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Fritschi Tecton 13 Binding

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Like the Ugly Duckling that grows to be a beautiful swan, the Fritschi Tecton has always stood out from other tech bindings. And like The Little Engine That Could, it exceeds all expectations of what traditional pin bindings are capable of. Thanks to the ingenious design of the toepiece, the lateral release occurs at the toe instead of the heel, which is designed to protect your anatomy in a similar manner as a typical alpine binding. Fritschi also engineered the toe to be impressively easy to step into with a simple pad that gets depressed by the toe of the boot, releasing the toe wings to snap into your inserts. The alpine-style heel offers a familiar and confidence-inspiring hold on the boot. Transitioning involves pushing the heel lever flat from a vertical position, with no twisting of heel pieces required. From a construction standpoint, the high-grade composite used in the binding not only keeps the weight low but also acts to dampen out vibrations from the ski, delivering an impressively smooth ride no matter the snow conditions. Whether you’re skiing in-bounds to Where the Sidewalk Ends or touring to Where the Wild Things Are, the Fritschi Tecton 13 will keep you asking for more, much like that little mouse you should have never given a cookie to.

  • Fully adjustable forward and lateral release from 5-13 to tune retention for a wide range of skiers.
  • High-grade carbon-infused plastics absorb shocks from the ski for a damp ride in any conditions.
  • Lateral release at the toe, similar to alpine bindings, to align release torque with tibial axis.
  • Revamped ultra-easy step-in means no frustrating fiddling to get into the binding.
  • Elasticity in the toe (13mm) and heel (9mm) reduces the chances of pre-release.
  • Three included colored inserts allow you to customize your binding to match your style.
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638g [100mm]
Weight (pair) 1276g [100mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   90, 100, 110, 120
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   2 + flat
Vertical Release   5-13
Lateral Release   5-13
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Steel, aluminum, plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage In-bounds, out-of-bounds, all-the-bounds
Notes Lateral release is controlled at the toe like an alpine binding
Bottom Line An excellent binding for charging skiers seeking a smooth ride
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Michael M
Do the brakes still run big on these like the OG Tectons? Wondering if I should do with a 100 brake for a 106 waist ski or go with the more obvious 110. Thanks.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Michael, I'd recommend the 110mm brake for the 106mm ski, they do tuck up nice and snug on the current models.
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Question from Jerry S
Trying to decide between these and the SkiTrab T1. Does anyone know the lateral elasticity in the toe?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Jerry,

Fritschi claims 26mm of total lateral elastic travel in the toepiece of the Tecton 13 on their website, or 13mm in either direction. We also list this in our product description.
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Question from Adam L
Has anyone had luck replacing just one toe piece ? I found damage one the left "wing" & bought my skis second hand, I'm not sure I'll be able to warranty them but I have reached out to bd/ Fritschi. They still seem to work normal.
Answer from Jeff
Adam, If you can find just a toe piece, that will work. They are not sold separately anywhere as far as we know. And Warranty's are for original purchaser only.
From this photo, I cannot say if they are OK to use.
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Eric B (used product a few times)
Great alternative to the Marker Alpinist M-Werks.
Skis a tiny bit smoother since there is some elasticity in the toe. Neglibile differences at moderate speeds in good snow vs a lightweight tech binding.
Lateral toe release makes these (and the Vipec) a bit safer.
Lots of moving parts. The heel snaps down scary hard to the point Im surprised I haven't lost a finger.
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Question from Pete
Trying to decide between the Vipec and the Tecton for my wife's slackcountry setup. Probably 90% lift serve with the occasional skinning out the ridge. Don't need a 13 din. Are there differences? Is one better than the ofher? Thanks!
Answer from Emmett I

Both very similar bindings! The Vipec has heel pins whereas the Tecton has an alpine style heel. The alpine style heel gives you better vertical elasticity, but weighs about 100 grams more. Other than that, the toes are very similar, the mechanism to change from ski to walk is very similar, risers are similar heights, etc.
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Question from Dan
Can you lay out the differences between tecton 12 and 13? Thanks
Answer from jbo
Hi Dan, would it be flippant to just answer "1"?

In all seriousness, it was a change in the materials and spring strength to allow it to perform at a slightly higher level. I would say it's 8.3% improved :)
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Question from Merle
Is it okay to go a few mm behind the forward stop line on the heel plate when setting the forward pressure on the tectonic 12? Thanks, Merle
Answer from Brett S
Hey Merle, the binding should be adjusted to the manufacturer's specifications. Feel free to send a picture to and we can let you know whether you are within the manufacturer's specifications or not.
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Question from Cata
Is the downhill performance much superior let’s say to the zed/ion ? Been really struggling picking a binding. (I come from using Ions)
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Cata,

The plastic dampens some vibrations, and the freeride spacer keeps you anchored when landing big jumps. Unfortunately, we don't really have any sort of scale for downhill performance, so it's difficult to gauge how noticeable these benefits will be.

If you want some help deciding, feel free to fill out a binding finder!
Answer from Catalina Q
Thank you for the info!! What about the stack height I was watching a video of the tectons and they seem pretty high compared to the zed
Answer from Emmett I

The stack height is pretty negligible - a higher stack height could give you more leverage over the ski, while a lower one could make you feel more stable, but it wouldn’t be very noticeable.

The delta on the other hand would be noticeable- delta is the difference in height between the toe and heel. The Zed is pretty neutral. The Tecton, ATK Crest, and Raider for example are more pitched forward, so people often shim the toes to create a more neutral delta angle.
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