In the ongoing attempt to make lighter weight AT ski touring bindings, an occasional ploy has been to eliminate safety release altogether, or more commonly, eliminate vertical release at the heel. These are sometimes called “approach bindings” due to their use with mountain climbing boots instead of ski boots as a tool for accessing climbing areas. When such bindings are used with shorter skis and softer boots, they probably resulted in less injury than one would at first suspect. Nonetheless, in certain situations this sort of binding could result in serious hurt, so they’re a specialized tool.
One such binding is the Emery Medium, a minimalist plate binding that does have non-adjustable side release, but no vertical release.
Weight: 18.4 ounces, 522 grams (one binding, with screws)
These bindings were donated to our collection by Pete Swenson.