- Where can I buy Spark R&D Gear?
- You are Out of Stock on your website! Does that mean you are sold out for the season?
We continuously ship to our dealers throughout the season and once dealer orders are fulfilled, we allocate some of our stock to our website. Some seasons we sell out after fulfilling dealer pre-orders. As a result, we don’t have much left over to sell direct from our website. At Spark R&D we believe in supporting your local snowboard shop! If an item says out of stock, please check with your local dealer to see if they have inventory on hand. Our dealer locator is here. We may not have inventory for sale on the web store until mid-winter to early spring, and can’t guarantee that any stock will become available.
- What are my shipping options?
We can ship via USPS and UPS both domestically and internationally.
Note: International rates vary by country and are subject to additional import duties and taxes (this is out of our control!). We suggest either USPS (which is less expensive but does not have tracking once it reaches the border and they often misplace packages) or UPS Worldwide Expedited (which is more expensive at the outset but does not charge brokerage fees). We know that international shipping is expensive and we recommend going through your local dealer if possible.
- What if I have a warranty issue?
Spark R&D warrants its products to be free of manufacturing defects for two years from the date of purchase as validated by a copy of your original sales receipt. Problems resulting from impact, abuse, misuse, neglect, or modifications made outside of our factory and normal wear and tear are not covered. If your product has a valid warranty issue we will repair or replace the product free of charge. In the event that an exact replacement (model, size, and/or color) is no longer available we will replace your product with one of comparable performance, size and value. For issues relating to warranty please contact us via our online warranty form.
- Can I submit my idea for a new product?
Spark R&D does not accept or consider unsolicited product ideas. Please do not submit any unsolicited ideas, artwork or other works (“submissions”) in any form to Spark R&D. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential future disputes when our products might seem similar to ideas submitted to Spark R&D. If despite our request that you do not submit your ideas, any submissions will become the property of Spark R&D. None of the submissions shall be subject to any obligation of review, confidentiality or compensation.
- Do I need to purchase any additional parts with my Tesla or T1 System bindings?
Tesla (Magneto & AfterBurner) and T1 (Arc & Surge) system bindings come with their own touring brackets and heel rests. The climbing wires for ascending uphill terrain are built right into the base of the bindings. You will need a set of Spark Pucks or Voile Pucks to attach your bindings to your factory splitboard. We also recommend getting the Ibex Crampons to help get you up steep or icy terrain.
If you are using Spark R&D pin bindings – Blaze, Burner, Fuse, or Ignition – on a factory made splitboard you need the Voile Splitboard Hardware Kit.
- What’s the difference between Magneto and AfterBurner?
The Magneto is the lighter and more flexible of our Tesla models. The AfterBurner is a bit stiffer and offers more support.
- What’s the difference between the Arc and Surge?
The Arc is the lighter and more flexible of our T1 models. The Surge is a bit stiffer and offers more support.
- What’s the difference between Tesla and T1 technology?
Tesla bindings utilize our side lock snap ramp system, a two wire climbing setup and touring brackets with integrated crampon installation.
T1 bindings have all of the above with an upgraded two position single wire climbing system and our new Rip & Flip Highbacks featuring tool free forward lean adjusters with an adjustment range of -13° to +22°.
- Which pucks are my bindings compatible with?
All Spark R&D bindings are compatible with Spark Pucks, Voile Pucks (Regular or Canted) and Burton Channel Pucks, as well as One Binding System mounting plates. Note: The use of Spark bindings on any other manufacturer’s puck system is not recommended and may void your warranty.
- Are the Voile crampons compatible with Spark R&D bindings?
The Voile crampons use a different pin system and attach on the outside of the touring bracket and therefore are NOT compatible with any Spark R&D bindings. We sell our own crampons which are compatible with our bindings. Check them out here.
- Is the Mr. Chomp crampon compatible with the Spark R&D LT Pin System?
Yes, but you’ll need to swap out the long plastic bars at the installation point of the crampon with the shorter plastic bars included in the LT Pin System.
- Which crampons are compatible with my bindings?
Blaze and Burner bindings require Mr. Chomps crampons
Magneto and AfterBurner bindings require Sabertooth or Ibex crampons
Arc and Surge bindings require Ibex crampons.
- How do I remove the plastic toe-strap adjuster from my baseplate?
Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the circular end of the adjuster from the inside pushing outwards while simultaneously pushing the adjuster down through the bottom of the baseplate. Applying heat from a blow dryer or hot water bath will also soften the plastic for easier removal.
- How do I prevent my climbing wires from sticking?
A small dab of lubricant is added to the friction point between the climbing wires and baseplate during assembly. If you’re experiencing too much resistance when engaging your climbing wires you can re-lubricate the friction point with silicone, lithium grease, or any number of other lubricants. A dab of chap-stick also works in a pinch!
- Why don’t my bindings slide on my new pucks easily?
If you are having a hard time sliding your bindings onto Voile Pucks check to make sure that the rubber gaskets are installed underneath your pucks. If not, install the gaskets right now! Spark Pucks don’t require a rubber gasket.
If your pucks are brand new, the fit might feel tight but will break in after just a couple of times changing over. If it feels like your bindings are jamming, check your puck alignment and make adjustments as necessary. This Board Set-up Quick Start Guide may help with fine tuning. There is also a strip of sandpaper included with your bindings that can be used to fine tune the fit between the binding and puck.
- My bindings hang off my heel edge, what should I do?
If you have Voile pucks check your puck installation and make sure the Inline Disc (One Slot) is on the heel side of your board and the Parallel Disc (Two Slot) is on the toe side. For stance angles between roughly -12° and 12° the “A” on the Inline Disc should point toward the board centerline. For steeper angles, the “B” should point toward the board centerline. This Board Set-up Quick Start Guide has suggestions for getting your setup just right.
If you have Spark Pucks simply loosen the puck screws and use your guide or baseplate to adjust your position accordingly. There is a setup and user guide in the specs section of the Spark Pucks page.
- Why would I want to hike up a mountain and then slide back down?
Because it’s Hella-Fun bro.
- Do you have spare parts available?
Yes! Check out the Kits and Spare Parts section of our online store. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our online store, use the General Form on our Contact page and we’ll get you squared away.
- How should the pin be installed on my Blaze or Burner bindings?
To prevent the pin from falling out while riding or touring, the arm of the pin should be tucked under the toe strap next to your boot.
- Why don’t my pins fit in ride mode on my Blaze or Burner bindings?
If you have a forward angle on your rear binding, you may not be able to secure the pin in ride mode due to interference with the heel rest. If this happens, just slide the pin in from the opposite side of the binding. You may need to re-adjust the leash length by loosening the toe buckle screw. Alternatively, you may want to attach the pin on the other side of the binding.
- What is the Burton Hitchhiker?
Spark R&D has collaborated with Burton to produce a custom, limited edition splitboard specific binding called the Hitchhiker. The Hitchhiker combines our Tesla System Magneto baseplate with Burton-designed straps and highbacks. The Hitchhiker is available exclusively through Burton distribution channels. More info can be found here.
- Is the Hitchhiker compatible with Spark Tesla System accessories?
Yes! Built on the Tesla System baseplate, the Hitchhiker is compatible with Spark accessories, including the Sabertooth and Ibex Crampons, Low Rider Heel Loops, Second Board Kit, and Tesla Heel Lockers.
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