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Voile Revelator Review

2018 Revelator
Best Buy Award
Price:  $650 List | $455.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Versatile, lightweight, affordable, ease of binding adjustability, strong overall ride with a solid riding experience, highly versatile.
Cons:  Cap construction, performance on firm snow.
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Tested Length:  159
Flex:  Medium Stiff
Weight:  6 lb 6 oz
Manufacturer:   Voile

Our Verdict

The Voile Revelator just missed out winning our Best Buy Award. It had a strong overall ride, is among the most affordable boards in our review, tipped the scales at only 6lbs 6oz, and tied for the lightest score in our weight per surface area chart. This split is easy skinning up or when you need to strap it to your pack for a climb. Part of this weight saving is through the manufacturer's use of Cap Construction; in this manufacturing technique, the top sheet covers the sidewall area and is often used to reduce weight. Some folks feel that Cap Construction is less durable because it can be more difficult to repair edge and/or sidewall damage. But regardless, it is an affordable technique to reduce weight in splitboards.

During our testing we had no issues with the Revelator's durability and we certainly enjoyed its powder performance and ease of climbing. Anyone looking for an affordable and high performance splitboard should consider the Revelator.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
David Reichel

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 8, 2016

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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.

Performance Comparison


Catching air on the Voile Revelator.
Catching air on the Voile Revelator.

Powder


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.

Firm Snow


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 on 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. If bombing down firm steep snow is your niche, our testers tended to see better performance when riding the Jones Solution or K2 Ultrasplit.

Climbing


As one of the lighter boards in our review at 6lbs 6oz, this split was a joy to use while ascending the slopes. The traditional camber under foot also helps maintain skin contact and thus grip while climbing. The stiffness also helps reasonably well when traversing on steep side hill 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.
6 lb 4.8 oz weight of Voile Revelator.

Binding Adjustability


This splitboard has a channel puck system. It comes with Voile pucks canted at 2.5 degrees.

Playfulness


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.

Karma


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.

Best Applications


The Voile Revelator is a highly versatile splitboard. It would make an excellent first splitboard for someone wanting to get a split without breaking the bank. The channel puck system makes it simple to slide the bindings towards the tail to increase float for epic powder days and then move them back towards center for firm days as well.

Value


At $650, 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.

Conclusion


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 worthy splitboard.
David Reichel

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