Ramer Universal Backcountry Skiing Alpine Touring Binding
Many skiers who used the Ramer Universal (circa 1980) agree this was Paul Ramer’s best offering. Low weight (26 ounces per binding!) and excellent durability of the Universal were appreciated qualities. Release was better than the Model R (see binding museum index) due to the use of steel spring bars that had a nice snappy action as the ball/socket joint actuated. This pair has been lightly modified by affixing the length adjustment slider with small brass nuts and bolts. Stock adjustment mechanism used a spring button system similar to that of the Comfort and Mt-2000 models. See the other online museum Ramer binding displays for more details.
Weight:26 oz, 728 g (one binding, with screws)
These bindings were donated to the collection by Rod Garcia. Thanks Rod! But that’s not all about the origins. These are the bindings I was using when I almost got killed in 1982 by an avalanche. I gave Rod a good deal on them, and years later he was still holding on to the old dinosaurs. Now they’re back home. Perhaps I should take ’em out for a spin.