The Best Splitboards of 2014

Splitboarding has been around for years but it is largely a recent phenomenon. Until the last decade or so, snowboarders hoping to make it up into the untouched powder of the backcountry either had to hoof it or make one of their regular snowboards into a homemade splitboard.

That’s no longer the case. In fact, 2014 brings splitboarding fans over 60 different boards to choose from. Nearly all of the large snowboarding manufacturers now offer splitboards in their lineups.

Simply put, that’s a lot of boards to choose from. And when you’re investing money into something as pricey as a splitboard, you need to make sure that it is money well spent. That is where our 2014 review of the best splitboards comes into play. We have taken a look at all of this year’s splitboarding offerings and have selected five of our very favorite.

Here are the best 2014 splitboards in no particular order:

1. 2014 Burton Landlord Splitboard

Backcountry riding never got this good. The 2014 Burton Landlord Splitboard is a directional twin powerhouse that allows you to choose from numerous stances to fine-tune perfection.

The board’s S-Rocker profile means that speed and float are your best friends. The rocker extends from your front foot to the nose. Camber is between the feet and drives back towards the tail. This unique setup provides maximum float without sacrificing momentum or stability. The Landlord’s directional flex makes for a poppy and resilient ride where control and maneuverability are the names of the game.

It’s available in 159 and 163 and runs for $800.

Find out more about the 2014 Burton Landlord Splitboard.

2. 2014 Rossignol XV Magtek Splitboard

Move over competition, the 2014 Rossignol XV Magtek Splitboard is here. Tweaked and fine-tuned by Xavier de la Rue, the splitboard is all about big mountain destruction where bold, remote lines are just the icing on the cake.

The splitboard’s AmpTek All-Mountain profile throws together traditional camber between the bindings and moderate tip and tail rocker for a perfect combo. Stability, versatility, and float all benefit from this setup. To enhance control and edge hold, Magne-Traction is incorporated in the XV’s design from tip to tail. This board simply blasts through powder, with a super-stiff front end, a washier tail, and an incredibly powerful yet smooth overall feel.

It’s available in 167 only and runs for $600.

Find out more about the 2014 Rossignol XV Magtek Splitboard.

3. 2014 Jones Carbon Solution Splitboard

It’s rare to find a “best of” list that pertains to snowboarding these days without a mention of Jones Snowboards. Simply put, snow legend Jeremy Jones’ personal brand of snowboards have always been known to rip. The Carbon Solution Splitboard is no different.

Right off the bat, it’s essential to point out that the 2014 Carbon Solution Splitboard from Jones is not a toy. Naturally, no snowboard is a toy, but the Carbon Solution is seriously fit for only the most experienced of backcountry snowboarders (even its price tag warrants this). Every single feature was designed with professional freeride destruction in mind like the kind thrown up by Jeremy and the Jones team. A stiff flex, directional shape, and directional rocker give the board a hyper-stiff and extremely responsive feel. Its light weight and forgiving feel are thanks to its carbon topsheet and carbon stringers. This splitboard is your solution to big lines, high speeds, and uneven terrain.

It’s available in 158, 161, and 164 and runs for $1,200.

Find out more about the 2014 Jones Carbon Solution Splitboard.

4. 2014 K2 Northern Lite Splitboard

A splitboard specifically designed for highly skilled female rippers, the 2014 K2 Northern Lite Splitboard leads the charge as far as women’s splitboarding goes.

The Northern Lite was constructed as a solution to a common problem: woman riders needing to size down on a men’s splitboard. Naturally, this creates a less than ideal ride due to the weight, flex, and size imbalance created. K2 comes through once again with a top-of-the-line rip stick with a flex and width suited for woman riders. The tapered shape and hybrid camber give the board a sturdy and stable yet powerful feel on any terrain. The setback stance and lifted nose provide ample flotation so you can get on top of even the most epic, free flowing powder. Solid dampening and indestructible durability ensure you’ll be ripping on this incredibly comfortable splitboard for years to come.

It’s available in 152 and runs for $1,000.

Find out more about the 2014 K2 Northern Lite Women’s Splitboard.

5. 2014 Lib Technologies T. Rice HP Splitboard

You already know the 2014 Lib Tech T. Rice HP Splitboard is top-notch just from the simple fact that it’s Travis Rice’s go-to board for backcountry domination.

The key characteristic of the T. Rice HP Split is its lightweight. Seriously though, this thing is insanely light. And if you’re an experienced splitboarder, you know that a light setup means an easier and less tiring climb and ride up the mountain. In addition to its miniscule weight, the T. Rice Splits comes with basalt for torsional rigidity. This might not sound very special but it actually makes the splitboard feel the exact same as a normal snowboard. Lib’s famous C2 BTX Power Banana/Camber Blend hooks the board up with an aggressive power stance for experienced shredders. Solid tip and tail pressure creates pop, power, and precision for days. And the small amount of pressure between the bindings helps in the stability, edgehold, and float department.

It’s available in 161.5 and 164.5 and runs for just under $1,000.

Find out more about the 2014 Lib Tech T. Rice HP Splitboard.

2014 Slash ATV Snowboard Review

The 2014 Slash ATV Snowboard truly is an all terrain vehicle. Designed for everything the mountain can throw at you, the snowboard is equally at home in the park and in the powder.

The Slash ATV Snowboard combines a traditional directional twin shape with traditional full camber. It has the same feel as snowboards did twenty years ago. At the same time, however, it incorporates modern-day high-tech features into its design that emphasis durability and lightweight. These new tweaks make for a board that feels old school but that rides like a new-age weapon.

Slash took special care to build a board with loads of pop and a very reactive feel. The camber plus the materials used to construct the board (including its all new Forever Wood Core) create a unique and functional feel. The snowboard is playful without going overboard.

Need a new stick for the upcoming 2014 season? The Slash ATV Snowboard might just be a great bet for you.

The Best Freestyle Snowboards of 2014

If you check in on occasion here at Much Awesome, then chances are that you’ve seen our recent post on the best all-mountain snowboards of 2014. In it, we took our knowledge of 2013/2014 all-mountain sticks and sorted through them to come out with five of our very favorite all-mountain rippers.

Naturally, we had to do the same for freestyle snowboards. As much as we love the big mountain and all that dank powder that’s been dropping as of late, jibbing rails, launching off kickers, and destroying cliffs is just as fun.

Choose any of the five snowboards listed below for a freestyle experience like no other. Each of the boards is tailored towards different types of riders and the one you should roll with is dependent on the discipline you most often ride in and your skill level.

Here are the best 2014 freestyle snowboards in no particular order:

1. 2014 K2 World Wide Weapon Snowboard

The 2014 K2 World Wide Weapon Snowboard, also known as the WWW, is a lady in the streets and a freak in the bed! Straight out of the box the board has looks that kill. And take it to the slopes and the thing hits it even harder.

The WWW has been around for 10 years and 2014’s version is better than ever before. It is perfectly set up for jibbing galore with a soft and supportive profile and flex. While you’ll be able to blast off small kickers with ease, the board comes up short on anything larger or on rougher terrain. Read: this is not an all-mountain freestyle board. But it is incredibly at home in the park. Amazing response and pop and a playful, buttery feel make the K2 World Wide Weapon ride similar to a skateboard and allows you to destroy absolutely any rail, box, or bench the park or the streets can throw at you.

It’s available in 142, 147, 151, 154, and 157 and runs for $400.

Find out more about the 2014 K2 WWW Snowboard.

2. 2014 Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher BTX Snowboard

Another park-oriented jibbing machine, the 2014 Lib Tech Box Scratcher is Jesse Burtner’s solution to freestyle madness. Far and away one of the best freestyle snowboards of the year, you’ll be pressing anything in your path with this bad boy.

The Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher has a relatively soft flex and a kink nose and kink tail. It’s twin shape means make way for switch madness. The snowboard is actually designed to be ridden in a slightly smaller size than normal without sacrificing stability. The Magne-Traction steak knife technology is largely the reason that this is possible.

It’s available in a 147 and a 152 and runs for just over $450.

Find out more about the 2014 Lib Tech Burtner Box Scratcher Snowboard.

3. 2014 K2 Fastplant Snowboard

Another K2 creation that makes our list of the best freestyle snowboards of 2014, the K2 Fastplant is the perfect solution for those that like to ride both inside and outside of the park.

Suited for just about any type of terrain, the 2014 K2 Fastplant Snowboard is a needle in the haystack as far as all-mountain freestyle sticks go. It is constructed out of bamboo from tip to tail for the utmost in light weight, durability, and response. Seriously though, this baby is a pop machine. In addition to its springy bamboo construction, the Fastplant features a full camber design with integrated carbon ollie bar. Better yet, it comes with a 5 year no snap warranty.

It’s available in 151, 154, and 157 and runs for $530.

Find out more about the 2014 K2 Fastplant Snowboard.

4. 2014 Flow Verve Snowboard

Another crazy dope jibbing board, the 2014 Flow Verve Snowboard is most at home on boxes and rails but can hold its own in the snow.

With a cool graphic and a twin shape, the Verve is as buttery and catch-free as freestyle snowboards come. Its forgiving flex and convex base only serve to add to its catch-free ride. A blunted nose and a blunted tail further help you keep things locked. The Verve is your segue to switch ollie heaven.

It’s available in 152, 154, and 154W and runs for $360.

Find out more about the 2014 Flow Verve Snowboard.

5. 2014 Burton Nug Snowboard

We’ve realized this list has been jib heavy and that’s where the 2014 Burton Nug Snowboard comes in. Though it makes pressing rails simple, it is more at home launching off kicker jumps, bombing groomers, and getting tech in high-speed tree lines.

The Nug features a cool graphic and sports a twin shape. Like every snowboard Burton produces, it holds up for the long haul with an incredibly durable and lightweight design. It’s stiffer than any of the other boards on our list which gives it that high-speed stability that you need while riding the big mountain. However, a rockered profile and spoon-shaped nose and tail keep the ride playful and buttery. Burton suggests getting the snowboard in a smaller size than you normally ride for the ultimate in freestyle feel and luxury.

It’s available in 142, 146, 150, and 154 and runs for $420.

Find out more about the 2014 Burton Nug Snowboard.

2014 Salomon Salomonder Snowboard Review

Meet the 2014 Salomon Salomonder Snowboard and insert your own witty joke about snakes here. I’ve had a long day and can’t think of a witty amphibian/reptile (what even are salamanders anyways?) to describe this board.

What I can do, however, is tell you that the Salomonder, like nearly all of Salomon’s snowboarding wares, kicks ass. The official ride of Chris Grenier and Jed Anderson, you already know the board is awesome from the get go.

The Salomon Salomonder Snowboard has a very soft flex but comes equipped with No Chip Tips and an Aspen Strong core for extra durability and strength. These two features alone make the snowboard perfectly suited for rail-riding perfection.

Like many freestyle boards, the Salomonder comes equipped with a Super Flat profile. In fact, the profile is completely flat underfoot so that your ride is as catch-free and forgiving as possible. Buttery flex is the name of the game thanks to Biax glass and the Easy Press construction is yet another feature that makes the board incredibly durable, even when you are pressing as hard as humanly possible.

Though the snowboard has a very soft flex, it still features plenty of edge hold thanks to an EQ3 sidecut. Royal Rubber Pads are another key feature and dampen vibrations when the going gets icy and rough.

Few freestyle boards are as well-suited for jibbing madness as the 2014 Salomon Salomonder Snowboard is. If jibbing is your thing, then you’ll be pibbing (bad pun on pimpin’) on this board.

2014 Rome Butterknife Snowboard Review

With a Hawaiian-inspired graphic, you can bring a little summer to the slopes and get Lei’d with the 2014 Rome Butterknife Snowboard.

The boys at Rome have done it once again with the 14′ Butterknife. A freestyle snowboard through and through, it features a skateboard-like feel and design that makes it easy to maneuver and push to its limits. In fact, the board’s skate-feel is so great that it’s recommended you ride a version 1-2 sizes shorter than your normal stick. The deck is basically a jibbing masterpiece.

The Rome Butterknife Snowboard incorporates a SkateCore profile to enhance its “ollie.” The profile, which is narrow between the bindings but thick at the core, makes it feel as though you’re riding the board on a set of trucks – just like a skateboard. The ButterOut transition zones are extra long and also contribute to this loose, fun feel.

Glass impact plates are included underneath your feet to further increase the Rome Butterknife Snowboard’s overall durability. They protect the core from big landings and harsh impacts. The Impact base is also extremely durable and prevents the Butterknife from getting nicked up during your runs.

There are few snowboards out there that feel as much like a skateboard as the 2014 Rome Butterknife Snowboard. If you’re equally (or more) at home on the concrete as you are on the snow, then this snowboard is definitely for you. You’ll love its loose feel, its crazy snap, and its awesome “No Hang-Ups” profile.

2014 Dinosaurs Will Die Bogart Snowboard Review

The 2014 Dinosaurs Will Die Bogart Snowboard is a freestyle masterpiece that can kick it on any terrain.

Designed and ridden by Ben Bogart, the snowboard is his go-to board no matter the time of year or the conditions. If you know of Bogart, then you know this means anything from huge backcountry lines to gnarly street gaps to kickers in the park.

The Dinosaurs Will Die Bogart Snowboard is incredibly stable and durable thanks to its relatively flat profile. Though stability and strength is the name of the game as far as this board goes, it is forgiving and flexible enough for all the jibbing you can throw at it.

The snowboard’s Biax glass construction lends a buttery feel to the entire thing, making it perfect for jibbing and park riding. The snappy poplar core keeps this baby super lightweight and makes for a ride with a lot of pop and a lot of snap.

Need a killer snowboard that isn’t going to break the bank? If you are primarily a freestyle oriented rider, then the 2014 Dinosaurs Will Die Bogart Snowboard is one of your absolute best choices for the coming (and, in some places, current season.

2014 Lib Tech Skate Banana Original Snowboard Review

Lib Technology goes bananas once again with their 2014 Lib Tech Skate Banana Original Snowboard. True to its roots, the board is an absolute freestyle killer featuring only a few updates since it was first released five years ago.

The snowboard’s key point is undoubtedly its OG Banana Tech BTX rocker. This rocker profile is well-known for its intuitive nature and easy rideability. Heavy rocker sits between the bindings while the tip and tail have small amounts of camber. The set-up suits anyone from first-timers to seasoned vets.

Magne-traction edges makes maneuvering the Skate Banana simple, even if the conditions are icy and hardpack. The seven strategically-placed steak-knife bumps along the edges are bigger near the middle of the board, creating a feel that is much like ripping around on a skateboard.

The Lib Tech Skate Banana incorporates a sustainably-harvested wood H Pop core to create the ultimate in speed, pop, and snap. Durability is buffed up by Power Transfer internal sidewalls and UHMW external sidewalls.

Love freestyle snowboarding? Then chances are you’ll love the 2014 Lib Tech Skate Banana Original Snowboard. It’s light, fast, and durable and has an incredibly natural, easygoing feel. It even features a completely eco-friendly construction.

So grab a Lib Banana this winter and you’ll have your fill of pow-tassium…

Electric Watch Collection

Electric has been creating top-of-the-line super dope accessories for years upon years now. You probably know them for their eyewear…

But the accessories giant has stepped into a whole new marketplace with the release of their first collection of watches. And like their sunglasses, the entire Electric watch line is as high-quality as it gets.

Constructed from only the very best materials with the finest craftsmanship, Electric watches look good and last.

Check them out in the video above and at the Electric online store (where you can pick up your very own).

Vans Rowley Pro Lite Shoes

There is no denying that Vans has done it big time after time again. That’s how they got to be one of the most popular skate shoe companies of all time. Their Ge0ff Rowley signature  shoe has long been a big-time bestseller.

Now out for the holiday season is their new take on the Rowley, the Vans Rowley Pro Lite, a lighter, more durable version of the classic shoe featuring a state-of-the-art stitchless upper, a single-wrap vulcanized outsole, and a breathable neoprene inner glove.

Cop your pair from the Vans website.

Kick-Ass New Apparel from Poler X NikeSB

There are dozens of sick lifestyle companies hawking their wares out there but few make cooler casual clothing than Poler Stuff and NikeSB. Though their individual apparel is as great as it comes, the two brands have teamed up to release a much awesome line of threads for the holiday season.

Check out the Poler X NikeSB apparel online.

And don’t pass on watching the video above. It features professional skateboarder Alex Olson’s trip from New York City to Iceland while decked out in the rad new gear.