Best Overall Splitboard Bindings for Backcountry Snowboarding
Spark R&D Arc
The Spark R&D Arc
binding consistently received the highest scores in every category of our review. It is the lightest binding in our test, weighing in at three pounds. It had the highest climbing score and was tied for the highest downhill performance. To put the cherry on top, it will cost you $385, making it among the most affordable product in our review. Talk about impressive dominance! Losing the pin through the use of the Snap Ramp system saves an appreciable amount of hassle during transitions. This improvement is a significant evolutionary step that improves speed of transitions, reduces the hassle of fiddling with a pin and cable retention leash, while maintaining the speed and simplicity of the puck system.
Best Bang for the Buck
Spark R&D Blaze
The Spark R&D Blaze
is $25 more than the Voile Light Rail and is a model that even the cheapest dirtbag would gladly throw down the difference on. While both the Blaze and the Light Rail feature the classic slider pin, which does feel a bit dated in 2016, the Blaze is lighter, easier to transition, and rocks superior straps. The forward lean adjuster is a notable step down from the one found on the Arc, but otherwise they are similar in functionality (with the significant and noted slider pin vs snap ramp difference).