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    Can anyone please provide an end-of-the-season review on the Voile Light Rail binding?

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    Bump! Several good sales going on right now for Voile Light-Rail Bindings.

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    I rode them 1/2 of last season and this season maybe about 50+ days on em. The buckles started to slip seemed like the teeth on the male piece was a bit soft. If I knew of some buckles that fit well with the binding I would replace them like everyone does with the sparks and karakorems. I thought the binding was comfortable, the forward lean adjustments a bit of a pain in the ass so I found myself just choosing not to mess with it unless the line demanded a bit of forward lean. The adjustments were easy when I had to adjust them to fit my big ass spark boots. So I would say if the deal is good get em and replace the buckles. Not a bad binding but I don’t have much to compare it with.

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    I’m not sure why the Light Rails don’t get more respect. They work great. I spent part of last winter on them and some days this year. Honestly, once I am strapped in, I can’t tell the diff between the LR’s and my Spark Burners. My Karakorams made my feet unhappy, so I always knew when I was on those. 😕 During the transition, the Spark LT pins slide more precisely and straight through the LT touring brackets and bindings, but once underway, the difference is pretty academic, and if you are using the stamped Voile touring brackets with the Sparks, the diff is negligible. The Spark LTs may be a hair smoother and slop free, but unless you are staring down and concentrating hard you would probably not pick up on it. Ride mode is nearly identical. They slide onto the pucks nicely, hold well, are stiff and stout, and have plenty of adjustment. The only thing the Sparks have over the Light Rails is that they ship with Burton straps from the get-go. The Voile straps sorta suck (butter soft ladders) and will need to be replaced, so unless you have some old straps sitting around you will need to figure that into the purchase price. The Burton straps that ship with Sparks are great. Otherwise the bindings are largely comparable. I do like the crampons that Spark makes better than the Voiles (easier to install while underway), so that is a possible issue. You can also make the Sparks lighter via the LT pin and touring bracket, but that’s extra $$. So I guess it all depends on the strap/crampon/touring bracket situation as to which is better for you. The Sparks are also on sale now too, so price being equal, I would get Sparks since the extras you can buy (LT touring brackets and crampons) are better with that system.

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    @firstlight wrote:

    I’ve tested both when they were current.
    The light rail was my preferred out of the box.
    They both have problems.
    Light Rail
    *Needed a cap strap for the toe.
    *The old crampon wouldn’t work.
    *The high back was tooo soft!
    *Needed a cap strap for the toe.

    I have modified my fuses with Carbon high backs and Burton straps and they are great now.
    I haven’t bothered to mod the light rail.
    I don’t worry too much about weight but the Light Rail seemed lighter.
    This is an unbiased review as I now use hard boots anyway!

    This is now not relevant as there is better Spark bindings out there.


    I used the Light rail for a season 2 years ago.
    See above
    The new light rails have better straps and the brass bush for the pin.
    They were lighter than the fuse but not as light as the burner from recent inspection.
    When you line them up next to each other(2012 models) you can see that the Sparks are a step up in terms of quality.
    However if the price was right they are still a good option.
    Another thing to consider is that you will need the new orange crampon if you go with the light rails as the older ones are not compatible

    Adam West

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    PSA: I just purchased a pair of Light Rail bindings @ 53% percent off at Sierra Trading Post, see: with take an extra 30% off keycode SiteBIG712

    The bindings themselves are marked at 33% off.

    These will make a great binding for my Nitro swallowtail project!

    351 Posts

    I just picked up a pair of the Light Rail bindings at With the extra 35% off coupon, the total came to $129. That is a pretty amazing deal.

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    Yep.. couldn’t pass that up. $146 shipped from STP.

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    Does anyone know what the ‘real world’ max. Boot size would be for these (original version) bindings in SMALL?

    Looking to fit a 8.5 Driver X, ideally, but it appears that it won’t be ideal.

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    Anybody know if Voile is offering the upgraded straps for purchase? I kinda got a vague answer when I wrote them. The new bindings will be available in Jan is what they said.

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