First Production Dynafit Binding (AKA Low Tech)


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 27, 2007      

Thanks to Dynafit inventor Fritz Barthel, I came back from Europe last winter with a complete run of four different early Dynafit bindings. Originally known as “Low Tech,” these backcountry skiing bindings were hand built in the Barthel’s basement workshop in the mid to late 1980s. Click here for the complete museum display.

First production Dynafit binding 1980s.

First production Dynafit binding.

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8 Responses to “First Production Dynafit Binding (AKA Low Tech)”

  1. Mark June 27th, 2007 9:04 am

    Wow, it’s got a true Erector Set look, but the heel and toe pins look much like the current Dynafits. Fritz was quite kind to send them home with you.

  2. Halsted June 27th, 2007 7:59 pm

    Hummmm…. Looking at that photo the boot length must be for a munchkin…..

    Sorry, couldn’t resist……

  3. Aaron June 27th, 2007 8:20 pm

    Ok, sure, you can cobble together Dynafits in the basement – but what about the BOOTS? What were they using?

  4. Lou June 28th, 2007 5:27 am

    Aaron, the boot thing was indeed a major deal. What they did was pick the lightest touring boot of the day, a red Dynafit model called the Tourlite which was popular in those days. Then they retrofitted the fittings. The toe fitting was a small steel cylinder with a cup at each end. They would drill a hole left/right in the toe of the boot and press the fitting in, then secure it by various means. Fritz told me the fitting would loosen, and working with a full size run of ski boots was incredibly expensive. So they worked with Dynafit and worked out a deal where Dynafit would mold the fittings into the boots while they were being made in the factory. Then Dynafit eventually bought the license to make the binding. (And of course Dynafit was later sold to a parent company but is still called Dynafit.)

  5. Production Music April 2nd, 2008 9:12 pm

    What kind of boots are these for? Looks odd.

  6. Lou April 2nd, 2008 11:31 pm

    They’re for early boots with Dynafit fittings from 1980s.

  7. Feliu Izard February 4th, 2009 3:07 am

    Quina xulada.
    Tanti auguri all’autore.
    Pura meravella de web ski munt.

  8. John armstrong March 24th, 2015 7:17 pm

    You The man Fritz!!!

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