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Marker Long Thongs

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know how I could locate a set of Marker long thongs?
post #2 of 14
If you are patient, they will turn up.
Keep an eye open on ebay and CL
Post in the EPIC ski classified wanted list

They are out there!

What are you putting them on?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a "new" pair of Rossignol DV6s; they've never been used.

Most skiers don't know the feeling of leather lace boots and long thongs; there's nothing to compare with it.
post #4 of 14
I just hope the the Model-T fires up on those cold days and can get you to the slopes.
post #5 of 14
I remember still seeing lace boots and Markers with long thongs into the early 70's...

just saying

So that would be Ford Pinto.....

I'll take the Model T anyday...
post #6 of 14
Oh yeah....that takes me back. Wow!
I was on my school ski team, (1963-64, small NE prep), and all us "racers" had Nevada toes and Marker Turntable heals with Long-Thongs. The skis were the likes of Head, Hart, Kastle, and Kneisel. Long suckers!

It's correct that the thongs provided an enormous amount of support in otherwise weak ski boots of the times.

I also remember that at least once per season I would eat it and twist an ankle or knee that would take me off skis for a week or two. These gems don't release forward!
Fun times, I guess.
post #7 of 14
You probably had them matched to a pair of Molitor lace boots, maybe some Henke buckles {which had a lace up liner, very cool}, or if you were really on top of your game, a pair of Hierling leather buckles. Black, white liner top, with red, white and blue trim in the back of the ankle. Most of the top guys, and US team were in that boot, but they were really hard to get in the U.S. Lange hadn't been released yet.

I remember my dad arguing with a coach around 1967 that taking me out of the turntable, and putting me into Rotomat heel "wasn't safe." By the way, the Nevada toes sure were key. And the Nevada heel sucked.....unless you scammed some real deal Dynamics that were mounted that way. Nevada toes, Marker turntables. Later on it was Salomon toes, and Marker Rotomat heels. My kids crack up when I explain that you'd buy the toes and heels separately.

No need for ski straps to hold your skis together with those thongs. That was a skill.

Thanks for posting. Fun memory.

Now as far as actually skiing in that set-up today?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? Good luck, rroubaix!

I can remember the knee and ankle twists, and also remember that on occasion the "release" involved snapping the ski right in half at the shovel. Frequent release technique for me with the Kastle SL of the day! Good thing that they cost about $75 a pair, unlike those Head Comps!
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post #9 of 14
GREAT PIC. Not my preferred set up with the Nevada toe, but at least a pic of a still in existance Marker turntable. And the classic rotating Markert anti-friction plate! That thong looks short to me, as I recall. Looking at this pic makes me try to visualize exactly how I "wove" the thong. I remember it fitting over the instep {I think in both directions}, and crossing in an "X" {both directions} over the heel....other than that I'm lost.

Great pic....glad that you had something to post! Mine are long, long gone! Thanks!
post #10 of 14
Hmmmmmm....after looking at that pic, I trying to remember back. The thong was definitely very long and if I'm remembering correctly, it was attached to one of the "D" rings and a shorter one with a sorta toothed catch on a short thong was on the other. Yes, it went across the instep, around the back some how, made an "X" and hooked up to the catch. It was something you learned from others, there were no printed instructions. Yup, they held the skis together whilst carying.
My boots were indeed Henkes!
Great stuff, wouldn't ski 50 feet in that setup today!!!
post #11 of 14
Slightly off the topic at hand but since we are talking old Marker I wanted to show the "other" half of the soon to be Rotamat FD.

Take the turntable off one, then add the "explodamat" from the cable...Voila

*Note the nice White Star's
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White Stars, the Holy Grail, in "the day". Never skied a pair, just gawked in envy at those who had 'em.
post #13 of 14
I can remember White Stars, mainly because of the price. In the mid 60's, if I recall correctly, all of the best wooden race skis {Kastle, Kneissl, Rossi} sold for well under $100 a pair. The metal Head comps, which sold like crazy in this country were about $150 a pair. Other metal race skis, like the new Fischer Alu, were a touch less. Kneissel ruled the new emerging "fiberglass" ski world. In the late 60's , the legendary Karl Schranz began to race on the White Star. Kneissl also made a Red Star, and a Blue Star. The White Stars cost well over $200. Yikes. I think that Schranz won the first WC title on them, in maybe 1970. By that time, I was all over Dynamic and the Rossi Strato, trying to imitate the French, Killy in particular.

Great pic. Thanks. I remember my mom had that Rotomat sent-up for a season or so. I think my dad lengthened the screws that determined the release on the back to the point where they would NEVER release, as at first she never stayed in them. I remember those, and my mom's Molitor buckle boots. All leather boot with the spring buckle system. Three little buckles with ratchets. Classic.
post #14 of 14
I had a pair of Marker turntable heels with a longthong that was an integral part of the closure system. You'd leave the lever open on back of the heel piece and feed the thong through the D ring on the inside of the heel piece and proceed to wrap the thong around the boot (making sure to get that nice X in the back) and into the buckle on the outside of the heel piece. Then you'd close the lever on the back of the heel piece. There were lefts and rights. The heel piece lever was always on the outside. I had these on a pair of 207cm VR7's, the predecessor of the VR17. I bought them second hand in Aspen in the spring of 1967. I also had the above mentioned Heierling leather buckle boots with the red, white and blue chevrons down the back. Mine had black tongues instead of the usual white ones. You'd send a mould of your foot to Heierling in Davos, Switzerland in the spring and the next fall they'd send you your boots. They were $127 retail in 1966. You could order custom colors. You could also order a six buckle model instead of the standard five buckle model. A lot of great boot craftsmanship that was rendered obsolete by Lange at about that same time.
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