Nice article on the Spark bindings in Canmore based Highline Magazine .... just picked a copy this week-end, and was pleased to see a nice write up on Spark bindings ... congrats Will!!!! here's the transcript.
Splitborders rejoice! Will Ritter of Bozeman,Montana wants to shave 2 to 3 piunds off your set up. Ritter, a mechanical engineer and founder of Spark R&D, has developed a new binding system that will undoubtedly force current manufacturers back to the drawing board. Ritter's invention forgoes the heavy metal base plate that was, until now, necessary to attach a typical snowboard binding to a splitboard.Spark R&D's Ignition binding is designed to work with the Voile interface and attaches directly to the plastic pucks already mounted on a typical splitboard. Only a thin sheet of metal seprates the rider's boot from the surface of the board. The result, splitters are no longer perched on "their high heels," as Ritter says, at an akward distance from their board and the snow's surface. Also gone are the eight bolts needed to attach the old base plate to a typical snowboarding binding, by doing so Rotter has eliminated the entire frustrating process all together
Only one Canadian retailer, Prior Snowboards in Whistler, is currently stocking Ignition bindings. The easiest way to get into a pair is to order them online at sparkrandd.com. Spark also offers a binding specifically for smaller, narrower feet that hit the market in December.
The folks at Highline do a great job, their free 'zine looks better than lots of the ones you have to pay for! Some seriously pro work in there. I spoke with Erin Moroz there and she was really fun to work with. They make the area look like lots of fun, I'll have to get up there one of these days.