Cold Smoke Splitboards has recently come out of the southwestern Colorado woodwork to provide those of us with limited budgets a way to get off the lifts and into the backcountry. By splitting the boards already in their customers’ quivers, they save us money. By stocking products from Spark R&D and Voile, they save us time bundling and waiting for shipments from multiple locations. And by promising a rapid turnaround and guaranteeing our satisfaction, they save us peace of mind so we can focus on what’s really important: exploring the backcountry.
I split my 2008 Lib Tech T. Rice 161.5, which has just been chillin’ in my closet the past two seasons. At first I was hesitant because I imagined my board’s core- strength to be negatively affected when they ripped the board down the middle. This was not the case. I can still press the hell out of it, and performance is still far above par both in the steeps and while maching through the bumps and over uneven, choppy terrain.
Next, I added Voile hardware and Spark R&D skin-clips, both of which require a simple installation process that even an undereducated Teletubby could assemble. I opted to use my own bindings, but only to save money. To really lighten the load, I would recommend throwing on some split-specific bindings from Voile or Spark R&D. They’ll slide right onto your binding plates and save a noticeable difference in weight.
Voile climbing skins were also available directly through Cold Smoke, so my new rig was shred-ready straight out of the box. I could have blown my wad on a new factory-split, but instead spent less than $300 on the entire set-up. Stoked! Now my cash can go toward the important things, like gas for the sled and high-class beverages like PBRs and Grape Kool-Aid.