When cost is your biggest barrier to entry, Signal’s subscription program is the solution. The total price is about as low as it gets for splitboards, and you can pay in monthly installments of $55 (no interest; all sales direct from Signal). As for the board itself? It rides better than the price suggests. A medium flex means easy turns, and while the Split didn’t excel in any one category, it comfortably handled varied snow in moderate steeps across the entire mountain.
The directional twin shape is similar to what resort riders are used to, and the light paulownia and poplar core adds to the Split’s playful feel. Tradeoff: With its lighter construction, this board is not meant for hard charging in aggressive terrain. Normal camber and steel edges ably gripped snow on uphills.
“Will you be cliff-dropping on it? No. But for folks who splitboard fewer than 20 days a season, this is an incredible starter board,” says one tester.