Building on the extensive engineering of the Vipec, the recipient of a Gold ISPO Award, Fritschi hath revealed the Tecton. It is instantly the new 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 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, which fares the worst by this measure).
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. It's also the first one we're comfortable selling to our customers.
||586g [no brake]
|Weight (pair)||1172g [no brake]
|Brakes||Removable 100, 110, or 120mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Crampon Ready||Vipec/Tecton crampon only|
|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.|