Impressive all-mountain splitboard that excels in powder. The Venture Storm is exceptionally capable in soft snow, handles variable mountain conditions with confidence and encourages freestyle fun. This is a highly recommended splitboard for riders looking to explore the entire mountain and who possess a taste for powder. Female riders take note: Venture makes the Tempest splitboard and it shares the general design of the Storm, but in smaller sizes and adjusted flex.
Venture Storm Review
Cons: Difficult to adjust the bindings, slightly soft tail.
Manufacturer: Venture Snowboards
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Silverton Colorado based Venture snowboards has manufactured the Storm splitboard for many years. The current version is a highly evolved ride. Compared to earlier editions, weight has been reduced and firm snow performance has increased. Soft snow performance is excellent, especially considering this is capable all-mountain ride. Venture has a done a great job creating a super fun all-mountain splitboard that should be on nearly everyone's shopping list.
While the Storm stands out for soft snow performance, this would not be so remarkable if it came at the cost of firm snow functionality. The Storm maintains solid edge hold when the slope is steep and the snow is hard. Occasionally we may ride blower pow from the peak to the trailhead, but more often we encounter hard snow in multiple locations. We edge over firm wind scoured ridges, while avoiding wind slab below the peak and many routes finish on tracked out logging roads that more resemble iced up bobsled tracks than the epic powder of social media spraying. The Storm performs very well in all these conditions. Its tail is adequate for confident switch riding when lining up narrow couloirs or shooting between narrow gaps in the trees on the exit.
This splitboard has the standard insert pattern.
The Storm was primarily tested at Cerro Catedral in Argentina during August. Just beyond one side of the resort is a great zone with two long steep pitches of chutes, rock drops, and powder. After skinning to the top of this zone, the Storm loved to crush big arcing powder turns when deep snow was abundant. Between snowfalls, the Patagonian winds often reset these slopes with smaller panels of soft wind buff and the Storm eagerly wheelied and slashed through these pockets. Below the fun steeps, a long track traverses back to the resort. The first portion of the track is fairly steep and whoopee (sort of like a brutal natural boardercross course). It begins with a sunny steep wiggle section that begs for slashes, and the Storm obliges. Next the track transitions to a shadier and icier section, the Storm maintains confidence enough that popping 180s on the features in this section was manageable and made the exit even more entertaining. The middle section traverses through a sunny North facing, that was held thin conditions for much of August. The track out required quick turns and multiple ollies over logs. The final section returned to the piste by passing under a lift while crossing a boulder strewn creek. Following the narrow path across the creek, with the added pressure of the folks on the lift, required confidence and quick turns. The Storm was agile and inspired enough confidence that it could be ridden out the entire way, and honestly, this funky semi frozen luge track was delightful. This would not be the case with many splitboards.
Venture has a well-deserved reputation for manufacturing quality boards. Holding up the Storm, the two skis were perfectly aligned with zero noticeable gaps between them.
The Storm is great choice for any splitboarder who likes to cruise the whole mountain, but loves powder most of all. It rides powder almost as well as a dedicated powder shape (like a swallow tail) but rides every snow condition besides powder much better than total powder board.
At a suggested retail of $899, the Storm is in the higher end of the range of splitboard prices. It is also one of the best splitboards. Many of the other splitboards are produced at larger factories in Europe or Asia, while Ventures are made in smaller numbers in the Silverton, Colorado. Venture build quality is high, and readily apparent by examining how tightly the board halves fit together.
The Storm is one of the best splitboards we have tested.
— David Reichel