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Tradeshows

This is a friendly reminder that our webstore is currently shut off, our phone goes straight to voicemail, and there are tumbleweeds blowing through the Spark office.

It’s tradeshow season and the WHOLE Spark family is on the road from Jan 28-Feb 8. We will be at SIA in Denver first, then ISPO in Munich! We pride ourselves on quick customer service and apologize for this temporary inconvenience, but we have an AMAZING band of Spark dealers worldwide that can help you out during this time with all of your Spark split needs. A list of our dealers can be found here. We will be intermittently checking emails during this time, but if you need something ASAP our friendly Spark dealers will be your fastest and best option. Our webstore will be back up and running when we’re back in the office on February 8th.

Check up on our facebook page to follow us while we’re on the road. See you after the shows!

-Will, Becca, Jason, Kory, Ryan, and the rest of the Spark team.

Powderwhore’s “Choose Your Adventure” playing Tuesday 10/2 in Bozeman

Powderwhore’s “Choose Your Adventure” will be playing tomorrow night, Tuesday October 2nd at the Eagles Club (316 East Main Street) at 8pm. Buy Tickets Now for $10, $12 at the door. Doors will open at 7:30pm, so get there early to guarantee a seat. Raffle ticket included with admission.  Splitboarding by Bob Athey “the wizard of the Wasatch”, Ian Provo and others.  Come enjoy some preseason powder stoke!

Ankle buckle issue

UPDATED: DECEMBER 2010

Hey all,
We’ve had some reports of the springs in the ankle buckles coming unclipped, which causes the buckle to flop around.  The buckle on the left below is normal, while the one on the right has an unclipped spring:

Upon investigation it seems that our supplier used the wrong length of springs for some – not all – buckles they sent us for the very first wave of bindings we sent out the door.  Arrrrgh!

If you purchased your bindings after Nov 1, 2010 this post does not apply to you. This post also does not apply to toe buckles – it’s an issue affecting the ankle buckle only.

If you were one of the (un)lucky few who got our first shipment of bindings and are experiencing this ankle buckle issue,  please send an email to buckles@sparkrandd.com including your shipping address and where you purchased your bindings. We will send replacement buckles to you ASAP!

The buckles are completely functional without the springs.  As a temporary fix you can re-clip the springs.  This can be done with the buckle on the strap, in the photos below it was taken off of the strap for clarity.  Grab something you can pry with like a nail, screw, drill bit, punch etc.  Pinch the buckle to open it up:

Insert your prying tool from the side and get under the spring:

Pry up on the spring until it’s re-clipped on the crossbar:

This temporary fix will suffice until your replacement buckles may their way to you. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.   We very much appreciate your business and support!

Sincerely,

the Spark R&D Team

New Dynafit Adapters, free beer from the Kyrgyzstan Plan and free magazines

We’ve redesigned our Dynafit adapters for the ’09/’10 season.  This system allows hard booters to drop 340 g (3/4 lb) off their feet while touring – and increases edging power.  The toe pieces can be used in a releasable mode for increased safety in avalanche areas, or a locked mode for maximum security.  Uses only existing splitboard inserts – no drilling required!

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The new adapters are designed around the smaller Dynafit TLT Speed toe pieces (142 g/piece). These adapters are thicker, which allows us to eliminate the stainless steel inserts used in past models:
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The toe piece adapters weigh 32 g/piece  (49 g/piece with all hardware)

Our new heel adapters are also thicker for this year to eliminate the stainless inserts, and adjust in twice as many increments as last year:

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The heel adapters weigh 32 g/piece (37g/piece with all hardware)

The adapter kit retails for $65.

Dynafit TLT speed toe pieces are available for $164/pair, shown here on the adapter.

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For additional information check out our Dyanfit product page.

Contact your local Spark R&D dealer or visit our online store to purchase.

Live in Boulder?  Like free beer?  Wanna watch shred flix, listen to some live tunes and win some gear while supporting a worthy cause?  Join our friends from Blacksmith Adventure for a fundraiser for the Kyrgyzstan Plan.  Click below for more info.

TKP FLYER 09 FINAL_FREE BEER!

More on the Kyrgyzstan Plan:

2010 PLANS UNVEILED BY MEMBERS OF THE KYRGYZSTAN PLAN

BOULDER, COLORADO (Fall 2009) – Inspired by the success of last winter’s inaugural expedition, the crew behind the grassroots economic development project, The Kyrgyzstan Plan, have proudly unveiled plans for their follow up expedition in 2010.  Lending their vision, expertise and efforts to the initiation of a lodge-stay/ski touring program in Central Asia’s Tien Shan Mountains, the team aspires to provide families associated with Kyrgyzstan’s community based ecotourism network with a viable source of income during the winter season.

The project, founded in 2008 by Colorado native, Ryan Koupal, 28, seeks to take advantage of the country’s rapidly developing tourism industry and stabilizing economic and political environments.  Representing the project on the local level are Mrs. Anar Orozobaeva with the Kyrgyzstan Community Based Tourism Association and Mr. Zarilbek Nyshan Ullu of the Kyrgyz Tour Service.

Efforts thus far have largely involved the pro-bono publicization of the geographically important and stunningly beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan as a ski and winter tourism destination.  Working with Ellis Smith of Blacksmith Productions, Koupal has released a 6-minute cut to drive home the project’s relevance, importance and vast potential for success.  The cut, available on the project website www.thekyrgyzstanplan.com, tells of Koupal and Smith’s unique pursuit to tell the story of Kyrgyzstan’s developing winter tourism industry.  The full documentary is scheduled for international release in the fall of 2010.

Goals for the upcoming expedition (Jan 20 departure) are to wrap up filmwork and lay the groundwork for actual program implementation in the winter of 2010-11.  During their 3-month stay, the team will scout, plot and map the mountain terrain proximal to a handful of selected mountain villages, establish relationships with local mountaineering guides and aspiring ski guides, and introduce a comprehensive curriculum focused on avalanche awareness and technical skills.  The project’s local representatives will assist in the establishment and management of community relations, and they will also help families apply their hospitality trainings to the new wintertime lodge-stay style of programming.

The Kyrgyzstan Plan development initiative and film project has been featured in Skiing magazine (Jan 09) and is slated for a feature story in the Amersterdam-based Reload magazine in 2010.  The project has received support through in-kind product contributions from BCA, Flylow Gear, Zeal Optics, NEMO Equipment, 22 Designs, Spark R&D, Osprey, Prior Snowboards and Raw Revolution.

Additional sponsorships and financial contributions are needed beyond 2010 to sustain the efforts of our local representatives and team members.  To request additional information or pledge your support or assistance, please contact project founder, Ryan Koupal: ryanjosephk@gmail.com.

Wend magazine is based in Portland Oregon and covers pretty much everything that’s cool (including splitboarding this month).  Known for engaging writing and vibrant photography, Wend has been around for four years and is going strong.  Just announced this month, their digital editions will be available for free from their website to those who register (which is free and instant).  Check it out!

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Thanks for stopping by the Spark R&D blog, see ya on the skin track!

3rd Annual Dirksen Derby 12.13.09 – Splitboard race division!

Hey folks,

Our friend Josh Dirksen sent us an email about the 3rd annual Dirksen Derby coming up in about a month.  From years past it looks really fun, how could a “snowboard rally race” not be that way?  New for this year is a splitboard division, results will combine time on the way up and on the way down.  If you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

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Turn your iPhone into a clinometer, compass and altimeter for free

Mammut has created an iPhone app that functions as a clinometer, compass and altimeter as well as receive avalanche bulletins worldwide.  It’s also free, very cool!

Click the image below to go to Mammut’s website:

Mammut

In other news, John and I made our first turns of the year yesterday afternoon, stoked!

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It’s been snowing all day today, and they’re calling for more for the next week.  Woo Hoo!

Well look who’s here!

It’s frosty!

9.30.09 first snow of the season at Spark R&D HQ.  Bring it!

Scrubfest 2009!

Hey all,

Coming up for air a bit after a few crazy weeks, thought I’d post some pics from Scrubfest last month. Larger versions are available on our Flickr site. This was the fifth Scrubfest, put on every year in the Togwotee Pass area in Wyoming by all around awesome dude Jeramie Prine. Jeramie even got up at 5:30 am on sunday to tow my dead subaru to Dubois! Great to see some old friends, and meet some new ones. If you get the chance join us for the fun next year! The terrain and access there is amazing, you owe it to yourselft to do some riding in the neighborhood.

Fifth tracks down Albright Peak on a bluebird pow day! It’s a 4200′ descent.

View the gallery on Flick.com

Big big thanks to Jeramie for putting on scrubfest, we’ll see you there next year!

-Will