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Splitboard 101 - Choosing Your Split + Set-up

Harry Kearney, Jeremy Jones, Nick Russell
29
Aug

Choosing Your Perfect Splitboard

Choosing a splitboard is an important decision. Your splitboard will be an extension of your body in undeniably committing situations. No matter what terrain you ride, when you head into the backcountry it’s imperative that you execute your tour and make it back to the trailhead efficiently. Riding the right splitboard for your size and the terrain will allow you to be most efficient moving up or down.

Choosing a Splitboard Model

The best model splitboard for you depends on your riding style and the terrain you ride. All of our models can handle all-terrain and all-conditions, but each model has design features that are tweaked to offer the highest possible performance in more specific terrain. Here is an overview of our models. Check the product pages for detailed performance features for each model.

Solution - Directional freeride shape with medium stiff flex designed for versatile, all-terrain performance.

Carbon Solution - Directional freeride shape with stiff flex designed for all-terrain, HIGH SPEED and TECHNICAL performance.

Women’s Solution - Directional freeride shape with medium soft flex designed for versatile, all-terrain performance.

Storm Chaser Split - Directional surf inspired swallow tail shape with soft flex designed for slashing pow and carving through the trees.

Aviator Split - Setback freestyle twin shape featuring medium stiff Power Camber. Designed for backcountry freestyle and steep terrain.

Hovercraft - Compact directional shape featuring floaty, freeride nose and powerful, blunted tail. Designed for all-terrain freeriding and tree runs.

Ultracraft - Compact directional shape featuring floaty, freeride nose and powerful, blunted tail. Ultralight construction designed for expedition and endurance freeriding.

Explorer - Directional freeride shape with medium flex designed for all-terrain touring and backcountry freestyle.

Dreamcatcher - Women’s directional freeride shape with medium flex designed for all-terrain touring in pow or spring snow.

Discovery - Directional freeride shape with soft flex designed for youth and small women.

Check the product pages for detailed performance features for each model.

Choosing a Splitboard Size

For a majority of riders and terrain, your ideal size splitboard is the same as your freeride/powder board. If you primarily ride a freestyle board in bounds then you’ll want to size up 5 cm for best performance in pow. If you plan on doing a lot of multi-day tours, or only splitboarding on deep pow days, go with a longer powder board size. In general be conservative sizing up. Smaller splitboards are lighter on the way up and more nimble in the inevitably tight backcountry terrain. The shapes and rocker profiles on Jones splitboards are designed to provide insane float in compact sizes and you can always set back the stance for those ridiculously deep days. Big footed riders should stick to wide sizes as it can be sketchy to ride a splitboard that’s too narrow on steep, firm terrain. If your goal is to tour all season long you want to choose a size that is easily maneuverable in all-conditions - winter fluff to spring hard pack.

For detailed sizing info by model, check out our SIZING GUIDELINES to learn the ideal size for your height, weight and boot size. SIZING GUIDELINES HERE.

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Adjusting Tip, Tail and Split Clips

If your splitboard is new you should not need to adjust your tip, tail or split clips. All clips should slide smoothly and the board should feel securely locked together when clips are closed.

If your splitboard is used and the split clips (clips between bindings and tip/tail) are not pulling the board halves tightly together, you can adjust the clip tension. To adjust loosen one half of the clip and spread halves further apart.

Tip and tail clips should require no maintenance unless clip is damaged or broken.

Splitboard Interface Set-Up

Setting up your splitboard for the very first time doesn’t have to be tricky. The key is to have the right tools and follow the installation instructions for which ever splitboard interface kit that you have - Karakoram, Spark R+D or Voile.

Tools needed: Tape Measure, 4mm Metric Allen Wrench, Large Philips Screwdriver.

Follow instructional videos for stance and interface set-up.

Karakoram Prime Interface

Karakoram Split30 Interface

Spark R + D Interface

Voile Interface

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