Choose your Sandy Shapes Splitboard

The Sandy Shapes splitboards are specifically developed for snowboard-mountaineering and are a true freeriding dream. Our line consists of four different splitboard models in multiple sizes for any condition and riding style: directional, tapered, swallow-tail, or twin-tip.

A collection of finely crafted wooden splitboards, designed for those who not only love Backcountry Snowboarding, climbing with skins and descents in powder but also care about sustainability and the conservation of the alpine environments.

Fantastica splitboard in natural ash wood

FANTASTICA SPLITBOARD
153 – 163 cm

Tapered, directional splitboard

What is Splitboarding

Splitboarding is the ultimate expression of freeriding, a discipline that combines ski-touring, mountaineering, and off-piste snowboarding.

Not many people know this, but the first known splitboard design has been patented by an Italian rider: Nicolò Manaresi from Bologna in 1990. The design was published in the Italian magazine “SKATESNOWBOARD” in the same year. Immediately after, in 1991, Brett “Kowboy” Kobernik, a Utah Avalanche Forecaster, realized the prototype of what will become the first splitboard model to be commercialized by Voile in 1994.

What is a Splitboard, and how is made

A splitboard is a snowboard that can “split” in half longitudinally to allow the rider to walk uphill using climbing skins, just like with touring skis.

It sounds very simple, but the splitboards are complex gear. To keep the two halves together during the descent, they are equipped with closing clips and hooks, while to allow the ‘touring’ mode, they are provided with additional internal edges and extra mounting holes for attaching the bindings in walking mode.

Splitboard Bindings

To practice splitboarding, it is necessary to have specially dedicated bindings.

These include a mounting in ‘touring mode’ that allows the free movement of the heel for walking and a mounting in ‘riding mode’ which, once you reach the top, will enable you to safely join the two halves of the board and enjoy the descent.

More than any other freeride snowboarder, splitboarders will be able to reach unspoiled mountain terrains, enjoy unique natural landscapes and untracked powder slopes and couloirs.

La firma di Alessandro Marchi, detto "Sandy"

Pros and Cons of Splitboards Vs Snowboards

Pros
A splitboard snowboard will allow you to climb faster. Not having to carry your board tied to your backpack will let you keep pace with your freeskier friends and, most importantly, save precious energy for the descent!

Cons
Featuring 4 edges, clips, and hooks, a splitboard is on average heavier, stiffer, and more expensive than a standard snowboard, and suitable for riders who already have good technique and experience.

Splitboarding vs Snowshoeing

Using a splitboard is undoubtedly faster climbing, more agile and less tiring than using snowshoes. The two halves of the board offer much more surface to move without sinking too much into the fresh snow. The skins allow you to move safely on steeper slopes and to edge better in the traverses, and it is also possible to use dedicated rampants in ice conditions.

For the above reasons, if you’re serious about backcountry snowboarding, a splitboard is the right board for you!

FREERIDE PROFILE

The Sandy Shape’s Freeride profile is a hybrid camber profile characterized by a wide nose with a sweet and progressive rocker and a tail with a shorter and tighter curve.

Specially developed for freeriding, this profile guarantees excellent float in powder, helping the rider sink the tail and keep the nose out of the snow without making excessive efforts.

The camber section under the feet makes this kind of boards reactive and manoeuvrable in all snow conditions.

Freeride profile by Sandy Shapes Snowboards

Virtuosa Split

Virtuosa Split is a real big mountain splitboard for experienced riders with a mountaineering approach, developed for demanding tours, steep slopes, and challenging rides.
It’s characterized by a directional but not extreme shape and a good setback, with a wide nose, a generous center, and a slim tail.

Virtuosa Split
159 cm – 169 cm wide

Hybrid camber-rocker Splitboard
for steep slopes & challenging rides

Zingara Split
159 cm

Maneuverable and versatile
all-mountain twin-tip splitboard

MICROCAMBER

In our Microcamber profile, the arch extends in the binding area, becoming flat before reaching the tip and tail. It rises up with a very wide radius, making these boards is highly responsive and accurate.

The camber section under the feet makes this kind of board reactive and maneuverable in all snow conditions.

Microcamber

Zingara Split

The Split version of the Sandy Shapes Zingara is an all-mountain twin splitboard suitable for both experienced and beginner splitboarders. The twintip shape and medium flex make it maneuverable and versatile, while its microcamber grants performance even on ice and difficult terrains. One of the best all-mountain splitboard you will ever ride.

HOW TO USE A SPLITBOARD

Climbing Setup

  1. Remove the bindings
  2. Split the board by opening the clips and hooks
  3. Clean the soles, apply the skins evenly and clip them in position
  4. Apply the bindings in climbing position

You can now grab your poles and start walking, making some long strides by pushing forward your skis rather than lifting them in a stepping motion.

Riding Setup

  1. Remove bindings, crampons and skins
  2. Slide-in together the two halves of your board, make sure that all the clips and hooks are properly closed, and that the inner edges are tight together
  3. Apply the bindings in riding position as per your preferred freeride stance

Now choose your line and enjoy the ride!

WOMEN’S SPLIBOARDS & SIZING

Considering dimensions, maneuverability and flex, our splitboard models most suitable for women are the 153 cm Fantastica Split and both the 153cm and 159cm Zingara Split:

Fantastica Split

153 cm

Fantastica Split, splitboard direzionale in legno di frassino naturale

Zingara Split

153 – 159 cm

Zingara split, una Splitboard twin-tip e leggera in legno di frassino

SPLITBOARD SETUP & ACCESSORIES

For Splitboarding, a part from the board, you will need the following gear:

  • Splitboard bindings
  • Climbing skins
  • Splitboard Crampons
  • Freeride boots
  • Adjustable telescopic or foldable poles
  • Backcountry backpack and Safety Kit (more below)
  • You can always ask for suggestions & recommendations for your personal Splitboard setup.

Splitboard Sandy Shapes

“No friends on a powder day”?

“No friends on powder days” ” is a popular saying in the snowboarding world. The temptation of always being the first to trace lines on unspoiled snow fields may lead some to think that is better to be alone while freeriding.

Well, let us say that it isn’t a good idea.

And this for two good reasons:

  • Because life is about sharing, and so is snowboarding. Being with friends doubles the fun.
  • Safety.


  • Freeriding takes place in a natural environment without human intervention or control, and which therefore can expose you to objective and significant risks and dangers.
    Don’t just think about avalanches, but also about ice, holes, drops, and obstacles.

    Freeride snowboarding requires good preparation, knowledge of the mountain, and awareness of one’s limitations.

    The must have safety kit for every freeeride session includes 3 fundamental items:

  • An Artva avalanche reiver
  • A folding shovel
  • A snow probe



  • Get out there and enjoy the Mountain with due respect. Just like a surfer does in the Ocean. Sandy

    ALL OUR SPLITBOARDS

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    Freeride, Freestyle, Carving or All-Mountain, whatever your snowboarding style is, we got you covered.

    Can’t decide? Drop us a line, tell us your story and your riding preferences, we’ll be glad to give you some personalized tips.

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