HomeFeaturedNewsOfficial Launch of the Burner binding splitboard.com August 29, 2011 News, Spark R&D FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Spark R&D is proud to announce the newest addition to the family: the BURNER splitboard binding was designed for the rider who wants to point it. Increased support both torsionally and laterally creates a stiffer ride in all snow conditions and will allow even the largest of riders to edge with confidence. “Splitboarding has grown so quickly in the last couple of years that the pool of people riding the backcountry has become more and more diverse,” says Will Ritter, Spark R&D owner and chief engineer. “Riders have different shred styles, terrain preferences, and ride different areas of the world. The snow in Utah is different from the snow in New Zealand. We had feedback from people who were in love with the Blaze, and others wanting something stiffer.” … thus the BURNER splitboard binding was born… “It’s the big brother to the Blaze,” says Will. “The difference is in the ankle strap and highback. We stiffened them up for those riders wanting extra support on the descent. If you want to ride through tight trees and ride with a bit more freestyle influence, you’ll probably prefer the Blaze. But if you’re straight lining from the top to bottom, railing through chundery hardpack, or could be described as a Clydesdale you’ll probably want to be on the Burner this season.” Here are some features from the all new Burner: Ankle Straps: Slightly larger strap platform than the Blaze with stiffer plastic skeleton for more support through your turns. Beefy PU leather construction for durability and a tunnel to keep ankle telescope out of the way while touring. Toe Straps: Size-specific and lightweight. Same PU leather body and piping construction as the ankle straps ensure these are bomb proof. Convertible toe cap strap for comfortably keeping your toe on lockdown. Highbacks: Same great custom highback design as last season, allowing the widest range of lean on the market (25° forward lean, to -5° for touring – an industry first). The Burner incorporates more than two times the glass fiber content than the Blaze, offering the rider the utmost edging control with increased stiffness. Vertical built-in slots fit perfectly with the Spark R&D Strappy Strap, for steeps and off-camber climbing, and an extra large grab hole for billy goating security. The Burner also demonstrates these same great features as the Blaze: Buckles: This ratchet system is the perfect balance of minimalism and durability. Crank ‘em down – this buckle gets you super tight and releases easily. Low profile design is perfect for touring. Thermo Plastics: Spark R&D designed their own molds this season for toe and ankle ladders and telescopes to maintain compatibility with their baseplates while working seamlessly with the new straps and buckles. Plastics are molded to be pre-curved to hug the strap and remain snag-free while touring or riding. This in combination with Burton’s® secret recipe for extremely durable components will keep you confident out in the backcountry. Baseplate Design: Fine-tuned for all around ease of use as well as long-term durability. A few highlights: the pivot area for touring has been beefed up, medium and large sizing is more specific, puck interface is designed to slide better onto both factory and DIY pucks and require less adjustment, and improved toe strap attachment area. Bushings: Spark introduces custom made bronze bushings for exceptional durability Burner Binding Specifications: Sizes: S, M, L Colors: Black, Red, Gunmetal Standard Price: $329 – comes with the standard stainless steel pin for Voile touring brackets LT Price: $380 –comes with the LT Pin System’s aluminum pin and bracket. Standard Weight: 3.67 lbs/pr [1664 g] (medium) LT Weight: 3.52 lbs/pr [1600 g] (medium) Available worldwide at Spark R&D retailers beginning in early September Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.