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Voile Revelator Review

One of the most affordable in our review, it earns high marks across the board
voile revelator splitboard review
Credit: Voile
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Price:  $650 List
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
Manufacturer:   Voile
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 28, 2020
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SCORE


RANKED
#10 of 11
  • Powder - 26% 6.0
  • Firm Snow - 26% 6.0
  • Climbing - 28% 7.0
  • Binding Adjustability - 5% 9.0
  • Playfulness - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Voile Revelator had a strong overall ride, is among the most affordable boards in our review, tipped the scales at only six pounds six ounces, and tied for one of the lightest scores 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.

New Graphics

This year's graphics are shown above for the Revelator. Despite the new topsheet, the rest of the specs on the board remain the same.

December 2020

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Pros Versatile, lightweight, affordable, ease of binding adjustability, strong overall ride with a solid riding experience, highly versatileDurable topsheet, great powder floatation, excellent climbing, snappy turn experience, bolt-less baseDurable, affordable, versatile, easy to adjust stanceDurable topsheet, versatile, responsive, good offering of sizesCustomization, powder floatation, driven strong turns
Cons Cap construction, performance on firm snowExpensive, switch ridingGeneralist, soft for aggressive riding or heavy snowChallenging to smear turns in firm snow at slow speedsHard to smear turns, not for firm complex terrain
Bottom Line One of the most affordable in our review, it earns high marks across the boardClimbs like a bird in thermals, rides like your trusted solid boardA minimalist board that has everything that you need and nothing that you don'tFreeride, freestyle, or powder specific; now you don't have to choosePowder specific? Nope
Rating Categories Voile Revelator Weston Backcountry... Voile Spartan Ascent United Shapes Covert Prior Slasher
Powder (26%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
Firm Snow (26%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Climbing (28%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Binding Adjustability (5%)
9.0
5.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
Playfulness (15%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Voile Revelator Weston Backcountry... Voile Spartan Ascent United Shapes Covert Prior Slasher
Weight 6.38 lbs 7.33 lbs 6.08 lbs 7.45 lbs 7.75 lbs
Tested Length 159 157 158 158 156
Flex Medium Stiff Medium - stiff Soft Medium Medium
Weight in grams 2891 g 3325 g 2794 g 3382 g 3532 g
Weight Per Surface Area 0.65 0.74 0.62 0.75 0.8
Available Lengths 159, 162, 165, 169 152, 157, 160, 163, 163 (w) 154, 158, 162, 166 149,152,158,161,166 156, 161, 167
Construction Type Cap Sandwich Cap Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Wood/ bamboo paulownia, carbon Blended wood Wood
Waist Width 25.7cm 25.6cm 25.7cm 25.7cm 25cm
Shape Directional twin Directional Directional twin Directional Directional
Radius 8.8m 7.3/6.5/7.5m 7.7m 7.5m 6.5m
Camber/Rocker Camber/Early rise rocker Rock camber rocker Freeride camber Rocker/ Camber/ Rocker Camber

Our Analysis and Test Results

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


voile revelator splitboard review - catching air on the voile revelator.
Catching air on the Voile Revelator.
Credit: Tim Mincey

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 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.

Climbing


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.

voile revelator splitboard review - 6 lb 4.8 oz weight of voile revelator.
6 lb 4.8 oz weight of Voile Revelator.
Credit: David Reichel

Binding Adjustability


The channel puck system 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.

Value


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 a worthy splitboard.

Isaac Laredo
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