Skimo Co

Fritschi Vipec 12 Binding


Fritschi officially calls the Vipec a “Safety Tech” binding. While we don’t think it’s a good idea to label any binding “safe”, it does have very different release characteristics than most other tech bindings. That’s because the binding releases laterally at the toe instead of the heel. This aligns any unnatural twisting torque with the axis of your tibia, just like TUV certified alpine bindings. And now the "Black" model has its papers too, recently achieving standards certification. With more lateral elasticity, a longer toe-lever for easier locking, and a smoother step-in trigger, the updated version is a better all-around binding than its predecessor.

We recommend this binding for folks who want to use the same setup in and out of bounds, or skiers who like to charge hard, often past their abilities. If you’re prone to awkward twisting falls, check out the Vipec. It offers the same uphill efficiency as other tech bindings (you’re not lifting a heel piece with every stride, are you?!) with an alpine-style release. Very appealing combo.

  • Certified by TUV to DIN standards for alpine touring bindings (Black version only).
  • Lateral front release also works in walk mode so it should come off in an avalanche.
  • Lateral elasticity in the toe helps prevent pre-release during rough outings.
  • Easy Switch heel lets you change from ski to walk mode without exiting the binding.
  • Three riser options ensure you’ll find an efficient stride on any skinnable slope.
  • Optional brakes are included so you can go light or be ski-patrol friendly.
  • Weighs only 487 grams (1lb 1.2 oz) w/o brakes, even with all the “safety” features
convert to ounces
548g [no brakes]
640g [90mm]
Weight (pair) 1096g [no brakes]
1280g [90mm]
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   Optional 90, 100, 115
BSL Adjustment   25mm
Riser Heights   2 + flat
Vertical Release   5-12
Lateral Release   5-12
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Steel, aluminum, plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Sidecountry, resort, getting rad
Notes Lateral toe release
Bottom Line Tibia friendly skiing
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Jon
How much heel adjustment (to fit different boot sizes) once it is mounted?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Jon, thanks for reaching out! This binding has 25mm of boot sole length adjustment.
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Question from Andy
Why did you decide to stop carrying this binding? I would like to order a skis/binding/skins package for my wife and for me, and the Vipec Evo bindings are at the top of my list. Between the two of us, we have 6 pairs of these bindings, and I have been incredibly happy with them, especially with the Evo having an updated toe to make it easier to step-in to the binding (my only complaint about the previous version). Thanks!
Answer from jbo
Hi Andy, glad to hear you found a binding that works for you! The Vipec kinda got replaced by the Tecton in our minds. We are of course happy to get you a pair, they are just in a warehouse across town ;)
Answer from Andy
Thanks so much for the quick response. I guess I need to do some research on the Tecton.
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Question from Casey
I am looking for a binding for my VTA 98 ski. I assume the 100mm option would be the best and 100mm crampons, yes? Thanks!
Answer from Julieana
Hey Casey, yeah the 100mm crampon will fit that ski perfectly. The brakes for those bindings tend to run really wide so you'll want to go with a 90mm brake.
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Question from Charlie
Do you happen to any Vipec 110/120 on hand?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Charlie, we do not carry the Vipec any more, my apologies!
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Question from Steve Lynds
Hi Trying to find replacement part for my Diamir Vipec 12 binding. I'm miss the black heel riser part, that flips back and forth and is what the first stage (white) riser rest on when not in use. If you have this part, are know who i could get it from would be most help full thank you.
Answer from Jeff
Steve , sorry we do not have any parts for FRITSCHI bindings now. Try Black Diamond.
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Question from Michael
Thinking of mounting this on a Volkl BMT 109. Would the 108mm brake be wide enough for 109mm ski? 120mm is the next size up.
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Michael, yeah I think you'll be fine if you bend it a bit. The brakes sit up pretty high off the ski so a little bit of bending will go a long way.
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Question from Anon
Been looking for a comparison of Vipecs to marker's tech bindings in terms of boot sole height and rigidity. Would LOVE to just put these on my 75% resort skis, but figure they'll just get trashed and feel a lot looser than a standard Alpine binding. Is that right? Primary interest vs. other tech bindings is the toe release.

Answer from jbo
Hi Anon, the Vipecs aren't limited much by sole height since you're just floating on the pins. As far as rigidity, with all tech systems the boot is making the connection between the toe and heel so it's more of a determinant. The Vipec has more lateral elasticity while the Kingpin has more vertical.
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Question from David
What year model are these bindings?
Answer from jbo
Hi David, our remaining stock is from the 2014/15 season.
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Model: Diamir Vipec 12 TUV

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