Ramer Universal “Military Version”
Backcountry Skiing Alpine Touring Binding
This backcountry skiing binding is a variant of the 1980s Ramer Universal. We believe it was produced for military and institutional use and thus we call it the Universal “Military” version, or “UM” for short. Most features of this binding are similar to all other Ramer bindings, so check other displays for details about how the safety release works, etcetera.
Visually, the most distinguishing feature of the UM is that all steel is zinc chromate plated, giving it and even more industrial look than previous models. The binding has several features that show Ramer’s attempts to claim his bindings had “DIN” release, as well address shortcomings in lateral release mechanics.
In all, an interesting step in the journey to modern ski touring randonnee bindings.
Weight:28 oz, 798 g (one binding, with screws)
These bindings were acquired from the Cooper Hill Nordic Center in Colorado in the late 1990s, the bindings were probably manufactured and distributed in the late 1980s. We suspect they were part of a small ski touring rental fleet this business had at one time. A bit sad to think someone tried to rent out this binding and promote backcountry skiing, as the binding was somewhat dysfunctional and would have resulted in bad experiences for many users — perhaps another reason for the brief telemark revival of the same period?