Would you post on who you are with some basic information like age and experience. I hate to reinvent the wheel if you are experienced or ... stepping on my schlong thong so to speak.
Why are you doing this? That said:
How is the Head Standard different enough from a Head 360 or Masters (you didn't mention Masters), but in about 1966 those were the line up. The Standard was the first of it's kind. The comps that you mention were the ones like Stranger had a pic of and those appear to be the Killy Head 800 metal/glass series of about 1968? Really, I think Howard Head was the first giant step away from the wood laminates.
How about Hart, more glass in the Javelin? Ford versus Chevy and I liked Head. Hart must have done something spectacular right?
How about the "cracked" or sintered metal edge of the Elan in 1964/65 ish?
Plastic boots? I do not remember what the first true plastic boot was but in 1967 Henke had a race .... was it a "Speed Fit" that was a combo of plastic and leather.
The Henke was also the first (that I remember), of the true custom fit boots and it worked well. The race boot had an injection bladder that you stood still, slight forward and they pumped the expanding foam in. Had to hold position for like 20 minutes while the foam set and don't dare move. But it worked well.
The Marker toe and Look/Nevada toe were essentially the same during that period. It was cheaper so I changed to the Look heel but kept the Marker toe but the "wings" on the toe were a tad longer.
Another salient or big item in the 1960's were the P-Tex versus Ko-Fix base materials. I think the P-Tex was better and was marketed that you did not have to wax it.
There was a fish scale base back then that may have come from the cross country folks. It allowed you to glide forward buy you could not slide back if you blew a herringbone.
How about the Olin (Winchester Arms Company), and the Honeycomb hollow core.
Who started using buckles? My first boots were lace up. Tyrolia?
The tapered pole shaft? Barrecrafters?
Back to the bindings, do you realize that (perhaps you do), that in the Cubco days or (US Star cut rate Cubco), there was no protection against the side release. In about 64 or so it was only protection against forward release (over the top) and the rate of spiral fractures would bear that out.
At what point did we loose the center groove on the base? It was said to break suction and improve straight line tracking in a traverse so the ski did not wander? Does that sound familiar?
Edited by Yuki - 5/6/11 at 3:43pm