Ramer VauDe Comfort – Vintage Backcountry Skiing Binding

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 28, 2006      

Circa 1986, this Ramer Comfort binding was made by Paul Ramer in partnership with VauDe to address the needs of the European market. This was my favorite Ramer binding — I used it for a bunch of ski descents over several seasons. Most interesting feature is the grafted Look Nevada step-in heel clamp. At the time I was doing quite a bit of extreme skiing, and enjoyed the step-in feature when I had to set up for a descent in an awkward position. Problem was that Ramer only went half way; you still had to bend down and lift up the toe wire over the toe of your boot. This was always a disappointment, as it would have been so easy to design something that kept the toe wire elevated, thus making the binding a true step-in. More details.

Ramer Comfort model ski touring binding used an alpine heel unit.

Ramer Comfort model ski touring binding used an alpine heel unit.


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4 Responses to “Ramer VauDe Comfort – Vintage Backcountry Skiing Binding”

  1. Mark Worley June 29th, 2006 9:28 am

    Ramers are really cool. Don’t think I had ever seen these ones in use (except in your guide books). Nice videos.

  2. Mark June 29th, 2006 7:34 pm

    Maybe I’m overstating it, but the simplicity of these bindings is amazing. The release is particularly intriguing.

  3. Darrell June 30th, 2006 2:01 pm

    Wow,these have to be the coolest i’ve ever seen.The aesthetics are very appealing to the eyes.

  4. Bob July 3rd, 2006 6:22 pm

    Years ago, I put aside a set of Look heelpieces, because I hoped to graft them onto a Ramer plate someday, somehow. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this setup, using exactly the same Look heelpiece shape.

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