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Top 20 Boots, Skis, and Bindings

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello-

 

My name is Dana and I work for the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. In an attempt to perfect the top 20 boots, skis, and bindings of all time, I thought it would be worthwhile to open this discussion up to the public. What would you pick? If anyone has any comments, please feel free to provide them below. I also realize 20 is a lot...and with that even a number 1 or top 5 would be helpful. I've looked at a few previous forums on this topic, but wanted to re-open the conversation presently. I look forward to hearing your suggestions!

 

The Raichle Fiber Jet (aka Red Hot) ski boots of the late 1960s are definitely one of my favorites ;) haha

 

Thank you! :) 

post #2 of 20

Koflach Comp 911 with triple stacked VIP Custom foam liners and custom Superfeet Kork insoles alignment for DH racing by one of  The Canadian teams fitters (IIRC - my memory isn't as good as I remember it once was) best boots ever! 

post #3 of 20
Volant Spatula Ski
post #4 of 20
Volkl Mantra
post #5 of 20
1959 Toni Sailer. The first commercially successful fiberglass snow ski.
post #6 of 20

Head Standard, Kneissl White Star, Olin Mark IV, Hexcel swallowtail, Atomic Arc Red Sleds, Elan parabolic, Volant Spatula

 

 

Rosemount  boots, Hanson ski boots, Scott boots, Lange XLR, Dynafit tlt5

 

 

Dover Bindings, Cubco Bindings, Look Nevada, Salomon 444, Salomon 747, Dynafit tech


Edited by Maineac - 7/28/16 at 10:08am
post #7 of 20

Some of the equipment that I feel raised the bar in their time.  I’m sure I have left some out, but these were better that what came before.:

Skis:  Traditional- Head Standard, Head 360, Dynamic VR 17, Rossignol Strato, Rossignol ST 650, Rossignol ROC Comp, K2 Comps, K2 VO, Kastle RX 12 Super G & DH, Volkl Zebra, Kniessel White Star, Elan RC Comprex, Atomic ARC red and white sleds, Rossignol SM and 4S

Shape:  Elan SCX, Volkl Snow Ranger, Volkl Mantra, Head Race stock, Kastle MX88, Blizzard Bonafide

 

Bindings:  Tyrolia cable with Marker Simplex toe, Miller, Cubco, Marker Rotomat, Look Nevada, Solomon 505, Solomon 444, Marker M4 toe MRR Heel, Tyrolia 3D Diagonal

Boots:  Henke Plastic Parallel, Lange Comps with Lange Flo, Nordica Astral Slalom, Nordica Grand Prix, Caber Comps, Raichle Flexon Comps, Koflach Comps, Tecnica TNT, Humanic Comps, Solomon Rear entry (all)

post #8 of 20

Ha! This will teach you to be more specific ....;)

 

Boots: Merrell Super Comps, Scarpa T1/T2, Scarpa, Garmont Ener-G/Syner-G, Crispi CXR/Evo, Scarpa TX Comps

 

Bindings: Voile/rotefella 3-pin; Voile hardwire, Riva I/II/III, Rainy superloop/HammerHead, 22 Designs Axl/Vice, Rotefella Freeride/Freedom

 

Skis:  all the telemark-specific skis were weak sauce, so I'll just refer to the Alpine skis already mentioned above ...... but I'll take the Explosive over the Mantra, and toss in the Voile Mountain-Surf just for good measure. 

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

What a great community to be a part of! Thanks for all the helpful comments everyone! They will all be considered as I work on yet another draft! I'll be sure to post my "final" draft once it's ready. Thanks again! :D

post #10 of 20
Another vote for Volkl Mantra.
A benchmark series that was regularly used comparatively for a multitude of ski reviews over many years.
post #11 of 20
I'm thing Scott/Spademan/The Ski should be in there somewhere.

Hart skis (not sure what their early models were called), the Comp for sure.
post #12 of 20
Racing - surely one of the top contenders must be Elan RC 05 series. The ski Ingemar Stenmark (arguably the best skier of all time) dominated the world on.

Recreational - the old Volkl Mantra. Every ski to every man.
post #13 of 20
I recall seeing a pair of Salomon X-Screams in the ski museum at Banff 10 years ago.
post #14 of 20
My favourites;

Ski - K2 Recons

Boot - Lange RX120

Binding - Atomic Tracker 13

These are each the pieces which impressed me most relative to what went before, and their peers.
post #15 of 20
All equipment Franz Klammer is wearing in 1976 Olympic Downhill run in Innsbruck.



Plus...

Skis: Head Standard, VR17, Elan RC series, Rossignol Strato and ST Comp, Atoimic Red Sleds, Fischer C4 '76

Boots: Lange XLR, Raichle Flexon Comp, Franz's Dynafit, (can't bring myself to include any rear entry boots)

Bindings: Salomon 555 Equipe and 747 Equipe, Look Nevada, Marker turn tables - full progression from Franz to last MRR
Edited by Moose32 - 8/2/16 at 7:16am
post #16 of 20

Hawk 56 hit the nail pretty well on the head, of his ski nominations I would second the Volkl Zebra and add a 1976 model Dynastar Omeglass, for bindings I would second his Salomon 505 and add a Salomon 555, and finally for boots I would second his Nordica Grand Prix and Astral (Banana Boot) and add a Raichle Bump Sucker (fiberglass clam shell).

post #17 of 20
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Volant Spatula Ski


This^^^^^

post #18 of 20

Dana

 

This really is turning into a worthy list, lot of people here @ Epic Ski really know their ski gear.

 

I read through the preceding list and didn't see these, maybe somebody did mention 'em but at any rate:

 

Skis    Miller Softs

           Salomon S9000

 

Boots  Salomon SX90

            Raichle Flexon

post #19 of 20
DaleBoot's
Geze G?
Elan MBX R3
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 

Epic Ski Community - Thank you again for this excellent and worthwhile feedback! After looking over the responses, it looks like, so far, the most recognized ski, boot, and binding are as follows:

 

Ski: Volkl Mantra (second place a 4 way tie with Volant Spatula, Head Standard, Atomic Arc RS, and Elan RC) 

Boot: Raichle Flexon Comps (second place a 3 way tie with Kolfach Comp, Lange XLR, and Nordica Grand Prix)

Binding: Look Nevada (second place a 4 way tie with Cubco, Salomon 444, Salomon 505, and Salomon 555) 

 

Comments are still welcome. Thank you!! 

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