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Complete guide to choosing the size of your splitboard

Find the ideal size to suit your style and needs. Tips for choosing the optimal length and width!

Have you ever dreamed of skipping the lift lines and making your way to a remote peak before carving down fresh new tracks? Get yourself a splitboard! Here are all the perks of this dual-purpose board!

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

What’s a splitboard?

A splitboard is a snowboard that splits in two, turning it into a pair of short touring skis (a little wider than normal). You then stick a pair of skins to their base for climbing to the peak of a mountain. After reaching the top, you reassemble them back into a snowboard so you can enjoy well-earned turns through untracked powder.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

What size should I choose?

Finding the right size is essential for optimal performance

Depending on the size and weight of the rider

It’s important to choose a board that is the right size for you. If it’s too short, it may feel antsy. Too long? It might be difficult to control. Basically, the rider’s size and weight will determine the choice of board. It's best to choose one that comes up to your chin. You can also apply the rule of 15-20 cm shorter than your height. You'll also need to consider your weight, including your gear (bindings, clothing, accessories, backpack, etc.).

The heavier you are, the bigger the size board you will need. Conversely, the lighter you are, the smaller your board will be. You will also need to add or subtract 2-3 cm from the board size.


Splitboarding is all about earning your turns. It’s escaping the crowds of ski resorts and venturing off the beaten track. It gives you the freedom to access untouched snow.  It’s possible to use it on groomed ski resort trails, but it's not its original purpose.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

Splitboard length and skins

Touring mode

Skins are essential since they provide the grip needed to tour uphill. Make sure you have right ones for your board, and set them up properly. Also check if your bindings are compatible with the touring mode, which will facilitate the transition between ascending and descending.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

Ideal length for riding

The ideal board length for riding will depend on your style and ability. Shorter boards will be nimbler, which is perfect for tight turns. On the other hand, longer boards will give you greater stability at high speeds, which is ideal for fast descents and big curves.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

Width and shape

Here's why these two factors are important.


A wider board is going to be harder to control transitions between turns. But conversely, if the width is too small, the risk of snagging your toes or heels against the snow in deeper turns is greater


Basically, splitboards come in two shapes: directional or symmetrical. The directional design offers more stability and better grip, so it's ideal for riders who like speed. The symmetrical split snowboard (or "twin tip"), on the other hand, offers optimum stability.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

Flex and performance

Impact of flex: handling and control

What is flex? It's the stiffness of the ski. It varies according to the skier's level and ability. Generally speaking, if you're tall and like speed, you'll be more inclined towards rigid skis for better grip and stability. If you have a slimmer build, more flexible skis are recommended for greater flexibility. For off-piste, you'll opt for a low flex to absorb shocks.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet



Splitboard bindings are made up of the same components as snowboard bindings. The only difference is that splitboard bindings have an additional system or switching between uphill and downhill modes. This means they have heel risers designed to help you climb the mountain with your skins on.

Optimal configuration and settings

Check your bindings regularly, especially the screws. Even if the components are resistant, prevention is better than cure. Make sure all screws are properly tightened. Ratchet buckles should also be securely locked, and straps should be in good condition.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

Accessories and other gear

Before heading out, you will need a few essential

Comfortable snowboard boots: to keep your feet warm and dry, and secure on the board. Make sure you find right fit to keep your feet supported and comfy.

3-section telescopic poles: they are useful for climbing. Poles can also help you to gain balance and support if you fall in deep snow. Plus, they pack down small enough when not in use, making them easy to stash in your backpack while riding down.

20 to 30-L pack: a pack this size is ideal for carrying your gear while maintaining good balance while going down. Make sure it fits snugly on your back and has straps for attaching poles to the outside, freeing up space on the inside.

Helmet, goggles and gloves: these are essential for your safety and comfort. The helmet protects your head in the event of a fall, while the goggles protects your eyes from the wind and elements. Lightweight gloves are ideal for climbing, but warmer gloves are essential for riding.

Layer up: to make sure you don't overheat during the climb, wear layers. Use breathable clothing that wicks moisture away from your body. Stash a jacket in your pack and take it out during the descent to keep you warm.

Water bottle and granola bars: staying properly hydrated is key. So drink regularly. Granola bars and gels are great if you need a boost of power.

Here’s what our colleague has said about it

“I've been snowboarding for nearly 20 years, and recently decided to try splitboarding to add some extra oomph in my riding. I chose the Decathlon one, and I must say I'm delighted! The skins fit perfectly, making it easy to climb, even on steep slopes. Assembling the board at the top of the mountain is a breeze, and the board offers a technicality that makes descents pleasant on all types of terrain. I highly recommend it, especially for the price.” - Audrée, Decathlon teammate.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet
Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet


Regular maintenance is one of the simplest ways to make sure your board lasts as long as possible. We recommend doing it at the beginning and end of the season, and every few times after using it. Ideally, re-wax it after every use. Do you have any further questions about maintaining your splitboard? Visit our workshop to find out more!

Who’s ready to paint their line down untouched fields of powder?

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