- 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.