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I love back country riding. A friend of mine suggested we should get splitboards and go more "where the lifts don't go" next season. Finding as much untouched powder as we can:).

So far looking for splitboards I found that most of them are 160+ cm. It feels kind of big for me. I am 5'6" and 155 lbs (170cm/70kg). I am not that super aggressive in my ride style. I am an experience rider. I have no problem riding tough back country trails.

My current boards are from 148 (park) to 154 (all mountain). Boards larger than 156 feels big and clumsy when I ride back country.

I am looking for a board that is:
- light (both for riding and hiking)
- not to stiff (7-8 on 10 grade scale is bordeline to stiff)
- quick edge to edge
- quick turns in tree lines
- as small as it get but still floating in powder :)

But since this is my first splitboard I am open to any suggestions.
 

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Welcome to splitboarding! You'll love it, it opens up sooo many options! (Standard reminder: get your avy gear n classes, be wise, learn to say no :blahblah: ;))

Check out women's splits. They are made in small sizes which would fit your weight. E.g. Jones has the Solution (more the freeride shape) or Hovy (more in the pow shape) in women's version, which don't have a girly appearance.
 

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gnu did a bpro split in 155...but idk if they are still doing it. And then there is the gnu beast, beauty and billygoat splits that you might consider.

I have a 159 billygoat split that has the c2btx...works great but it is not the lightest, fairly stiff in the cam sections but torsionally looser.
 

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Keep in mind that you will be hauling around a pack with avalanche equipment (and potentially other gear, food & water, clothes, etc.) when splitting.
So unless the board is specifically designed to be ridden short (say, like a 156 Hovercraft) smaller than 160 will probably be pushing it.
 

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Welcome to splitboarding! You'll love it, it opens up sooo many options! (Standard reminder: get your avy gear n classes, be wise, learn to say no :blahblah: ;))

Check out women's splits. They are made in small sizes which would fit your weight. E.g. Jones has the Solution (more the freeride shape) or Hovy (more in the pow shape) in women's version, which don't have a girly appearance.
Hmm. So the 148cm women Solution in Pink doesn't have a girly appearance? Not quite my color of choice:). But the green 152cm looks ok.

But I found that the men Solution exists in size 154cm. Comparing Solution W 152 with the Solution 154 I found:
- The 154 i stiffer 8 compared to 7.
- The 152 has waist width of 23.9 compared to 24.4. Good quick edge to edge but perhaps to narrow. I have size US8.5 (UK7.5, EUR 41) on boots.

Good tip on looking at womens board. If they are a bit softer and lighter it could be something.
 

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It depends on the pow. I'm 81kg on 159, then fully loaded avy gear with float bag, lunch, water maybe another 9kg...it works alright for about 30cm of pnw stuff we get.

When buying I thought about going a bit longer into the 162/66 range for the deeper snow. But in reality, if its that deep, I'd probably be riding inbounds and lift assisted slack. And I wanted something to that would do early and late conditions when the lifts were not running.

However I have a 164 Charlie Slasher that I could split

btw...I have men's size 6.5/7 feet/boot size and the billygoat 159 was about the narrowest at 25cm
 

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Keep in mind that you will be hauling around a pack with avalanche equipment (and potentially other gear, food & water, clothes, etc.) when splitting.
So unless the board is specifically designed to be ridden short (say, like a 156 Hovercraft) smaller than 160 will probably be pushing it.
Didn't think of that, but still I am not that found of riding boards bigger than 156cm.

A question about the Hovercraft. It's tail is only 10cm long compared to the Solutions 19cm. Is such a short tail a problem when hiking?
 

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gnu did a bpro split in 155...but idk if they are still doing it. And then there is the gnu beast, beauty and billygoat splits that you might consider.

I have a 159 billygoat split that has the c2btx...works great but it is not the lightest, fairly stiff in the cam sections but torsionally looser.
My 154 board is Lib tech TRS HP. Really nice board. Works in powder too. Perhaps I should chop it in 2 :).

No Lib tech splitboards below 161cm at their site.
Gnu beast splitboard is 158cm. Too big in my opinion. The W version is 152 - too small.
 

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For comparison: I am 155-160lbs and have a 161 Solution. No way I would go shorter for that board at my weight if the riding involves any powder (not that I could have anyway because my feet are size 9.5 and the shorter solutions are too narrow). Doubly so with a heavy pack.

Hovercraft/Ultracraft split that has been mentioned could be a good choice for going shorter.
There was also a Burton Spliff 148 with a weight range supposedly up to 185lbs, but some reviews were quite bad. And now there is a Fish Split but that is quite powder specific.
 

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For comparison: I am 155-160lbs and have a 161 Solution. No way I would go shorter for that board at my weight if the riding involves any powder (not that I could have anyway because my fees are size 9.5 and the shorter solutions are too narrow). Doubly so with a heavy pack.

Hovercraft/Ultracraft split that has been mentioned could be a good choice for going shorter.
There was also a Burton Spliff 148 with a weight range supposedly up to 185lbs, but some reviews were quite bad. And now there is a Fish Split but that is quite powder specific.
The problem with Hovercraft and Ultracraft is that I find them superstiff. I want it a bit more playful.

The Burton Spliff sounds interesting. I found this review from 2013:
» Topic: Product Review- 148 Burton Spliff/ Sparks Magneto Bindings

But I couldn't find anything on Burtons site. No more Spliff?
 

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Hmm. So the 148cm women Solution in Pink doesn't have a girly appearance? Not quite my color of choice:). But the green 152cm looks ok.

But I found that the men Solution exists in size 154cm. Comparing Solution W 152 with the Solution 154 I found:
- The 154 i stiffer 8 compared to 7.
- The 152 has waist width of 23.9 compared to 24.4. Good quick edge to edge but perhaps to narrow. I have size US8.5 (UK7.5, EUR 41) on boots.

Good tip on looking at womens board. If they are a bit softer and lighter it could be something.
Lol, you're right, this years tiny one is a girls colour, but that size is not in your range anyway. (that stupid color holds me back from getting that one, even tho it would suit my weight perfectly, but rather go for the bigger one :rolleyes:)

The Solution is the split version of the Flagship... I cannot say how mens n women's Solution compare cos I only ever tried the women's split, but I know the men's n women's solid versions and there, the men's really is stiffer. While my 156 women's has a agile, nimble character, the men's 154 is a stiff aggressive board.

If you consider the Solution... for size: go for middle of weight range. I.e. 156 women's (if you want bit softer flex) or 154 men's. SO is right in the middle of his Solution and it perfectly floats in hip deep. They do a good job with their riders (not avy pack n stuff) weight assignment.

However, there are other brands with women's splitboards you can check out » 2015/2016 Women?s Splitboard Line Up
 

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I weigh 110lbs ride 152 Solution and probably could have easily gone to 156. Actually when I was choosing splits it was between that and NS SL. In backcountry you want a bigger board than you normally ride. At your weight and with your foot size I wouldn't bother with anything less than 156-159. Considering you're riding deep pow with about 10 extra pounds of gear even 160 is not a bad idea.
 

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You could get a Prior Backcountry Splitboard





or a Prior Brandywine Splitboad



they both come in sizes you'd be interested in.. They are really the same board they just call the smaller ones a women model, but it's really the same deck. When you order the board you can choose the graphics so you won't get stuck with some thing you don't like.





Priors are super great boards I have four of them, 2 splits, and they are all I've been riding for the past 7-8 years...

 

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Never heard of Prior before but I like their concept. Similar to Donek snowboards.

From the spec I would go for:
Prior Brandywine Splitboad 154.
adding XTC Carbon for lighter board.
adding 3-5mm wider waist for more float.

I couldn't find flex information. But it's good that you can change it if you like.

But it comes with a price. My spec ended up at $1.149. A little to much:).
 
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