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How We Tested Splitboard Bindings

Friday November 29, 2019

Before we could begin testing, we had to vet the market for the most high-quality products. We researched 25 different splitboard bindings and then purchased the top 8 to test side by side. We sidehilled, climbed, transitioned, and descended to rank each product on key metrics like uphill performance, weight, transitions, downhill performance, and the quality of the straps and risers.

Uphill Performance


We broke down the critical parts of our climbing experience to rate each binding. These components include quality of stride, sidehilling ability, range of motion, and comfort.


Weight


As tools for climbing, weight is a large part of a bindings design and merit. It's also our most objective measurement. We weighed one binding and then the entire setup on our scale. Field weight factors in everything you need to tour, while the binding weight is simply for the pair of bindings.


Transitions


To assess the quality of transitions, we transitioned a lot and in a variety of different settings and weather conditions. It's easy to transition in your house but is a whole other story with 40 mile an hour winds near the summit of Mt. Shasta. We analyzed the number of steps, speed, ease of use, and resilience to icing.

Appreciating the thoughtful features of the G3 Splitboard Glide under Spindrift on Mt. Shasta.
Appreciating the thoughtful features of the G3 Splitboard Glide under Spindrift on Mt. Shasta.

Downhill Performance


While descending, we carefully observed how the bindings felt in all conditions, but especially in challenging firm and steep conditions which provided the most opportunity for feedback.

This is why we do it. Pictured here we are enjoying the surfy nature of the Spark R&D Arc in low angle powder.
This is why we do it. Pictured here we are enjoying the surfy nature of the Spark R&D Arc in low angle powder.

Straps, Lean, Risers


We toggled, buckled, and flipped each one of the features to evaluate which was the most efficient, user-friendly, and helpful.


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The Why


Ultimately, we hope our results and review can help you find the splitboard binding that fits your needs. Then you can reap the benefits that the incredible moments in backcountry snowboarding have to offer. Enjoy.