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At this rate it looks like I may be forced to buy some other brand of bindings and use the crappy Voile set-up so I can go ride.


Whoa!,

ru saying you're grounded untill your sparks come (as in you literally have nothing to ride)?

Dude PM me.
I can puralator you a pair of last years Mission bindings (in medium) that I won't be doing anything w/ this season anyway (you can just mail'em back when your sparks arrive).
Sheesh.


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LAYC: nothingmuch pretty much laid it out for you. What size boot do you wear? There's a really big and a really small boot in the binders at the top of this thread. If anything I'll probably do a size small in the future as the binders are wide if you have really small feet, but one rider with a women's size 4 hasn't complained. I'm not planning on working around any other bindings right now, but there are some other parts that people have gotten to work on the reviews thread and earlier in this one.

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What's the scoop on these? The waiting list hasn't been updated in forever... bueller, bueller?

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It's huge! Now serving #'s 1 - 45. The first lot that I busted out was largely an experiment, involving too much outside work and expense. The way things caught on it became very important to bring those things in house. So we bought a laser engraver, brought the machining in house requiring a few thousand in tooling, and learned how to make our own pins. I also designed the next binder and got the crampons out there (only in the last 24 hours, email notifications sent). More on that end:

I'm pleased to unveil the Ignition II binding. This binder is built around the Bent Metal Restraint. This binding is a little lighter (989 g per binding with pin), has better hardware, and has a one piece molded highback for increased comfort. This highback also has convenient holes for rigging a booster strap for added edging power in touring mode. The highback is also tilted back more than on the Bent Metal Baseplates, so the lowest forward lean setting is more straight up, making for a longer stride on the flats.
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Ignition II completes sell for $365, baseplates only for $215. The hole patterns for the heelcups are different than the Bent Metal Missionary Bindings used with the Ignition I bindings. Restraint binding parts are not compatible with Ignition I bindings without modification. We will continue to stock the ignition I baseplates for people that want to use their own Missionary binding parts.

Crampons are now ready for the Spark R&D Ignition bindings. Click here to see a youtube movie on them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dIq3sqTcCo. These crampons sell for $85 plus shipping. We currently have red and black, green and burnt orange available in the next week or so:
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We've also re-anodized some split hooks from our friends at Voile:
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It can be helpful in transitions to have different colored hooks on your board halves (one color on one half, one color on the other). These sell for $18 per pair or $35 for a set of four.

Spare pin sets are also available for $28
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We also have t-shirts for $10 in sizes xs through xl in many colors:
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We hope you've had a great winter, and are getting after it this spring and summer. If you're interested in making any purchases just drop us an email or give us a call. I'm a sponsor of the http://www.wbfj.ca which looks like it's going to be an awesome event. If you're in Whistler next weekend drop by for a demo and say hi. My apologies for he slow production this winter, you've got to learn how to crawl before you learn how to run.

Thanks for your support,

Will Ritter, Owner
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FKNA Will, perfect timing! Crampons on order, just in time for spring season in the Sierra. The new version of the binding looks sweet, the highback was one of the main issues I had with v.1. Keep up the great work, and have fun up there in BC!


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Wow! I really like how the crampons work! On the fly is a huge advantage!And the new bindings look great! I better start saving!

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OK, so I know I got hurt and haven't been able to to send you some money yet, but what happened to my #1 ranking?! Although I probably won't be able to get me a pair until next season (yeah, I already have a list of gear for next season - it's a sickness, I tell ya) I felt pretty cool being #1 at something for once in my life! For real, though, does the extra climbing bar give extra heel lift? It was a bit tough to tell in the video. If it does, you just completed the splitboard engineering Triple Crown - Sparks binders, easy install crampons, and multi position heel lifts. I can't even think of any more improvements, unless you know of some secret edge and base materials that can't be busted up on rocks, or skins that install with the flip of a switch. Hot damn, nice work!


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Will,
For mountain plates, do you think you could notch out the slider plate to fit the cross bar from your crampons? Of course, that would be voiding the warranty, and I would never do anything to void the warranty, but, uh, I'm just wondering, you know...

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FNA Will you rock. I'm eager to see my number come up. I love the drop in crampon with the free, locked and variable elevation mode. That was the best part of the burton system missing with the voile interface. I also like the Ignition II highback and strap design over the I series. It is fun to read the posts of your trials and tribulations getting you to this point. More impressive is how you are taking your time, getting tons of feedback and how stoked everyone is the moment their Sparks R&D care package arrives in the mail. I have been touring the past two trips in my soft bots and bindings vice my AT/plate bindings in anticipation of coming to the top of the your list. I may actually be in the next broduction period. It may be spring, but so what, I'll find somewhere to ride.

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Damn what a fine setup! Can hardly wait for my set :twisted:

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jimw wrote:
FKNA Will, perfect timing! Crampons on order, just in time for spring season in the Sierra. The new version of the binding looks sweet, the highback was one of the main issues I had with v.1. Keep up the great work, and have fun up there in BC!

Perfect timing indeed... my pair just arrived by FedEx 3 hours before departure for the first spring overnight expedition of the season. Thanks Will!! These things rock!! Spark R&D is delivering on gear we've been wishing for for a long time. I may have to even give up my beloved sport of splitbooting.

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still holdin' out for the small baseplates for my itty bitty feet. but it doesn't really look like you're hurting for customers. :)

good work will, LOVE the colored split hooks, great idea. for some reason they remind me of all the tricked out mtn bikes i see out there...matching hubs, skewers, headsets, etc. are we gonna get to have matching hooks, heel lifts and baseplates someday? awesome.


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I just got my crampons today and am pretty excited to try them. They are infinitely easier to attach than the voile ones, the metal is slightly thicker so they look less likely to bend, they arent as sharp as the voiles which is a good thing in my opinion(the sharpened points on my voile ones destroyed the topsheet on my old split), they look pretty cool, and are only slightly heavier than the voiles. The only thing that concerns me is in the non-elevated, free mode it seems like there is the potential to bend some part of the system and the back of the binding is actually elevated about 2cm higher than it would be without the crampon. I'll report back on them once I get to test them on the snow.


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