Hopefully someone out there in the intraweb can help me out with this. I just bought a pair of Spark Deelux boots and managed to break off the locking mechanism for the lacing system on one side of the boot by catching the lace loop on the binding strap of the opposite foot while touring (you can imagine what happened to the rest of me when physics took over). Now the actual locking mechanism is gone (plastic slide that goes over the laces), and one side of the loop is hanging free from where the plastic cross piece that holdes it inside the boot cracked (I know I'm not making too much sense with that description right now). Basically there is now no lock on this section of the laces.
I'm not sure if this has happened to anyone else, but if so how did you deal with it? Thankfully it's the section over the top of my foot and not the ankle so it's still usable. Just a piss-off considering I've had the boots for 2 days of touring.
Joined: Sun May 08, 2011 9:57 pm Posts: 48 Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
I have broken one of these pieces on my Sparks as well. Fortunately the dealer I bought my boots from replaced it straight away. Those pieces are definitely a weak point in the design. Be careful to not flick the locking mechanisms out when the laces are too short as it puts extra stress on them.