How To Buy Splitboard Bindings
You've found the right splitboard and now it's time to choose the right splitboard bindings. Regular bindings can be used with an interface kit but split-specific is always the best way to go since these bindings are made work better in the conditions that you will be facing in the backcountry. Here are some important things to consider when buying splitboard bindings.
Can I use my regular bindings instead?
You can, and there are conversion kits (Voile Splitboard Kit for Standard Bindings or One Binding System) if you need to go that route. However, the best possible performance will come from split-specific bindings. If you choose to use your traditional bindings keep in the mind the performance may be different than what you are used to on standard snowboard, especially in climbing mode.
Why are splitboard bindings better than regular bindings?
Splitboard bindings are built to be lighter and stronger than traditional bindings. They are also built to specifically handle backcountry conditions by offering you the perfect amount of support for both climbing and riding. Plus, most models are designed so you can easily switch between the two modes (touring and riding).
What binding interface system is compatible with what?
Over the years there have been many changes in splitboard binding interfaces. Modern era splitboard bindings generally break down into two types. The Pin System and the Voile Puck System. Continue reading our understanding splitboard bindings guide for more compatibility detail.
Hard boot bindings vs. soft boot bindings?
This is definitely a personal choice but some splitters do prefer to ride in hard boots (ski boot style) for added support and an overall lightweight, responsive feel. Hard boots will require you to use a hard boot specific binding. Most split boarders that come from a snowboard back ground already have traditional snowboard boots (soft boots) so they tend to stick with soft boot bindings. Soft boot bindings are still built to offer the proper amount of support and stability for backcountry use. If you choose to ride traditional snowboard boots, you may prefer a stiffer flex for added support in steeper, faster terrain and more stability while climbing.
What else do I need?
At the very least, you'll need a splitboard, boots, bindings, skins, poles and a backpack. For more information on backcountry accessories and what gear you need for splitboarding, continue with your learning by reading our guides below.show related articles