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Turn your old Snowboard into a Splitboard !

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Hi everyone ! This is my first Instructable, I hope it's of any use. Please be aware that english is not my main language, so feel free to correct me in the comments.

Since I am the only snowboarder in my family, it was quite annoying to go ski touring with my brother and my dad. I had to use snowshoes and carry my board all the way up, which was, frankly, a bit of a pain. Then I started researching if there are no better options for me and in the end, I found what I was looking for - Splitboards ! These are snowboards that you can split (thanks Captain Obvious) into halves and use like skis to walk up, where you join the halves again and use it like a normal snowboard. I still had an old board which I didn't use anymore standing around in the cellar, so I thought, I could convert it in a Splitboard by myself.

In the following steps I show you how I did it and what experiences I made. Please note that I took the pictures with my mobile phone, therefore they are not always of the best quality. Regarding the duration of this project, it took a while since I didn't work on it continuously and also had to go the army for 5 1/2 months (it's mandatory in my country), where I couldn't work on it. If you really work on it often, say every evening after work, I'd say you'll be done in no more than 2 weeks. I am not responsible if you damage your board !
 
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Step 1: Buying a Splitboard-Kit

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So, let's get it started. The first thing I did was to buy a DIY-kit to convert my board. I know there are others around, but I decided to go with the kit from Voile.

http://www.voile.com/voile-splitboard-hardware/voile-split-kit-diy.html

Also, I purchased some epoxy and some fiberglass woven tape for the sides. This was an experiment, because I have never used epoxy before.
DaddysGal226 months ago
That is cool!!!
Arzed1 (author)  DaddysGal226 months ago

Thanks !

r_harris26 months ago
It looks like you not only did a good job on the splitting, but on making an old board new again, congratulations!

If you get a chance, could you add a couple of pictures showing how the board looks "Split" with the boots mounted for going uphill, and another with the board together, with the boot mounted for boarding downhill? I found a few pictures online, but I think it would be a nice addition to this instructable to show the two "Modes" of use.

I hope they work well for you. You did a great job and a great instructable!
Arzed1 (author)  r_harris26 months ago

Thanks a lot for the kind words. Here are the pictures, I'll put them into the Instructable together with instructions when I update it next time !

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r_harris2 Arzed16 months ago
Thank you for the pictures. Seeing the close up of the bindings in "Ski" position helps me understand how you can use them for going uphill.
MissMaryMae6 months ago
Nice job! You definitely put a lot of work in and it paid off. Love the design you painted on it. And you couldn't tell at all that English isn't your main language! :)
Arzed1 (author)  MissMaryMae6 months ago

Thank you very much ! I put in a lot of effort, both in my board and my english !

wscouten6 months ago
Very cool. Good job
Arzed1 (author)  wscouten6 months ago

Thanks !

tlee456 months ago
Also you can save $900. split boards are too expensive
Arzed1 (author)  tlee456 months ago

Yes, indeed !

Your English is great and so was the instructable!
Arzed1 (author)  anguspodgorney6 months ago
Thank you very much, I work hard on it to improve it and make myself clear ! Glad you liked the instructable !
audreyobscura7 months ago
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Arzed1 (author)  audreyobscura7 months ago
Hi Audrey

Thank you very much !

Yes, I will change the picture to the final result.
ironsmiter7 months ago
That is AWESOME!

I know it is not intended to be used that way, but when split into a pair of "skis", Can you do actual downhill skiing? It looks like they would work really well for cross country, but I do not know how much handling ability you would lose by having the one flat edge.

Also, Let us know how well it stays together? The latching system seems... weak. But combined with the boot bindings, is probably pretty strong for normal use. My main worry would be that the first time I landed wrong after a jump, I would end up with a broken board.
Arzed1 (author)  ironsmiter7 months ago
Hi Ironsmiter

Thank you !

I don't know that much about skiing, but maybe you could use it as sort of Telemark Skis (free heel skiing)... The heel lifts when walking, just like with cross-country skis. I will ask my brother if he thinks that will work !

Now, I only were able to test it "dry" on the floor, but so far it held together well ! As you said, the boot rail holds it down. Also, the latching at the tip and the tail hold it together very tight. However, these latches in the middle of the board (they look like an L) don't hold together, I think I could have even left them out. The only thing they might be usefull for is so the board doesn't go "sideways", if you understand what I mean.

Yes, that is my main worry too ! So I'll propably try to stick to the powder first before going after the big jumps with it. But I'll write a review when I've tested it.