Best Overall Splitboard For Backcountry Snowboarding
The Burton Landlord
was the board most testers wanted to keep after the tests for one main reason: it was just so much fun to ride, especially in powder and softer snow. That said, it tied the Jones Solution for overall score. The Solution is better at climbing, firm snow, and steep lines. So which board is the absolute best depends on your riding style and weight, as the stiffer Solution is better for heavier riders. The Landlord was the heaviest split in our review but that didn't stop it from creating an entirely different riding experience. Multiple reviewers gushed about how much fun it was. The dimensions and features worked together to make this split a very useful and enjoyable board. It is more of a freestyle-tuned board, while several of the other contenders are more big-mountain focused.
Best Bang for the Buck
The Jones Explorer
caught us by surprise with its light weight, fun factor, and affordability; that's a tough triple to hit and Jones nailed it. The Explorer has a different ride quality than its more famous sibling the Solution, but it was very well received by our review team. The Explorer occupies a lower profile spot in the Jones lineup, but that didn't stop it from earning our Best Buy Award, as it offers a great all-around value.
Top Pick for Climbing and Steep Lines
The Jones Solution
scored well in nearly every category of our review and is certainly deserving of its popularity. If you seek out big lines and steep challenging objectives, this is the board for you. The Solution is light, stiff, and reliable, and our most skilled and experienced riders gave the Solution some of their highest marks. The stiffness and light weight of the Solution helped it score the highest in climbing and firm snow performance. For riders who want to shave every ounce on the uphill, this is the board.
2017 Updates to Splitboards
We tested the 2016 models of the award winners above. For the 2017 models, the only changes to the Landlord and Solution were the top sheets and graphics. The Explorer had a more substantial change and now has a new share and metal to protect the tip and tail. Read more in the individual reviews about each board and its changes.