The 10th Mountain Splitboard from Weston is their top tier freeride board. Built to cruise through powder, charge big lines, and hold an edge in variable terrain, this board is filled with tech to enhance your ride. It has a directional multi-radial camber rocker shape, with the radius increasing gradually starting at the nose, moving towards a more aggressive radius in the tail. This offers better pop and dampening on drops, and more control on bigger lines. Reverse camber in the nose and tail help keep those tips up while flying through the snow.
Weston's 10th Mountain Splitboard together for the down and split for the up.
The board is balanced so that the tail is just a little heavier. This means the nose naturally rises on kick turns, making life easier when the track gets steep.
For the downhill, Karakoram Ultra Clips helps pull the board together. The clips are the strongest splitboard clips on the market with the lowest profile. They not only offer impressive compression between the two skis, but can be easily adjusted so that that compression is maintained as the board ages
The 10th Mountain Splitboard features a the Conqueror Wood Core. This core uses paulownia, poplar, and bamboo, with carbon fibres running from tip to tail; poplar offers durability, bamboo and carbon for stiffness, and paulownia to shave weight. The carbon stringers are located near the center of the board in order to avoid too much torsional stiffness as not to interfere with turn initiation. Vertical carbon laminates between the wood stringers are added to enhance pop, strength, and stiffness. The result is more response, dampening, durability, pop, and less weight under your feet.
A carbon ‘V’ in the tail has been added to increase pop and provide more stability when landing. The Tail V increases torsional rigidity thus improving edge-to-edge control.
Rooted Inserts further increase strength and durability; these are flax inserts used as reinforcement in specific areas of the core. The use of flax instead of petroleum-based alternatives is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Tri-axe Glass is a triple axis stitched fiberglass that increases stiffness and increases precisions and response in any snow or terrain.
The 10th Mountain has Westons Rugged topsheet. This polymide material is made from castor beans; aside from being eco-friendly, it’s also resistant to scuffs and scratches and has hydrophobic properties that shed snow.
The base used is an Electra Sintered Base and is Weston’s fastest base. Cardon additives are used to distribute static friction across the base and promote a more even film of water for you to glide on. In order to maintain the integrity and speed of the base, Weston offers a Boltless Base, which also makes tuning the base easier.
The sidewalls are UHMW PE, or ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. This plastic has a very low coefficient of friction, is highly resistant to abrasion and wear, and offers effective load transfer. The result is a durable sidewall that protects the splitboard’s core from impact and increases torsional stability.
The inner-sidewalls include the same tech as the outers, including dampening tape.
Stainless steel tips on the nose and tail add durability in otherwise vulnerable areas, and the metal edge runs full length on both inner and outer edges. The tip and tail spacers are stitched to the core, further enhancing the durability of the board.
Weston offers one of the longest warranties in the industry, an impressive 4 years on manufacturer defects. Should your “defect” not be due to a manufacturing mishap, but due to shredding your board to death, they also offer the Board Slayer Program. If you destroy your Weston snowboard doing “something cool”, Weston will consider giving you 30% off a new set up.
Finally, Weston takes part in 1% For the Planet. This means that 1% of their total sales go to offsetting their carbon footprint and offering substantial donations to the National Forest Foundation.
Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing the Weston Range Splitboard and have since become a huge fan of this brand. I was excited to get the chance to review another Weston board and am just as impressed with the 10th Mountain as I was with Range.
While the Range is a little bit more of a playful and well-rounded ride, the 10th Mountain is an absolute slayer. The aggressive nature of this board provides rediculous control and comfort at speed. Being lazy and resting on the backfoot is not an option on this board; it only performs if you do, hence being targeted to advanced riders.
Despite being a more aggressive ride, this board is still playful. I had no problem popping in and out of butters in powder, or spinning off of natural hits.
The board is a little on the heavier side, and it’s fairly stiff. The stiffness is welcome when charging down mountains, and the heaviness is all thanks to the rugged construction. All of the tech that goes into this board is designed to make it faster and more bomber, and they’ve certainly achieved that.
Another thing I really like about Weston is their efforts when it comes to sustainability. Using beans and flax instead of plastics is a welcome change, and the performance does not suffer in exchange. In fact, the castor bean top sheet is the toughest top sheet that I’ve had on a snowboard.
While the graphics on the top sheet are fairly simple, a white top sheet reflects solar radiation and therefore stays a bit cooler. The results is less snow melting on the top sheet which then leads to less snow sticking to the board; turns out simple is better.
Amongst the slew of clever features is the weighting of the tail to help with kick turns. It’s these little details that really make Weston boards stand out.
If you like charging down mountains, this is an excellent weapon to add to (or replace?) your quiver. It’s built for speed and is super responsive, so be ready to fly down (and up) mountains when you strap into the 10th Mountain Split from Weston.
Price: $1193.93CAN / $899US
Lengths: 154, 158, 162, 166
Terrain: Freeride, All-mountain
Rider Level: Advanced
Camber Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Flex: Medium Stiff
Warranty: 4 years
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