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matty
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I run sparks with prowder binding saddles on a custom split. Very little flex in those aluminum and steel "pucks", and I use the 4x2 inserts from my splitboard's former life as a solid board to attach the binding saddles to. I have just as much adjustability as I would on a solid board with regular disc bindings, though the process is a little bit fiddly. In ride mode, I find that my splitboard system rides almost identically to the same set-up with Union Atlas bindings (I have another of the same board unsplit), with the only difference that I can feel being that the board is a little bit softer as a result of splitting it. My sparks started life as burners, but I eventually upgraded them to the Tesla T1 system with Surge baseplates.

As for Spark vs Burton Hitchhikers, I don't believe that the Hitchhikers have the ability to put the highbacks into negative lean for walk mode. My next upgrade is to the newer highbacks, as I have seen from friends who have newer sparks how much of a difference that lean adjuster makes in terms of being able to quickly and easily go between forward lean and negative lean on the highbacks during transitions.

I just handled a pair of Hitch Hikers at the Innsbruck Burton store and yeah no the flad on these does not do negative lean for ride mode. 

Yeah. That would be a deal breaker for me. Get the Sparks version!


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ya, and they have some good sales going on their sight rn (if you can fit into a small binding for $270)

I'm gonna pick up some of those solid board pucks, which will make traveling with a solid and split one step easier and lighter

and ya - I really dig the negative lean, aka the rip n flip highback (you can upgrade to this on their website), also the wammy bars are really slick, especially when used with the Voile poles, which have a sort of hook/scraper on the handle for scrapping wet sloppy heavy snow off of your topsheet as well as quickly flipping up your heel risers (best splitboard pole). I would recommend putting some tri flow lube (found at any hardware store) at least once a season on your risers (where they connect to the binding), it really helps, and they told me that they would apply it to all the bindings if id would drip and grease up all the boxes, lol. 

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i bought hitchhikers cause i got a killer deal on them. the hammock strap certainly added to the appeal. i intend on changing to surge highbacks, switching the shitty supergrip toe straps for gettagrips off cartels, and adding the whammy bars and heel locks, but even after all that i'll still be ahead of a new pair of spark arcs. i'd love to get the aluminum pucks cause i've heard nothing but good about them, but my split has channel mounting (K2) and they're not compatible (although i don't understand why the fuck not, and i've never actually tried).


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i bought hitchhikers cause i got a killer deal on them. the hammock strap certainly added to the appeal. i intend on changing to surge highbacks, switching the shitty supergrip toe straps for gettagrips off cartels, and adding the whammy bars and heel locks, but even after all that i'll still be ahead of a new pair of spark arcs. i'd love to get the aluminum pucks cause i've heard nothing but good about them, but my split has channel mounting (K2) and they're not compatible (although i don't understand why the fuck not, and i've never actually tried).

They totally work, I mounted some sparks on my K2 Splitbean before I sold it


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ya, and they have some good sales going on their sight rn (if you can fit into a small binding for $270)

I'm gonna pick up some of those solid board pucks, which will make traveling with a solid and split one step easier and lighter

and ya - I really dig the negative lean, aka the rip n flip highback (you can upgrade to this on their website), also the wammy bars are really slick, especially when used with the Voile poles, which have a sort of hook/scraper on the handle for scrapping wet sloppy heavy snow off of your topsheet as well as quickly flipping up your heel risers (best splitboard pole). I would recommend putting some tri flow lube (found at any hardware store) at least once a season on your risers (where they connect to the binding), it really helps, and they told me that they would apply it to all the bindings if id would drip and grease up all the boxes, lol. 

I picked up some of the spark ones and verts after talking to the guys at boardworks. They are good for travel, but they pointed out having the verts are good for sidecountry runs where you'd normally bootpack instead of taking out a full touring setup. Made a lot of sense to me.

Whammy bars are money and I can flip em up and down with the basket on my poles so I don't even need to turn the pole around. I use a dry bike lube for the pivots


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i bought hitchhikers cause i got a killer deal on them. the hammock strap certainly added to the appeal. i intend on changing to surge highbacks, switching the shitty supergrip toe straps for gettagrips off cartels, and adding the whammy bars and heel locks, but even after all that i'll still be ahead of a new pair of spark arcs. i'd love to get the aluminum pucks cause i've heard nothing but good about them, but my split has channel mounting (K2) and they're not compatible (although i don't understand why the fuck not, and i've never actually tried).

They totally work, I mounted some sparks on my K2 Splitbean before I sold it

well god damn it! i just mounted my voile pucks this past weekend cause i was bored. i should unmount them and switch them for sparks. i never understood why it mattered. yeah, the screw channels in the actual puck are different, but hardware doesn't change size, and they can't be thicker/thinner cause the bindings are all the same. idk why spark would want to exclude themselves from that part of the market if they actually mount and ride just fine...


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He was already “on,” but now Rainery is officially on Karakoram.

Was watching their recent team video and saw they used the clip I filmed of him last spring in the continuum


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Swapped out my Sparks Surges for Karakorams Prime Connect Rs for the season. Took a couple test mellow test tours on them. Still have my Surges, and am going to test the two back and forth this season to see which I settle on.

They ride noticeably better than Sparks in subpar snow. Not sure how much of it is the active joining and how much of it is just having padding underfoot rather than metal, but my setup feels much more "normal". Don't feel the halves shifting as much underneath me when I twist torsionally. I might take the setup for a run inbounds and see if I can actually carve on it. I rode my setup inbounds with Sparks last season and when I felt like I could feel the halves shifting when I set her up on edge. Not that I'm actually ever going to have an opportunity to carve corduroy in the BC, but I'm curious.

The KK heel riser / heel lock system are finicky as fuck. I eventually got the heel risers to engage, but I couldn't get the heel locks to lock in on a recent tour and ended up free-heeling it.

I can see how these things be much more issue-prone than Sparks. Haven't run into any problems yet, but they inherently are more mechanically complicated than Sparks. I'll probably keep my Sparks and just swap out for bigger objectives when I'm more worried about mechanical failure than I am about ride quality.

I don't really care for them as everyday bindings. I can ride these on my solids and the Quiver Connector quick swaps is a neat trick, but I strongly prefer my NOWs. I might bust them out for occasional mixed resort / touring trips, but will bring NOWs if I can swing it.


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if the quiver connector what-have-you ever get good i trust you all will post on it?


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@unsatisfiedus

I can let you know in a week, I'm taking a splitboard and solid and a set of karakorams + quiver connectors to Utah


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I mean @parkerrrrr exclusively rides KK Connects with Quiver Connectors and seems to enjoy them. I’m just mega finicky about my bindings. I care substantially more about bindings than board. 


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all those guys at Gentemstick (incl Alex Yoder) also ride with karakoram connects


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i'd love it if they worked out.  the posts from a couple years ago made them sound finicky.  i find the now stuff finicky as well.  great in concept but not much easier than just unscrewing the bindings.  i'm sure some company will crack this nut eventually.  

 

@benjinyc yeah, i've seen them in the picture from the back of taro tamai's truck and it peaked my interest.  then i ended up in this thread...but yes please let us know if it works out.  

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dont know how i enacted government doc font on the bottom of that last post but im pretty happy with it.  


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well wouldn't call that a ringing endorsement.  should probably get off my ass and check them out in person somewhere.  


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