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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.
convert to ounces
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 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 Tecton is pretty neutral, as well as the Zed. The ATK Crest and Raider for example are noticeably pitched forward, so people often shim the toes to create a more neutral delta angle.
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Model: FRITCHI TECTON 13 MPN: 101687

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