Backcountry Skiing Bindings
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|Through years of testing and product development, backcountry skiing bindings have progressed from simple cable bindings to engineered machines that represent state-of-art materials science and mechanicals. This collection of backcountry skiing bindings covers the full historical range of modern bindings.|
Iser Backcountry Skiing Alpine Touring Binding
This is one of our favorite collection pieces. The Iser was quite prevalent in the 1970s era. While heavy at a whooping 32 ounces a pair, the binding's simple engineering was appealing.
Vertical heel release is provided by the classic Marker heel unit seen on so many touring bindings of this era. Unlike other rigid plate/frame designs, the Iser uses a flexible plastic plate to connect toe and heel. Heel latchdown is accomplished by bending the plate upwards and inserting a tab in a catch (see photo below), an ingenious way of solving a sometimes complex engineering problem.
Thanks goes to Frank Mattheus for his kind donation of these bindings to the collection.