Building on the extensive engineering of the Vipec, the recipient of a Gold ISPO Award, Fritschi hath revealed the Tecton. It is instantly the standard in the category of “alpine-like” tech bindings. It is the only tech binding to pair lateral-release in the toe with an alpine-style heel. This means the release profile is similar to alpine bindings and DIN certification will be a slam-dunk. In other words, you can confidently charge through anything without having lingering thoughts about the safety of your bindings.
For the Tecton, Fritschi employed the same revolutionary lateral-release mechanism in the toe piece that is found on the Vipec. Other than tweaks to accommodate more boots and be easier to step in, the toe is the same battle-hardened design. The wings are connected by way of a sliding linkage which allows you to fine-tune the lateral release values independently of the heel piece. It offers substantial elastic travel which improves retention while the ski is getting hammered by refrozen debris. In a true twisting fall, however, the wings will pop open like a door and voilà, your boot comes out. The design eliminates the lateral-release blind spot found in most other tech bindings (and the other “hybrid” tech/alpine binding).
The Tecton heel piece is where things get a bit different since it looks a lot like a typical alpine binding. The heel unit features a Power Rail that cradles the heel of the boot and creates a secure connection to your planks. The positive clamping action means you get good power transmission through the ski. It also has a good amount of vertical elastic travel, meaning you can absorb big landings and rough spots without pre-releasing. Employed within the Power Rail is a pair of grooves in place of tech pins that sink deep into the heel fitting while in ski mode. This means the heel isn’t susceptible to wandering under load like the other "hybrid" binding. The Fritschi Tecton is a full-featured hybrid tech/alpine binding that you can ski with confidence.
- "DIN certification-ready" – a short but potentially very important bullet point.
- Generous 9mm of vertical elasticity in the heel provides a buffer and allows for consistent release.
- Independent toe adjustment with 13mm of elastic travel helps provide alpine-like lateral release.
- Ability to change from skiing to walking and back without exiting the binding.
- Multiple heel riser options, including a mostly-flat mode for long approaches.
- Positive heel pressure provides direct contact between boot, binding, and ski.
- Power Rail in the heel unit actively secures your boot to minimize wander under load.
- Release Lever in the toe allows for a full release while locked in the event of an avalanche.
- Possibility of removing the ski brakes to save weight (-64g).
- Includes three colored lever inserts as bling.
- Optional ski crampons available.
Update 2021/22: The Tecton is now using stronger carbon-infused plastic in the toe piece and has a re-worked lock lever shape for smoother operation. Similarly, the heel risers have a new shape and the high riser position is slightly taller. The toe pins are no longer adjustable for width on one side as they are both pressed in. Weight change is negligible (-4g).
Update 2022/23: Fritschi went one bigger with the release of the Tecton 13.
||577g [no brake]
|Weight (pair)||1154g [no brake]
||Removable 100, 110, 120|
||2 + flat|
||Steel, aluminum, plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Hard charging in and out of a resort|
|Notes||Lateral toe release|
|Bottom Line||Perfect meld of tech and alpine bindings|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
I am looking to buy my wife a light weight touring rig for skiing/skinning that is capable on piste, in powder and in the backcountry: a one quiver setup. She is an intermediate/advanced skier. I am considering these bindings, SCARPA Gea RS 2.0 boots and Movement Alp Tracks 89 skis. Is this a compatible, good package for this purpose?
Thanks in advance,
Looks like a good place to start! I would spend the most time on boots, as fit is absolutely critical. If you need some additional info on boots, feel free to fill out a boot fitter. If the Scarpa Gea RS 2.0 makes sense with your wife’s foot shape, it would be a great option for a crossover boot. Also, the Fritschi Tecton 12 would be a good option if she plans to spend a significant amount of time riding lifts. If she only plans to spend the rare day inbounds, she may be able to shed some grams on that binding.
Finally, skis. The Movement Alp Tracks 89 is a pretty lightweight ski that I would consider more of a backcountry specialist. If you would like the Alp Tracks shape with a more crossover friendly construction, I would look at the Movement Session 95. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to email@example.com!
I have TLT-7 boots...
Once you put the heel into walk mode, you can depress the brakes either by hand or by stepping on them and they will be locked in place for touring. When you switch the heel back into ski mode, it will automatically release the brakes for downhill skiing. You don't need to step out of the binding in order to operate the brakes; though it might be tricky with a pole you can use your hand to move the heel lever from the vertical walk position to the horizontal ski mode which will release the brake without having to remove the ski.
With very old boots, you may need to check the compatibility, but it should work with most of the older boots as well.
Yes, the 100mm brakes on the Fritschi Tecton 12 should be able to handle 4mm of stretching. Depending on the binding, most brakes can handle being stretched up to 6mm. If you have any further questions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I'd like to show them some love but haven't been able to properly lubricate them.
The manual is very vague, do you have any tips for getting grease into the important bits?
Glad to hear you've been loving your Tectons! For greasing the heel, I would advise using a toothpick or cotton swab to get the grease into the little crevasses of the binding. You'll want to get lube onto any plastic that is visible in one position (ski/walk) and covered in the other, particularly under the piece with the Fritschi logo on it. When you go from walk to ski, there's also a piece of plastic that slides forward with the brake, get a lot of lube on and around that piece. You can then switch the binding in and out of walk mode to work the grease into the system.
Would this binding fit a DPS Pagoda Tour 106/171cm?
The one fault is that the heel piece can ice up in tour mode and struggle to return to downhill mode. So far this has been resolved simply by making 2 or 3 attempts. Cursing helps.
I don't huck nothing and am not refined enough to have ever noticed difference in downhill performance between bindings (ex-telemarkers never get past the simple wonder of having their heels locked down). Skis downhill the same as the Vipec and the Marker Kingpin as far as I am concerned. My daily resort driver. Quiver Killer mounted on fat 'n' heavy Kingswood SMB skis, with occasional use on Movement Response.
You've got around 25mm of BSL adjustment once the binding has been mounted. Thanks for the question!
Unfortunately, we do not carry those screws, I'm sorry we couldn't be of more help!
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