Richard C. sent over a 1994/1995 Dynafit catalog to grace our archives with its retro vibe. Behold, I also have a pair of 1994/1995 Dynafit Tourlite 3 Tech here in the museum. Time for a retro post!
Wondering about the origin of the term “tech” for Dynafit boot fittings? It began with inventor Fritz Barthel calling his company “Low Tech.” Then, in this 18 year old catalog you can see they were already calling the boot with fittings the “Tech” model, while the one without fittings was just a Tourlite 3. Weight of my mondo 28, BSL 315 boots is 57.8 ounces (1638 gr) per shoe with the Dynalite liner option. That’s only an ounce heavier than some of this year’s offerings — but they skied about half as well. At the time, however, these things were state-of-art. I skied a bunch of extreme routes with them, cramponed a lot of couloirs, and walked a lot of dirt. Speaking of which, the sole on these boots might be the best sole I’ve ever seen on an AT boot. In terms of durability, anyway. Super thick hard rubber at the toe held up to I don’t know how many miles and vertical of rocks and scree. My son even inherited them for a few years, and we passed them on to some other folks before they came floating back into the office.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.