Since its inception, the Burton Family Tree Spliff Splitboard has shaken up the splitboarding world, offering a fresh and fun way of shredding fresh powder, tight trees, and mellow(er) backcountry terrain without the excess swing weight and cumbersome turning radius of larger splitboards. Its relatively wide waist, S-Rocker profile, and lengthened tip and tail contacts (what Burton calls Side Effects) work in unison, helping you ride the Spliff a good 8 to 10-centimeters shorter than what you'd regular ride in the backcountry. Ultimately, this makes for a surprisingly stable splitboard that not only floats powder extremely well for its size, but one that's extremely playful with a super-short turning radius that's ideal for banking between tight trees. Don't take our word for it, Backcountry Magazine gave the Spliff an Editors' Choice Award in 2013, saying it has "...a one-of-a-kind shape that makes mellow BC terrain more fun."
Traditionally, splitboards have relied on drilled inserts to mount the binding pucks, subsequently limiting your stance angles and range, as well as making the entire ordeal a giant hassle to line-up properly. Not anymore. Burton's Channel split system is designed to be compatible with the standard Voile split interface, yet instead of limiting you with pre-drilled holes, the Channel split system offers an infinite range of stance options with its dual-Channel mounts. Note that the Spliff comes with pre-mounted Channel-compatible pucks.
Delving inside this pint-sized performer, you'll find a snappy Super Fly II core with Squeezebox core profiling for a smooth, consistent flex through the center of the board with slightly stiffer zones outside the bindings for enhanced control. Additionally, the tapered Pro-Tips reduce swing weight, allowing you to spin the Spliff with unprecedented ease, especially considering its smaller length. Add in a wax-thirsty, super-fast sintered base for plenty of speed needed to plane through untracked snow in the backcountry.
- Directional shape with 5-millimeters of taper
- Raduction Level 10: downsize 8 to 10-centimeters
- S-Rocker profile (camber with rockered nose)
- Side Effects (lengthened tip, tail contacts)
- Channel split system (works with 4-hole/Voile-compatible bindings)
- Comes with pre-mounted Channel-compatible pucks
- FSC Certified Super Fly II core with Dualzone EGD
- Squeezebox core profiling
- Triax fiberglass
- Pro-Tip (tapered tips)
- Sintered base
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Fun Board for up & down the mtn
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Just spent my first week in the German Alps with this board skinning up and riding it as my primary board. After the first day on the Spliff i put away my K2 and didnt go back to it again. Jump turns, moguls, & even powder were fine and felt natural with this board. Now I'm looking for something similar for my resort board...
I set my Spliff up with Voile Light Rail bindings and together they worked great! Due to the shorter length of the Spliff I had to run the pin from the rear of the board as the other side was blocked by the climbing wires. This caused the safety wire to disengage a couple times when kicking around. I did have to retighten the pucks twice as the two sides started to become misaligned but besides that it was great!
Skinning was easy and the shorter planks made it easier to step over when switchbacking the turns. I used the backcountry goat-branded skins and they provided amazing traction on all but the steepest and iciest slopes (I wasnt using my headlamp as much as i should have when night touring).
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This board is awesome on mellow (er) terrain. In fact it is extremely fun. Not sure if Karakoram/Burton changed this but the split 30's require some modification to even fit this board. major frustration!! I ended up grinding down my brand new binding plates last season just to get the board to fit together. It seems like burton made the board then split it. somehow there are mm's missing between the two skis, this is problematic and makes the tip and tail clips come off and is what I believe to be the reason for the binding issue. It is a very fun board if you are just getting out there. Just dont expect to be doing cliff dropping, huge mtn riding, gnar type stuff. This board makes mellow usually relatively safe terrain a blast!!
Burton's Channel split interface.
Although this video shows the Landlord split, the Spliff has the same Channel Split interface. Thought I'd share this clip for setting this bad boy up.