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  • #566492
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    #580503
    huevon
    124 Posts

    never heard of it…

    #580504
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    They make two versions, a traditional and step-in. I’m unfamiliar with both but I’ve seen the traditional one and it looks…well…bomber. I hear it’s much stiffer than the Voile Mtn plate too.

    dackdescents uses them and modified them by removing the track on the binding and mounting the toe and heel pieces right to a Voile slider track. Pretty slick.

    #580505
    huevon
    124 Posts

    Whoa so do those heel and toe pieces screw off or did he have to cut the bindings?

    #580506
    Jon Dahl
    384 Posts

    Unscrew…..the pieces, that is. I’ve handled ’em at the factory, and like ’em. I don’t like hiking with the Intec pins sticking out of the boots, though. They pick up a fair amount of scratches in anything other than snow. It may be the best stepin system out right now as far as long term strength, but the Fast system is better for those less than ideal hikes. I’ve taken my Fast heel/toe pieces off the plates and put them directly on the Voile slider tracks and have a very light stepin system for the backcountry. The Fast system has the pins in the binding heel piece, and the reciever holes in the boot heel piece, the opposite of the Intec. If I damage the heel piece, I can break out the multi-tool and rig up a temporary fix with the knife, whereas if I screw up a Intec pin, I might be up the creek with no paddle.

    #580507
    dacksdescents
    50 Posts

    I played around with my bomber splitboard bindings some and this is what I found out:

    The binding is HEAVY and STIFF (imagine that).
    The toe and heel pieces DO unscrew from the sub base plate.
    I attempted to mount the toe and heel pieces to a voile slider plate.
    Two problems:
    1) The holes in the toe/heel pieces and the holes on the slider plate don’t match up. No biggie you just need to enlarge the holes on the slider plate until you can mount the toe/heel pieces. Best done with a round file.
    2) second problem. on the toe/heel bales where they attach to the toe/heel plate there are very large round joints these don’t allow you to mount onto the voile plates and sit flush. To make them sit flush you have to file a fair amount of metal off of the slider plate.

    conclusion: not worth it
    you loose ease of adjustment a and these bindings are VERY easy to
    adjust and the Bomber Subplate is made of alluminum and is light compared to the rest of the binding which is steel.

    The best plate binding I have found for split boards that I have used is a modified Burton Race plate binding.
    Same Idea that I had with the bomber but much easier and very light.
    1)Take the toe/heel pieces off of a Burton Race Plate
    2) Determine where you want your foot to fit on the voile plate. Easiest way is to take the base plate from the Race plate and mount it on the slider plate. Mark the holes that work for your boot size by taking a sharpie marker and make a dot where the screws were from the toe/heel pieces on to the slider plate.
    3) remove the burton base plate (you are eliminating this plate and loosing the wieght and bulk of it!)
    4) take a round file and enlarge the holes on the slider plate until the sharpie dots are gone.
    5) the toe and heel pieces should mount on to the slider plates once the hole line up. T-nut them on.

    They weigh just over one pound each not much more than the voile mountain plate. They ride MUCH better than the mountain plate. Much stiffer and more responsive

    Hope that all made sense

    #580508
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    right on dack!

    Thanks for showing up.
    how about some pics of your mods? Pretty please. 8)

    #580509
    Scary Mc
    30 Posts

    Any improvments on these bindings or should I just stick w/ the Voile Mtn. Plates?

    #580510
    Jon Dahl
    384 Posts

    Yes, the ’05 and up vintage are just toe/heel pieces that attach to the slider track. that eliminates some weight/height. They are also way stiffer than the mountain plate. If you are using a light boot I think it may be the way to go. However, I have had zero problems with the Voile Mtn. Plate, and if you are lighter in weight it should be no issue.

    #580511
    Scary Mc
    30 Posts

    Thanks, for the info. I’ve got a set of mtn. plates on the way but have some concerns about them due to my size, 6’2″ 220lbs. I might go ahead and lay down the coin for the Bombers when I’ve got the cash.

    #580512
    Eric
    60 Posts

    http://talk.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=1510

    CATEK mod. that works well for me.

    #580513
    WClumberjack
    21 Posts

    if anyones looking for a cheap set of bombers check out this add. its in canada tho. i posted this in the swap section too
    http://www.mec.ca/Apps/outdoorGearSwap/gearswap_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302881590&refNo=123994&category_cd=Snowsports&bmUID=1170296025166

    #580514
    cadmus
    14 Posts

    Wow 😯 thats a lot of negative talk/speculation about the only binding i trust with my body. I will tell you why… 😉

    What i have used or examined:
    +I have looked at most generations of the voile plate bindings (rode only 1)… all use plastic and thin metal wires.
    +I have used the first generation of the Bomber Trench Digger Plate binding for 6 years on carving boards and normal boards (resort and snowshoe-up).
    +I have used the Bomber split board plate binding (or this link)for 3 seasons (or 2.5) now.
    -I have NOT used the step in conversion though i have many friends who say for resort boarding it is the best. just as rigid. It must be nice to not have to sit on you but every time you get off the lift. For backcountry the step in may compromise your ability to use heel bail crampons. I would investigate that before buying.
    -I have not tried the newer T2 & Gold Digger designs.
    -I have not tried the Bomber Telle bindings but everything i hated in telle bindings seams to have been fixed by that design.

    Material:
    I like the Voile Company and support them with a lot of my money however i think the use of plastic and thin gauge wires is not safe enough for my legs. A lot more moment/angular force exists on snowboard bindings then on cramp-ons. Yet so many plate bindings use the same engineering?

    I recommend the Bomber over any other plate binding for both design and material reasons. Let me remind folks that if a foot breaks loose at top speed or on ice or bumbs, the other foot will likely not release and that could mean you loose a knee. IF any extra weight is associated with the bombers i will happily take on that weight knowing i have no plastic between my boots (yeah… ok.. those are plastic) and the board.

    the bomber products use aircraft alloy aluminum or in the case of the gold diggers titanium. notice the toe and heal loops are THICK solid metal. Notice they swivel on over engendered bolted joints, not little bends or crimps in the metal like many plate bindings. Notice the Toe bail is METAL, i have seen plastic toe bails break on people. Notice the plates that bind to the slider plate are not PLASTIC.

    ❓ Can you afford a disabling injury 2 days into the back country? What is the value in both dollars and weight that you are willing to trade for the assurance that BOTH you feet will stay safely on the board at all times?

    Adjustable:
    When i was comparing the bomber split bindings with the voile version i liked the Bomber’s ability to better adjust how far forward of back the boot is relative to the slider plate. Both in deciding where i want the pivot point when in touring mode and how far toe/heel in boarding mode. It can attach at any point on the slider plate WITH OUT DRILLING OR FILING. It also has a adjustment the next plate up that adjusts finer increments. The slider plate movement in touring mode is limited only by the slider plate dimensions not the Bomber Plate bindings. And i am saynging this having my pivot point further back on my foot than most people

    I have never needed the little adjuster screw on the toe bail lever. Apparently some boots need this.

    5mm Alan wrench- All bomber products use 1 tool for all screws. A 5mm alan wrench AKA hex wrench. It is nice, I hope to switch all the voile fasteners to 5mm in the next few years. An alan wrench is a lot less bulky than a screw driver.

    Compatibility with the Voile Split System:
    I have had NO problems with my bomber plate bindings on the 2002 split73 board i own. I am not sure what the comments above are about But i will try to address them in later posts.

    Locally owned, built, designed ect.
    Again, i am not insulting Voile. I love them. they are a friendly company that hasn’t sold out to the masses and have continued to help us minority back country enthusiast. BUT since i live in the USA, even more so Colorado, I want to support locally. I bought my first bindings in person from the Bomber shop in silverthorn, co. This was 6 years ago so i may be off. Bomber products are designed by the owner, a mechanical engineer who seemed to have amazing mastery of anatomy/physiology (i am a biologist). Based on the tour of the facility he gave me and our discussions on human to gear interface he put though into every detail of his produce and was interested in building the BEST even if that means you never get a repeat customer. He had a aluminum milling machine in the shop where he makes the majority of the product. I am not sure where the anidization happens. I trusted his insight, appreciated his contribution to the Colorado economy, his support of the carving community, and I felt good about buying a lot of expensive gear from him when i got into hard boot boarding.

    What Boots:
    I have used either the Bomber trench diggers or the bomber split board bindings on many boots:
    -Raichle race snowboard boot (did Raichle sell it’s snowboard boot line to “DEELUXE”?) Worked well on both the split and the trenchdigger models for many years. Also Burton Snowboard (hard) boots but they were crap.
    -Numerous AT and one Garmont Telle(not worth trying) all fit perfectly stiff (except the telle but it was snug enough).
    -2 alpine ski boots… what the hey? I think bomber says do NOT use ALPINE BOOTS with thier bindings so don’t… but i did and it was plenty stiff.
    Scarpa Sprits are the main boot i use on the split board version of the BOMBER plate bindings.
    -normal alpine boots-I think bomber says you SHOULD NOT do this but i wanted to try a few ski boots and they help tight in it.
    -old kolfach mountanering boots- boots are not stiff enough, but the attachment to the binding was perfect.

    Anything i don’t like about the Bomber?:

    one thing. the trench diggers (plate bindings for normal carving boards) have a nice spring in the back that holds the rear heel loop up making it easy to put on even in deep powder or steep ice. The back country ones do not have this. But they stay in the position you put them, and that is better then the voile.

    I will try to address some of the above complaints but will do that in a separate posts using the “Quote Feature”

    #580515
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    DACKD and others,
    I’m a pretty fat old fart pushing 215 before getting dressed and adding my pack, which usually is around 20lbs. I’m new to splitting, but in my early days of riding I rode hard boots and plates. I currently ride my voile with the voile mountain plates. I also have some burton carriers that I ride on my solid boards from time to time and also on my burton split with the burton interface. I use Lowa Struktura Evo AT boots with a thermo liner (I did not like the gortex version in the boots when I got them). Enough history. This is a great thread that makes me wonder how to attach my carrier bails directly to the slider plates as I am not as pleased with the voile mtn plate design. I will have to drill mine into place as the burton carriers have an odd single center screw attachment. These are wicked light and will likely shed some grams to my setup. I also have a set of groove plates, heavy, with a heavy baseplate. I have mounted these on my verts, but now am considering putting just the toe and heel peices to my slider plates. These are not as light as the burton’s (without baseplates) but are all metal and would be wicked solid.

    I have not tried the bonber or catek, but the more time I spend with Jon Dahl and the more I read here I may try more options with plates for my splits and solids. I like the AT boots, comfortable, warm, hike capable, step kicking, crampons, ride great…blah blah blah.

    Send me more information, this insomniac has ample time to tinker. Since I use the verts less than the board, it makes sense to have the more solid setup there and put the voile mtn plates on the verts.

    When i’m fresher, I will check back and re-read this thread so I can glean more info, there is a lot of simple and technical stuff here. I wish I would have seen this thread sooner. Thanks.

    #580516
    cadmus
    14 Posts

    @dacksdescents wrote:

    …The toe and heel pieces DO unscrew from the sub base plate.
    I attempted to mount the toe and heel pieces to a voile slider plate.
    Two problems:
    1) The holes in the toe/heel pieces and the holes on the slider plate don’t match up. No biggie you just need to enlarge the holes on the slider plate until you can mount the toe/heel pieces. Best done with a round file.
    2) second problem. on the toe/heel bales where they attach to the toe/heel plate there are very large round joints these don’t allow you to mount onto the voile plates and sit flush. To make them sit flush you have to file a fair amount of metal off of the slider plate.

    I commend dacksdescents for Pioneering a Bomber split binding before (2004) the Bomber split plate was available but for those considering the proper Bomber Split Binding Product most of this tread is not up to date or fare.

    1) The holes :Simply removing the toe and heel off a trench digger WILL not fit the Voile slider plate. When you buy the ACTUAL Bomber Split Binding (see pic) it has an other plate that matches the Voile slider plate holes. NO DRILLING NEEDED.

    I am guessing that with out this plate you/dacksdescents also had problems getting touring mode to work. The store bought BOMBER plate bindings in no way hinder movement of the slider plate in touring mode.

    2) second problem FILING. OUCH, DUDE, you filed down a $300 bomber plate binding just to give info to the forum? wow that is dedication. Again just removing the toe and heel off a trench digger is not comparable to the product being sold for split boards. The (happily) over engendered bolted joints do not need to be filed in any way shape or form if you buy the ACTUAL Bomber split board product.

    #580517
    cadmus
    14 Posts

    @dacksdescents wrote:

    …The best plate binding I have found for split boards that I have used is a modified Burton Race plate binding.
    Same Idea that I had with the bomber but much easier and very light.
    1)Take the toe/heel pieces off of a Burton Race Plate
    2) Determine where you want your foot to fit on the voile plate. Easiest way is to take the base plate from the Race plate and mount it on the slider plate. Mark the holes that work for your boot size by taking a sharpie marker and make a dot where the screws were from the toe/heel pieces on to the slider plate.
    3) remove the burton base plate (you are eliminating this plate and loosing the wieght and bulk of it!)
    4) take a round file and enlarge the holes on the slider plate until the sharpie dots are gone.
    5) the toe and heel pieces should mount on to the slider plates once the hole line up. T-nut them on.

    They weigh just over one pound each not much more than the voile mountain plate. They ride MUCH better than the mountain plate. Much stiffer and more responsive….

    The bombers FOR BOTH FEET weight
    “Total weight for the set is 925 grams/2.04 lbs. (for either Standard or Step-In).” per website
    No Plastic
    No cripped wire loops
    No jeryrigging, drilling filleing, etc.

    #580518
    Fin
    7 Posts

    Hello all,

    FYI: I asked Chris if it was OK to post the latest on our Bomber Split Board bindings here and got his OK.

    Appreciate everyone’s input and opinions on the Bomber Split Board binding. However, some of the reviews and comments here are quite dated (close to four years now) so just wanted to give everyone an update on the bindings:

    The newest split board binding does use a two piece (instead of one single base plate) mount. This significantly reduces the weight.

    We did go with a two piece mount (sole block to sub-plate to Slider Track) as it allows quick and easy adjustment. Also you can size boots much larger then the Slider Track will allow.

    All Bomber Splitboard bindings come with a “wide” toe bail assembly. This allows all boots to fit including AT and tour type boots that tend to have a wide toe box area.

    Don’t forget, the toe clip is a bottle opener 😀

    With some creative machining and “on hill” testing the final version now comes in at 842grams/1.86lbs for the set. Our lightest version so far! Maybe I need to think about a Ti model next 😉

    Thanks again guys for the support and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’ll do the best I can. More information and photos http://www.bombersplitboards.com/Pages/bomber_split_bindings.cfm.

    Cheers,

    #580519
    powderjunkie
    1667 Posts

    Hey Fin, Hope all is well. It’s been a while. Keep on trenchin’.

    Thanks for the update.

    #580520
    Jon Dahl
    384 Posts

    Kickin’ this one to the front…I finally rode a set this weekend in less than ideal conditions, but they impress me. Pluses are simple to set up, strong and stiff, fit my Dynafit boots well. Downsides? Stiff for my light butt, I will have to loosen up the boots a bit under some conditions, but these things will drive an edge in icy conditions! I am happy with them. I would think for a heavier, aggressive person they would be needed, not optional. Glad I got ’em! 😀

    #580521
    p06781
    16 Posts

    I have a set of bomber plates now too John and can’t wait to try them out. They do seem nice and stiff but still plently flexable. You can buy the adapters plates separately and borrow a set of toe/heel blocks off some regular TD2’s if you have extra ones. I will be using them with scrapa lasers and a older voile 173 that I found at a rental shop in pdx for $250. Will be going this mon or tues above Tline at MtHood to ride the zigzag glacier for a test run. It will be my first splitboard experience 🙂 . I will miss riding my tanker 192 and almost had monk151 split a extra one I had before finding a deal on a voile 173. If I like this splitie thing I will be sending a tanker to monk for the sacrifice….

    Jim

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