For the 30 years after Dynafit was founded in 1950, it focused almost exclusively on alpine race boots. It achieved real fame when Franz Klammer won the men's Downhill at the 1976 Olympics and Leonard Stock won the event at Lake Placid in 1980, both in Dynafits. As if these victories hadn't already proved the Dynafit advantage, Dynafit skiers won the downhill World Cup eight years in a row—from 1974 to 1983—in an unprecedented winning streak.
With racing success under its belt, the company branched out in the early '80s in pursuit the growing ski touring market. Dynafit's first touring boot, called the Tourlite, was much lighter than any other touring boot on the market. It was also warm, it skied well, and it even made a good climbing boot—as proven by Gary Neptune, who climbed Mt. Everest in a pair of Tourlites. A string of industry-changing innovations in touring boots and bindings earned Dynafit a spot at the top of the alpine ski touring category, where it continues to push the envelope with creative thinking and design.
Dynafit had its biggest hit in 1990 when it teamed up with the Barthels, an Austrian father-son duo who had developed a touring binding. The Barthels had paired their binding with Dynafit's Tourlite boot, so it was a natural fit when the binding's popularity outgrew the Barthel's limited production capabilities. The binding, called the Dynafit TLT, or Tour Lite Tech, was both lighter and stronger than any other touring binding at the time, and immediately became a favorite among randonee skiers around the world. This “tech” binding, which has become the widely used term to describe all bindings that use a system similar to this Dynafit binding, revolutionized ski mountaineering and ski touring.
Today, Dynafit offers the latest evolution of its TLT binding, as well as alpine touring boots, skis and matching skins, backpacks, technical outerwear, and clothing. It also recently introduced a line of performance outerwear for summer that focuses on trail running and biking. Dynafit apparel and equipment is tested in the Alps and has proven itself in the harshest terrain and climates on Earth—so you can trust your Dynafit gear to hold up, no matter what you subject it to.