Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:11 am Posts: 8 Location: UK
Hi, sorry of this has been done to death. I'm a newbie to splitting, I tried it last season and loved it, but I hated the junk I rented so I've just ordered my first board - a Burton Freebird - and now I'm looking for the bindings.
I normally ride a Rome Anthem with Burton Cartel bindings. From what I read a split specific binding is the way to go, so I need to buy something. I like a stiffer but not too stiff binding. I understand the Blaze is a little stiffer this season, so which would you recommend the Blaze LT or the Burner LT?
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1436 Location: UT
+1 I've been watching this thread for any info as well... e.g., What does Spark consider a stiff/soft binding? I ride Burton Triads on solid boards and plate bindings w/ Scapra F3 on the split last season... I'm looking to get Sparks to go with some Burton Imperial boots that are on the soft side of the stiffer Burton's...
If you have the extra $80 bucks then I say go for the burner. Better straps and a significantly stiffer highback. I have the blazes from last year but with a burner highback. If you prefer your highbacks on the stiffer side, the burner is the way to go. Personally, I would like it to be even stiffer but I'm used to carbon highbacks. The burton straps are a nice step up as well on the burners.
Last season, myself and others complained about the stiffness of the Blaze highbacks. Way to soft for my preferences. But others really preferred the softer highback. It's just a matter of preference and I think that it's awesome that Sparks is offering both options.
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am Posts: 584 Location: Oregon
I pretty much agree with everything Shredgnar said.
I ride the Burton Cartels on my resort board and love them. Last season, I tried the Blazes and wasn't thrilled with how soft they felt. This year, I upgraded with the Burner upgrade package and am much happier - they are quite a bit stiffer and ride really nice, definitely more like what I am used to for all mountain shredding...and I like the way they skin too! Everyone is different, but I don't think you'd regret getting the burners...and yeah, the highback on the burner is nice and could even be a bit stiffer, but I like a stiff binder!
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Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:37 pm Posts: 139 Location: East of the Cascades, Wa
The best way I can describe the difference, having never ridden burton binders, is this:
if you are looking for a good all-around binding, something responsive, but has some give for tweaks and freestyle type riding, the Blaze is perfect
If you like super stiff, super responsive, back country shred, big line charger bindings, the Burners are on the money. Basically if you always buy the stiffest binding from a company, that is the burner
iirc they upgraded the blaze straps/buckles this year too, so both have burton straps/buckles now