Spark R&D Splitboard Bindings Quickfire Review

Our splitboard guru takes a look at the Spark R&D line for 2021/22

Splitboarding is booming, in spite of (or possibly thanks to) widespread resort closures and travel restrictions over the past year and a half, more people than ever before have taken to earning their turns on their local hillside, inbounds at closed resorts, and summiting peaks they’ve often wondered about from the roadside but never had the right gear to access.

Impressively enough, even with a global pandemic that effectively brought the snow industry grinding to an abrupt halt, Spark R&D were able to completely sell out of all stock, a testament to the quality and durability of their gear. At one point last year, Spark bindings were the snowboarding equivalent of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, nigh on impossible to get your hands on, but worth their weight in gold. We filmed this review last year during the middle of the pandemic and decided to revisit it to celebrate Spark’s 15-year anniversary.

Widely regarded as some of the absolute best bits of kit in the game, Spark blend lightweight durability, with high-performance, yet easy to operate tech. Being able to rely on your gear is of paramount importance, especially when you find yourself on a skin track miles from the slopes, and Spark’s reputation for rugged and dependable gear reaches to every corner of the industry.

Spark Surge Pro Binding

Based out of Montana, Spark is a rider owned and operated company that has been at the forefront of the industry since they began in 2006. Passionate riders and dedicated craftsmen, the Spark crew are fanatical about testing and innovating the next big thing in splitboarding. All their products are designed and manufactured in-house at their workshop in Bozeman, MT.

Spark Arc

Their incredibly simple yet effective T1 System forms the interface of their softboot splitboard bindings line. These include the Arc, Surge and Pro series bindings, available in both men’s and women sizes and colourways. We sat down with Spark’s line earlier this year to take a look at what makes them stand out from the crowd, even in such a busy market. In this episode of our Quickfire Reviews, we look back on a crazy year for the Bozeman crew, and see what they have in store for the 2021/22 season and beyond.


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