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Snowboard built for survival helps you battle the elements

• By Chris Weiss,

The best-known tools of the backcountry snowboarding trade all deal with avalanche rescue - beacon, shovel and probe. But if you really plan to get out there, you should be prepared for other types of emergencies. A survival kit with things like firestarting gear, navigation equipment, emergency shelter and multi-tool is a must.

On its latest installment of Every Third Thursday, a monthly Web series, Signal Snowboards decided to build that survival kit (or at least part of it) into the snowboard itself. They started with the idea of a splitboard, which is a snowboard that splits into two skis to allow backcountry snowboarders to ski up the mountain and then snowboard down. Instead of two pieces, the Survivor is split into three pieces, with the middle piece utilizing the board's natural curve as a shovel. The two outside pieces work as small skis.

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