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  • #578858
    Reindeer mtn
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    #669339
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    REI has them backordered too. They cancel your order 30 days after placing it if the merch doesn’t come in, so it seems like a useless excersize at this point to order one if they really wont ship until Oct.

    #669340
    Reindeer mtn
    64 Posts

    The only concern is if they would run out, but I guess as this is their only products it should be quite well stocked

    #669342
    Reindeer mtn
    64 Posts

    Looking good

    #669341
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    REI also now has Magneto-system Sabertooth crampons, extra interface parts for spare boards, and baseplates and hardware to convert your current Spark bindings to Magneto. While the latter is cool, it is an expensive conversion.

    #669343
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    The first batch of bindings (size large) are shipping! :bananas:

    The size small bindings are still backordered, as are all the accoutrements like extra board interfaces and crampons.

    #669344
    Reindeer mtn
    64 Posts

    @philip.ak wrote:

    The first batch of bindings (size large) are shipping! :bananas:

    The size small bindings are still backordered, as are all the accoutrements like extra board interfaces and crampons.

    Mountaingear has some Magnetos in different sizes available.
    Too bad I left the US. Only take home was a split kit and additional parts so I can create another complete split kit from the brackets and raisers that are left over once I switch over to Tesla :clap:

    #669345
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    Got mine today. They look and work amazing(ly). My pucks were spot on for the new baseplates. The toe ramp locking action is snappy and positive (we’ll see if that lasts). The touring bracket pivot is totally smooth (stainless pin in brass sleeve) and getting the pins lined up and engaged is very easy (in my warm shop, anyway). I’ll be curious to see what it is like to work the heel risers with a pole basket, but overall this seems like it could be a significant step forward in form and function with the elimination of the pin. The only thing I liked better about my old Karakorams than the Sparks was the lack of a pin, and now even that one point has been negated. Great job, Spark! :bow:

    Some detail pics…

    Touring brackets:

    Plastic heel plate to support the heel risers:

    Sliding the “pins” into the touring bracket:

    Snapping the toe ramp down to lock into the bracket:

    The underside of the toe ramp pivot point:

    The toe ramp uses a resistance/friction fit against the inside of one of the pivot pins to create the lock-in ‘snap’. I can see this part wearing and making the toe ramp floppy in the future. The plastic part is replaceable though:

    Heel risers: the low position (inner bar) is 11.5º and the high (outer bar) is 17.5º (on a side note, the current Voile dual height risers offer 13º and 19º rises, so if the new Spark 17.5º doesn’t seem too extreme in general use, I might just remove the lower rise bar to simplify the up and down)….

    #669346
    horatiu
    28 Posts

    This is the detailed pictures I am looking for!tks man..

    #669347
    burton
    329 Posts

    the prototypes from last winter are great but this new one are a other dimension 😉
    will doe his homeworke perfect. they are stiffy in the front and all works.
    but we must wait for snow :banghead:

    burton

    #669348
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    I just received two (2) Tesla 2nd board kits from REI.

    Each of the kits are missing one of the two touring brackets. They do include both of the heel riser plates and enough mounting screws for all the parts that should be present, but both are lacking one of the two toe brackets. The packaging is all nicely sealed, so I assume the mistake happened at the Spark factory. No doubt Spark will send out the missing parts but it is still a pretty glaring and lame oversight.

    Here is the totality of my order. The packaging on the left is unopened, the one on the right shows what parts are present in both bags:

    Just a warning to potential buyers to make sure you are getting a full bag of stash.

    #669349
    Reindeer mtn
    64 Posts

    Good to know. Just got back from us to europe with pieces missing from diy split kit and found some parts missing. Voile sent them to me, hope spark does the same?

    #669350
    prior_rider
    109 Posts

    I will be eager to read how these perform in variable condition snow. I know I was quite disappointed with the Karakorums which needed to have all snow cleared from anywhere near the interface. It’s easy to demonstrate how they click / engage in a dry room as in these photos. It is another thing altogether to reliably work in stick cold snow conditions.

    #669351
    tiltedworld
    406 Posts

    @prior_rider wrote:

    I will be eager to read how these perform in variable condition snow. I know I was quite disappointed with the Karakorums which needed to have all snow cleared from anywhere near the interface. It’s easy to demonstrate how they click / engage in a dry room as in these photos. It is another thing altogether to reliably work in stick cold snow conditions.

    I agree on the K-binders, but I’m not sure I understand your concern on this one. The snow is cleared just like the old ones in placing the bindings on and the only moving part is the ramp, which appears to be clear of the pins. I’ve not had a ton of times where the front of the puck is caked and I can’t attach the pin, with this there is no pin. On the tour brackets I’ve never ever had a problem with snow clogging the holes.

    #669352
    prior_rider
    109 Posts

    Good to here this shouldn’t happen. I haven’t seen these in the wild yet. I will likely buy this setup soon.

    #669353
    jondub
    24 Posts

    Well luckily Spark products are made in Bozeman, MT and they will be able to send out some new touring brackets super fast. I’ve always received great help with their sales department.

    If they were made in China they would have to kill the 11 year old who packed them incorrectly. I’m sure that the young shredder who was packing them here in the ol’ USA must of had an off day and packed up a grip of them without the correct amount of touring brackets.

    Having worked in manufacturing I can say that sometimes stuff gets f’d up and although it’s lame, that shit just happens. I got my new Magnetos without any problems and I’m super stoked that they were made by a dirtbags like myself in this crap economy. I’m sure the Spark guys are on top of those miss-packed parts and are having them shipped back to the factory ASAP.

    #669354
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    I sent Spark an email and they replied within 2 days to say the missing brackets were already in the mail. If only you could order a nice dump of snow like that. 😆

    #669355
    horatiu
    28 Posts

    Guys , can you tell me from where I can buy an extra heeel loops for my 11-12 spark burner?I bought a tesla afterburner kit and it looks that the 11-12 heel loops doesn’t match to 13-14 baseplate kit!tks

    #669338
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    @horatiu wrote:

    Guys , can you tell me from where I can buy an extra heeel loops for my 11-12 spark burner?I bought a tesla afterburner kit and it looks that the 11-12 heel loops doesn’t match to 13-14 baseplate kit!tks

    Spark would be your best bet. But I wonder if Spark sent you the right parts? I do realize that the heel cup mounting bolt spacing of the legacy Burner bindings do NOT match the spacing of the new Tesla base plates (I held my old Burners up to my new Tesla Afterburners), so I figured they must have a second, different machining for retrofit kits. Maybe they sent you a new Tesla-specific base plate and not the one that belongs in the conversion kit? If not, none of the conversion kits will work. They wouldn’t even fit my 12/13 Burners. Email Spark with your issue. They are pretty responsive.

    Spark sent me two additional touring brackets post haste. :thumbsup:

    #669356
    horatiu
    28 Posts

    I saw on their website the heel loop kit wich is compatible with 11-12 bindings.It was better if I knew that before I bought the baseplate kit.On tactics, from where I bought this ,the product specification did not mention that the heeel loop is needed .They only mentioned compatibility with 11-12 ,12-13 or 13-14 bindings,that’s it.

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