Binding Museum

Welcome to the online museum of backcountry skiing — AT randonnee ski touring binding room. 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 ski touring bindings covers the full historical range of modern bindings, with emphasis on bindings that latch down at the heel for downhill mode, yet allow a free lifting heel for touring and climbing. Your ideas and insights about these ski mountaineering bindings form an important part of this interactive museum — please make comments by using the "leave blog comment" link for each display. In particular, we clearly need help dating the bindings. (We are in the process of arranging the list first by brand, then by date for each brand group.)

Alpine Trekker touring adapter
(Early 1990s, Heavy but functional solution, out of production.)
Alpiine Trekker backcountry skiing binding adapter.
(Dynafit) Low Tech pre production
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(Pre Production 1982-1983, based on Ramer binding.)
Pre production backcountry skiing binding, Dynafit Low Tech.
Low Tech (Dynafit) backcountry skiing binding, first productin model.
Low Tech (Dynafit) classic backcountry skiing binding.
Dynafit Tourlite Tech TLT 1993
Dynafit Tri-Step ski touring binding 2001-2003.
Emery Altitude ski touring binding, 1st gen, 1970s
Emery Medium
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(No vertical release, for approach..)
Emery Emerey Medium backcountry skiing approach binding.
Emery Energy 1990s
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(Interesting touring pivot.)
Emery Energy ski touring binding.
Emery Chrono 1991
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(Unusual binding, rubber band release.)
Emery Chrono 1991
Emery A-LX 1990s
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(One of the last Emery bindings.)
Emery Chrono 1991

Fritschi Freeride Plus 2006
(Major upgrade of this line.)

Fritschi Freeride Plus
Fritschi Diamir Titanal 1995
(First Diamir model.)

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Fritschi Diamir Titanal

Fritschi FT88 ski binding
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(First Fritschi binding, 1982.)

Fritschi FT88

Gertsch Binding Touring Adapter
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(Unusual solution, 1971.)

Gertsch ski touring binding.
Iser backcountry skiing binding.

Geze Touring Adapter – late 1960s
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(With heel lift that was ahead of its time.)

Geze ski touring adapter system.

Marker Duke 2007
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(First modern "freeride")

Marker Duke ski binding.

Marker M Tour 1982
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(Amazing high tech features.)

Marker M Tour

Marker Rotomat TR Tour 1960s
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(Simple and effective.)

Marker TR Tour
Petzl backcountry skiing binding.

Ramer Comfort backcountry binding
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Ramer Comfort backcountry skiing binding.

Ramer model R (aluminum) 1978
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Ramer Model R aluminum

Ramer Universal randonnee binding
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Ramer Universal backcountry skiing binding.

Ramer Universal "Military" binding
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Ramer Military skiing binding.

Ramer MT-2000
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Ramer MT-2000

Ramy-Securus 1957

Ramy-Securus
Salewa Tour backcountry skiing binding.
Sumatic Champion ski touring binding.
Sumatic Champion ski touring binding.
Secura-Fix Touring Adapter
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(Flawed solution to an age old problem.)
Secura-Fix
Silvretta Pure Freeride binding.
Silvretta SL backcountry skiing binding.

Silvretta 300 randonnee binding
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Silvretta 300 ski binding.

Silvretta 500 – 1999
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(Lighter wieight remake of model 404)

Silvretta 404 randonnee binding
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Silvretta 404
Silvretta Saas Fee

Tyrolia Tour randonnee binding
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(1959 binding, transition from cable.)

Tyrolia cable binding.

Tyrolia TRB 1982
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(Unique double pivot, but heavy.)

Tyrolia TRB ski binding.
Zermatt Nepal 1975
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(Massive, similar to Iser)
Zermatt Nepal ski binding.
Gamma – Poland 1980s
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(Surreptitiously made in the communist shipyards.)
Travers Polish ski binding.

Backcountry skiing bindings we’re seeking: While our 50+ piece collection (not all are online yet) comprises nearly every alpine touring binding made, we still need to acquire the purple version of the Fritschi FT88, CM Grande Randonee, as well as any exotics or one-offs. Will buy (low budget), or we can trade another classic or antique from our extensive backcountry skiing binding collection. Please use our contact link in our main menu.

Note, it is common to see vintage and classic backcountry ski bindings on Ebay being sold as if they’re modern functional units. Be advised that spare parts and support usually do not exist for such bindings, and they may have problems with durability of aged plastic or compromised safety release (many, if not most early AT randonnee ski touring bindings fall into that category). Would you buy and use an alpine skiing binding from 20 years ago, and trust it? Or for that matter, a two decades old set of tires for your car? If not, why do the same with a ski touring binding you depend on for your safety or even life?

If you find alpine touring backcountry skiing bindings on Ebay, and they’re priced "too good to be true," they probably are. If you have purchased such bindings and are less than satisfied after you’ve used them, before tossing in the trash please contact us for a possible buy or trade. The ancient used bindings you got suckered into buying might not be appropriate for skiing, but they might fit in the WildSnow collection!

  Your Comments

  • Christian: Doh! Never mind, wasn't reading the descriptions of the different cuts clea...
  • Christian: Any experiences on straight skin all the way down on wider skis? eg a 110mm...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Seems what folks need to know is that if you do not need heel flat on ski, ...
  • Lee Lau: Alex - the downside to using the Expert spring is that you can't easily wha...
  • Matus: VTskier, what is considered wider ski? I ski on 107mm skis and have my Raid...
  • VTskier: Just picked up a set in Val d'Isere. Locals in climbing/guide shop there (M...
  • Matus: IONs are OK but not light enough....
  • Lou Dawson 2: Regarding helmets, while I was skiing uphill today and thinking (imagine th...
  • Jack: Jim, See. Thanks for the advice. The G3 IONs appeal to me (they look coo...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Xer, I guess I did need to do a video (smile). The spring controls both sid...
  • XXX_er: a generic question on minimalist tech bindings, how is the up and down ret...
  • Daniel: I have the legacy Mammut RAS Pro 45 pack, very nice long back. I am 6'2 but...
  • Brent MacGregor: I have 2 European bottles. One steel, one carbon. I am happy to sell them a...
  • Alex: So if you are using the expert spring on this, to rotate the heal piece for...
  • Greg Louie: Thanks for the look, Lou, and hats off to Amer for taking the "Everything Y...
  • Matus: Lou, video is always easier for us to understand. Step by step photos of di...
  • Lou Dawson 2: See, I have some older Vipecs I can do a take-apart of, been meaning to, bu...
  • See: Interesting post, Lou. Thanks. Now if you could only break some Vipecs…...
  • Matus: I am switching from ATK to this Atomic next season. It looks like and ideal...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Eric, the plastic housing on the rear of the spring is strong, and doesn't ...
  • Eric Steig: Cool. What keeps the plastic housing, which holds the U-spring, from blo...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Shafty, not sure what you are referring to, you mean using screw rivets to ...
  • shafty85: Would this work on the Dynafit Mercury?...
  • Brent MacGregor: I have a carbon cylinder and a steel one both of which we brought from Euro...
  • See: And, as Lou said, alpine bindings aren’t perfect either. Tech toe lock is i...
  • See: I have a couple dozen days on G3 Ion 12’s, and I have a feeling that they a...
  • Jim Milstein: Jack, if you want a tech toe that behaves more like an alpine toe, consider...
  • Tom Gos: Cool Lou, and gutsy - I would be freaked out about doing this to a new pair...
  • AT: Hey lou- I'm somewhat confused by this post. Are the Fischer bindings just ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Nice! And yeah, for exchange you can mail them empty totally legal, but yo...

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Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

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