It may be dry as a bone in SoCal, but somewhere a powder stash awaits. If you’re a snowboarder, a splitboard is just the thing for finding those untracked slopes, and the technology of splitboarding is evolving even as you daydream of snowfields from a sunny beach.
Salomon announced its latest contribution to splitboard tech yesterday: a four-piece splitboard called the Premiere. Other splitboards come apart in the middle, resulting in two skis for backcountry travel. The Premiere comes apart into four-pieces, with the two center parts designed to fit into your backpack, the allowing for narrower 90mm skis.
Salomon says the 4-part split construction makes for “for faster, lighter, and more effective touring and climbing…and shaves 800 grams of weight for the most lightweight setup possible.”
The board is also designed to be shorter and wider than the average splitboard, to provide more control, maneuverability, and flotation in deep snow.
“We overcame many challenges in order to make a 4-part splitboard that is easy and fast to assemble with a unique shape for versatile and fun riding,” said Franck Juvin-Acker, Salomon snowboard product line manager. “The Premiere has an improved freeride shape, and can handle anything the mountain throws at it. It gives a whole new meaning to backcountry snowboarding.”
The board comes with custom pucks, the Voilé universal kit (hooks, clips, touring bracket, heel risers and sliders), custom fit skins and crampons for steep terrain exploration in the most effective and convenient setup possible. It costs — brace yourself — $1,299.