While we were at the SIA on snow demo at Copper Mountain, G3 handed us their 2016 Scapegoat Carbon Splitboard and sent us off to have fun. So, we did. We toured it at Jones Pass. We rode it at Vail. We used and abused (don't tell G3!) it and put it through the wringer. Click through to see how the Scapegoat performed.
Part three of our SIA Snow Show 2015 bonanza! Today we’re talking about snowboards and splitboards. SIA Snow Show 2015 snowboards and splitboards! We had a chance to meet with several great companies at SIA 2015 and even test out a handful on snow at Copper Mountain. Again, this post will be photo-intensive. Please browse accordingly!
We took the Lib Tech Wingman splitboard out on a recent hut trip in the 10th Mountain Division’s Fowler-Hilliard Hut. Our route started in Red Cliff, Colorado, at 8,750’ ASL and rose to 11,500’ at the hut. With the odd winter we’ve had, the Wingman experienced widely variable conditions both on the way up and on short day tours around the hut. Verdict? Woo-freakin’-hoo! The most fun we have had on a splitboard yet!
Jeremy Jones is a prolific backcountry splitboarder who has inspired us to get deeper, further, and higher into the mountains. He also manufactures his own snowboarding and splitboarding gear under the eponymous Jones Snowboards. We picked up a set of the Jones Snowboards Mohair Skins to try out and compare against some of the nylon and blend models we already have in the quiver.
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.