PRIOR XTC CARBON, a matter of weight

Whistler based Prior Snowboard Manufactory Ltd,  known throughout the world as manufacturers of premium, handcrafted snowboards, splitboards and skis, is proud to introduce their new, lightweight, high-performance XTC carbon construction for winter 2011/12. XTC carbon construction is available as an upgrade to all Prior splitboards and saves an average of 600 grams (1.32 pounds) off a Prior splitboard.

“This is a great leap forward for us as a manufacturer as it sets us on the leading edge of splitboard design technology,” explained founder Chris Prior. “The XTC carbon technology allows splitboarders to save energy on the ascent and the boards ride amazing when ripping the pow on the down. The ride is actually a bit livelier than our regular quad glass construction creating the opportunity to ollie bigger or get more energy upon release of each powder turn while still providing the stability when straightlining at speed or going thru crud and less than perfect conditions.”

alpinist skins



More options for specific splitboard skins.

Snowboarders asked for it and we listened. G3’s long history of climbing skin research and design have been applied to the new Alpinist Splitboard Skin – purpose built for backcountry snowboarders. Our premium Splitboard Skins have been engineered from tip to tail to be the lightest, fastest gliding, most reliable and secure splitboard climbing skins available. Including a tip connector for tail attachment, they are available in three different lenghts, weighting from 590gr to 670gr.



Skiers Zack Giffin and Molly Baker, along with splitboarder Neil Provo, will travel around the western U.S. and Canada this winter, hunting for powder, exploring the sidecountry at resorts on their way, finding new Outdoor Research grassroots team athletes, posting video dispatches and generally spreading the sidecountry stoke along the way. They’ll be following the true ski-bum spirit by living out of a self-built, bohemian-inspired, 112-square-foot ‘tiny home’ on wheels that they’ll be hauling behind a bio-diesel-powered Ford F350. Do not miss the construction of the house and the episodes with the great splitboarder Neil Provo that they post online as the season gets going.



Shearer and Bells to their splitboarding team.
We have good reasons to celebrate! Patagonia is definitely backing splitboarding including riders such as Josh Dirksen, Forrest Shearer and Ryland Bell in their lineup, as an answer to the increasing demand of gear that meets our needs. They will certainly play a major role in the development of more technical and light gear to make us feel good on the mountains without leaving aside their environmental commitment, something that has always been a priority for this company.