What we liked while testing the ARC 16-17?
- The Tesla System, super easy changeover even at heaviest conditions.
- The Rip N Flip Highback easy and powerful
- The low weight
- The high quality in processing and the whole concept
- The combination of the new Pucks and the Binding, everything really smooth and even better power transmission
What we didn't like?
Just positive impressions
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The ARC Splitboard Binding is the lightweight model from Spark. With the new RIP‘ N‘ Flip Highback you change your Binding Setup from Touring- into Hike-Mode in less than 4 seconds. For wide strides at the ascent you can set up 13 degree "Backward-Lean" and to enjoy the powder at it's fullest you can adjust the Forward-Lean from 0 up to 22 degree.
The same as with the Surge there is just one Climbing-Wire left to reduce fiddle time and as nice side-effect you also reduce weight.
If you prefere a bit more comfort you can get the brandnew Basepads to dampen the vibrations on hardpacked snow.
The Arc has lots of cutoffs in the baseplate, so it became really light. At the same time it lost a bit of stiffness but saves lots of power for long splitboard touring missions.
Rip N Flip Highback with Uphill- and Downhill-Mode:
The ARC is ideal for all who like it ultralight, searching for long powder runs.
Size suggestions Spark R&D:
Small: < 40
Large: 44 or bigger
Further Spark developed some "funny" Features like the "Whammy Bar", similar to playing the Guitar it eases up the use of the Heel Risers or the Straps which further elevate the sidehold on steep traverses.
Not to forget about the great new Spark Pucks, which are stiffer and much more precicely built as the usual ones.
Video Presentation Spark R&D 2016-17:
- One Climbing Wire: T1 stands for OneWire. Because that’s all you need. 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. Eliminating the second wire saves weight and fiddle time.
- Precise Sizing: The single wire baseplate redesign opened up the possibility for a narrower heel and shorter baseplate construction for our size small bindings. More precise sizing options for smaller feet paved the way to developing our much-anticipated, first-ever women’s binding versions – the Women’s Arc and the Women’s Surge!
- 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.
- Snap Ramps & Side-Lock Touring Brackets: Just like the good ‘ole days of our original Tesla System, T1 bindings slide sideways into the offset touring bracket and are locked into place with our snap ramp. No pins, no cables, no fiddle factor.
- 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.
- Ibex Crampons: Slide in from the side while touring and two sets of horns on the Ibex crampons catch the wire in both the 12° and 18°climbing positions, pushing the teeth fully in to the snow for max security on any pitch.
- T1 Heel Locker: New design snaps in to better stay put in locked or free mode. Larger radius bends are stronger and the design allows for more variation in insert locations on the board. Check it out here.