Top 12 Splitboard Bindings for 2020

Best Splitboard Binding 2020

2020 looks to be another great year of innovations in the splitboard world. With splitboard bindings getting lighter, faster and more freestyle friendly the days of having sub-par bindings are long gone.  Our picks for the best splitboard bindings of the year are below.

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Best Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Arc Pro

Spark R&D Arc Pro Splitboard Binding – ($540)

The Spark R&D Arc Pro Binding is the lightest splitboard softboot binding on the market weighing – 1.23 lbs per binding. [Review 2019].  Spark shaved weight and used new high-end screws on the Arc Pro’s which feature Pillow Line Straps and built-in Whammy Bar along with a 2 stage climbing wire. Also available is a Pro crampon. [Purchase: $540]

Union Expedition Splitboard Binding Blue

Union Expedition Splitboard Binding – ($349.95)

The Union Expedition Splitboard Binding rides much more like a traditional snowboard binding.  It’s a little bigger and bulkier but that trade-off comes with how it performs. Don’t let a little play in the bindings scare you off…Once you go Union it’s hard to go back.  [Review 2019], Weight – 1.77 lbs per binding. [Purchase: $349]

Plum Bindings

Plum Splitboard Binding – ($898.99)

You’re most likely not familiar with Plum unless you geek out on splitboarding however I wanted to make sure to include these guys in the roundup this year.  (UPDATE:  Due to patent reasons these bindings are once again NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES)

Plum have been dialing out the ski and splitboard community in France for many years. If you like Karakoram, you’re going to want to check these out. Super high-end Carbon binding with negative degree walk mode. Weight – 1.68 lbs per binding. There are some floating around online. [Purchase: $898.99]

Spark R&D Surge Pro Splitboard Binding

Spark R&D Surge Pro Splitboard Binding – ($575)

The Spark R&D Surge Pro Binding is designed for a bigger stronger rider looking to drop weight on their splitboard setup. It uses Sparks comfortable Pillow Line Straps that really wrap nicely around your boot allowing for great board control. The Spark R&D Surge Pro is a durable binding you can count on while touring in the backcountry. Weight – 1.33 lbs per binding. Full review to follow. [Purchase: $575]

Spark R&D Arc Pro Splitboard Binding

Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Binding – ($385)

The Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Binding [Review] features lightweight Pillow Line Straps that feel incredibly comfortable when wrapped around your boot, think wakeboard straps. This is great all-around tried and true splitboard binding that everyone can enjoy. Weight – 1.38 lbs per binding [Purchase: $385]

Karakoram Connect Splitboard Binding

Karakoram Prime Connect Binding – ($379.99)

What makes the Karakoram Prime Connect System unique is it allows one set of bindings to easily be switched between a splitboard and solid board. Karakoram’s Prime Connect R Binding feels much more like a traditional snowboard binding which has the potential to compete with the Union’s in terms of comfort and familiarity.  [Purchase: $379.95]

Spark R&D Surge Splitboard Binding

Spark R&D Surge Splitboard Binding – ($415)

Designed for big mountain hard riding chargers with a little more weight.  The Spark R&D Surge Splitboard Binding [Review 2019] comes with the new Pillow Line Straps, Spark R&D also added a Whammy Bar Climbing Wire that makes it now even easier to engage or disengage the heel risers climbing ladders. Weight – 1.50 lbs per binding. [Purchase Surge Binding: $415]

K2 Splitboarding Binding 2019

K2 Splitboard Bindings – ($409.99)

The K2 Far Our Splitboard Binding slides onto Voile pucks and then is locked into place by pushing down on the lever in the center of the binding. The main difference between how the K2 Far Out Binding is attached to the board in ride mode vs the Spark R&D system is you actually pull the bindings on the pucks toward you vs Sparks where you slide the bindings over the pucks. So it’s similar in that regard. [Purchase: $409.95]

K2 Split Binding Pin 2019

The bottom of the Far Our Binding features the patented Pinless Speed-Rail Mountain System which is essentially 2 hooks that lock into place by wrapping around a metal bar.  The hiccup here is its tough to get the hooks under the bar, even while testing indoors, so TBD how this system will work once on snow?

Union FC Splitboard Bindings

Union Expedition FC Splitboard Binding – ($499.95)

(UPDATE: For 2020 there will not be an updated FC Model, they can still be found online). Union introduced the Union Expedition FC Carbon Binding [Purchase: $499] a stiffer higher-end version of their Expedition Binding.

Spark R&D Dyno DH Splitboard Binding

Spark Dyno DH Binding – ($250)

Hardboots make touring much more efficient, especially valuable when the majority of our days are spent on the way up. For anyone considering splitboard mountaineering, Spark R&D Dyno DH [Review] is a solid splitboard binding from the guys over at Spark R&D. Keep in mind you will sacrifice a little on the descent in terms of freestyle abilities but you’ll get to the top quicker. [Purchase: $250]

Spark R&D Tech Toepiece – ($160)

Spark R&D Dyno DH Splitboard Binding

Also, while splitboard mountaineers previously had to use skiing toepieces to clip into for the ascent, Spark has come out with their own tech toepieces. Instead of having to adapt a pair of AT toepieces to your splitboard (which involves either drilling new holes into your topsheet and mounting them a la ski bindings or using adapters that add weight, height, and expense), Spark’s Tech Toepieces have a split hole pattern built-in. [Purchase: $160]

If you’re looking for information on hard boot bindings for splitboarding. Check out this piece we did.

Voile Splitboard Binding

Voile Speed Rail Bindings – ($375.00)

Voile is still in the splitboard game for now (?) with their Speed Rail Binding [$375] and Light Rail Women’s Splitboard Binding that come with a built-in heal lockdown function. The newly updated highback featuring 25 degrees of additional front to back movement and 12 different forward lean angles. An added bonus is the torsional support the highbacks feature, which has cutouts designed to fit Voile straps to make your own power strap of sorts.

If not for Voile and their decades of splitboard innovations none of this would exist, so be sure to keep Voile on your radar especially considering they are now offering the Speed Rail pinless splitboard binding, crampons, and insane highback flexibility.

Spark R&D Crossover Connector Splitboard

Spark R&D Crossbar Clips – ($50.00)

A cooler new invention for splitboarding is the Spark R&D Crossbar Clip designed to pull both parts of the splitboard in together. In the past, the industry relied on either Voile or Karakoram, so it’s nice to see Spark entering this realm as well. The clips are easy to use and have the ability to be adjusted as needed by turning a set screw. Say goodbye to any gaps between your splitboard moving forward. [Purchase: $50]

Karakoram Ultra ClipsKarakoram Ultra Clips – ($59.99)

Another new piece of tech Karakoram is bringing to the splitboard world comes in the form of new clips to hold your splitboard together. The new UltraClips will according to Karakoram:

Once joined the UltraClip fully constrains the seam of your splitboard to eliminate seam rattling, seam shearing, and seam rolling.

The new UltraClip is music to our ears as it can be super frustrating when your board starts to separate over time, even worse is when you can see light through each half of the board. Luckily it looks like those days are coming to an end thanks to new connectors from both Karakoram and Spark R&D and known Union Capita has followed suit.  Plum is surely next. [Purchase: $59.99]

Karakoram Flex Lock

Karakoram Flex Lock – ($59.95)

With a solid connection between the highback and your ankle strap, this innovative system from Karakoram will help to increase lateral support, something the splitboard world, especially soft booters are in dire need of. [Purchase: $59.95]

Fix Splitboard BindingsFix Splitboard Bindings

A new player is potentially emerging in the splitboard world in the form of Fix Bindings. We’re still waiting for more information on the system and release date. The Fix Binding Co splitboard binding I saw at the SIA trade show was lightweight, simplistic and looked like a traditional snowboard binding similar to the Union Expedition. This binding looks to be pin free and will have a very unique interface.

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Splitboard Pioneers Tyler Karakoram, Will Spark R&D

If you splitboard you can thank the guys above (left to right) Will Ritter of Spark R&D and Tyler Kloster of Karakoram for their solid innovations to the split world over the past few years.

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

6 Comments on "Top 12 Splitboard Bindings for 2020"

  1. the new k2’s are made by voile. same exact design

  2. Thank god someone is trying to invent new splitboarding gear. Beyond my usual knuckle dragging, I feel like a caveman when riding with AT skiers. Thanks for shining a light on all the new stuff. Good to see you at the show!

    take care of your shoes!

    • just don’t put on ski boots unless you plan to actually ski 🙂 were stoked on all the new split stuff that’s coming out. So far Spark, Union and Karakoram are the market leaders, TBD who else jumps into that realm. Most likely Plum, some other Euro Brands, Fix? Shit I want to see JF @ now make a split binding. Try not to miss next years appointment. “Fuck your F*ce” stoked to see you in Denver my friend, and fitting to be out front of The Motet, of all places.

  3. Mike, Thanks for the article. I was unaware Union was using a pinned system. That seems awfully risky to me, but they do have a loyal following. Do you know what happened to Ranger Bindings in NZ? Any photos of the Fix interface?

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