Gathered around a two foot by six foot poster in the corridor that connects the shop and the warehouse, Spark R&D employees weigh the many options they are presented with, and enthusiastically voice their opinions to one another. They are looking at a poster with 54 possible color combinations for bindings, and they are discussing which choices deserve one of their three votes. Their vote matters, the field that started at 54 will be narrowed down to the top 15 employee choices before the final selections are made.
Not everyone’s favorite color or color combination makes it to the final 15, but the process is fun regardless. Employees enjoy the extra participation in deciding the look of our final product, and as a company we appreciate the valuable input they provide. This has really become a cool tradition, a team effort, and something we all look forward to each year.
In order to choose the final colorways for the upcoming season we have to mock-up the 15 top choices. This means going through the full manufacturing process, from bending and milling the parts, to anodizing the colors and assembling the final product (done almost entirely in-house). Not all of the mock-ups will or can make it into the upcoming season’s line. So, what happens to all those perfectly good, production grade splitboard bindings?
We make Bonus Bindings!
These gems are the unique color combos (some one-of-a-kind) that were part of the final 15 choices voted on by the Sparklers (a.k.a. Spark employees) but were not chosen for the 15/16 line of colors.
We have put this year’s Bonus Bindings on our webstore and they are available now. They feature bomber highbacks with a standard forward lean adjuster, a fatty, single Tesla T1 climbing wire (OneWire), Tesla snap ramps, and super solid buckles and straps.
These bad boys/gals will go fast, so if you’re looking to get on a new pair of splitboard bindings this winter; we recommend you act fast!
Here are some examples of the Bonus Bindings below. If you’d like to see all the unique colorways – visit the Bonus Bindings web page.