The sad truth of snowboarding is that – at least compared to our sister sport, skateboarding – there’s a lot of kit you have to buy. Board, boots, bindings, jacket, thermals, goggles, gloves, socks… the list goes on. Then once you’ve nailed it all, along comes something like splitboarding and you almost have to start all over again. At least you’ll save money on a lift pass
Riding backcountry comes with a lot of self-reliance and responsibility for others, so it’s crucial that you have gear that you can trust. It’s worth investing in the best stuff you can afford as at no point do you want to compromise the safety of yourself or others.
“As if regular snowboard kit wasn’t confusing enough, splitboard gear can be downright alien”
But where to start? As if regular snowboard kit wasn’t confusing enough, splitboard gear can be downright alien, and seeing as it generally takes place far away from any crowds there isn’t as much chance to check out what other people are using before making your own decisions.
Well, we’re here to help – below is a handy guide to what essential splitboarding gear you’ll need for a successful trip into the backcountry, along with some tips and jargon-busting explanations along the way. It may seem daunting at first, but believe us when we say it’s worth all the faff when you’re standing on top of that line about to drop in!
In this video, UIAGM Backcountry Snowboard Guide and Jones Ambassador, Neil McNab, shows us what items to bring for a splitboard tour in the backcountry, and how best to pack them in your bag.
*Disclaimer* Unless you and your group have significant mountain safety and avalanche awareness experience, always travel through the backcountry with a guide.