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
||548g [no brakes]
|Weight (pair)||1096g [no brakes]
|Brakes||Removable 90, 100, 115mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Crampon Ready||Vipec Crampon only|
|Materials||Steel, aluminum, plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Sidecountry, resort, getting rad|
|Notes||Lateral toe release|
|Bottom Line||Tibia friendly skiing|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
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