2011/2012’s best splitboard bindings

Need bindings to go with your new splitboard? Here are 2 options

Credit: Gary Davidson

K2 Formula Binding ($210)

We tested the Formula Binding with K2’s new Panoramic splitboard and found them good, but not the greatest. Not splitboard specific they require a Voile Slider Track to mount on a splitboard. The added separation between rider and board dulled the connection. Edging while skiing was tougher and we just didn’t feel as dialled with our board.

That said these bindings are very easy to use with tool-less adjustments, a canted footbed to adjust to our natural ergonomics, overall light weight and the custom caddy ankle strap which accommodate any boot.

Overall: A solid binding, but if you’re serious about splitboarding go for the Voile Light Rail (next page).

Credit: Gary Davidson

Editor’s pick: Voile Light Rail Binding ($299)

Of the splitboard bindings we’ve tried this is the best of the bunch. Like its name suggests these are really light, a deadly trait on the switchbacks but also valuable on the descent.

The key feature is the integration of the slider plate, for taking the bindings on and off for switching between ski and snowboard. It’s built right into the binding, so no extra plates or rails are necessary, cutting down weight and potential breakage points. The perforated aluminum design is light, stiff and tough, but also allows snow and ice to be hacked away easily.

The Avalanche Rip Cord is a nice safety innovation—allowing the board to be ditched in an avalanche—but we also found it really convenient for switching from ski to ride and vice versa.

Overall: Of all the other splitboard specific bindings on the market look no further then the Light Rail. This is the one you want.