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 Post subject: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:51 am 
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Hi, does anybody have any feedback/reviews on the new Fuse and Light Rail bindings. Curious as to how they compare weight, stiffness, function and ride quality if anybody has time on these, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:27 pm 
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Haven't tried either but I'm willing to bet Will didn't sacrifice any perforance when he replaced the ignition2 with the Fuse. While looking at the Voile light rail I see that they only solved on of the interface issues (weight). Sparks don't just slide over the pucks and make an attachment. They make contact with the board from the puck to the outside of the binding. This does two things. 1. It stiffens up your board 2. It make switching over easier-this is because the pin isn't under anything like with the Voile system, the pin is just on the side. I'm not sure I adequitly explained point 2. but I hope this helps

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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:31 pm 
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Thanks, appreciate the info.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:43 am 
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I am looking to make the purchase on a new set of bindings this year and have come to this same question: Fuse vs. the New Voile. I have my name on the list for the new Fuse but with the season kicking in perhaps I should go with the Voile. Has anyone tested either one out? Based on the info above I think I am still sold on the Fuse but just wanted to see what anyone thoughts were.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:29 am 
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I recommend ignoring speculation and go read what people who have actually tried both products have to say....

Might have to wade through bunch of stuff, but at least three folks were beta testers for the Light Rail.... I had the good fortune to run into more than one of them during their testing and they didn't echo the concerns raised here. At least one of them also had the Ignition II's as a comparison.
http://www.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7523&st=0&sk=t&sd=d&start=13

In addition to BCRider's video review this splitter also actually has the Fuse.
http://www.splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7670

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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:17 pm 
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Rode my Light Rails for the 1st time today.
Mixed conditions and good for testing purposes I guess - we came in from above and behind a resort after a night of snowfall so untracked pow up top and chopped up crud and pistes as we came through the resort.

Pro:
stiff
responsive
comfortable
light

con:
one of the bindings dumped it's toestrap in deep snow, never to be seen again.
read that again:
one of the toestraps just spontaneously dumped a toestrap.

Not going to pull any punches here, the toestraps were sh*t, even before one went awol.
Hard to position over the front of the boot and slipped up and down a couple of times before going awol.

Had to drop a bunch of cash on these for a set of Burton cap straps on their 1st day out.
Tough to recommend tham after a performance like that.

A shame because they ride really well and would have rated them highly if not for this incident.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:27 pm 
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I've tested both when they were current.
The light rail was my preferred out of the box.
They both have problems.
Light Rail
*Needed a cap strap for the toe.
*The old crampon wouldn't work.
Fuse
*The high back was tooo soft!
*Needed a cap strap for the toe.

I have modified my fuses with Carbon high backs and Burton straps and they are great now.
I haven't bothered to mod the light rail.
I don't worry too much about weight but the Light Rail seemed lighter.
This is an unbiased review as I now use hard boots anyway!

This is now not relevant as there is better Spark bindings out there.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:07 pm 
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Where did you get the carbon high backs?


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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:37 pm 
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I used Butron Carbon highbacks Shown here
I only have the cap strap on in this photo but have now put both burton straps on.

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These are the left over bits you need to remove

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Since then I got a O Sin swallow with brand new O Sin bindings and they had carbon hightbacks that were very minimalist and I now use them.
I will post photos later today.
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 Post subject: Re: Spark Fuse - Voile Light Rail bindigs
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:53 am 
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Last year, I rode with the light rail, this year with spark burners + LT pin.

Light rail were a huge improvment over the voilé plates with standard bindings.

Spark burners are the 1st great splitboard binding I tested - just yesterday I was stuck at the resort with bullet proof snow and my solution+burners behaved close to the way my traditional deck behaves - that was clearly not true with the light rail, even less with plates + bindings.

The stiff highback + contact points with the board make the spark behave more like traditional bindings.

Finally, I feel the LT pin system is much better for touring in crappy snow (you don't have to use the crampons as early as before...).

The burners have the cap strap & a stiff high back, the fuse highback might be too "mellow"


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