Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Breaking News: Spark partners with Burton for straps!!!
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  • #575152
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    For Immediate Release:

    Spark R&D is stepping it up again this season; seeking perfection based on customer needs and keeping pace with the rapidly expanding splitboarding community. The BLAZE returns again this season with upgraded components and splitboard-specific features for even better performance in the backcountry.

    “We’ve always been able to respond quickly to customer feedback in our product designs year after year,” says Will Ritter, Spark R&D owner and chief engineer, “and this year is no different. The biggest challenge for us has always been outfitting our baseplates with excellent straps, highbacks, and components worthy of backcountry missions. We’ve tried a couple of different things the last few years that worked well … but for the next level of quality and performance we just had to wait for all of the planets to align.”

    The planets have aligned. Spark R&D is proud to announce that they are working with Burton Snowboards for the manufacturing of their straps, thermo plastics, and buckles.

    Again, here’s Will: “We get to design our parts exactly how we want them [specific for backcountry touring and riding] while having access to Burton’s time-tested fabrics, materials and techniques for production. We’re psyched because their reputation for quality binding components is unsurpassed in the industry. That’s what we’ve been aiming for – and we’re stoked.”

    Here is what you can expect to see from the Blaze this season:

    Ankle Straps: Minimalist straps for lightweight skinning, webbing edging for durability, tunnel to keep ankle telescope out of the way while touring, and a size-specific 3D skeleton to conform to your boot. Stitched through middle window allows for easy ankle flex for maximum maneuverability.

    Toe Straps: Also size-specific and lightweight with matching webbing edging. Convertible toe cap strap for comfortably keeping your toe on lock down.

    Buckles: This ratchet system is the perfect balance of minimalism and durability. Crank ‘em down – this buckle gets you super tight and releases easily. Low profile design is perfect for touring.

    Thermo Plastics:Spark R&D designed their own molds this season for toe and ankle ladders and telescopes to maintain compatibility with their baseplates while working seamlessly with the new straps and buckles. Plastics are molded to be pre-curved to hug the strap and remain snag-free while touring or riding. This in combination with Burton’s secret recipe for extremely durable components will keep you confident out in the backcountry.

    Baseplate Design: Fine-tuned for all around ease of use as well as long-term durability. A few highlights: the pivot area for touring has been beefed up, medium and large sizing is more specific, puck interface is designed to slide better onto both factory and DIY pucks and require less adjustment, and improved toe strap attachment area.

    Highbacks: Same great custom highback design as last season, innovating the widest range of lean on the market (25° forward lean, to -5° for touring – an industry first). Increased glass fiber content strikes the perfect balance between response and maneuverability. Vertical built-in slots fit perfectly with the Spark R&D Strappy Strap, for steeps and off-camber climbing, and an extra large grab hole for billy goating security.

    Bushings: Spark introduces custom made bronze bushings for exceptional durability with an inside flange that eliminates wear from the touring bracket.

    Blaze Binding Specifications:

    Sizes: S, M, L Colors: Black, Teal, Gunmetal Standard Price: $299 – comes with the standard stainless steel pin for Voile touring brackets LT Price: $350 –comes with the LT Pin System’s aluminum pin and bracket. Standard Weight: 3.61 lbs/pr [1640 g] (medium) LT Weight: 3.47 lbs/pr [1576 g] (medium)

    Available worldwide at Spark R&D retailers beginning in mid-September.

    For additional information, please visit us online at http://www.sparkrandd.com. The website will be updated for 2011/2012 products in late August.

    #641990
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    Hellyeah :thumpsup: :thumpsup:

    165 Venture Divide/Spark Frankenburners/La Sportiva Spantiks
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    Chris

    #641991
    stoudema
    551 Posts

    Sweet! Lots of bashing on Burton by some, but their straps are great imho. Nice work Will!

    #641992
    fitit
    343 Posts

    We knew that was coming from our discussion last season!

    #641993
    Kyle Miller
    510 Posts

    Hell yeah! Now I won’t have to slaughter my resort bindings anymore. :mrgreen:
    Right on Will :thumpsup:

    #641994
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Will you fellow Minnesotan….Congrats, and thanks…freekin big time :bananas: .. you got a big Polack man hug coming your way 😯

    Kudos brother… I freekin love it when a “mom and pop” business crushes it :thatrocks:

    #641995
    HikeforTurns
    1114 Posts

    Good call! Will we be able to buy the components separately?

    #641989
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    Definitely a good call. I am not so much of a fan of their ratchets, but they’ll be better than their previous vendor for sure. Burton straps are plenty solid.

    #641996
    classicauto
    152 Posts

    @HikeforTurns wrote:

    Good call! Will we be able to buy the components separately?

    x2

    #641997
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    Great collaboration, love to see the constant evolution that is Spark binders :clap:

    #641998
    Will
    377 Posts

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the comments, we’re pretty fired up! The new straps are backward compatible with last year’s Blaze bindings, we will be offering the new straps and highbacks ala cart through our retailers and our online store.

    #641999
    baker542
    9 Posts

    @Will wrote:

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the comments, we’re pretty fired up! The new straps are backward compatible with last year’s Blaze bindings, we will be offering the new straps and highbacks ala cart through our retailers and our online store.

    Will there be anything available for the Fuse binding? the bent Metal hardware does get old and break after awhile, it would be nice to be able to upgrade.

    #641988
    kings run east
    75 Posts

    @Will wrote:

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the comments, we’re pretty fired up! The new straps are backward compatible with last year’s Blaze bindings, we will be offering the new straps and highbacks ala cart through our retailers and our online store.

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    #642000
    splitchank
    97 Posts

    @Will wrote:

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the comments, we’re pretty fired up! The new straps are backward compatible with last year’s Blaze bindings, we will be offering the new straps and highbacks ala cart through our retailers and our online store.

    phuuuuuccckkkk yeah! :headbang:

    once again, Will and crew bringin it. Thanks man.

    #642001
    rughty
    620 Posts

    those bushings aren’t original at all are they…

    #642002
    Will
    377 Posts

    I’d personally like to thank splitboard.com member Rughty for his suggestion last year of switching to bronze for our bushings. You can check out his handiwork here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=10362&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=rughty.

    Thanks Ken!

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