Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums

It is currently Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:41 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 147 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:53 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:20 pm
Posts: 47
Location: 82 J/11
Yoda wrote:
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.


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).

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:01 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:16 pm
Posts: 391
Location: Bozeman MT
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.

Will Ritter, Owner of Spark R&D

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:14 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:36 pm
Posts: 382
Location: Lethbridge, AB
What's the scoop on these? The waiting list hasn't been updated in forever... bueller, bueller?

4th annual Canuck Splitfest presented by Prior: January 4-5, 2014 in Rogers Pass

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:54 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:16 pm
Posts: 391
Location: Bozeman MT
1 Michael Henricks
2 Sam Hill
3 Chris Trudeau
4 ride_pow
5 ricorides
6 Mooney
7 paulinator
8 Nathan Uter
9 stomppow
10 Kevin Di Lullo
11 Derek DiLuzio
12 Travis Smith
13 Stefan Hoertnagl
14 WClumberjack
16 Chris Ondercin
17 Cary Myers
18 Brendan Childs
19 Noah Winchester
20 blue
21 Steepy
22 jackhennigan
23 McLovin
24 cowboy
25 Michael Hampel
26 Tyler Mahoney
27 Travis Johnson
28 Sama Blackwell
30 samblack
31 Patrick Flaherty
32 Jan Nordman
33 Matt the shop manager
34 stumpalama
35 Simon Bierbach
36 Jeremy Vashon
37 santi
38 Nathan Ryan
39 Craigh Hyslop
40 Dennis Sanders
41 Les Mennie
42 Dan Gates
43 Matt McDonald
44 Seth Jansen
45 Josh Carey
46 Joel Ophoff
47 Alex Baur
48 Steffen from Germany
49 Sang Ahn
50 gearsandbeers
51 Gabriel Gakwaya (from Vancouver)
52 Edward Call
53 Chris Egge
54 Jerome Bulle
55 Becky Miller
56 Trey Chandler
57 Zoltan Olah
58 Dax Kelm
59 Chris Doles
60 Steve Lim
61 Mark Weinrobe
62 Tim Rantz
63 Matthew Steinwand
64 Travers Smith
65 Amanda Allen
66 Erik Acanfora
67 Greg Erickson
68 Clint Morgan
69 Jim Jarnagin
70 Ryon Butterfield
71 Mike Kunka
72 Bryan Gleason
73 Justin Delemus
74 James Lane
75 Jeremy Birse
76 Mark Robinson
77 Adam West
78 Alice Gleason
79 Chris Piasecki
80 Bethany Hinchliffe
81 Christopher Edmands
82 Rob Martin
83 Lorne (Kalle) Osborne
84 Jamie Oakley
85 Frank Pickell
86 Stephen McMillan
87 Patrick Defreest
88 Thomas Mitchell (thomas_m)
89 Neil Waggoner
90 Greg Wallace-Freedman
91 David Palazzo
92 Gernot Eiler
93 Gabe Haffey
94 Hugo Kenyon
95 Wade (treepilot)
96 Ed Napier
97 Reid Warner
98 Andrew Stephenson
99 Dave Z
100 Kevin Dieterman
101 Matt Hoeft
102 Berthold Hummel
103 Peter Lynn
104 Joshua Wonner
105 Simon Wheaton
106 Douglas Erwin
107 David Parks
108 David Kang
109 Scott Nelson
110 Steve Petrik
111 Erik Snoslut
112 Matt Van Biene
113 Tim Ellis (shredhead)
114 Helge Hukari
115 Andrew Budgell
116 Sean Riley
117 Bryan McCarville
118 Josh Lagalo
119 Mike Stamy
120 Bruno Giustacchini
121 Dave Stubbs
122 Stephen Koch
123 Tim Dykema
124 Jesse Horn
125 Bill Green
126 Tom Sachtleben
127 Parker McAbery
128 Tree Jeff justhangingalong
129 Thomas Martens
130 Brian Totten
131 Tim Grimes
132 Sandy Graupner
133 Stefan Deimos
134 George Montoya
135 Phillip Decker
136 Mike Sleeper
137 Peter Barry
138 Greg Brown
139 Dan Munster
140 Marcello Libralato
141 Rob Roof
142 Willyo617
143 Dave Smith
144 Dave Gunhold
145 Matt Sherer
146 Srinath Vadlamani
147 Neil Miner
148 Karl Sanderson
149 Greg Giardina
150 Andrew Budgell
151 Mark Silverman
152 Dean Jasper
153 Ben Peterson
154 Jay Naylor
155 Phillip Stevenson
156 Sean Brumelle
157 Garrett Elwood
158 Jesse Wenzel
159 Nick Caselli
160 Rob Neilson
161 Tsondaboy
162 Javi from Spain
163 Louis from Switzerland
164 Dave Hughes
165 Brent Tingey
166 Conroy Nachtigall
167 Josh Ellis
168 Tim Nelson
169 Faye McKeand
170 Neil Baxter
171 Kate Peterson
172 Hans Solmssen
173 Vic Jamieson
174 Shaun Gillis
175 Yannis Panayotopoulos
176 Rupert Taylor
177 Aaron Kinsman
178 Bryan Bertsch
179 Micheal Janes
180 Nick Cowan
181 Vince Damico
182 Dave Flanagan
183 Wayne Nelson
184 Terrence Ingram
185 Darrel Hamilton
186 Greg Mueller
187 Toby Johnson
188 Kyle Krogh
189 Dennis Feeney
190 Corbin Massey
191 Linda Showers
192 Chris Andrew
193 Matt Cardis
194 Ben Eng
195 Ben Yeomans
196 Gib Begum
197 Clint Horan
198 Gibran Begum
199 Jon Tapper
201 Gunnar Westholm
202 Scott Henderson
203 David Kang
204 Clint (sneauxmonkey)
205 David Ferrante
206 Chris Jakober
207 Trent Robson
208 Robert Buchwald
209 Terry Schmidbauer
210 BCR
211 Shane ash
212 Steve Ellis
213 paul
214 David GATTI
215 Brian Bokken
216 Ludwig Bourdon
217 John Fleming
218 Dan Romero
219 Eric Telford
220 Shane Heupel
221 Mike Schwartz
222 Justin in California
223 Nick Frazee
224 Kingsley Hobson
225 Jeff Hildebrand
226 Robert Lamb
227 James Rowland
228 Randy Weber
229 Aaron Berne
230 Adam Ballantyne
231 Rob Luggie

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.
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:

We've also re-anodized some split hooks from our friends at Voile:
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

We also have t-shirts for $10 in sizes xs through xl in many colors:

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
Spark R&D

Will Ritter, Owner of Spark R&D

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:05 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm
Posts: 1622
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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!

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:31 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:06 pm
Posts: 249
Location: Orange County, California
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!

I'm a german transplant. That's why I sound weird ;)

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:59 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm
Posts: 693
Location: white room
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!

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:01 am 

Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 am
Posts: 549
Location: Stowe, VT
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...


 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:59 am 
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am
Posts: 828
Location: PNW Hood Canal
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.

Mumbles...addicted thanks to sb.com
Mojo 171 / ST 178 / C-Split 165 / DIY Johan 162
Sparks Ignition II's / Mr. Chomps
DC Torch / Lowa Structura EVO AT

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:25 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:45 pm
Posts: 865
Location: hopefully not at work
Damn what a fine setup! Can hardly wait for my set :twisted:


165 Venture Divide, Spark Franken-Burner, LaSportiva Spantik
163W Jones Solution, Phantom Alphas, Dynafit TLT5
162 Furberg

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:23 am 
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:12 pm
Posts: 1598
Location: Now Oaktowntastic
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.


 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:31 pm 

Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:44 am
Posts: 136
Location: cascades
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.

 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:01 pm 

Joined: Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:12 pm
Posts: 36
Location: Vancouver, BC
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.

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 147 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group