The Deeluxe Spark SV Splitboard boot is the newest footwear in our splitboarding entourage. We’ve taken them out for a few tours in our local backcountry and we’re madly impressed.
One of the first things that surprised us was how light and pliable they were. We had just finished testing the Fitwell Backcountry splitboard boot. The Fitwells are considered the premier splitboard boot by many, and for many great reasons. However, the Deeluxe delivered in an impressive way – and for about half the price. Now we have only put a few days on them so we cant speak about the durability of them, but the construction seems very good.
The Spark XVs come with a nice, tall liner (Thermo Flex) that fits well out of the box. Although things were a bit snug at first, they’ve adapted to our feet without any active heat molding. The Sparks also feature a Sympatex waterproof/breathable membrane – something we think is great as it helps regulate temperature and humidity and provides peace of mind that your feet won’t get wet. The Vibram soles are super grippy and, best of all, the rear welt allows for semi-auto crampons. We were concerned that the beefy sole would take away from the fun and response of our boards, but it did not. It came in handy when we were boot packing on sketchy snow and rocks.
Probably our favorite feature is the zone lacing. Deeluxe provides the ability to lock your heel down while keeping the ankle and toe area loose. This helps make touring easier while still providing great lateral support. Some may favor old school laces as they are field repairable, but we did appreciate the Speed lace system on these boots.
Oh, and they were designed by big mountain rider extraordinaire Xavier de le Rue. Nuff said. Check out our Deeluxe Spark XV review video below.
If you need help getting outfitted for the spring touring season, our Splitboard Gear Concierge has years of experience testing all kinds of boots. We can help find the right gear for you.