Voile has manufactured splitboards longer than anybody else on the planet. The Revelator is their latest offering, and it's no surprise that it rides quite well. Across a variety of conditions, this splitboard provides a solid riding experience. The width is slightly wider than most of the splits in our review, which allows it to be an option for folks with somewhat bigger feet (size 10+) that don't quite need a mega-wide board.
Catching air on the Voile Revelator.
Photo: Tim Mincey
The early rise rocker, 6.3mm high nose, and 8mm of taper combine to float this split better than a quick glance would suggest. Perhaps a part of this surprising powder performance is the slightly wider than average waist width which provides more float. We might not notice a few millimeters of extra width, but over the length of a splitboard, it adds up to a significant amount of additional surface area. This contender was one of our highest scoring boards for riding powder; reports were consistently positive about how fun it was shredding the soft stuff.
For such a light board, this model is relatively stiff and performs fine on firm snow. It features a fairly traditional wide camber profile that improves edge grip while traversing on firm steeps or just cruising on firm snow in general. When holding an edge on super steep firm snow, that extra couple millimeters of waist width might be very helpful for folks with above average boot size for their weight, who are looking to avoid "booting out" when their heels or toe hit the snow, which can cause the board edge to lose contact.
As one of the lighter boards in our review, at six pounds six ounces, this split was a joy to use while ascending the slopes. The traditional camber underfoot also helps maintain skin contact and thus grip while climbing. The stiffness also helps reasonably well when traversing on steep sidehill sections. While this performance is of course somewhat relative to the weight of the rider, our experience was that this model comfortably handled these challenging conditions. Breaking trail in powder worked fairly well, as the early rise nose did a better than expected job floating to the top of the snow.
6 lb 4.8 oz weight of Voile Revelator.
Photo: David Reichel
The channel puck system comes with Voile pucks canted at 2.5 degrees.
This board scored well above average in the playful ratings. On feature-filled pow fields, we all enjoyed hucking and testing their air sense. It wasn't the most freestyle focused board, but it was certainly a fun ride that allowed for a bit of playful trickery.
Voile deserves Karma credit for being the first manufacturer to make splitboards. This splitboard has a totally capable and modern design that is also one of the most affordable boards in our review.
This board should be considered by anyone on a budget who wants a lightweight but quality splitboard. While some folks might knock off points for the Cap Construction, we appreciated the light weight and had no durability issues during our testing.
While it missed out on an award, the Revelator
is a great option for those that are cost-conscious and in search of a splitboard. Not only is it representative of a great value, but it also has an impressively low weight; these two factors are not often found in the same board. From powder days to huge climbs, the Revelator is a worthy splitboard.