Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:48 pm Posts: 671 Location: Kodiak, AK
Honestly I'd rather have them test the SH!T out of it and release something totally dialed a year from now rather than rush it to market sooner and have it maybe suck, or just sort of work. I'm all for many generations of prototypes and getting it under the feet of lots of picky test riders. If someone doesn't point out the flaws before it goes to production, I'd be happy to rip the product a public new one after spending my good money on it and finding them myself.
_________________ Jones Solution 163W Venture Zephyr 164/260 Never Summer SL 163X Burton Spliff 148 Voile Mojo RX 166 BD, G3, and Gecko skins Sparks!
Wish K2 (or someone) would revive Clickers. They are still the lightest, fastest transitioning, and most releasable binding ever made. I LOVE my Blazes but if someone made these again, with an updated boot design, I would buy them in a heartbeat...
K2 was a shimano binding that why it works so well ( they still make some of the nicest pedals out there). Get some old K2 clickers and mount the mech to a bomber plate. Then install some dynafit toe pieces for touring.... My buddy still rides those boots and bindings and clicks into snow shoes for the hike
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1510 Location: Colorado
The speculation is that the Edison Project was cancelled because Spark could not make the interface immune to the problems of icing. Their response was to go "back to the drawing board" and start over with the result being the new bindings they make now. It is very difficult to make a complex system like Edison, Karakoram, Phantom, and Burton's interface as indifferent to icing as the Voile puck system, and Spark decided to keep their bindings super easy to operate in the field. Karakoram and Phantom interfaces both work great, but both do sometimes require a little bit of ice removal during transitions (typically a 15 second scraping does the job in bad conditions). Of course, there are benefits of these systems, Phantom, at least, allows for a more secure board interface than the Voile pucks ever did, and a more precise ride feel.