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Fritschi Vipec 12 Binding

Brand: Fritschi
Model: Diamir Vipec 12 TUV
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Fritschi officially calls the Vipec a “Safety Tech” binding. While we don’t think it’s a good idea to label any binding “safe”, it does have very different release characteristics than most other tech bindings. That’s because the binding releases laterally at the toe instead of the heel. This aligns any unnatural twisting torque with the axis of your tibia, just like TUV certified alpine bindings. And now the "Black" model has its papers too, recently achieving standards certification. With more lateral elasticity, a longer toe-lever for easier locking, and a smoother step-in trigger, the updated version is a better all-around binding than its predecessor.

We recommend this binding for folks who want to use the same setup in and out of bounds, or skiers who like to charge hard, often past their abilities. If you’re prone to awkward twisting falls, check out the Vipec. It offers the same uphill efficiency as other tech bindings (you’re not lifting a heel piece with every stride, are you?!) with an alpine-style release. Very appealing combo.

  • Certified by TUV to DIN standards for alpine touring bindings (Black version only).
  • Lateral front release also works in walk mode so it should come off in an avalanche.
  • Lateral elasticity in the toe helps prevent pre-release during rough outings.
  • Easy Switch heel lets you change from ski to walk mode without exiting the binding.
  • Three riser options ensure you’ll find an efficient stride on any skinnable slope.
  • Optional brakes are included so you can go light or be ski-patrol friendly.
  • Weighs only 487 grams (1lb 1.2 oz) w/o brakes, even with all the “safety” features
Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
548g [no brakes]
640g [90mm]
Weight (pair) 1096g [no brakes]
1280g [90mm]
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Removable 90, 100, 115mm
BSL Adjustment 25mm
Riser Heights 2 + flat
Vertical Release 5-12
Lateral Release 5-12
Crampon Ready Vipec Crampon only
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Steel, aluminum, plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Sidecountry, resort, getting rad
Notes Lateral toe release
Bottom Line Tibia friendly skiing
4/20/2017
Question from Michael
 
Thinking of mounting this on a Volkl BMT 109. Would the 108mm brake be wide enough for 109mm ski? 120mm is the next size up.
4/20/2017
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Michael, yeah I think you'll be fine if you bend it a bit. The brakes sit up pretty high off the ski so a little bit of bending will go a long way.
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3/18/2017
Question from Anon
 
Been looking for a comparison of Vipecs to marker's tech bindings in terms of boot sole height and rigidity. Would LOVE to just put these on my 75% resort skis, but figure they'll just get trashed and feel a lot looser than a standard Alpine binding. Is that right? Primary interest vs. other tech bindings is the toe release.

thanks
3/19/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Anon, the Vipecs aren't limited much by sole height since you're just floating on the pins. As far as rigidity, with all tech systems the boot is making the connection between the toe and heel so it's more of a determinant. The Vipec has more lateral elasticity while the Kingpin has more vertical.
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6/10/2015
Question from David
 
What year model are these bindings?
6/10/2015
Answer from jbo
 
Hi David, our remaining stock is from the 2014/15 season.
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