Geze Touring Adapter circa 1968

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This early alpine touring binding blew our minds when we received it in 2009 from museum supporter Bill Kuestner. Harkening back to the late 1960s, this touring adapter system for the Geze alpine binding includes climbing lift for the heel, as well as an ingenuous catch/slide mechanism that moves the heel unit for and aft.

Complete Geze touring adapter and binding shown above.

Complete Geze touring adapter and binding shown above.

Binding is in tour mode with climbing lift in up position. The system did not allow much heel lift, and appears to need a fine tuning to keep the toe of the boot located in the binding toe jaws. We suspect the system was not user friendly, and required quite a bit of tweaking to function for more than short tours.

Stability during touring is achieved by using a flexible plastic plate under the boot. During alpine mode, this rests unused under the boot sole.

Heel unit detail shown above.

Heel unit detail shown above.

Catch (indicated by arrow) is moved left and right to slide the binding for and aft on a track. The alpine Geze binding heel is attached to the track system with four machine screws. The rig is solid, with little of the play you’d expect.

Heel unit detail, click to enlarge.

Heel unit detail, click to enlarge.

Toe is a beautifully finished aluminum Geze Top Star, which is simply screwed over the bracket holding the flexible plastic plate.

Toe is a beautifully finished aluminum Geze Top Star, which is simply screwed over the bracket holding the flexible plastic plate.

Only real downside to this system was that while touring, the boot toe would wear against the stationary toe unit wings, causing undue wear if the binding was used for frequent tours. Thus, we consider this more of a “temporary” solution rather than a full-on alpine touring binding.

Weight (one binding with screws): 42.7 ounces (with straps, which are essential to operation).

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Geze alpine touring binding adapter donated by Bill Kuestner. According to Bill, the binding was used by Nobel Prize winning atmospheric scientist Gabor Vali, at the Elk Mountain Atmospheric Lab in Wyoming.

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Geze binding thumbnail.

Geze binding thumbnail.

  Your Comments

  • Carl: I have found how the boot is buckled has a huge flex impact as well. Boots...
  • Carl: looks like a great thing to have in the pack. Site looks like it works, di...
  • Jack: hmmm. I wonder how hard it would be to instrument the boot liner to measu...
  • Omekim: Ummm.... The machine looks to be at room temperature. They should probably ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Tom, it would be easy to do something crude using a torque wrench on an art...
  • Lou Dawson 2: From what I know, unlikely all the boot flex ratings in the industry are an...
  • Tom Gos: Lou, I seem to remember that back in the '80s Ski Magazine (the American on...
  • Bill H: Maybe SkiAlper can rent some time on the machine for next year's issue :)...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Greg, I did have a graphic at one time but I don't recall it having reso...
  • Greg: I remember there being an image of the D scale at some point – with resort ...
  • Hans D.: Great advice. I hadn't thought about the "quickstep" notch, but now that y...
  • Dean Gagnon: Hello, Does anyone know where to get spare hinges for the tounge of the ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Billy Goat, IMHO the Amer (Salomon) binding is not a done deal, it will be ...
  • Rod Georgiu: Good idea...
  • zak: Any idea on if/when Scarpa will update the F1 to include the tech from the ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I'll say it. Many Dynafit ski models are built to be lightweight and not pa...
  • Tomas: Destruction topsheet - only 2 days during normal telemark skiing. I'm wait...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Glad you liked the photos, was a fun day with you guys. Main thing, just gi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Agree, someone needs to forget about TUV and all that sort of thing and jus...
  • szaraz levente: I do not need a TUV certificate brake, I only hate the wire wich connect me...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hans, the best thing to do is put your boot-binding combo on a release test...
  • Hans D.: Regarding touring boots with swappable soles for alpine use: I have Lupo TI...
  • Dave Johnson: My mind is blown at the binding technology going on today. Imagine, in '76 ...
  • Bar Barrique: Jason; If you choose to replace the liners, I would advise speaking to the ...
  • BillyGoat: Convertible alpine bindings will defiantly have a market (aside from the fi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: My bad Dan, trying to be brief, I'm talking about the boot locator things, ...
  • Dan: I'm reading wildsnow religiously but I don't know what's the deal with the ...
  • XXX_er: I used to think that I MUST have a cuff cant adj at the outside cuff pivot ...
  • Lou 2: Tom, a canted cuff really helps me as well, sigh.... Probably still somewh...
  • Tom Gos: Lou, thanks for confirming that the new Maestrale will not have cuff cant r...

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