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Doug L
(mothermenke) - F

Locale: Upstate NY
Cheap military ski bindings on 09/18/2013 15:55:46 MDT Print View

Just found a military surplus website with some interesting cheap ski bindings for use with regular winter footwear/welted mountaineering boots.

One looks to be like the universal bindings found on the old Karhu Meta/Sweeper skis,
definitely looks heavier than the x-trace bindings found on Altai Hoks:

http://wardenssupplyco.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1331

They also have Ramer Universal AT bindings that work with any mountaineering boot that has a front welt:

http://wardenssupplyco.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=48&products_id=1449

They have some other bindings as well, they all look heavy, but they are all pretty cheap for experimenting with hacks/DIY skishoes.



edit: the Ramers actually look like they might have a different toe attachment than the standard front bar in the Ramer "universal".

Edited by mothermenke on 09/18/2013 15:57:14 MDT.

Will Elliott
(elliott.will) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA / Wasilla, AK
ramer on 09/18/2013 18:23:18 MDT Print View

There are Ramers out there with a cramponesque front bail that almost but definitely do not fit my scarpa invernos or la sportiva Nepals. The bail is too high and narrow. Beware.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
LL Bean on 09/22/2013 13:36:43 MDT Print View

Depends on your boot type and the kind of skiing you want to do. AT bindings are all the rage now but are not good on a long XC tour. Cable bindings compatable with say, Scarpa 2 boots are a good compromise. Try to avoid 3 pin bindings. They are a PITA.

Converting military snow gear to civilian bindings is usually a good idea.
I once converted a pair of military 'shoe bindings (aluminum I-beam frames snowshoes) with a pair of LL Bean snowshoe bindings. They were far easier to use and much more stable.
I later sold the pair to a hunter and got some Atlas 'shoes.

Edited by Danepacker on 09/22/2013 13:42:19 MDT.