Coming out of Austria (or possibly Germany) around around 1980, accompanied by the Eagles singing their hit, Heartache Tonight, the Vinersa ski touring binding was a beautifully crafted unit, yet flawed (read on).
The Vinersa boasts an elegantly simple touring lock-unlock, as well as lateral and vertical release — though the physics of the release mechanism are of questionable efficacy. Of more importance to the evolution of touring bindings, it incorporates an early iteration of the heel lift function invented by binding innovator Paul Ramer about five years prior.
On the whole, the Vinersa is good example of an early frame type binding. It fits nicely with its many siblings of that time, for example the Iser models and the Marker M-Tour. It is obviously the precursor to the Salewa plate/frame binding, which near as we can ascertain was first retailed for winter 1986.
In 1985, Paul Ramer reviewed the Vinersa in his business publication, Alpine Nordic 2. He claimed the Vinersa heel elevator caused damage to the binding if used, and called the release “impossible.” After bench evaluation, we agree on both accounts. Weight: 34 ounces, 964 grams (with 5 screws). Thanks goes to Vintage Ski World for their donation of the Vinersa.