While splitboards are currently the most widely accepted method of uphill travel for backcountry snowboarders, there are a lot of people out there using snowshoes to move through snow, whether for snowboarding or simple winter recreation.
Snowshoes have three main benefits: they're affordable, lightweight, and reasonably efficient (compared to bootpacking) through snow. They also allow a snowboarder to ride the solid board of their choice in the backcountry. Unfortunately, snowshoes have a fatal flaw: they can't glide. This single factor requiring you to completely lift your foot with each step, makes snowshoes far less efficient through snow than a ski that uses skins to glide forward with each step and grip uphill. Snowshoes also don't work in a skin track because of their wide, oval shape.
While most people think of Drift boards as an adaptation of a ski, we often think of them as much or more as an adaptation of the snowshoe. We wanted the short, wider footprint and surface area of a snowshoe coupled with the glide of a traditional touring ski with skins. in conjunction with superlight and stiff carbon fiber construction, Drift boards provide the float of a snowshoe, the glide of a ski, in a package that moves much faster than snowshoes and weighs far less than a ski. They're like Snowshoes 2.0; once you try them you'll never want to use traditional snowshoe again!
October 31, 2022 — Dave Rupp