This experience was the jump-start for Fritz’s desire to have lighter gear. A do-it-yourselfer by hobby (he loved to build model airplanes as a kid), he immediately started to build a ski touring binding at home. Quickly, it became clear that the heavy binding frame had to be replaced with the boot if you really were to shave weight – weight that only had to be schlepped along with each step. Actually, a pretty self-evident and simple concept. An inventor’s saying held true: “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
Initially as nothing more than a hobby and without the pressure of commercialism, the student puttered around in his cellar workshop on the binding. It took a while and, along the way, he came up with some strange-looking contraptions. Reports from his friends doing the testing ranged from strong pessimism to total enthusiasm. At that time, during the advent of computers, everything had to be called “high-tech” to be successful. But what should this lightweight, mechanically simple binding be called? “Low-Tech,” of course! The name says it all.