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yukiotokosama
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19/03/2019 12:21 am  
Posted by: Spenser

So, I realized I could use the bolts from the original nitro hooks for the ultra clips. Unfortunately, two of the allen bolts for the spark clips were fairly stripped, and I can only get one out. The other is pretty much round. This split is going great so far.

Once I get it out, everything will be good again, but I admit these spark clips have left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not allowing that to form an actual opinion that I will carry forward, but it was probably the only actual frustrating experience I have had with a splitboard since I got into it in 2012.

edit: nope, can’t use the nitro bolts either. They stick down below the clips far enough, but because of the inserts in the board, the threads don’t catch it until probably 3-4 threads deep. Man, what a first-world-problem shit show. So now, I have a partial nose clip that is stuck on the board because of a stripped bolt, and I can’t put different clips on anyway until I order new bolts from Karakoram, and of course their Alaska shipping is bullshit, even for somethig that can literally go in a stamped envelope.

All that said, I’m STOKED to have this as a split. These are all things that can be worked out, it’s just kind of annoying right now.

Damn, hope it's a one off. Got the Spark clips on order. Ugh


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19/03/2019 4:01 am  

I’m sure they’re fine and I fucked this up


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19/03/2019 4:02 am  

@Spenser: I am local to Karakoram (well, not quite in North Bend but very close), so if you want them to ship to my address - then I can ship USPS Priority mail to you. 


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19/03/2019 7:44 am  
Posted by: Spenser

I’m sure they’re fine and I fucked this up

No, it's not you. I cranked mine down super tight to begin with and they wouldn't work. Had to loosen them a bit to make user friendly. 

But I'm still stoked on them for now. 


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19/03/2019 11:48 am  
Posted by: Spenser

So, I realized I could use the bolts from the original nitro hooks for the ultra clips. Unfortunately, two of the allen bolts for the spark clips were fairly stripped, and I can only get one out. The other is pretty much round. This split is going great so far.

Once I get it out, everything will be good again, but I admit these spark clips have left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not allowing that to form an actual opinion that I will carry forward, but it was probably the only actual frustrating experience I have had with a splitboard since I got into it in 2012.

edit: nope, can’t use the nitro bolts either. They stick down below the clips far enough, but because of the inserts in the board, the threads don’t catch it until probably 3-4 threads deep. Man, what a first-world-problem shit show. So now, I have a partial nose clip that is stuck on the board because of a stripped bolt, and I can’t put different clips on anyway until I order new bolts from Karakoram, and of course their Alaska shipping is bullshit, even for somethig that can literally go in a stamped envelope.

All that said, I’m STOKED to have this as a split. These are all things that can be worked out, it’s just kind of annoying right now.

I ended up using the nitro bolts with the washers for the ultraclips on my doppleganger. I stripped one of the nitro bolts so had to use a rack bolt from a bike but it works fine. Don't know if that helps. I kinda think the inserts nitro is using kinda suck and don't solve a real problem. I'd rather just have a hole in the base with the normal style insert. I don't thing they cause that much drag and feel more bomber.


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24/03/2019 7:18 am  

Karakoram has (or used to have) pre-cut foam templates for their Prime interface to protect the base of boards stacked on top (called Quiver Protectors: https://www.splitboardbindings.com/shop/prime-quiver-connectors-17/ and https://www.evo.com/splitboard-hardware/karakoram-quiver-protector ).

Is there something similar for Spark Pucks? What do people here use when stacking multiple boards with Spark interfaces and or solid board pucks?

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25/03/2019 12:49 pm  
Posted by: HotSnowball

Karakoram has (or used to have) pre-cut foam templates for their Prime interface to protect the base of boards stacked on top (called Quiver Protectors: https://www.splitboardbindings.com/shop/prime-quiver-connectors-17/ and https://www.evo.com/splitboard-hardware/karakoram-quiver-protector ).

Is there something similar for Spark Pucks? What do people here use when stacking multiple boards with Spark interfaces and or solid board pucks?

There's nothing sharp on spark pucks or touring hardware to damage the base of another board. I just stack then in my board bag when traveling


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25/03/2019 1:32 pm  

Yep. If you’re concerned, just put a towel (or something) between them.


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26/03/2019 8:36 am  

Same here: I just put them on top of each other.

You can cut out something like what Karakoram uses yourself, shouldn't be too hard.

If you think it's a good idea to use your kit to wrap around the boards in your board bag: DON'T!

'Cos TSA messed up my stuff when I wrapped around my boards flying to Alaska. I really think they just yanked stuff along the edges and cut it all up. Of course, nobody took responsibility to pay for the damage 🙁


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04/04/2019 10:19 pm  

Finally went to the hardware store to get the right bolts for top-mounting ultra clips. Way better. No more v-ing in the tail.  Got phillips hardware with nice deep inserts - much harder to strip.

Took all my might with a pair of channel locks to finally twist the stripped allen bolt out of the board.


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06/04/2019 11:01 pm  

Got out on my first tour in over a year, since I got Avy I cert last February. A lap through Lassen National Park. Felt way better than last season.  Overhauled my split setup pretty dramatically over the off-season, so not sure what exactly contributed what, but I felt much soooo more comfortable. 

  • Picked up a Rome Whiteroom 165 to replace a Voike Artisan 162. I get the feeling this was the biggest change. Going from center rocker (CRC) to early rise camber was huge. Felt waaaaay better on the ascent. Rocker boards can be fun in the right conditions but I'm going to say hard pass on splits from now on. 
  • Picked up a set of split-specific boots, Thirtytwo TM2 XLT Jones over my everyday boots, Adidas Tactical. Felt like I had much more direct connection and settled into my bindings better with a little more bulk. 
  • Replaced some worn out used Voile skins with Pocoma skins. Honestly don't know how much this helped touring, but they're way more compact and easier to stash which is nice. 
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06/04/2019 11:43 pm  

A split made with center rocker is just dumb.


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07/04/2019 12:24 am  
Posted by: Spenser

A split made with center rocker is just dumb.

 But the next years goldmembe split is just so pretty! Otakus rejoice!

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07/04/2019 1:18 am  

they’re okay if it’s perfect soft snow all the way up, but unless you’re breaking trail on a full-on pow day, that’s not at all reality....

even my buddy’s Charlie split 158 (flat to rocker) struggles in comparison to his cambered spliff 148


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07/04/2019 1:27 am  
Posted by: Spenser

A split made with center rocker is just dumb.

Yea really. I had a feeling that was a big part of why I felt so sketchy and today basically confirmed it. I mean even when I'm skating on a center rocker board, it's clearly sketchier with less edge engagement. Then take all that distributed weight from your bindings and put it directly over the rocker zone. No bueno. 


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