Everything You Need To Know To Get Into Splitboarding

Everything You Need To Know To Get Into Splitboarding

When it comes to how to splitboard, this blog will tell you everything you need to know to get your start.
Splitboarding has fast become all the rage in the snowboarding world and for good reason. For years, snowboarders were limited on where they could go on icy treks and mounts. You could go down and up, but up was always a struggle. Thankfully, with splitboarding, those struggles quickly become long-forgotten memories.

But, what is splitboarding? And how does it revolutionise the world of snowboarding? Below holds all the answers.

What is splitboarding?

Splitboarding could be called the fraternal twin of snowboarding that just has a few more options and new adventures to give. How? Well, a splitboard splits. This may seem like a straightforward, simple idea, but it actually changes everything. It means you can be both skier and snowboarder without changing over.

This level of versatility can be very beneficial on the snowy, steep treks in a number of ways, especially when it comes to traversing over difficult terrain and going uphill.

How a splitboard works ?

Now, this snowboard-ski hybrid is a lifesaver for convenience that will make you never want to go back to your previous life of solemn, snow trudgery. All you need to do is unhook the robust, high-grade clips at the nose and tail of the splitboard, and you can split the board apart into a set of skis.

Then, to allow yourself to walk uphill with ease and explore undiscovered snowy treks once thought out of reach, attach the adhesive-backed skins to the base of each ski for traction. Once you’ve made it to the top, leaving all others in the ice, you simply attach and clip the two skis together, and it magically becomes a snowboard again for that next descent.

What to wear splitboarding

Like any snow-based sport high up, keeping warm is essential for a good time. It’s important to remember that those amazing, snowy wonderlands that allow you to do those graceful, downward glides can also just cause frostbite and hypothermia. This means you have to have thermal layers.

At the same time, you don’t want to wear too many layers, especially ones of poor-quality, synthetic material that cause you to itch, sweat and overheat. Feeling wet and heavy in the cold is very fatiguing, and frozen sweat on skin is not pleasant!

To protect your health and your fun, when entering these harsh, cold environments you need to have the right splitboard gear and multi-layer, thermal strategy in place. This apparel strategy should have systems that expose the least amount of skin possible and use high-grade, breathable fabrics and technologies that are moisture-wicking to keep you dry with thermoregulation to keep you warm.

Essential baselayers and midlayers

Our A/SYS-1 men and women’s next-to-skin base layers work at the highest-level to keep you warm and dry no matter the climate. Layers like our Darkhorse ¼ zip and leggings keep you at temperature optimum in the cold, and free you from drowning in hot sweat as you test your physical limits to the extreme. Compliment them with our lightweight A/SYS-2 technical nextlayer range of Nuyarn jackets, hoodies and crews to keep that warmth in, that irritating sweat away, and you cozy all over without the bulk.

Essential outer layers

Now that the inside threats are dealt with, it’s the outside threats that need special attention! Weatherproof outer layers like our A/SYS-4 and A/SYS-5 splitboarding jackets and trousers selection to protect you from the hostile climate. Frostbite can happen at any time, so splitboarding trousers like our Kinetic Fusion trousers use GTT Empel permanent DWR treatment and Trizar Space Certified heat re-radiating technology to keep you warm, comfortable and performing at your best.

You also need to wear splitboarding gloves, and glove liners are also recommended. You can never be too protected from the elements on a freezing, snowy mountain.

Keep your head in the game with beanies, neck tubes and bandanas

We’ve all felt the biting nips of winter at our ears, and it’s much, much worse high up. Wear a thermal, moisture-wicking beanie to keep those ears and head warm and toasty without irritating, cold sweat. Alternatively, you can wear a splitboarding helmet.

For especially harsh conditions, we recommend our Nuyarn merino balaclavas, which have an unmatched warmth-to-weight ratio. Our Evergreen neck tubes are super soft on skin, keeping your neck warm without the itch and have high-level thermoregulation and moisture management. Want more protection for your head and face? Our warm, easy-to-put-on Darkhorse balaclavas options are just as comfortable, with expert moisture-wicking quickly whisking away that distracting, irritating sweat all around from your neck to your crown.

It’s also remarkably durable, because, at Artilect, we only believe in quality.

Additionally, what also can prove helpful when gliding down those snowy slopes super-fast is protective goggles. These will protect your eyes from snow debris and the sun’s reflective glare, so you never lose sight of your objective and end up in a snow mound!

Splitboard vs Snowboard

Splitboarding and snowboarding are all about that snowy, mountainous wonderland and those graceful, downward glides. So then, why get a splitboard? Well, the real difference happens when it comes to getting back up the hill or crossing flat areas

For too long, snowboarders have reached the bottom of a slope only to have to unclip their board from their feet, put on snow boots, pick up their board like a pup with its tail between its legs and trudge back up to the top. Meanwhile, skiers, who more easily ascend still on their skis, cackle in the background.

Another disadvantage of snowboards are their restrictive, linear nature.

As a snowboarder, it can be really difficult to explore your surroundings. There might be a perfect, untouched snow trek for that ultimate snowboarding experience, but trudging around to find it via snow boots will probably be unviable. And, again, even if you do get there, valuable time is wasted on the inefficient, snow boot ascent!

It’s a real catch-22.

It often feels like you finally get to a really good snow trek, and after a few sweet downward glides and some tiresome, tedious ascents, home time has already crept up on you way too fast!

Thankfully, with splitboarding, a linear playing field quickly becomes an open world. Now, with new freedom of range and the time saved on that uphill drudgery, you can find new, refreshing locations fast and focus on what really matters, those fast-paced, downward glides and slopes!