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Gear Review | Mr.Splitboards High Mountain Shape

Lightweight splitboard from German production

by Malte Schulz • 11/13/2021
Since the 2016/2017 season, "Mr Splitboards" Simon Graf has been developing his own shapes. He can draw on his wealth of experience from over 20 years as a tour guide and knows the specific needs of splitboarders inside out. Simon Graf has developed various shapes for the respective areas of use and requirements on the mountain:

In addition to the Powder and All Mountain shapes, Mr.splitboards also has the High Mountain shape in its range. "Lightweight construction with maximum riding fun in harmony with the best possible ascent characteristics" is how developer Simon Graf characterises the High Mountain shape, which we tested intensively.

Mr.Splitboards is also moving towards regional production. In the past, the boards were produced in cooperation with the Canadian manufacturer PRIOR, but since the current series production has been based in Germany. The High Mountain lightweight (2.9 kg at 165 cm long) is handmade in a small factory in the Ore Mountains. We have already tested one of the boards produced in Germany.

Tester & test conditions

I am 178cm tall and weigh around 70kg. I have been splitboard touring since winter 2015/2016 and I do about 40-60 tours in the backcountry per winter. Depending on the snow conditions, my winter season runs from the end of September to mid-July.

I enjoy travelling on somewhat steeper terrain and I ski in all kinds of snow conditions. I use Rossignol/Plum XV bindings and my boots are crampon-compatible soft boots (Spark Deeluxe XV).

I have used the board almost exclusively on tours in open terrain, mainly on longer tours for me (> 1600 m ascent; Watzespitze, Hohe Munde, Ă–stliche Sattelspitze, Schrankogel). I also used the board on some tours in combination with lifts, which meant that the board also came into contact with groomed pistes on the Stubai Glacier. All in all, the board has seen pretty much every type of snow (crushed snow, firn, slush, powder snow, hard/icy) and every type of terrain (steep gullies/flanks, high alpine terrain, alpine pastures and meadows, groomed pistes).


To be honest, I've never really paid much attention to the weight of my equipment so far, so it's all the more noticeable when you have to carry a little less on your feet up the mountain. 2.9 kilograms with a board length of 165cm is definitely in the top class of splitboards in terms of weight. The board feels pleasantly light on the ascent, in combination with the Kohla skins you get a good gliding, light setup, which is also suitable for long tours (> 2000hm). Tours in the 2000 metre range are logically more comfortable than with a heavier setup. Due to the softer flex and the pronounced camber in the centre of the board, you feel like you slide back into the track a little faster when the track or the slope are a little icier. However, as I generally prefer to mount the crampons too early rather than too late, this was not a major problem. Even harder, steeper traverses on the ascent went well. Thanks to the moderate sidecut, you have good edge hold and the problem of a "better" and "worse" edge on the ascent is not as pronounced as with other boards. The fact that you have to mount the crampons earlier than with skis is of course also the case with this board.

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From crushed snow to firn, slush, powder and icy passages, the board has experienced pretty much every type of snow in the test and proved its worth there.

The board also has its strengths in less than ideal snow conditions, whereby the shape is of course best ridden in untracked powder snow thanks to its very good flotation and offers a nice surfy feeling. Higher speeds can be ridden well in powder snow and you can also put beautiful big mountain turns into the snow. The manufacturer describes the flex of the board as "medium stiff", I personally found the flex to be rather soft, but I am also used to very stiff boards. The soft flex also has its advantages. In firn and uneven terrain, I find the flex very comfortable, and the board makes a stable impression on (smaller) jumps. In piste-like terrain (for example below the Rauthhütte on the Hohe Munde), the board was also very easy to ride. It is definitely suitable for carving and you can ride the turns with a lot of pressure on the edge.

The hooks (SPARK fixie clips) and the nose and tail connectors (also from SPARK), which hold the board together very well and easily in downhill mode, should also be mentioned positively. The nose and tail clips even lock into the end position and the fixed hooks do not loosen like other flexible clips that have to be constantly tightened. As a result, it rides as stable as a normal snowboard.

The disadvantages are the rather soft flex and the relatively long board length for me in very steep and hard conditions. The board flexes quite a lot and it is more difficult to maintain edge hold, especially on the backside edge, than I am used to with the Rossi XV, for example. The board is also not the first choice for jumpturns due to its length of 165cm. However, this is also due to the fact that the board is significantly longer than I'm used to from my other boards. However, as long as you don't have to do any jumpturns, the board is quite manoeuvrable for its length and has also proven itself in narrow channels.

Wear and tear

So far, I haven't noticed any major signs of wear on the board. There have already been a few minor stone contacts, but the base has coped well so far.


For weight-orientated splitboarders, this is definitely a very good choice for biting into the calves of skiers on the ascent as well as outrunning them on the descent. Its strengths lie not only on the ascent, but also on the descent in a variety of snow conditions. Of course, you have the most fun with the board in untracked powder snow, where the shape and board length give you incredibly good flotation. I found the board only partially suitable for steep faces in hard conditions, but for everything else I can recommend the board to every splitboarder.

In addition to its uphill and downhill capabilities, the board also impresses in terms of design, with simple but beautiful white contour lines (from Valschavieler Maderer) on a black topsheet.

It's a shame that the board is only available in a length of 165cm. A shorter board length might be desirable for shorter people.

Advantages & disadvantages

+ Low weight (2.9 kg / 165cm), top for climbing

+ Super lift in powder snow

+ Pleasant downhill characteristics in a wide range of snow conditions

+ Beautiful design (white contour lines on black topsheet)

- High price (RRP 1049€)

- Only available in one length (165cm)

Information on

  • Type: High Mountain

  • Lengths: 165

  • Profile: Camrocker

  • Shape: Directional

  • Lamination: Triaxial XTC Carbon

  • Verctical Laminated: light Core

  • High Performance Epoxy Resin

  • Base: 4001 Sintered DurasurfTM Base Die Cut

  • Flex: Medium-Stiff

  • Finish: Matt

  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Here is the online shop of Mr Splitboards with more information about the board.

The splitboard was provided to PowderGuide free of charge by the manufacturer for testing, you can find out how we test it in our test statement.

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