The Fritschi Xenic 7 is like a fairytale come to life.
“Why Xenic, what a unique toepiece you have!” All the better for entering and exiting the binding, my dear. Stepping into the Xenic 7 is almost brainless, a paddle between the toe wings activates the pins, meaning you don’t have to fight the springs that keep your boot in just to get your boot in. The toe also has a bumper that, in ski mode, will release the toe wings when the boot pitches forward, guaranteeing that your ski will fully disconnect in case of a heel release in a fall or an avalanche.
“Why Xenic, what burly brakes you have!” All the better for stopping your ski from skittering away into oblivion, my dear. Some touring brakes seem more for show (or meeting ISMF requirements) than for function, being thin and deployed by soft springs. Fritschi brakes, on the other hand, take no chance of failing you when you need them to work. Rotating the heel into ski mode automatically deploys the brakes, so you never need to worry about forgetting to unlock them for the descent. The brakes are also removable should you want to lighten the binding.
“Why Xenic, what consistent release you have!” All the better for keeping you uninjured, my dear. Several factors help the Xenic 7 achieve consistent and accurate release. A gapless (1mm, technically) heel design with rearward elasticity means that the binding will travel with your boot as the ski flexes, yielding consistent release conditions and alpine-like feedback from the ski. Furthermore, fully adjustable lateral and vertical release settings allow you to set the binding to release exactly where you want it to. With a release value range of 3 to 7, the Xenic 7 is perfect for lighter skiers who don’t want safety to come at the cost of functionality or quality.
- Lower release range of 3-7 is perfect for lighter or smaller skiers.
- “Gapless” 1mm heel gap lets the binding travel as the ski flexes for a more consistent release.
- Step-in couldn’t be easier thanks to paddle-activated toe wings.
- Included brakes are super reliable and straightforward to remove.
- Both the lateral and vertical release are fully adjustable for greater safety.
|Weight (pair)||564g [95mm]|
||85, 95, 105|
||1 + flat|
||High-grade plastic, aluminum|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Stepping in is easier than ever thanks to paddle-activated toe wings|
|Bottom Line||A great low-tech option for kids or lighter skiers|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
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