Prowder Splitboards are quite an interesting mix of research, passion and home grown awesomeness. We had a chance to visit with Kevin in his shop located in Evergreen, Colorado and spend the day learning what goes into designing each part of the boards, splitboards, mounting hardware and equipment. Read on to see what eye opening dedication went into Prowder!
Prowder is owned and operated by Kevin in Evergreen, Colorado. You can swing by the shop and see how the boards are made if you like. It is a very involved process and Kevin has put hundreds of hours into R&D for his Prowder equipment. We sat down with him to talk all about it.
The shape of the Prowder boards is unlike most boards out there. At first we were confused on why only two sizes were available (158 and 162). We’re used to riding much bigger boards (165-168) but were handed a 158 to test out. No matter, we mounted up some skins and got into the backcountry to see what the board had to offer. One thing that jumped out was how strong and stiff the board was. The top sheet was also interesting – it was textured and resisted the sticky spring snow from adhering to it. Impressive. Also worth noting is the reclined parabolic shape, designed to make touring easier and help make contact with the snow. Great feature that we think more splitboards will start doing.
Skins off, boards attached (via the Hoss Hooks and Cowboy Clips) and we were ready to point it back down the hill. Note – the Hoss Hooks worked nicely – they attach at the tip and tail and are made of metal. The Cowboy Clips also worked very nicely – they slide into place to make a strong connection between boards and slide out of the way when touring up.
First impression was – wow! this board is fast! The durable sintered base really held a good wax and shredded through the mix of wind baked snow and slush. The board was also surprisingly stiffer than Sean thought it would be. This came in handy when needing to really get after it. There is a nice mix of rocker and camber so you get the carve of camber and fun of rocker. The shorter length was not any issue with keeping float up. All in all, we were impressed with the board. There is a carbon version of the board as well and it should be ever lighter and snappier!
You can grab the boards (snowboards or splitboards) from prowder.com