Part three of our SIA Snow Show 2015 bonanza! (Part One and Part Two) 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!
Our first stop was Gilson Boards. Nick Gilson gave us a great intro into what they are doing differently and why its cool. Check out our interview and on-snow first impressions on our Gilson Snowboards post. These boards are awesome! Lots of cool engineering going into them that no one else has ever tried, like the Soft Edges and Raised Central Region.
Next up we visited G3 to see whats new with them. Well, a lot is new with them! New skins for starters. Here we see the new tip and tail connection on their new splitboard skins. Check out our detailed G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins review and our first impressions video. We also got a chance to test next year’s brand new Scapegoat Carbon splitboard. Our full review is coming up after several tours on it.
After that we visited Voile to see whats happening in Utah. They are still making the light rail binding (below) as well as some good split boards. We had the opportunity to try out the Revelator BC Splitboard on snow and it did good. It’s difficult to gauge a backcountry set up in the front country. The Revelator BC adds a fishscale section to the base, designed for long, flat approaches and other low angle touring. Well, we were not touring so it was pretty slow going down the hill – we definitely noticed a reduction in speed. But, the Revelator BC isn’t designed for piste. Voile is still using the puck system they invented to attach bindings to the board, but they’ve updated it recently to make setup much easier.
… which leads us to Spark R&D. Spark is using both Voile pucks their own canted pucks this year. They will have metal pucks for next season. We tested Spark’s Magneto bindings for a few weeks and have a good feel for them. Next season, Spark will update their Mr. Chomps crampons with a new model called the Ibex. Below you can see the set up and super-secret-spy heel lock down.
Naturally, we hit up Karakoram after that. We really like what they are doing. We have a lot of experience with the Split 30 bindings, so we were thrilled to get our hands on the Prime system. Karakoram has been working hard on improving the set up and we think they have a winner here. As you can see from the photo, next season Primes will have an even better strap system as well as carbon baseplate and highback. Stay tuned for a full review on them soon! Karakoram likes the new Prime so much that they introduced a Quiver Connect to attach the bindings to all your snowboards. Here we see one attached to a unique pow specific board from Weston.
On snow at Copper we had a chance to meet with Deviation and try out their Outlier board. It rode like a beast, just wanted to run over everything. Check out there full review up soon.
We chatted with local super stars Venture. They make great boards and split boards. Sean owns a Storm and rides it often in the backcountry. The are playing with wider noses and narrow tails on a few boards (which we started to see more of this year) and they keep making great sticks that make Colorado proud!