Top 10 Splitboard Bindings for 2021

Splitboard Hardware

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.

Karakoram Ultra ClipsKarakoram Ultra Clips – ($39.99)

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 now Capita has followed suit.  Plum is surely next.

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.

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.

14 Comments on "Top 10 Splitboard Bindings for 2021"

  1. Aksel Frøiland Løndalen | December 25, 2019 at 8:47 PM | Reply

    Did you really try to put on the K2 binding? I find them very easy and fast to change in all conditions. Use maybe 5 sec to put them in walk mode.

  2. Liam Oberholster | December 13, 2019 at 10:29 PM | Reply

    Super informative article thank you. Do you know if the flex lock from karakoram is only compatible with their bindings? I would assume so. And for me, being able to edge better with my downhill foot would be huge, is my only option changing my spark setup to karakoram?

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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