With the “Tourlite,” DYNAFIT launches a totally new concept and an extremely light ski touring boot early in the 1980s. At the same time, brothers Manfred and Fritz Barthel have a brilliant idea: Their goal is to make ski touring easier so they build a new boot with metal pins that fit into the cut-outs at the head end of the binding. With this concept, one didn’t need to lift the complete connecting plate along with the boot with each step anymore. Later, the Barthels flip the principle around: The pins move over to the toe pieces of the binding, and the boot gains cut-outs for mounting these pins – and the Pin Binding is born!! They apply for a patent for the system, but it takes another few years for it to be ready for market. In the 1990s, DYNAFIT launches the “Tourlite Tech,” the first boot-binding combination based on the Barthels’ invention. This revolutionizes ski touring thanks to its unsurpassed lightness and efficiency.
During this time, the company itself experiences turbulent years with changing ownerships as well as a change of name. In 2003, Dynafit becomes a part of the Salewa Group that since 1990 has belonged to the mountain sports-specialized Oberalp Group, based on South Tyrol. This new structure enables DYNAFIT to put its full focus on the development of ground-breaking products for ski touring activities.