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Fritschi Tecton 12 Binding

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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).

convert to ounces
577g [no brake]
641g [100mm]
Weight (pair) 1154g [no brake]
1282g [110mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes   Removable 100, 110, or 120mm
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   2 + flat
Vertical Release   5-12
Lateral Release   5-12
Crampon Ready   Vipec/Tecton crampon only
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   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
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Evan B
Been loving these bindings for 3 seasons in the Wasatch and abroad. The end of this last season they began requiring a lot of force, mostly going from walk to ski mode in the heel piece.
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?
Answer from Will McD
Hi Evan,
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.
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Question from Alexander
I can't ride pin bindings. Perhaps I'm a freak, but they feel like riding on paperclips. I rode heavy Markers this winter and fell to the back of the baggage train. Would the Tecton be what I need? Light(er) but my kinda heel?

Would this binding fit a DPS Pagoda Tour 106/171cm?

Answer from Brett S
Thanks for your question, Alexander. The Fritschi Tecton 12 is a burly binding that would provide a middle-of-the-road offering between heavier hybrid bindings, such as the Marker Duke PT, and lighter freeride tech bindings, such as the ATK Raider 12. The 110 brake offering would match quite well with the Pagoda Tour 106. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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Peter T (used product regularly)
Ticks all the boxes. Fairly light weight considering the feature set. Easy entry toe piece (big improvement over 1st gen Vipec). Smooth as butter release, the sliding release toe piece is magic. Strong brake deployment. Excellent brake stowing mechanism for walk mode. Two good heel riser heights plus flat tracking option. Risers easy to deploy. No need to exit the binding to change ski/walk modes. No complaints charging high speed through rough chopped up snow.

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.
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Question from GDT
Any BSL range? Cannot find measured distance for this when changing boots. It is designated by the lowest screw on the rear of the heel, but once mounted how much play room do I have for different sole lengths? Thanks.
Answer from Will M
Hey GDT,

You've got around 25mm of BSL adjustment once the binding has been mounted. Thanks for the question!
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Question from Jimmy J
I'm looking for the mounting screws for Fritschi Vipec/Tecton toe piece, do you by any chance have them for sale? Thanks!
Answer from Patrick C

Unfortunately, we do not carry those screws, I'm sorry we couldn't be of more help!
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Question from Bob
Does the La Sportiva Skorpius boot function properly in the Tecton binding?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Bob, the Skorpius is labeled as being compatible with frame bindings, so it should be just fine with the Tecton's alpine-style heel unit!
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Question from Paul
How easy and well does the Tectonic transition from ski to uphill mode, and then back again?

Answer from Zak M
Hey Paul, from ski mode you would start by pushing the toe piece down all the way then step into the toe piece and push the heel lever up to lockout the brake. From there you will have the ability to use the different riser options. Once you arrive at the top you would push the heel lever down and punch back in to lock your heel, then push the toe piece down one click to switch from "walk" to "ski" mode.
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Question from mbillie1
Is the hole pattern for these the same as the Vipec? I wasn’t clear from your hole pattern recognition page.
Answer from Cole P
Mbillie, thanks for reaching out. The Tecton and the Vipec do share the same hole pattern.
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Question from Jeff
Will the Hoji Pro Tour work with the Fritschi Tecton 12 binding?
Answer from TSB
Hey Jeff, we've heard tell of some issues with the Speed Nose on the Hoji "bumping" into the toe lever prematurely, which foreshortens the walk mode and potentially causes the binding to release while skinning. See discussion on Wild Snow here.
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Question from Michael M
Is your Tecton stock this year's (18/19) version with the updated toe bumper?
Answer from jbo
Hi Michael, yes, all of our stock is from this season.
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Question from TrB
Are stomp blocks available if I wanted to ski the Tectons brakeless?
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey TrB, no stomp blocks needed, the Tecton is designed to be skied brakeless with no additional parts!
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Question from Peter S
do you have 90mm brakes for the blizzard 85 for example? The fritschi website shows these as an option.
Answer from jbo
Hi Peter, the N.A. distributor didn't bring in kits with 90mm brakes, but skinnier brakes are available separately here. We're happy to swap them out for you as well if you buy the bindings, just expect a mislabeled box.
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Question from Stack
What is the stack height?
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Stack. Haven't been able to get precise measurements yet, though the toe is the same as the Vipec, which has a pin height of 41.5mm (stack height will be considerably lower than this, though it depends on the exact boot where the equivalent stack height will end up on a tech binding vs. a frame binding). We will update our Binding Pin Heights article once we have more info on the heel piece. If you click the Notify Me link in the availability field of the binding, our system will automatically send you an email once the binding shows up. Should only be a day or two after the binding shows up that we have stack height info for you.
Answer from jbo
Hi Stack, the heel stack is roughly 29mm and the toe is 1cm lower. Add 22mm for corresponding pin heights.
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