However you ascend, the Spark helps keep the fire inside burning.
- Vibram outsole provides ultimate traction on hard, unstable ground and allows easy attachment of your binding, mountaineering crampon, or snowshoe harness
- Waterproof construction with added D-TEX membrane in the boot shell locks out moisture to keep your hiking and shredding fun
- Section Control Lacing provides separate forefoot, heel, and calf area lacing with the simple pull of each lace
- Surlyn highback stabilizes your lower leg and ankle at high speeds and big landings
- ASYM flex design at the ankle provides ample flex without 'the bulge' for hiking and extreme riding
- TPS Shield option in the tongue lets you keep the forward flex stiff or soften it up for more freestyle forgiveness
- Powerstrap on the upper cuff locks the boot around your leg for instant response
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Does anyone know how the sizing is on these...
Does anyone know how the sizing is on these boots? I can only find a 9.5 available and I typically wear a 9 size boot. I have Salomon Mallamutes now(I think 5 years old) and those are 8.5's but they run very large and they fit great.
FINALLY! A NICHE IS BEING FILLED!
The Spark boot by Deeluxe is what I have been waiting for in a boot since departing from Hard Boots after my attempt to snowboard the north face of Mount Everest in 2003. The security of this boot's grip while walking on firm snow is incredible. I hiked up Mount Glory on Teton Pass last Friday under the full moon with a group of friends. It hasn't snowed in several days and the boot pack was firm and slick with rocks protruding in several places. I have never felt so secure and comfortable on the boot pack as in these boots. The Vibram sole takes sure footedness to another level. I was convinced I was a billy goat for a little while and it had nothing to the products, services and beverages imbibed in and around the Stagecoach Bar before departure.
I am still getting used to the lacing system, which is not super intuitive. There has been no need to kick steps in firm snow yet with the cold snow this time of year, but I will be doing that soon enough. My initial thoughts on the toebox construction is that it could use some beefing up. I may doctor them up with a layer of Aquaseal, which would add some stiffness and protection to the toebox.
They Spark's ride well. I have ridden them a few days and they also tour fine. I am using an older Scarpa liner at the moment until I cook the ones that came with the boots, which will happen soon.
The four stars is for the seemingly flimsy toebox. If after use (I may only Aquaseal one boot) they hold up well and penetrate firm snow well, I will come back and amend the rating. But for now this is a great start to a splitboard/backcountry snowboarding/snowboard mountaineering boot.
Regarding Crampons, I haven't messed with that yet. Soon. I do know the Grivel G10 Wide's look ideal for snowboarding boots. But I am hoping for a great aluminum crampon,for most of the climbing I will be doing in these boots will be on snow.
Bottom line: A niche has been filled with the addition of a "real" Vibram sole. Gain security and confidence on snow, ice, rock and icy parking lots with the Deeluxe Spark Boot. Rides well and is light weight to boot!