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K2 Ultra Split 2014-2015 Snowboard Review

The Details:

While keeping things lightweight is important for all sticks, nowhere is it more so than in a splitboard. K2 knows this, which is why it’s made what it calls “the lightest splitboard on Earth”. The K2 Ultra Split made its debut last year, its all-terrain performance winning many a powseeker over.

You’ve got two choices with this board; either you can buy separate boots and splitboard-specific bindings from elsewhere, or opt for an all-in-one package from K2 that includes the Stark boot and Kwicker bindings. The first thing you’ll notice about their bespoke system is how quick it is to change the setup from touring mode to riding mode, with no pins or other fiddly parts to drop in the snow. Attaching crampons is just as easy, so this could be a good shout if you’re new to splitting and want to keep things simple. It’s based around a step-in interface, though, and anyone who remembers their heyday might approach these with caution. Whichever system you go for, the board’s Split Track mounting system gives you full control of your binding angles, and there’s no questioning the board’s insanely light weight. The price listed above includes Voile canted pucks, heel risers and skins thrown in too, so you’re good to go.

The Review:

“This really is super light, which is helpful when touring. The contact points are closer to the bindings than a normal board, meaning that it feels a lot shorter on piste and allows you a tighter turn in a narrow couloir. As you get into deeper snow, the rockered tip and tail come into play and give you the full length of the board to float on. The specific clicker boots, though, are far too heavy and not suitable for touring. With normal boots and bindings this was one of my favourite boards to ride, but with the K2 system it was the least favourite.” – Neil McNair

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