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  • #600806
    Robbieguns
    6 Posts

    Hey rms56
    I live in revy so if you are looking to go for a tour drop me a PM.

    (Mostly I just want to ogle your bindings because I havent seen any in real life yet :lol:)

    #600807
    lifelinksplit
    282 Posts

    We ran into lifelinksplit (who doesn’t work at lifelink and like me looks like a hippy) and bridgerhippy (who does work at lifelink and doesn’t really look like hippy) and their really stoked out friend on his first day on fritchis.

    that’s some funny(but true…) shit. The bindings were great and the ride down on soft boots felt oh so good. Our buddy hadn’t skied in almost 4 yrs and was more than stoked to be out in the backcountry, it made ellis feel a lot better than it was(don’t get me wrong it was pretty good that day). Always good to see someone gettin stoked on gettin back on the horse

    #600808
    rms56
    121 Posts

    Hey Robbieguns. Thanks for the invite. Thats a big neighborhood that you play in and local knowledge is always gold…..especially with the snowpack the way it is right now. Hows the out of bounds access out of RMR? I figure it will take me a few days to get my legs goin and there is no substitute for skinning up and trail braking. Ill PM u

    #600809
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    WILL, YOU ROCK!!!
    :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks:
    I finally had a chance to install my new sparkers. They are great!! Very light and everything went together perfectly. I couldn’t be more stoked on them.

    I flipped the nut on the outer toe strap per Lewmt to give the nylon more travel. The other nuts seemed fine.

    I have been going leashless with my pins like bcr because the leashes bugged me and also I needed to swap in the bigger pins when I used crampons. But this seems like a nice design so I’m gonna give it a chance. I’m riding slightly duck now, so its no problem. Thanks Will! I can’t wait for the drop-in crampons.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #600810
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    How are folk’s sparks doing in terms of sliding on and off the pucks. I know Will said there is a break in period. Any additional tricks?

    #600811
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    How are folk’s sparks doing in terms of sliding on and off the pucks. I know Will said there is a break in period. Any additional tricks?

    Mines is smoove like buttah. But I did spend a bit of time on the set-up to make it this way though. No sanding or grinding was required, other than what I had to do to the heel lifter block in tour mode to avoid some binding.

    UB

    #600812
    karma surf
    191 Posts

    The sliding on/off is spectacular, I have about 8 days on them and love these things. These are the shizz if you like soft boots/straps. Tightening down all bolts/nuts should be done with any new piece of gear. Once I tightened everything, I’ve had no issues.
    Thanks Will and Spark ❗

    #600813
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    @karma surf wrote:

    The sliding on/off is spectacular

    I must be doing something wrong. Maybe I’ll try putting different pucks on.

    #600814
    brian
    19 Posts

    What is the largest size boot somehow has used the bindings with? I’m trying to decide whether they’ll work with my size 12.5 malamutes or to wait for large size bindings.

    #600815
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    @brian wrote:

    What is the largest size boot somehow has used the bindings with? I’m trying to decide whether they’ll work with my size 12.5 malamutes or to wait for large size bindings.

    I wear size 12 Malamutes and the Ignitions work fine. I adjusted the heal cup and straps to accomodate the largest set-up possible. I don’t know about a 12.5 though. The ankle strap on one of my boots is a pretty close fit.

    BTW-Rode the bindings yesterday, everything worked great and had a blast. They slide on and off the pucks without a problem.

    #600816
    Will
    377 Posts

    HFT: the red binders look sweet on your black board!

    DFT: did you have loctite on the hardware that fell off? Bent Metal had breakage issues with that part of the strap last year, so they thickened them up. I guess they figured the bolt was fine, although I imagine they are getting hella calls about hardware falling off, since it’s falling off for a bunch of splitters who only get in and out a few times a day.

    SanFran: are you using the voile crampons with the bindings? Did you have to modify anything?

    BCR: a little sanding makes a huge difference if your pucks are brand new. Check out the setup tips: http://sparkrandd.typepad.com/the_spark_rd_blog/splitboard-setup-tips.html

    I designed these around the dimensions of pucks that are already broken in since I want them to stay tight for life.

    Brian: I’m not sure about the salomons, but sometimes when they do a halfsize boot they make a slightly lower volume liner and put it in a fullsize shell, i.e. you may have a 12.5 liner in a 12 shell. Conversely, you may have a higher volume liner in a size 13 boot. Or maybe salomon goes through the trouble of making size 12.5 shells. What I do know for sure is that a full foot size is 1/4″, and a half size is 1/8″. Since Eco is saying that his 12’s work fine, chances are yours will too, I wouldn’t expect the girth of the boot to change much with a half size. Measure your boot and compare to the dimensions of the boot at the top of this thread. Maybe there’s someone with a set in your neighborhood, I’m shipping sets everyday 😀

    Glad to hear you’re all happy with the ride dudes!

    Still working on the spare pins thing. The people that make them said it might take 4-5 weeks to get another batch. I’m trying to light a fire under their ass, in that amount of time I may be making them myself.

    #600817

    DFT: did you have loctite on the hardware that fell off? Bent Metal had breakage issues with that part of the strap last year, so they thickened them up. I guess they figured the bolt was fine, although I imagine they are getting hella calls about hardware falling off, since it’s falling off for a bunch of splitters who only get in and out a few times a day.

    Nope on the loctite, I didn’t have any. but def feel better with the longer stainless replacement anyway. It seems if the bolt extends the outer part of the nylock at least a 2-3 thread turns the hardware seems to hold fine. Flush with the nylock seems to be where loosening to loss is a possibility – the loctite solution on shorter bolt is something I’d rather not think about after the failure. done and done.

    Tightening down all bolts/nuts should be done with any new piece of gear.

    Indeed and in my case this was done and even checked and re-tightened on subsequent rides. For me a longer bolt is a more satisfying fix to this issue, but then again jmo.

    #600818
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    @Will wrote:

    SanFran: are you using the voile crampons with the bindings? Did you have to modify anything?

    No… With the Voile slider plate setup I didn’t like use the Voile leash partly because you have to use a longer pin with the Voile crampons. I didn’t like having to unleash the shorter pin or let it dangle to use the longer pin with the crampons. I don’t think it’s possible to use the Voile crampon with your setup without a modification.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #600819
    Will
    377 Posts

    Ok SF, that makes a little more sense. How often do you use your crampons? Did you do that randonerd race?

    #600820
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    Pretty often. Sometimes in California spring arrives briefly in Feb. and crampons are the EZ way to deal with those crud/dust on crust situations. They also work great for those impossible hard snow traverses. The Voile crampons are such a PITA to install you have to balance that against the advantage they provide. Meanwhile JimW is always just dropping his Burton crampons in without without a fuss whenever he wants them. That would rule.

    This stuff called snow started falling from the sky and I forgot all about the big rando race. 😳 😳 Maybe next year!

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #600821
    brian
    19 Posts

    Does anyone in southern california have a pair?

    #600822
    T
    46 Posts

    Just received a box from Spark R&D and there’s not a bit of duct tape on it.

    These things looks sweet. I’m fired up. Thanks Will!

    Now can you make it stop raining here? (pounding desk with fists)

    #600823
    Will
    377 Posts

    @ctowles wrote:

    so how about this…bungee cord for the leash. it streches enough to get the pin in, then pulls all the slack out itself

    Well how about bungee leashes indeed? I guess I had been staying away from bungee stuff because it’s not as tough as the climbing accessory cord, but I think it would stay tough enough over time, but will probably lose elasticity. Since it costs about $.09 for this material from McMaster, no big deal if it has to be replaced every season or two.


    The D ring is a little large for my taste, I’d find something smaller for production, that’s what I could find quickly locally. What do y’all think? Thanks for the idea Mr. Towles.

    And if you think the female toe strap adjuster thingy is too bulky like dishwasherdave you can cruise on down to the hardware store and get yourself a M5-0.8 x 10mm stainless steel panhead screw and swap it out for the adjuster:

    I didn’t really understand bent metal having a tool free adjustment for the toe strap and not for the heel strap, but all designers have their reasons.

    Have a good weekend everyone, go get some freshies!

    #600824
    Mumbles
    753 Posts

    Will, here is my input, but take into consideration I’m new to splitting, a jackass, and an all around blow hard.

    Since you guys like options:
    A: Simplifying the leash without the D ring by looping it through and using some sort of shrink tubing. That shit is killer tough unless some gargantuan split geek pulls unnecessarliy hard. This same shrink wrap could be used on the end of the pin with it adhering the pin to bungee leash.

    B: Tie a knot in the bungee at the binding sidewall after passing it through a hole the diameter of the cord. Tie a knot in the bungee at the retention pin after passing it through a hole in the pin. One single strand of bungee, two holes, two knots. The weight of the bungee will be offset by the weight loss of the two holes.

    Shit everyone, why are you taking Will’s premo production and getting him to commercialize it…I thought spiltting was all about personal touches and innovation. We are going to let Will the Innovation man standardize us all until we all look the same? I for one will recommend some darn awful electric neon bungee cord for all of your bindings…so we can see you all coming or going.

    Anyway, the general vibe I read is KILLER SPARKS SETUP with a tweak here or there. Amen to progress.

    Damn I’m jonesing to get a ride in, I’m too many days stuck at home or in the office with no one to go out and play with.

    #600825
    Will
    377 Posts

    My two favorite quotes lately:

    @brian wrote:

    Does anyone in southern california have a pair?

    Dang brian’s talking some trash! You southern CA guys going to take that?

    @Mumbles wrote:

    Will, here is my input, but take into consideration I’m new to splitting, a jackass, and an all around blow hard.

    Thanks for all you said Mumbles, I can always appreciate someone who doesn’t consider their opinions facts. Obviously from the discussion above, one size does not fit all. BTW someone called me this week wondering where they could find size 17 snowboard boots! Dang!

    On your thoughts above: I gave the Dring a shot in the 20 minutes I took to proto this to limit wear and abrasion on the shock cord. Originally I clamped the cord with the bent metal u bolt, but this all but cut the cord. I would recommend something like heat shrink tubing if you’re going to use one of the binding holes, I think that the edges in there would eat the cord over time. A single strand could work as well. I really enjoy discussing all of these options with everybody online here. As a designer you get a pretty thick skin for people’s feedback, and you guys are great at offering suggestions when you don’t like something. Bring it.

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