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Old 06-17-2012, 12:29 PM   #21 (permalink)
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thx for the info. i was def going to buy some extra components with the bindings, looks like there is a spare kit, i will have to make sure there are pins in there.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:47 PM   #22 (permalink)
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just wondering what you guys do for boot size with split boarding. i wear a very small boot for my feet when i ride, salomon 12.5 wide (either dialogue or synapse)but if im not riding then my toes will hit the front of the boot and sometimes get cold/numb (i wear a 14 shoe, a 13.5 makes my toes bleed when i play basketball).

Do you wear something true to size or will i be fine in my current boot?
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:33 PM   #23 (permalink)
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You do have a big foot. I am not sure what to tell you. I will say that you are on your feet skinning for hours versus minutes for riding. So you will be on your feet hiking for the most part.

For myself, I value comfort of my boots more than I value a tight assed fit. So I run pretty true to size. Fortunately, for most boots my size (11) works great for me. On occasion I have gone down a half size due to something like heel lift.

Just keep in mind you spend the majority of your time skinning, not riding. Nature of the beast. The time you do ride will be the best turns you've ever had. Time after time after time...
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Spark runs L sizes. Keep in mind that current Spark's do not replace the Voile system. They just work with it, lightening your load a ton and making for much superior binding performance. Of course foot size could play a role if the bindings don't fit. Overall though a split specific binder is way better than using the plate your own binding combo. It's an amazing difference. As far as upgrade goes, it seems to run from smallest to biggest upgrade in downhill performance, Voile Lightrail, Spark, Karakorum. I am omitting the Spark Newton, as it looks like it will offer the same if not better performance than Karakorum, but it's not out yet. I haven't used it, so it remains to be seen. I will say that from what I saw, it looked like a pretty solid design. I am excited to try it.

So you may be right, that adapter plates and his own binding are the way to go. I would make dang sure that none of the split specific bindings are going to work first. It is that big of a change.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #25 (permalink)
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If the boots fit at all, your toes are not likely to hit the front of the boots when you are skinning up because your weight is on the heel / back.

Still, I'd go for a comfy boot for the bc. Much easier to manage a problem boot at a resort, where you can relax on the lift or in the lodge...
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:05 PM   #26 (permalink)
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thanks for the info guys, i think i found a shop near me that sells some spark stuff, now its just a matter if they have it in stock and if they have boots in the right sizes to try with it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:26 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Quick question just to be clear.

The spark bindings will just slide directly onto the voile pucks on the split where their binding plate normally would right? I dont need anything extra?
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:26 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Thats right. They completely eliminate the steel plate in the voile kit
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:08 AM   #29 (permalink)
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12.5 boots will work in large sparks, they have quite a bit of adjustment in the heelcup. i have size tens and use mediums. If your splurging for sparks might as well get the LT touring brackets too.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:49 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Initially setting up the Sparks, so after a few outings this winter to get everything dialed and tweaked, I plan on going back through with loctite or something to lock everything down. Any drawbacks or warnings not to do this?
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