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  • #659054
    Jefe009
    675 Posts

    Update: Had these out for an overnighter over the weekend, and ended up with a broken lace and one of the lace locker things on the side popped off. Going back to the store, hopefully this was a fluke and not a serious QC issue from the manufacturer.

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    #659055
    psycho_sw
    21 Posts

    @jefe009 wrote:

    Update: Had these out for an overnighter over the weekend, and ended up with a broken lace and one of the lace locker things on the side popped off. Going back to the store, hopefully this was a fluke and not a serious QC issue from the manufacturer.

    The lock thingy, popped of before i got to ride my pair

    #659056
    splitn2
    125 Posts

    @psycho_sw wrote:

    @jefe009 wrote:

    Update: Had these out for an overnighter over the weekend, and ended up with a broken lace and one of the lace locker things on the side popped off. Going back to the store, hopefully this was a fluke and not a serious QC issue from the manufacturer.

    The lock thingy, popped of before i got to ride my pair

    I have a pile of spares for the Deeluxe boots, and most shops that stock them should have them too. Sounds like you had a bad case of a bad knot in the lace end (rather than a broken lace which would be hard to do??) , and the lace locker has come apart which I believe they are prone to, I have fixed one myself. When you pull the lace and the locker to lock or unlock, do not pull really hard sideways or it will tend to pop off. Take them to the shop you got them from and ask for it to be sorted.

    cheers
    Rich

    Richard Harcourt
    WWW.SPLITN2.COM
    New Zealand Splitboard Equipment Specialist
    Spark R&D | Fitwell Backcountry / Freeride | SPLITN2 Custom Splitboards
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    #659057
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    “Another interesting observation! I just can’t see how anyone can *not* get blisters in the stock Fitwell liners, since there is zero padding behind the heel. I think I have pretty normal feet, so you must just have weird feet. But seriously, I can’t see riding those boots w/o replacing the liner.”

    Don’t use Malamute liners. They’re a blister factory. Although I knew this before I put them in my fitwells and tried breaking them in on a warm day with lots of hiking and crappy skinning. I’m gonna try the stock liners. Can’t be worse. The malamute liners use a skin like material to lock your achilles down via friction which in turn just instantly rubs your skin off. Retarded design. Fitwells suck to trail hike in compared to a normal snowboard boot but that’s to be expected due to their weight and the stiff sole. All stiff soled boots are terrible for you knees and awkward to walk in.

    If I could just give my T1’s a stiff toe box, a real vibram sole, and a stiff shank they’d be the best boot ever. I can dry hike in my T1’s for miles without discomfort. The only reason I got Fitwell’s is for Volcano climbing and kicking steps on steeps. After an unsuccessful day out in my Fitwells there is no way they are going to be my everyday boot. Too heavy. I’m stoked on having them for certain missions however. T1’s for life. Best boot EVER!!!

    LOL just realized this isn’t the Fitwell thread. Fuck Spark boots anyway 😀

    #659058
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Don’t use Malamute liners. They’re a blister factory. Although I knew this before I put them in my fitwells and tried breaking them in on a warm day with lots of hiking and crappy skinning. I’m gonna try the stock liners. Can’t be worse. The malamute liners use a skin like material to lock your achilles down via friction which in turn just instantly rubs your skin off. Retarded design.

    I’ve been riding Mutes for three years and have had not experienced this problem. In fact, I think that the design is great, and I never even heat molded the liners. These are the first boots to successfully hold my low-volume heel in place. Never had a blister, now the old malamutes from ten years ago were another story…

    #659059
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    I have 3 generations of Malamutes. The old old ones suck balls. The ones from like 5 years ago I loved to death. The liners from 2 years ago they added that material that destroys my heels. You may not have the same liners. If so, they just hate my feet. I found a pair of relatively new Northwave Kevin Jones liners and put them in my Fitwells for comparison. So much better. Also compared them to the stock Fitwell liners. Holy crap! The stock fitwell liners are complete shit!!!

    #659060
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Yeah, I have the ones with the directional “Skin-like” fabric but it doesn’t bother me at all.

    I’m with you though. I think that many ski and snowboard boot companies should stop wasting time and money on their liners. Many companies create super intricate liner systems that must require large amounts of resources to develop, only to end up with a sub-par product in the end. BD ski boots for instance, or the Fitzwells. Guys, just sell us the shell at a reduced price and we’ll order some intuitions.

    #659061
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    I have a pretty pronounced achilles so that may be my problem. Just sitting still with those liners rubs by heels raw.
    I agree. Just sell the shells!

    #659062
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    @bgnight wrote:

    Don’t use Malamute liners. They’re a blister factory.

    Everyone’s feet are different, so general recommendations on liners don’t really make sense.

    #659036
    Jefe009
    675 Posts

    @richie wrote:

    @psycho_sw wrote:

    @jefe009 wrote:

    Update: Had these out for an overnighter over the weekend, and ended up with a broken lace and one of the lace locker things on the side popped off. Going back to the store, hopefully this was a fluke and not a serious QC issue from the manufacturer.

    The lock thingy, popped of before i got to ride my pair

    I have a pile of spares for the Deeluxe boots, and most shops that stock them should have them too. Sounds like you had a bad case of a bad knot in the lace end (rather than a broken lace which would be hard to do??) , and the lace locker has come apart which I believe they are prone to, I have fixed one myself. When you pull the lace and the locker to lock or unlock, do not pull really hard sideways or it will tend to pop off. Take them to the shop you got them from and ask for it to be sorted.

    cheers
    Rich

    Thanks for the tip, you were right on both counts. Apparently the green lace locker things come off easily (the guy who sold em to me says people come in all the time for replacements), and the lace ends just need to be retied with bulletproof knots.

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    #659063
    christoph benells
    717 Posts

    has anyone heard the rumor about the new full leather 600$ deeluxe boot in the works?

    apparently their adding a 3rd boot to their lineup for backcountry boots.

    #659064
    prior_rider
    109 Posts

    I just bought these. What crampons are people using that fit these? While this boot thoughtfully has included a heel indent that will accept step in crampons such as my Black Diamonds and Camps, the toe is flat and does not provide anywhere for the front to lock into. All the step in crampons I have ever seen have a front rail that hooks over the toe indent at the sole, and then a clamping piece for the rear that goes over the indent on the heel.

    #659065
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    @prior_rider wrote:

    I just bought these.

    …they won’t work with any softboot that is on the market to date.

    You either need something like this…
    http://www.austrialpin.at/bergsteigen/crampons/skyWalk-kombi.aspx

    …or this…
    http://www.austrialpin.at/bergsteigen/crampons/skyWalk-concept.aspx

    #659067
    Jefe009
    675 Posts

    ^^^^^^this. Any semi-auto crampon should work with the Sparks. Full auto (with the bar for the toe piece) are for hardbooters only.

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    #659066
    prior_rider
    109 Posts

    Ahh, the key word is “semi-auto”. I guess I now add yet another set of crampons to my toolkit.

    #659068
    BoomHeir
    8 Posts

    Has anyone noticed the steel shank in the sole getting freezing cold and numbing their feet other than me?

    Every time I have been out so far, four or five hours into the day I can no longer feel my feet and it feels like something is digging through my insole into my foot. After talking to the guy at World Boards, he confirmed that there is a steel shank in the boots and that that is probably what I am feeling. If anyone has a solution for this, PLEASE let me know. It has been killing my feet and cutting my days short…

    #659069
    solidbored
    56 Posts

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    #659070
    solidbored
    56 Posts

    @tuff_enuff wrote:

    @vasco wrote:

    Would love to have that vibram sole for mountaineering but until they get rid of the huge bulk its a no go for me.

    well, k2 has a boot with vibram sole aswell: http://k2snowboarding.com/product/thraxis-1213?category=2011-12
    but that’s about as much as i know about that boot.

    I have last year’s K2 Thraxis boots. I love them. They are very comfortable, durable and warm. Some people wince at the boa system wondering what sort of creek they will be up if the wire were to snap. The Thraxis has 3 boas on each boot! So, you can be rest assured that if there were any problems, you’d still be able to tighten the boot. In addition to the boas there is another strap over the boot liner. My only gripe with the boots is that I can’t remember which boa controls what (1 for internal liner, 1 for top outside, 1 for bottom outside), but you just crank them all up to your satisfaction!

    #659071
    prior_rider
    109 Posts

    So I bought size 12 mens in the Deeluxe XV. I own the Spark Burner bindings. These are too large to fit into the Burner binding ankle straps without a lot of effort. Has anyone else had this issue, and what is the workaround? Thanks.

    #783524
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    Anyone on the new (15-16) XVs? How’s the revamped sole?

    Smaller footprint? (Good for big dudes)
    Flatter sole? (for better riding, any hiking sacrifice?)
    How’s that non-heel welt working with semi-auto ‘pons?

    What I’m really holding out for is the Independent BC with that XV heel/footprint.
    (Baby steps Hansy. Baby steps).

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