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- November 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm #570702big-rockParticipant
I know nothing about snowboarding( I’m a teleskier), but my wife is a boarder and I want to hook her up with a splitboard for her b-day. I need suggestions on bindings. Top of my list are the Sparks, but they are a bit pricey. Any other suggestions? She wears a soft boot and prefers a toe cap. Currently has a Nidecker binding that she loves, but hates the poor construction of their ratchet system(though they have been really nice to deal with in the replacement dept.) Any help would be appreciated. ThanksNovember 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm #610829fustercluckParticipant
Just go with the Sparks. Lighter, stronger, better uphill and downhill performance. Far superior to any other setup.November 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm #610830bcriderParticipant
What he said! 🙂
It’s like comparing Alpine Trekkers to Dynafits.
Just tell her she’s gonna hafta do some extra favors. 😉November 23, 2008 at 5:56 pm #610831brgParticipant
Sparks, no questions asked.
I was fairly new to splitboarding when the sparks came out, but I rode on the slider plates with burton bindings for 2 years, once i was able to get a set of sparks it made the whole experience much more enjoyable. some of these guys had to ride with those slider plates for a decade before something better came around, now that the sparks are here there really is no other way to split.November 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm #610832splittilpsParticipant
“Sparks, no questions asked.”
Unless, of course, the economy etc has you wondering whether you can afford to shell out all that $ for a set of bindings that (with all due respect to Will and his excellent idea/product) are only on their 2nd iteration and might see continued improvements as time goes on.
If that’s the case, I can only suggest looking for something without a lot of extra bells and whistles (extra weight and extra things to break). Stay away from anything with lots of plastic bushings between the binding’s base and straps etc. I’ve been pretty happy with my old Ride MIGs (maybe Tomcats, they’re named after some kind of fighter plane).November 30, 2008 at 1:56 am #610833eknomfParticipant
If sparks are too $$$ I’d recommend some of the regular bent metal bindings. They are simple, can be had cheap(recently got some new stepins for under $100), are light, and can be turned into sparks at some point in the future with the purchase of just baseplates.
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