Forums Bindings Dyno or Phantom? Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total) Author Posts September 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm #580130 Toke 69 Posts Hei, OK hardboots, I like to give it a try…they could be good in….least some trips…;) But I need your advice! What I should buy? Expensive Phantoms or wait for Spark Dynos? Im little bit worried about flex in Spark Dynos but…I don`t know. What kind of setup you guys are recommending? What toe piece, crampons? Thanks! http://www.backcountryguidingnorway.com Furberg Snowboards Black Diamond September 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm #677417 christoph benells 717 Posts P H A N T O M S go with a light weight dynafit toe piece, ive got a set of the original tour-lite techs from the 90’s…still work great! those new maurelli ones are pretty slick too, but youve gotta bend down to get in. sounds like some extra work to me… I dont use split crampons, i think youll find your steep skinning/technical skinning way better with the hardboots, so in my opinion the split crampons are added weight and complexity to the system. for boot crampons i’ve got 2 sets, cassin aluminum 10 points for climbing snow, and cassin c14’s for climbing technical stuff, both fit on my dynafit tlt’s as wells as my mountaineering boots. just get a set that’s lightweight and fits onto your boots nicely. September 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm #677418 Zude 364 Posts I’m leaning toward sparks due to cost, but the phantoms look badass and probably are stiffer. I just can’t see spending $350 more, especially this season. I also like and am used to the snow clearing shove of the spark design. Pros for phantom: overlap of the pucks, nice looking risers that don’t get in the way and supporting your local aero space engineer. Pros for spark: Cost,cost and cost. Smaller area for bindings (maybe easier to stash?). I know how to shove my sparks onto pucks. September 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm #677419 vapor 349 Posts I dont think you could go wrong with either. Just made a version of phantoms and props to John for the design and bringing a low profile binding to market. The main advantage is the overlapping pucks, I’ve been on diy overlapping puck for years now and you def feel the difference. That said if you feel that your current puck gives you enough support the low profle dynos will work just fine. Don’t forget Ranger toeclips, cheaper and lighter, just ordered a set for this year to test out. September 15, 2014 at 1:25 am #677420 summersgone 813 Posts You won’t regret the phantoms. They are awesome. And I think they will pack away better then sparks IMO. September 16, 2014 at 9:31 am #677421 Toke 69 Posts Decided to go for Phantoms. Spark system have probably more flex and I don´t like that. I still remember times with Voile plates and I don´t want to go back in that. That problem is fixed now with soft boot setup, so there is no reason to go back in that with hard boots. Really excited to test hardboot system. With soft Spark bindings I (and others) had difficulties sometimes to flex board with “knees” (you know what I mean?) because my boots was just “rolling” in bindings. I think that problem is going to be fixed with hard boot system. And of course some other problems in mountaineering use. Can´t wait to the test! http://www.backcountryguidingnorway.com Furberg Snowboards Black Diamond November 8, 2014 at 2:18 am #677422 jvosburgh 22 Posts Wise choice. Phantoms are a game changer. Enjoy. November 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm #677423 Zude 364 Posts Bit the bullet, phantoms are on the way (have modded siderals). Here’s to an early and long snow season in AZ… January 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm #787834 WhitePine 501 Posts I’m looking to jump into this market and I’m curious if anyone has done any comparisons? It sounds like Phantoms are well loved but I haven’t read much about the Dynos. According to my calculations the tour mode weight difference is almost negligible, yet the Dynos are cheaper once you sum everything up. I’m really curious about the rigidity of the two systems. I don’t want it to be too rigid, so it becomes a little more forgiving. Just curious what the opinions are out there. January 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm #787896 Jason4 442 Posts Hey WhitePIne, I answered in the other thread in the Spark section. January 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm #787898 WhitePine 501 Posts Yeah thanks. I didn’t find the Sparks specific section until after I had posted that question. It was good. I think I’m going to experiment with the Dynos cause the Phantoms are a little cost prohibitive for me. At the moment. April 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm #830511 Trygve 15 Posts Hi, what is peoples take on this matter now in 2019 considering weight, robustness and ease of use? Considering jumping ships from soft boot setup 🙂 Thanks! -Trygve April 18, 2019 at 11:57 am #831538 Scooby2 594 Posts I have a front foot angle way beyond 30 degrees ruling out a phantom set up, so for my hard boot adventures I picked up a set of the Splitboard powers from France. 275 grams, well designed and beautifully machined/finished. Price was upper 300s. Splitboard Hardboot SPX 275 binding I dig the Spark stuff, have a new pair of arc pros in the family, but 275 grams vs. 409 for the Dynos for a single plate made these a slam dunk for an extra $100 for me. Shipping might have been $25, don’t remember. I also like the plastic Voile toe lever on the 275 over a metal one. Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.