2018/19 THE FREERIDE SPLIT 165
2018/19 THE FREERIDE SPLIT 165
Long turning radius
It is standard to use a longer turning radius on a freeride ski than on a slalom ski in the skiing industry; however, Furberg Snowboards is the only brand to adapt the turning radius for freeride snowboards. A longer turning radius generates better stability at higher speeds and, more importantly, gives the boards a calmer and more forgiving behavior by distributing the edge pressure over the entire contact length.
The best compromise between the flotation of full rocker, responsiveness, and grip of camber.
Long Rocker and Reverse Sidecut radiuses
When a board is ridden flat on the snow, a long rocker transition will make the nose of the board impact irregularities with a low angle of incidence and slide over with little resistance. Many snowboard brands are aware of this, but only we have combined the rocker with a reverse sidecut in nose and tail to maintain this low angle of incidence when riding the board on edge.
The long transitions of the reverse sidecut make the board turn more effortlessly since the typical pressure points at the end of the effective edge do not exist. The overall result is a very catch-free and surfy board.
Long and high nose
Increases flotation and makes the board slide over irregularities in the snowpack with less resistance. The very last part of the nose also has a slightly steeper angle to make touring with our splitboards easier.
|Nose Width (mm)||273||280||287||295||303|
|Waist Width (mm)||246||253||260||267||274|
|Tail Width (mm)||261||268||275||283||291|
|Turning Radius (m)||11,6||12,2||12,8||13,4||14|
|Shoe Size (cm)||23-26||24-27||25-28||26-29||27-30|
|Rider Weight (kg)||45-60||50-70||60-90||70-100||75+|
|Board Weight* (g)||2900||3000||3200||3400||3600|
I like this board so much I have 2 of them...I bought a fresh one at the end of 2017 season, thinking I'd destroy the 1st one, but I still haven't even ridden the new one yet (Dec 18). I ride this board year round in Colorado, summer included. As far as construction of the board goes, the quality is 2nd to none. I work in a ski shop, so I see lots of different splits and nothing holds a candle to the construction of the Freeride. Stable at speed, holds an edge when its icy and floats like a champ in the deep stuff. Doubtful I'll ever buy another from another manufacturer. Buy this board, you won't be disappointed.
Fun and playful
Super fun board to ride. Feels comfortable at speed, nimble in the tighter spots and forgiving if you're riding a bit loose:). I'd buy this splitty again in a heartbeat.
Great all mountain tool.
I have been using Furberg splitboards the last couple of seasons. They have always been reliable boards for all possible conditions. As a guide in western Norway i use this board in all possible conditions, blower and ice alike
Freeride split! Earn your turns!
The Freeride Split is my second splitboard. I used to ride a jones solution split and was quite happy with it, though a bit heavy when touring. The Freeride weights a bit less, which is much welcome. Light and playful in the deep pow, edgy and responsive when you need it to be. Handles well on hard packed snow as well, but riding fast on hard snow will give some turbulence to the board. I have the Spark bindings, easy transitions! Haven't had any trouble with ice. Only had a chance to enjoy the board for one season, looking forward for the next one.
After climbing the mountainside on snowshoes I was persuaded to try this splitboard. I was skeptic... But the board arravied and it was easy to put together. It was great to walk up the mountain with it. I was excited about the downhill run, but from the very beginning it was just the board and me. It was incredibly easy run and flowed like a dream on the snow! Can definitely recommend it!
The board is very nice in to use where there is bot too much powder, haven't tried it in alot of powder. My friend also has the same Splitboard an there came a cracke at the back of the board after landing on the rear end of the board.
Answer from Furberg Snowboards:
Thanks for the review!
Could you please tell your friend to get in touch with us? This should normally not happen from a bad landing, so it might be a warranty case.
I've had the freeride split for aboult half a season, and it completely altered my view on splitboard touring. My previous boards have been quite low flex boards fitting my riding on open faces. As I have moved to Voss which offers a lot more forresty riding I decided to go for something a bit more playfull and forgiving.
The freeride split is realy cool to mess around with in bumpy forresty terrain, but still offers enough stabilty and grip to make me comfortable on open faces. Both on the best powder days and the worst hardpacked and icy days, it performes nicely. The board is forgiving the times my weightshift is a bit off, which has saved plenty of my rubbish landings. I treasure durabilty over lightweight witch furberg seems to have done as well.
Maybe Im picky, but for me the position of the bindings on the board was very particular to make the board work for me.
The higher flex makes touring a bit less efficient on this board than the stiffer ones, less gripp on edge, and sinks more in the middle when in deep snow. Then again, if I wanted to maximize efficiency I would switch to randonee.
I have come to be very good friends with the freeride split, and it is realy making me see the potential in Voss' terrain. Realy stoked for the season to come riding with this board.
Review the freeride-split
This was the first board I bought as a splitboard and I am more than pleased with the board. The only thing that I can think of that can make this board even better and-/or more likeable is for us tall and heavy guys with sasquatch-feet to get the 170-model with a wide mode. I dont know if this might change the whole board if the waist was 290-300.
Thanks for a great board and great support during my order. Looking forward too a new season with deep pow and sunny skies!
The best board I’ve ever ridden in powder, the last season in sogndal was amazing! So I got to use the board a lot, taking turns was incredible. The only thing I can think of that was negative is that the metal screws easily became rusty.
I bought two 160cm Freerides, both the solid and the split, for the '17/'18 season. It was an uncommonly big season for me, 50+ days riding, which is a lot by my standards. I would say that I have spent a good half of these days on a Furberg. I am a fairly tall guy (190cm), so 160cm might be a fair bit on the short side, but I am also skinny (about 70kg), hence I was sure the 165 would be too much.
Initially, I thought the Freerides would be boards for rather specific conditions and terrain, given their unusual layout. I was thinking "wide open/good snow/fast riding", doubting usability in icy and/or tracked out terrain as well as tighter surroundings like tree runs. Performance on icy surfaces in particular were a concern for me, and as you will read, I have no definitive answer yet.
However, I rode the solid at Baldface Lodge, which means a lot of dense tree runs in deep snowpack, and it handled the tight turns and abrupt stops like a charm, not sinking, not catching, easy to turn on the spot. I tried a Yes 20/20 in between, which allegedly is at home in this type of terrain, and right away I wanted to get back on the Freeride. Supergood. Frankly, I was surprised.
I have also ridden the boards on more serious terrain, like around Verbier's Mont Fort as well as some classic runs in Chamonix and Diablerets, and I was even lucky enough to get some heli-runs in Riksgränsen. In that type of terrain (obviously) the boards excelled. Nice float, stable at high speeds, relaxed ride all around. Also, I felt the boards handle tracked out, choppy traverses well, stable and catch-free.
One thing I was worried about is iced up traverses. I cannot legitimately comment on this as (luckily) conditions were just too good for the most part. I would still think that in terms of grip the superwide sidecut is a bit of a drawback there, and on the few days with rather icy conditions I had last season, I basically always chose to ride other boards. However, I have splitboarded up the Gran Paradiso and the Pyramide Vincent, both well above 4000m, on the Freeride Split. The first section of the run down Pyramide Vincent was icy for sure, so was Gran Paradiso, but icy to a level that - in my view - hardly any board could correct. So, as said, for lack of experience I cannot say for sure, but maybe adding something like a serrated edge would ease my doubts...?
On a side note, I felt that I could land drops and jumps well on the board, and even if at times the tail felt like giving way (mind you 160 is a rather short board for me), it never did.
The only surface I would still at any time prefer other boards to the Freerides is groomed pistes. While I have learned to ride on-piste with them in reasonable style (took me a while), I find they are not exactly carving machines. It is a bit of a shame, because the flex is OK for some fun butters etc., but it just does not have that turning radius you want on-piste (and how could it given its USP?).
To sum it up, I really like the boards and will continue to ride them. I would however appreciate an in-between length of maybe 162 or 163 for the really big stuff (or wait until Furberg eventually puts out the Big Mountain board there have been so many rumors about).