When G3 let us test out its Scapegoat Splitboard, it came with Spark R&D Magneto Bindings. We’ve tried previous iterations of the Spark R&D design, but not the latest. So, we took the opportunity! We’ve had plenty of experience with the Spark’s main rival, the Karakoram Split 30. Here’s a head to head comparison - Karakoram vs Spark.
We got our hands on next seasons (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins and tested it over the course of 2 weeks. G3 redid everything, new glue, new solvents, new tail connector, new tip connector, new carry bag (wallet actually) and overall - a better skin. We tested them head to head with the current G3 Alpinist, G3 High Traction, G3 Alpinist LT (covered in another review) and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group).
Plum is a French brand that doesn't have much market share in the US. Their alpine touring bindings enjoyed a bit of a cult following when other touring binding companies were using "too much plastic." Gearhead Dave rides Plum Guide bindings on his Ski Logik custom skis. So, we're familiar with the brand and the quality it represents. We just recently discovered that Plum has an entire line of splitboarding products.
A smartphone can make a great backcountry tool. We use them to check conditions and snow reports before we leave and to take pictures and stay safe once out. There are several great apps dedicated to helping you get the most out of your outdoor adventures. We’re in the middle of winter, so we’ll stick with some snow specific ones for now. These are our favorite winter apps.
Maybe you have set up camp, and have the fire going nicely, tents secured and sleeping bags lofted. Or, you're out in the sidecountry with some friends, taking a break between laps of a beautiful powderfield. You and your group settle in to enjoy a great moment of outdoors and good company. For many of us, this would be an excellent opportunity to share a drink with our fellow backcountry enthusiasts.
What is split boarding? How do you do it? Splitboarding is a great way to take snowboarding into the backcountry. You used to have to snowshoe in with your snowboard on your back and then transition over at the top of your run. Now, we can use a splitboard to approach the mountain just like an Alpine Touring ski set up and then attach the two “skis” together to make a snowboard.