Can’t skin up without it.
Can’t skin up without it. (Tim Tomkinson)

Tech Binding

Can’t skin up without it.

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A lightweight binding system that transformed backcountry skiing and put telemarking on the path to obsolescence. The Tech was developed by Austrian Fritz Barthel and introduced in Europe in 1984 by Dynafit, though it was slow to catch on in North America. The relatively bare-bones binding, which includes a front piece with two small pins that lock into a user’s boot, allowed alpine skiers to free their heels for touring and then lock them in for descents. Dynafit held the patent on the bindings until 2007, and now G3, Marker, and others have joined the fray.

From Outside Magazine, August 2015
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Lead Photo: Tim Tomkinson

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