Splitboarding outerwear these days can be broken down into two categories - hard shell and hybrid. Trad hard shells are made entirely from waterproof and windproof fabrics, their primary aim being to protect from anything the weather can throw at you. They are a good option for anyone who regularly finds themselves in wet or stormy environments. They also tend to work great for lift served riding and general outdoor / mountain wear. 

Hybrid shells are kinda new and often aimed squarely at splitboarding and touring. They usually feature zoned areas of soft shell and hard shell fabrics - soft shell where breathability and mobility is needed and hard shell where weather protection is most important. Generally they work really well for backcountry use where breathability is often a big concern. They kinda give the best of both worlds. However, most hybrids won't give as good protection in really damp conditions and might not be so good at the resort. Whatever you chose, make sure it's light, flexible and works with the rest of your clothing system.  Each item is marked hard shell / hybrid as a reference.


Patagonia_LogoPowSlayer Jacket 


Patagonia Powslayer jacket
Patagonia PowSlayer jacket


The perfect split shell for cold, wet places. The PowSlayer is light, packable fully features and very durable. Full-on fortress like protection is guaranteed. Multiple pockets, a great fit and very high-end construction set the PowSlayer aside as one of the best backcountry shells on the market.

  • Bomber Gore-Tex Pro fabric
  • Multiple pockets, including internal media pocket
  • Soft, low profile snow skirt
  • Roomy fit
  • Tonnes of articulation
  • Great at the resort too
  • Weight 593g


Men's PowSlayer Bibs

Patagonia PowSlayer Bibs

Full on hardcore legwear for the nastiest conditions. Light, breathable and durable splitboarding pants that work best on wet environments or on expeditions. 

  • 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is tough, waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • Roomy articulated fit give great freedom of movement
  • Thigh pockets and 2 stash pockets and rear pocket
  • Side vents dump heat
  • Belt loops and removable braces
  • Weight 581g





Reconnaissance Jacket

Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket
Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket

The Reconnaissance is a splitboard / touring specific shell that offers zones of completely waterproof fabrics along with areas of more breathable soft shell materials where comfort and mobility is needed most.

  • Soft Shell torso gives great breathability on the up track
  • Waterproof H2No fabric on the hood, shoulders and arms for added protection
  • Soft, flexible and comfortable
  • Cohaesive cord lock management on the hood and hem
  • Articulated regular fit is roomy but not baggy
  • 2 handwarmer, 2 chest and 1 internal drop pocket
  • Weight 573g


Reconnaissance Pants

Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants
Patagonia Reconnaissance Pants


The perfect legwear for all round splitboarding. Breathable soft shell with waterproof fabric reinforcements. The Reconnaissance Pants have an articulated fit designed to let you move but not be so roomy that they get in the way. 

  • Hybrid fabric construction blends breathability, stretch and weather protection
  • Side venting
  • Snow gaiter and edge protection
  • 2 thigh cargo bellowed pockets
  • Integral belt
  • Closer fit than the PowSlayer Bibs, but still relatively roomy


"Hybrid shells are kinda new and often aimed squarely at splitboarding and touring. They usually feature zoned areas of soft shell and hard shell fabrics - soft shell where breathability and mobility is needed and hard shell where weather protection is most important. Generally they work really well for backcountry use where breathability is often a big concern."







Lithic Comp Jacket


Arc'teryx Lithic Comp Jacket
Arc'teryx Lithic Comp Jacket


Currently The Gemsstock's favourite shell for splitboarding, the Lithic Comp Jacket is designed for touring, and it shows. The Lithic Comp is light and flexible, breathes incredibly well and is put together beautifully. The combination of hard and soft shell fabrics work really nicely in the skin track and also on the descent. The jacket layers well and looks great. 

  • Soft and supple Gore-Tex fabric on the front, arms, shoulders, hood and hem
  • Super breathable and stretchy mid weight Trusaro soft shell on the back and under arms
  • Awesome hood
  • Large venting hand pockets
  • Weight 510g




Lithic Comp Pants


Arrc'teryx Lithic Comp Pants
Arrc'teryx Lithic Comp Pants


Designed to match the jacket, the Lithic Comp Pants are also fully aimed at the splitboarder who wants light, breathable and supple legwear for touring. The hybrid construction features zoned areas of Trusaro soft shell in areas where breathability and mobility are key and Gore-Tex fabric everywhere else. 

  • Hybrid soft shell / hard shell construction
  • Light, breathable yet offer protection for the descent
  • Good venting
  • Thigh pockets, 1 small accessory pocket
  • High waist with removable suspenders
  • Belt loops
  • Weight 600g



Rush Jacket


Arc'teryx Rush Jacket
Arc'teryx Rush Jacket


A stalwart of the Arc'teryx range, the Rush Jacket is a great option for the splitboarder who wants a lightweight yet bombproof hard shell. Made using two types of Gore-Tex Pro fabric - a super hard-wearing 80 denier in high wear areas and a softer, more supple 40 denier elsewhere - the Rush will keep out the worst storm. The jacket's simple streamlined feature set keeps the weight down to a very low 550g.

  • High end Gore-Tex Pro with a special extra hard-wearing and hydrophobic face fabric
  • Amazing hood
  • Two hand pockets, one arm pocket, one internal laminated and one internal dump pocket
  • Weight 555g



Stinger Bibs


Arc'teryx Stinger Bibs
Arc'teryx Stinger Bibs


Beefy bibs for the splitter who spends a lot of time out in stormy weather or for anyone who simply like the extra coverage a bib provides. The Stinger Bibs use full on Gore-Tex Pro fabric for ultimate protection from the elements. They have long rear vents for dumping heat on the skin track, big bellows thigh pockets and two small zipped upper pockets. A great options for guides, mountain professionals and splitboard expeditions. 

  • Gore-Tex Pro fabric with super durable face developed by Arc'teryx
  • Four pockets give plenty of storage
  • Keprotec cuffs
  • Roomy but streamlined articulated fit
  • Lightweight considering the fabric and features at 655g






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Freethinker Jacket

The North Face Free Thinker Jacket
The North Face Free Thinker Jacket


The Free Thinker has been a part of the North Face's range for years. It's their full on technical backcountry shell that's been developed in conjunction with Lucas Debari and Xavier de Le Rue. The Free Thinker isn't the lightest splitboarding shell out there but it is solid, dependable and fully stormproof.

  • 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is bomber
  • 2 big chest pockets, internal media pocket
  • Pit zips
  • Snow skirt
  • Weight 775g



FuseForm Brigandine Jacket

The North Face Fuseform Brigandine Jacket
The North Face Fuseform Brigandine Jacket


The Brigandine uses FuseForm technology which enables The North Face to seamlessly weave area of higher denier fabric into areas that require extra abrasion resistance. It's a pretty awesome way of constructing a shell. It also has a full stretch fabric that gives great freedom of movement when touring or climbing. 

  • FuseForm technology in the construction
  • Stretch fabric
  • Not so light but very durable
  • Hand pockets, chest pocket and internal media pocket
  • Weight 942g




Wander Jacket


TREW Wander Jacket Moss Green
TREW Wander Jacket


TREW have a new line of touring specific garments this year and the Wander Jacket is the lead shell in that line. It uses Dermizax NX fabric which has a very breathable membrane that still offers total waterproof protection. TREW use two different face fabrics on the Wander Jacket - an 80 denier in high wear areas and a 40 denier elsewhere giving a great combination of lightweight, flexible durability. The Wander should make a great splitboarding shell.

  • Super breathable fabric 
  • Pit zips
  • Two hand and outer chest pocket
  • Two internal mesh dump pockets
  • Cohaesive embedded components make adjusting draw cords dead easy
  • Light and packable
  • Weight 530g

Roam Pants

TREW Roam Bibs Moss Green
TREW Roam Bibs


Touring specific pants from TREW that are perfectly suited to splitboarding. They are built from the same waterproof breathable Dermizax NZ fabric as the Wander Jacket and features an articulated cut for freedom of movement, a comfortable stretch woven bib upper, asymmetrical side vents provide opening and venting options and a reinforced beacon pocket safely secures a transceiver. The high end construction and attention to detail should ensure that Roam Bibs will last the distance. 

  • Dedicated beacon pocket
  • Super durable instep patches
  • Articulated cut
  • Stretch woven bib
  • Dermizax NZ fabric is very breathable
  • Lots of side venting
  • Weight 630g





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Lofoten Jacket


Norrona Lofoten Jacket Jungle Fever 2015 2016
Norrona Lofoten Jacket


The super classic Lofoten Jacket trucks on for another season. An omnipresent sight in the skin tracks of Scandinavia and the Alps, the Lofoten is hard shell of the highest order. All the usual details are there like Gore-Tex Pro fabric, multiple pocket options and a lightweight powder skirt. What you don't always get with other jackets though are the elastic wrist gaiters and the X-Open pit zips that work really well with a pack.

  • Iconic Scandinavian style
  • 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric
  • Chest and arm pockets
  • X-Open pit zips
  • Wrist gaiters
  • Long roomy fit
  • Weight 641g



Lofoten Pants


Norrona Lofoten Pant Cool Black 2015 2016
Norrona Lofoten Pant


Much like the Lofoten Jacket, the Lofoten Pants are more of an all round freeride / backcountry garment than being a touring specific one. However they do make a perfect pant for splitboarding in wet / cold conditions and are built to last multiple season's of hardcore use.

  • 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric
  • Removable top soft shell bib
  • Adjustable waist
  • Multiple pockets including big thigh pockets
  • Super long side venting zips
  • Weight 1040g






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Supernaut Jacket


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Clean, simple, light and durable - the Supernaut is a perfect shell for splitboarding. Made from super high end Gore-Tex Pro fabric, the Supernaut is storm worthy and should last many seasons. Big front chest pockets are easy to reach with a pack on and the big hood fits over a beanie or helmet. Sweet use two types of fabric on the Supernaut - a soft, flexible yet still strong 70 denier on the body and a very durable 150 denier over the shoulders and arms.

  • 2 types of Gore-Tex fabric used to maximise durability
  • Big chest pockets
  • Adjustable hood
  • Weight 655g


Supernaut Pants


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Perfectly matching the jacket, the Supernaut Pants are light, flexible and tough - ideal for splitboarding. Full length zips provide easy access and venting, a transceiver zip gives access to a beacon and the high waist provides extra protection. A stretch woven panel is sewn into the lumbar region for extra comfort. Sweet have always made great backcountry legwear and the Supernaut Pants are a great example of this. 

  • 70 denier Gore-Tex Pro with 150 denier in high wear areas
  • High waisted
  • Soft stretch woven panel on rear
  • Full length side zips
  • Roomy and articulated
  • Weight 735g







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AK 3L Freebird Jacket


Burton AK 3L Freebird Jacket
Burton AK 3L Freebird Jacket


Burton's AK line is right up there with some of the best splitboarding and backcountry snowboarding apparel on the market. The 3L Freebird Jacket is designed primarily with splitboarding in mind, It's light, durable, fully stormproof and has split ready features like extra long pit zips for dumping heat and big chest pockets for storing skins.

  • 3 layer Gore-Tex fabric
  • Stretch Gore-Tex fabric panel on back
  • Lightweight and packable
  • 2 internal pocket
  • Splitboard skin ready chest pockets



AK 3L Hover Jacket


Burton AK Hover Jacket 2016
Burton AK Hover Jacket


The Hover Jacket is Burton's classic backcountry snowboarding shell. A great option for splitboarding, the AK 3L Hover is made from mega Gore-Tex Pro fabric - it's waterproof, breathable and durable enough to last many seasons of use

  • 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro
  • Big bellows chest pockets
  • Pit zips
  • Neck and cuff powder gaskets seal out snow


AK 3L Hover Pants


Burton AK 3L Hover Pant Bog
Burton AK 3L Hover Pants


Burton's classic backcountry pants, the AK 3L Hover are built from the same 3 layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric as the jacket making them super waterproof, breathable and durable. Huge thigh pockets are well placed for access in the skin track and side venting zips dump heat when the going gets sweaty. 

  • Gore-Tex Pro fabric
  • Nice fit - roomy but not mega baggy
  • Venting
  • Large thigh pockets