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.
||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|