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Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings 2022

3 Reviews
Coming Soon
Estimated availability November 2021 to January 2022

Ride Style
Ultimate support and response for powerful ride styles
Versatile and responsive, ideal for riding all types of terrain
Binding Straps
Ultimate support, comfort and fit with advanced design features
Fits splitboard mounting systems only

Lightweight and surfy with Rip 'N' Flip highbacks, the Arc splitboard bindings are designed and produced for the beginner to intermediate level backcountry powder chasers and provide exceptional uphill and downhill performance. A favorite feature; the same puck and touring bracket can be used as you upgrade your setup, allowing longevity to your investment.

Key Features
  • Spark R&D Baseplate Design
  • Rip ‘N’ Flip Highback
  • Rip ‘N’ Flip Forward Lean Adjuster
  • Pillow Line Straps
  • CNC Machined
Tesla System
  • Fusion Molded Touring Brackets
  • Side-Lock Touring Brackets
  • Snap Ramps
  • T1 Heel Rest
  • Tesla System
  • Whammy Bar Climbing Wire
  • Buckles and Plastics
  • Ibex Crampon Compatability
  • Puck Compatibility
  • 1.38lbs/ea (626g) - 2.77lbs/pair (1256g) – Medium
Key Features

Spark R&D Baseplate Design - Incorporating cutouts for traction, snowshed and weight savings.

Rip ‘N’ Flip Highback - Built from 3D scans of many popular boots used by splitboarders to get the shape and feel just right, it has everything you need and nothing you don't, from skin track to shredding.

- Made from proprietary custom blended materials for improved strength and durability, yet weighs 30% less than previous generations.

- Minimalist design uses padding only in the heel for just the right amount of cushion and grip while touring and riding.

- Stiff where you need it toe-to-heel, yet torsionally flexible for improved mobility when riding.

- Larger grab hole for security when unstrapping and billy goating.

- Spark Strappy Strap ready with lateral slots built in.

Rip ‘N’ Flip Forward Lean Adjuster - This is the magic ticket for giving your Highback a huge range of lean positions for touring and riding. It's tool free and micro-adjustable from 0° to 22° for complete customization. Flippin' FLAD toggles between your forward lean position and -13° touring position for easy transitions.

Pillow Line Straps - Pillow Line Straps are lightweight - 46% lighter than their fabric strap predecessors. They are ultradurable, comfortable, waterproof, and made 100% in-house. Strap pillows are thin and flexible for a comfortable, conformed fit, while thicker ribs are held off the boot and provide stiffness for a uniquely responsive ride.

Arc ankle straps have a smaller footprint than the Surge and feature a flex window for max agility while maintaining support.

The toe straps come in one construction for both Arc and Surge models, and are designed to be used as a toe cap but also fit traditionally over the top.

CNC Machined - All Spark R&D splitboard bindings are CNC machined from billet aluminum for maximum strength.

Tesla System

Fusion Molded Touring Brackets - Bushings and brackets are combined in this one-piece molded design using improved material properties in the bushings which offers a more durable setup with a 40% weight reduction.

Back compatible with all Ibex crampons and previous year Tesla and T1 bindings.

Side-Lock Touring Brackets - Clog-free brackets make switchovers efficient and painless. Slide bindings from left to right onto the offset brackets, lock down the toe ramp and you’re set for touring. New Sabertooth crampon mounting claws for quick and easy installation and removal; you never even have to unstrap.

Snap Ramps - Spark R&D's hinged toe ramp design locks you into touring and ride modes with just one moving part for super fast transitions. No pins, no cables, no fiddle factor.

T1 Heel Rest - Redesigned heel rest catches the climbing wire in the 12° and 18° positions and is specifically designed to hold the new T1 Heel Locker in place.

Tesla System - Tesla is Spark's premium splitboard binding system with touring brackets, crampons and climbing wires all working together with no unnecessary moving parts - just a clean, simple design that raises the bar in splitboard binding technology.

Whammy Bar Climbing Wire - A single fatty wire built into the baseplate switches easily from stowed, to low (12°), to high (18°) climbing positions and back again while touring. This eliminates the second wire while saving weight and fiddle time.

Buckles and Plastics - Ladders and adjusters are produced in-house with unique thermoplastics that maintain flex over a wide temperature range, performing well on spring tours as well as sub-zero suffer fests. All straps incorporate Burton's time-tested bomber buckles.

Ibex Crampon Compatability - Designed to work seamlessly with Tesla and Tesla T1 System bindings, and backwards compatible to replace the previous Sabertooth Crampon. Lightweight aluminum construction for max strength and minimum weight. Installation and removal is effortless and can be done on the fly by sliding sideways into and out of Tesla Touring Bracket claw mounts. Teeth are fully engaged when used with or without the dual position climbing wire for maximum security on dicey terrain.

Puck Compatibility - Slide them on and snap the ramp down. Snap the ramp up and slide them off. The most functional way to attach your binding to your board in ride mode. Period. Spark R&D bindings are designed to work with all puck compatible splitboard models. When used with these bindings conveniently access puck screws with the bindings in place for precise stance adjustment. Note that pucks do not come with the bindings out of the box and must be purchased separately.

About Spark R&D

Made in the USA - All of Spark R&D's products are manufactured and/or assembled at their own small shop in Bozeman, Montana USA, since 2006. With a view of the Bridger Mountains right outside their window, Spark R&D designs and builds splitboard bindings and accessories with backcountry performance coming first.

From machining to anodizing, laser engraving to assembly – everything is done by a skilled team of workers who are passionate splitboarders. Spark R&D continues to step it up; seeking perfection based on customer needs and rider feedback, keeping pace with the rapidly expanding splitboarding community.

Men's Boot Sizes (US):8 - 10.5 11+
Overall Rating
Reviewed by 3 customers
The Split Bindings to have
by Dave W in Bend, OR (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 1/16/2021
Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings - orange
There is a reason Burton and Nitro split bindings use the Spark R&D chassis. It's strong light weight and makes switching from skin to ride a breeze. Every part of this binding has been thought about and made to be exactly what it needs to be, that's why this is THE split binding to buy.
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I am so happy!
by Troy Mitchell in Hogansburg, NY (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 11/9/2020
Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings - black
So happy to get this item amidst the shortage of equipment due to the pandemic.
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Way easier than my karakorams
by Lance Aryeff in Ashland, OR (Verified Buyer)
Posted on 1/9/2020
Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Bindings - ash
Pleased with how everything just works how it’s supposed to. Easy to switch modes. Didn’t even notice them so much, which is a good thing. Note: you have to buy additional hardware.
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