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Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Ski Bindings for Hiking Boots on 02/13/2011 14:19:39 MST Print View

After David Chenault inspired me with his Spring Skis, I tried to make something similar. I failed, but my brother succeeded.

He has now written a high resolution document and a low resolution document describing the bindings. Enjoy!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
fast shoes on 02/13/2011 17:57:54 MST Print View

Nice work, and nice write up. I'm slowly working on a much improved v2 of mine. No rush, as I won't need them until May.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Ski Bindings for Hiking Boots" on 02/13/2011 20:47:52 MST Print View

Ross,
Are you familiar with what were the Ramer bindings that readily accepted many hiking boots and had a toe release. Would be interested in your opinion.

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Re: "Ski Bindings for Hiking Boots" on 02/13/2011 23:43:12 MST Print View

I'm not familiar with Ramer bindings. I've only seen them on the web. I seem to remember some site that listed several approach ski choices, and those might have been on there. Can you buy them now? When I started building my own, I knew of no one making anything that interested me (Yupi and Karhu stopped making theirs). Now, there are the three offerings I mention in my little doc (although one of them is only a ski, which really doesn't count, since there are several little skis, or skiboards that can be used). Unfortunately, unless they still make Ramer bindings, I don't think anyone makes anything that would really fit the bill (without making your own).

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
YEP! on 02/25/2011 00:06:36 MST Print View

I have Berwin bindings (white Canadian Army ones) that I attatch to my Voile' release bindings.

My solution for more stiffness was to add (pop rivet) a layer of stainless steel 1/16 inch strip inside the Berwin's sole. It helps but ain't nearly as stiff as your setup. Nice solution you've worked out.