Handcrafted by PRIOR, Whistler Canada, the KHYBER has a hybrid rocker design. The nose and tail rocker support the playful character of the board and the camber in between guarantees stability down- and uphill. The massive taper (nose is significantly wider than the tail) of 27 mm and the setback provide floatability. The tight radius makes it easy to turn and allows quick maneuvers.
I rode this in fact playful, easy rotating and super surfy splitboard in deep pow, where it performs best. But I also experienced the KHYBER as fast friend in all other conditions with those winter served us so far - hardpack, firn, crust and spring snow. The versatility of this board is great. It bridges the gap between conveying confidence and persisting playful.
I must admit that there are more stable boards for high-speed straight lining, but for me the surfy feeling is of greater importance.
For what concerns the uphill quality it made all hikes in the mentioned snow conditions without objection. I want to highlight that the XTC carbon construction helps to save energy during ascent. Going more in detail is quite difficult as uphill performance also strongly depends on boots and bindings.
My advice: go for the TXC carbon version and enjoy!