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Best Splitboards For 2021 – 2022 | Our Pick Of This Year’s Top Splitboards For Getting Out In The Backcountry

The Whitelines Team select their favourite splitboards for all abilities, riding styles and budgets

Splitboarding sales went through the roof last winter, and the trend looks set to continue for winter 2021/22. There has never been so much choice on offer when it comes to buying a touring setup and the idea of earning your turns has become entered the mainstream in snowboard culture. If you’re hesitant about stepping out of the lift queues and onto the skinning track, don’t be — we reckon there has never been a better time than now.

While we won’t pretend the initial cost outlay isn’t significant – remember, you’ll also need all the essential avalanche safety gear and the required splitboard accessories, we guarantee that the views and lines you’ll be rewarded with at the top of a long skin are a worthy return on your investment.

“If you’re hesitant of stepping out of the lift queues and onto the skinning track, don’t be — we reckon there has never been a better time than now”

Social Distancing done right. Neil McNab and Rob McCreath venture off the beaten track on their splitboards.

Of course, there’s a lot of technology and information to grapple with compared to your average day blasting around the resort and finding the odd stash of untracked snow. Splitboarding in the backcountry – or even just a few hundred metres from the lift lines – means venturing into an uncontrolled environment where you’ll need your skinning technique and your senses all finely tuned into to the ever-present danger.

If it all seems a little overwhelming, don’t fret. We’ve teamed up with the splitboard masters at Jones Snowboards and compiled these super helpful ‘How To’ videos on our Splitboard Hub to get you started (or even just to brush up on your knowledge and technique).

In the list below, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite men’s, women’s and even youth splitboards for the 2021-22 season. Whether you’re looking for your first splitboard with a more forgiving flex, something to take to serious lines over multiday objectives, or even some of the more creative and original looking shapes that continue to grow in popularity, we’ve got you covered.

Happy shopping, we’ll see you out on the trail!

The Whitelines Choice Best Splitboards for 2021-2022


KORUA Shapes Escalator Split Plus

Best for: Best Unisex Splitboard
PRICE: €999

While the other splitboards in KORUA’s fleet have been brought directly across from the solid lines, the Escalator is their first split-specific shape that’s been built purely for time spent on the skin track. It’s the board that KORUA’s head honcho Nicholas Wolken uses for most of his backcountry objectives – be it a multiday objective deep in the Swiss Alps or a fast and light dawn-til-dusk-day mission.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 KORUA Shapes Escalator Split Plus here



Borealis Alpine Splitboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £735 / €859 / $1009

Borealis first arrived on the scene in 2013 and, although still a relatively small operation based in the Alps, they’ve quickly garnered attention and support among riders and the wider snowboard industry. Not least of all because shapes like the Marauder and Leviathan are impossible to walk past at trade shows and demo events. But it was the much more understated, sleek and functional looking Alpine Split that came up top trumps in this year’s testing.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Borealis Alpine Splitboard here



Jones Frontier Splitboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £699 / €750 / $750

The backcountry can often feel like a pretty intimidating place to get started out in, but it doesn’t need to be. The Jones Frontier Split has been designed for every ability level of rider who’s looking to earn their turns away from the resort this season. With a user-friendly flex, a rock-solid construction, and beautiful topsheet from Jones regular artist, RP Roberts, there’s so much to love about this one.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Frontier Splitboard here



K2 Marauder Splitboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £900 / €1,000 / $1,050

The Marauder Split is built to get you up and down the mountain whilst saving you weight. This split board comes as a package including pre-cut skins, hardware and mounting pucks. With this package, you have everything you need for a freeride adventure.

Built to withstand a heavy beating on the mountain the Marauder Split is packed with tough materials from the topsheet through to the base.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Marauder Splitboard here



Union Rover Approach Skis and Explorer Backpack 2020-2021

  • PRICE SKIS: €399 / $399
  • PRICE BACKPACK: €139 / $129
  • Approach skis. They’ve often been met with a healthy dose of scepticism from the splitboarding purists and the backcountry cynics. But what happens when the world’s leading binding manufacturer leans on the support of their friends in the CAPiTA mothership to produce a brand new approach ski and carrying system to get you earning your turns without the hassle of mastering your kick turns (not to mention giving you the freedom to ride any one of your solid snowboards for the way back down)? We’re listening…

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Union Rover and Explorer here




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