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Gear Review

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Love/Hate

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well, maybe hate is too strong of a word.

In short, down = amazing, up = sketchy.

The SL Split is an awesome backcountry do it all ride, especially if you like to ride the backcountry like your own natural terrain park; drops, natural hits, pillows, featured terrain, this board kills it all. Incredibly responsive and nimble. I've owned and/or tested many splitboards (including Burton, Jones, Venture & Prior) over the years, and so far the SL has been my favorite shape for the riding part of backcountry snowboarding.

The downside is that the rocker/camber profile of this board puts the rocker right under the touring brackets. The NS rocker/camber has an aggressive "v rocker" like style; if you lay the board on a flat surface only the center of the board touches and both ends rise. Because of this RC profile, you don't get full surface contact on firmer snow, hard pack or ice. Its not a problem in powder or softer conditions, but once it gets hard and steep up you'll want to be throwing your crampons on sooner than later.

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Spot on with the review, but keep in mind, I have yet to find a rocker/camber hybrid board that climbs worth a s**t. Lib Tech, Gnu, all the same, once the skin track gets hard and icy you are at a loss for traction. But keep in mind, nothing rides like a NS board and this is one of their best. I have been riding this split for 2 years now and while I have learned the importance of crampons, I wouldn't trade this board for any out there, not even on the sketchiest of skin tracks.