- Sizes: S M, L
- Flex: 7
- Entry System: Classic
- Price: £369 / €429
Other than the buckles, and some of the screws, every park of the Spark R&D Arc splitboard bindings are manufactured at the brand’s Montana headquarters. No-one has yet cracked the code like the Spark team – for the ultimate marriage of convenience and performance, look no further.
Changing between touring mode and riding mode with Spark’s Tesla T1 system is easier than one would have thought possible even just a few years ago, so you get more time to concentrate on your plan for the day.
“The Arc’s ankle straps are not only feather-light but also fully waterproof, and therefore won’t get heavier as the day goes on”
Weight savings are massively important when it comes to splitboard gear, which is why the Arc’s ankle straps are not only feather-light but also fully waterproof, and therefore won’t get heavier as the day goes on. They curve round your boots perfectly, are built to last, and have an oval-shaped cutaway at the instep that allows you to flex down through them more.
You can tilt the highback away from your boots when hiking for a longer stride, and flip down the metal risers to take the sting out of steeper ascents. These two simple yet highly effective features are yet more reasons why this brand is currently so far ahead of the rest of the pack.
If you want a stiffer, more responsive model for gnarlier lines, then the Spark R&D Surge bindings excel in that department. For everyone else, the Spark R&D Arc bindings should be right at the top of your list.