How is the trailboard different than anything else on the market?
We get this question a lot, especially from seasoned snowboarders. The concept of backcountry (off resort) snowboarding has been around since snowboards were first invented. Since then, there has been a ton of innovation around equipment catered towards riders who want to explore the terrain outside the resort. The most notable product is the splitboard. This is a type of snowboard that splits down the middle into skis. By putting skins on the bottom of the skis, you can use them to ascend terrain covered in deep snow. When you get to the top, you remove the skins and convert the skis back into a board to ride down. This variation of a snowboard has made access to the backcountry more achievable and the results are awesome!
The trailboard wasn’t designed with big backcountry riding in mind - we’ll leave that to the splitboards. Instead, we wanted to make a board specifically used for hiking trails. We noticed that a lot of the trails we hike during the winter are filled with downhill sections. So we asked ourselves, “what if we could snowboard down instead of walking?” This is the idea that the trailboard was designed around. What would be the perfect board for bringing along on a hike and used when the time presents itself?
Bringing a snowboard or splitboard on most hiking trails would be overkill. One problem is that you would either have to walk in snowboard boots or carry them with you to swap your boots every time you want to ride. Then, when you come to a downhill portion, you have to decide if it's worth taking the time to strap in and strap out. In the case of a splitboard, you’d need to take off your skins, convert the skis into a snowboard, and then strap in. The result would be that you’d only go through all that trouble if the hill was big enough to be worth it. We wanted something that was so easy to go from walking to riding that every hill was worth it, no matter how small. A lot of people also ask: How is the trailboard different from other bindingless snowboard options on the market? Here is a breakdown of the options out there. Snowskates: Great for skate style tricks but lack control to safely ride them on hiking trails.
Bi-deck snowskates: Good for carving packed snow, but don’t have the surface area to float in powder.
Powsurfers: Great for slashing deep powder, but without edges they have no control in packed conditions.
Snurfers/Burton Throwback: Great for messing around on sledding hills, but similar to a powsurfer, when you get on packed snow the lack of edges means no control.
We are big fans of bindingless snowboards and that’s why we were so excited to design our own! Each one of these options has their own intended use and niche within the market. We believe hiking trails are just another vastly underutilized terrain where people can find some snowboarding bliss! The trailboard is designed to handle the wide variety of conditions you encounter on trails while being super portable, something important for all hiking gear.