wine!

Profile: Hybrid Rocker Provides floatation and predictability in powder and silky smooth transitions from edge-to-edge with excellent edge control. 2-4 mm of traditional camber underfoot provides energy from turn-to-turn.

Rider Type: Self propelled female backcountry freeriders, guides and explorers who want to shred untracked powder.

Best For: All-mountain backcountry riding, speed, trees, powder, crud, trails and airs.

Retail Price: $1099


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Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.


  • Scooby2 says:

    One thing to remember, while carbon is fantastically strong in tension and rebounds a lot quicker, it is not so great in compression. This means any mfg. bragging about carbon on the top side really isn’t effectively using or understanding the properties of the material. Really a carbon topsheet can give you different dampening and feel to a board (see Donek) but as far as adding strength springy-ness, pop, carbon strips on the topside are a bit of a tip off that a mfg is just marketing to you.

    • Chris hanson says:

      So would it actually be worth it? To buy the jones carbon solution split? Over the regular solution? I’m so confused if it would honestly make much difference weight wise? Plus would it be worth the extra dime? Any info would be great!

  • Scooby2 says:

    I should have said carbon on the topside only does not make sense, it is normal to add the same carbon on the top as on the bottom of a board so that the board remains flat from edge to edge while the resin hardens and fibers shrink or expand in the laminating process.

    • Andy Starr says:

      fibers do not shrink at all! so silly comment carbon works as a tension item compression (ie top of board ) works a lot less. it does not like it!

  • I’d love to to gear/design talk with one of design/implentation engineers. Introducing carbon into the layering scheme very beneficial for the split innovation highway. I mean with the board shaving 1/2 the material present from rail to rail changes to maintain desired response seem practical. I was wondering (quite a few things actually but I’ll keep it short.) Are the layers mechanical/thermo properties designed to match complement each other, such as the bases response to shear heiarchied up through the layering. With the different mediums responses to loading, does introducting a very strong carbon fiber bundle mediate significantly the properties that are introduced of the different types of layers, does this unpredictable structural changes to the the neighboring layers under different loads and dynamic loads? Composites is a big area but mainly but I was wondering what compositew was used in the layering design? Is it possible to have variable composites using triaxial weaving to match the bases response below and then complement the top layers above. Such as a fiberglass composite bottom whicj vares it’s compostition type or densityies to chasnge mechanical properties along the triaxial weave thickness to minimize vibrations/ potentaill leaveleave energy sinks along resonante area through the board by changing the weaving spacing/ pattern or composite materoa;I don’t know much about carbon fiber manufacturing so please forgive me if this is simply a manufacturing nightmare and one too hard to implement. extentb