Iser – Vintage Alpine Touring Binding


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 19, 2006      

This was the first offering in our “online virtual museum.” see this binding’s full display here.

Iser alpine touring binding in uphill mode.

Iser alpine touring binding in uphill mode.

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22 Responses to “Iser – Vintage Alpine Touring Binding”

  1. tim June 19th, 2006 10:59 pm

    hello, just dropping by to say hello. i’ve enjoyed checking out your blog every so often, and i finally started my own blog! i’m planning to post mostly about rock climbing, ice climbing, etc.. i added a link to your blog on my “blogroll”, and i was hoping you would link back to my blog from yours? in any case, keep up the good blogging. hopefully you’ll stop by mine soon.

  2. Mark June 20th, 2006 7:30 am

    Cool design on the Isers. The do look super-beefy.

  3. Mike Marolt June 20th, 2006 2:16 pm

    Lou: Ya got any a them Look Nebraskas in your collection? M

  4. Bob June 24th, 2006 4:28 pm

    Hi Lou –

    Just a note to encourage you to keep going with your “virtual museum” of bindings. Believe it or not, that stuff is of great interest to me. Thank you for starting it.

    Bob P

  5. Dave February 28th, 2007 2:10 pm

    An older German guy I often ski with still tours with an old set of Iser bindings. As this picture shows, that’s not the only piece of equipment he hasn’t updated over the years:
    http://www.summitpost.org/image/34720/150966/ludwig-getting-psyched-for-a.html

  6. good March 2nd, 2007 12:31 am

    Nice pick!!!

  7. Peter November 26th, 2007 3:02 pm

    Great pick for the ski museum. I still have a pair in the garage that I used for touring in the Kootenays circa 1973. They worked very well and at the time were a huge improvement on the other equipment available. I also used then for bombing runs on the pro patrol.
    Plus
    Reliable, robust and they released
    Minus
    Had to take your boot out of the binding to switch modes
    The Marker ‘explodomat’ heel
    Toe springs were weak so we added extra washers and compared the release to a Look N77 toe to get it right

  8. Tom Kasanicky October 14th, 2008 1:52 am

    I bought ISER from ebay.at for 1 euro :). There are some interesting features which are not illustrated you Museum page so here it is:

    http://dendrit.tuke.sk/~kasanicky/Kutil/iser/4.html

  9. Raúl October 30th, 2008 12:43 am

    I have other JSER binding model, also of the 70’s.
    The have different heel lock. The flexible plate does not be flexed to liberate/lock heel …ist a pity not to have the heel lifts!

  10. Tom November 26th, 2008 2:40 am

    To Raul
    Very interesting pictures. I think you can use the same heel lifts as I posted
    http://dendrit.tuke.sk/~kasanicky/Kutil/iser/4.html. Now I try to change plastic
    flexible plate in to the steel wire and I would like to replace heel unit with Look or Marker race heel (DIN12). It will be necessary to change lock mechanism, I have some ideas how to do it. When I complete transformation I upload pictures .

  11. Lou November 26th, 2008 7:58 am

    Tom, thanks for adding to the online resources we have for the fascinating history of AT bindings! I hope to someday acquire the heel lift and crampons for the Eiser in the WildSnow collection, but having your photos out there is good.

  12. Tom February 12th, 2009 2:41 am

    User manual for ISER binding.

  13. Martin Neumann March 5th, 2009 2:23 am

    Hi there. I started with this type ob binding at the age of 16. and I remember that one of the springs got off the at the most critical situations always and I had to repair this stuff in the middel of nowhere.
    But for those time it was very light and comfortable compared to regular bindings on the market.

    Great that you collect all this vintage bindings to be able to show my kids how it was 30years ago.

  14. Lou March 5th, 2009 7:10 am

    Martin, glad you enjoy the collection!

  15. Steve Miller December 22nd, 2009 11:04 am

    I still ski these bindings! I’ll be moving them this year from some 200cm straights (mounted in 1978) to some shorter and shaped Atomics. All heavey stuff, but for what I do these days….no more pro-patrolling or back-country Alaska.

    These days I volunteer with an adaptive program (Oregon Adaptive Sports.com), getting handicapped clients out and onto the snow. It is really fulfilling.

    Steve Miller in Central Oregon

  16. Lou December 22nd, 2009 11:18 am

    Steve, they’re a bit heavy but yeah they probably would work fine if you’re careful with the release adjustments. Thanks for dropping by!

  17. Tom December 27th, 2009 5:57 am

    Hi all here is the result of my xmas work 🙂
    http://dendrit.tuke.sk/~kasanicky/Kutil/iser/Highlander_retro/

  18. Wally December 27th, 2009 3:43 pm

    Hi all : ) – Had these in the mid 70’s until a coooold day were upon the plate
    shattered in half when I was converting to the downhill mode. Lucky the break
    was perpendicular and not diagonal – the boot (scott downhill) with a flat sole
    kept the plate down securely and I finished the patrol route in fact skied out the rest of the day on the lifts less anymore touring.
    I can see why a metal plate and/or a movable clip would be a superior idea.
    I gave them away to a chap that did just that.

    Thanks , Lou…… this bindings past brings back a lot of memories – good and bad.

  19. Rob Macgregor January 8th, 2010 10:14 pm

    We sold these bindings while I worked at REI in 1979 – 81. If memory serves there were actually two models available at the time. One had a thinner AFD, for use with AT boots with Vibram soles. The other had a thicker AFD and was designed for use with regular DIN ski boot soles. This because the toe height adjustment was not adjustable enough to cover the whole range. I still have a pair of these,
    mounted on a pair of Head Outbacks (which was a Yahoo with different graphics, a hole in the tip and a notch for skins at the tail.) They did have a climbing peg attachment ( which I seem to have lost) that slid into the same slot that anchors the plate for downhill mode. They bungeed into the slot at the back end of the tail piece, somehow. There was also a nifty stainless steel crampon attachment, that overlaid the AFD and was held in place by the boot.

    When I get more time and daylight photo conditions I’ll send some photos.

  20. Tom October 27th, 2010 6:28 am

    Hi all, i found another peace of this beautiful binding. Ther are one interesting feature. The integrated heel lift unit.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=116_mmtPVMQ

  21. Lou October 27th, 2010 8:17 am

    Good info Tom, thanks, that appears to be a later model add-on that my version does not have. Lou

  22. Joel February 16th, 2015 10:35 pm

    I just dug out my old pair of these, and was trying to decide what to do with them. I added a ski brake to mine so I did not have to use a leash.

    As I recall, if you put a lot of pressure on the back of the boot, you could pop the toe right out of the binding. I changed to Silverrrtas and then to Telemark..

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