- Sizes: 159, 165
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: Directiona
- Price: £1,299 / €1,499
Some splitboards are essentially the same as what’s available as a solid version, only cut down the middle (see: K2 Joy Driver Split, Korua Pencil Split). There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, but if you’re looking for something that’s truly been designed to be split-specific, look no further.
The Salomon Premiere splitboard first appeared a few years ago, and immediately turned heads with its unique 4-part system. The central channel of the board can be separated from the ‘skis’ on each side, then split yet again across the waist. That leaves you with two sections that you can attach you your pack, and two skis that are much lighter than average.
“The idea is that you’ll save energy on the way up, and therefore have more in the tank when it’s time to descend”
The idea is that you’ll save energy on the way up, and therefore have more in the tank when it’s time to descend. When you do, the lightly tapered shape eats up the powder, and the mostly-camber profile and carbon additives make this a poppy, lively board. It’s also got one of Salomon’s typically rapid bases.
The Salomon Premiere comes as a package, with custom skins and pucks that suit a wide array of splitboard binding systems. It’s one of the easiest ways to get all the kit you need at once, although you do need to be fairly lofty to be suitable for its limited size range.