The Swiss binding makers at Fritschi have been trend-buckers in an industry that typically prioritizes lightweight construction over all else. Providing competitively weighted bindings while emphasizing release safety, durability, and ease-of-use is the name of the game for them. The Xenic binding checks all those boxes, weighing in under 300g and offering lateral toe elasticity, an uncommon safety feature in tech bindings. The Fritschi design wizards accomplished this feat of engineering with toe pins that slide side-to-side independent of the toe lever, giving skiers a comfortable zone for managing impacts before flying free from their binding. For skinning, the pins lock out by pulling all the way up with the toe lever, providing security in no-fall zones. With brakes that pop on and off with a few simple screws, the Fritschi Xenic binding is a serious option for committed backcountry skiers who are willing to carry a few more grams to afford themselves a higher margin of safety.
Optional brakes have a lockout that engages once the heel is rotated and keeps the brake locked down until rotated back to ski mode.
True to Fritschi roots, the Xenic is made of innovative composite materials that are lighter than alloys while maintaining serious durability.
Heel piece offers 40mm of elasticity in the heel, and switches from ski to walk simply by turning it 180 degrees, with a flat and single riser walk mode.
Fritschi Easy Step-In technology makes clipping in a one-try deal, no more fiddling with snow jammed bindings-- just line it up and push down.
Adjustable heel unit accommodates different BSL's, great for folks with several boot options.
Toe and heel pieces each have their own release value setting with a range from 4-10.
The Xenic is a clever understatement: a very light binding with all the features of a heavy freeride binding like increased security on release angles with the opportunity of stoppers: great invention that has been tested bycracks for three years now!
Hi Skimo - curious, as I cannot tell from the detailed photos, whether the toe piece has a leash attachment. I'm thinking I would mount this binding on a 110-115 width ski. Also, how confident are you in this product for season #1? Much appreciated in advance your advice! - Doug
Doug, I looked for more pictures and can't tell for sure, but there should be a spot in the toe lever that you can get a wire loop through. Fritschi has been around a long time, solid Swiss reputation, I wouldn't have any issues trusting their product. Especially since this is much simpler then their other models. It does have a unique toe piece that will be interesting to try.