Fantastic article and photos, thanks Sean! I'm happy to read more about splitboarding. I grew up snowboarding, but after college I learned to ski so that I could go backcountry skiing. I wanted to get further into the wilderness and that was the best way to do it, at least at the time. I switche to skiing, due to two main reasons.
1) Limited gear and community. I didn't know any splitboarders, only skiers (mostly AT, a few tele). There were only a few splitboards available, like Voile, and a few kits to cut up your own board.
2) Skis are more natural, which is why they've been around for 20,000 years and snowboards only since the 80's. Skis are a bit easier as they don't require you to switch modes on the uphill vs. downhill.
But after seeing your pics and reading about the gear, it sounds like splitboarding has come a long way in the last 15 years. Might entice me to give it a shot, if I can remember how to snowboard :)