Episode 3.1: Into the Forest Winter is short enough on the East Coast. Add multiple thaws, every form of frozen precip, and shrapnel-filled forests and it’s enough to make us wonder why we even bother. Episode 3.1 documents the first half of the season splitboarding in Vermont—a season that’s been full of highs and lows,
“CHIEFTAIN’S GOOD BUT HE’S A ROBBER” Sticking your head out of the tent in the morning gives you a feeling something bad is approaching you at a speed of light. In a moment you realize it happens to be only a fog, so you immediately fasten your board. The next beautiful day in mountains is

Friend of Spark, Spenser Shared an Edit

SPARK R&D CELEBRATES 5th ANNIVERSARY, TALKS 2012/13 PRODUCT, and GIVES AN UPDATE ON THE EDISON INTERFACE Spark R&D has always been about maximum fun and performance in the backcountry – it’s the only reason why we exist. We have been leading the charge on improving split gear ever since founder Will Ritter took his first

Think Between the Lines

Michaela Precourt last year raised enough money to buy a fleet of splitboards for her College. She then used them for the backcountry snowboarding program she created for a company in Alaska called Wild Alpine.  For the past two years, Michaela has been building curriculum, guiding, marketing, and basically doing whatever she could to get

Splitboard Education Company

Here at Spark, when we aren’t making kick ass splitboard bindings, we are very fortunate to work with and support a number of great organizations. Recently I had the opportunity to correspond with someone over at the Splitboard Education Company. This crew is doing their part to push our sport and educate splitboarders. Good on

Design Contest Winner

Congrats to Nicholas Lamper for winning the Spark R&D design contest. His design, Misty Mountain, was chosen by the Spark R&D crew as the overall favorite. A big thank you to everyone who submitted art to us. The response was amazing and we enjoyed looking at all the designs. Stay tuned in the future for

Cave Camping in Antarctica

Our buddy Tommy dropped us another note after his latest adventure down in Antarctica. Read below: Hi Spark, Still in the thick of winter here. I’ve been planning a mountain ascent next week on a peak that’s out of our travel exclusion zone. It’s quite a big one and will really test the splitty out.

Spark R&D T-Shirt Design Contest

Greetings and happy summer to all of our Spark fans. Each day brings us closer and closer to the launch of our 2011-2012 product line and we are getting excited. We promise to have a number of changes to our existing products, as well as a few new items to keep you stoked in the

Malay Day and Methods

A few weeks ago I read the post from Transworld Snow about Malay Day down in Beaver Creek, CO. Cruising through the photo gallery I noticed an image of Travis Young, winner of the Biggest Method category, riding a split with some Spark R&D Blaze bindings. I was able to track down Travis and congratulate