2012-2013 SPARK R&D CATALOG
Rider: Mike Janes Photo: Brandon Hauser
ased out of Bozeman, Montana USA, Spark R&D is rider owned and operated, dedicated to pushing innovation in the sport of splitboarding since 2006. With a view of the Bridger Mountains from our shop, we design and build splitboard bindings and accessories with backcountry performance coming first. From machining to anodizing, laser engraving to assembly â€“ everything is done by a skilled team of workers who are also passionate spiltboarders. In-house design and manufacturing capabilities allow our products to quickly evolve and provides us the flexibility to cater to niche customers within the worldwide splitboarding market. Year after year Spark R&D steps it up; seeking perfection based on customer needs and rider feedback, keeping pace with the rapidly expanding splitboard community.
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BLAZE & BURNER SPECIFICATIONS
THE BLAZE The most popular splitboard binding on the market gets a face lift for the 2012/2013 season. The Blaze was designed for the freestyle rider and all-around adventurer looking for lightweight touring deep into the backcountry. • Baseplate is aggressively CNC machined from a single piece of aluminum incorporating cutouts for traction, snowshed, and weight savings. • Integrated toe strap attachment reduces weight and part count. • Pre-curved ankle and toe straps are minimal and lightweight yet comfortable and durable. • Plastics and buckles are low profile and bomber. • Custom splitboard specific highback is soft tortionally for mobility and stiff fore-aft for heelside shreds with a wide range of forward lean (-5 to +25) for striding on the flats to carving ice. Lateral slots in highback accommodate booster strap for additional support and comfort.
-Weight: 3.2 lbs / 1468 g (Pair) -Available as Blaze (standard stainless steel pin) or Blaze LT (comes with LT Pin System)
THE BURNER The big mountain brother to the Blaze: stiffer components designed specifically for our bigger riders and those who prefer high-speed, aggressive shredding. • Baseplate is machined from a single piece of aluminum without cutouts for increased stiffness.. • Integrated toe strap attachment reduces weight and part count. • Wider, more supportive ankle strap paired with toe cap strap to keep the rider firmly in place at mach speed. • Same custom highback design as the Blaze, only much stiffer with increased glass fiber reinforcement. • Same great plastics and buckles as the Blaze
-Weight: 3.5 lbs / 1594 g (Pair) -Available as Burner (standard stainless steel pin) or Burner LT (comes with LT Pin System)
Rider: Sean Busby Photo: Mollie Busby
SPARK R&D | BLAZE & BURNER BINDINGS
Rider: Will Ritter Photo: Patrick Lawrence
LT PIN SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
LT PIN SYSTEM Our “LT” or “Lightweight Touring” pin system was introduced in 2010. An aluminum touring bracket and pin combination for splitboarders looking for better performance and durability – it has now become the standard. The LT Pin System is stiffer, lighter, and slop free, for a more efficient tour. -Available in two styles: Blaze/Burner or Fuse/Ignition (black only)
MR CHOMPS SPECIFICATIONS
MR CHOMPS Sizing
Inside Width Weight (pair)
boards 26cm waist or less (most boards)
boards 26cm – 28.5cm waist (select boards)
If you’ve ever toured in the backcountry, you’ve slipped and fallen on the skin track and your buddies have enjoyed heckling you. Mr. Chomps is your new best friend – its favorite meal is a steep and icy skin track. Drop them in under your touring pin and enjoy 4-wheel drive for your splitboard. Get on the other side of the heckling. • New “chompier chomps” for the 2012/2013 season feature serrated teeth, but don’t worry, this year they’re coming with a stab-proof bag for carrying in your pack. • New cutouts reduce weight by 11% • Riser mounted on crampon keeps same depth of teeth in snow when using heel lifts = traction and security. • Can use in fixed or free mode depending on the terrain and snow surface. • Compatible with all Spark R&D binding models and work seamlessly with the LT Pin System • Compatible with dual height climbing wires
SPARK R&D | LT PIN SYSTEM & MR CHOMPS
Rider: Marcin Jaskolkav Photo: Michal Pachel
When skinning just isn’t an option, post-holing shouldn’t be either. Spark R&D has collaborated with Verts for the second year in a row to offer a split friendly climbing alternative – the first ever splitboard specific snowshoe. • Slide your Spark binding directly onto the adapters, no need for a separate snowshoe binding. • Designed specifically for ascending steep slopes. • Compact 18.75” x 8.5” high flotation design. • Toe forward design for fatigue-free front pointing. • High performance non-stick, super tough nylon. • Lightweight (2.5 lbs. / pair)
TAILCLIPS No more losing your skins on while touring! The revolutionary Spark R&D tail clips are a retro-fit addition to any skins. Tour with confidence, even backwards, knowing your skins are securely in place. Asymmetric clip designed specifically for splitboards is easy to attach and remove and keeps skin tensioned parallel to length. Patent pending. • Compatible with all skin models. • 10cm of tool-free length adjustment to fit your whole quiver. • Kit includes stretchers, clips, rivets, and webbing extenders for those of you with crazy long boards (or crazy short skins!) as well as complete installation instructions. • Installation requires only a hammer and scissors.
SPLITBOARD SKINS SPECIFICATIONS
SPLITBOARD SKINS New for 2012, Spark R&D will be offering splitboard skins. Available in three sizes to fit any board, these skins feature a new material that puts the emphasis on grip, and feature our patent pending tail clips.
SPARK R&D | VERTS, TAILCLIPS &SKINS
Rider: Elliot Berhagen Photo: Patrick Orton
TOURING POLES SPECIFICATIONS
SPARK TOURING POLES A new addition for this upcoming season, Spark R&D will be offering two styles of touring pole. Our three-piece adjustable pole features easy to use powerlock clamps, powder baskets and extended foam grips for warmth and variable grip position. Our four-piece tent pole collapses to a short 34 cm (13.4â€?) to easily fit in your backpack. Fixed length makes for fast deployment, eliminates accidental short pole/long pole syndrome. Also comes with powder baskets and extended foam grips for warmth and variable grip position.
BOOSTER STRAPS SPECIFICATIONS
BOOSTER STRAP The strappy strap fits through slots in the Blaze and Burner highbacks to provide increased ankle support on icy skin tracks. Works great in combination with Mr. Chomps.
SPARK R&D | TOURING POLES & STRAPS
DYNAFIT ADAPTERS & SPEED RADICAL TOE SPECIFICATIONS
Rider: Sean Busby Photo: Mollie Busby
DYANAFIT ADAPTERS Our Dynafit adapters allow drill free use of Dynafit toe pieces for the part time or full time hardboot rider. Bindingless touring reduces weight for less fatigue and more pow turns. Toe Pieces are also available from Spark R&D.
SPARK APPAREL T-Shirts and Hoodies. When used with shoes allow you ticket free access to most public places!
SPARK KITS & ACCESSORIES Backcountry Kit (pictured) This kit includes everything you may need to ensure youâ€™re touring out instead of postholing. Spare straps, screws, buckles; everything but the kitchen sink. Dealer Kit (Not pictured) Dealer Kit includes everything you need to service your Spark Binding fleet. Stainless Steel Spare Pins Available for the Fuse/Ignition or Burner/Blaze. Pocket Tool Your ally in the backcountry, this tool has everything you need to adjust/repair your splitboard setup.
SPARK R&D | DYNAFITS, APPAREL & ACCESSORIES
SPARK R&D TEAM
SPARK R & D | TEAM
Rider: Mike Janes Photo: Brandon Hauser
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