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 6mm of elasticity in the heel, and switches from ski to walk simply by turning it 180 degrees, with a flat mode and single riser.
- 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.
- Lateral and vertical release values can be adjusted independently within a range of 4-10.
- Made in Switzerland.
||282g w/o brake|
|Weight (pair)||564g w/o brake|
|Brakes||Optional 85, 95 or 105mm|
|Riser Heights||1 + flat|
|Materials||Aluminium and ultra-strong plastic|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Backcountry ski touring, mountaineering.|
|Notes||Lateral elasticity in the toe improves retention over typical designs.|
|Bottom Line||A very dialed sub-300g binding with fully adjustable release values.|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
-Light (given the feature set)
-Optional brakes with great stowing during tour mode
-Independently rotating heel pins
-Toe step-in is not quite as easy as other popular brands (using Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro boots)
-Heel is somewhat challenging to turn
-Toe iced up one time I left my skis in my car. I was able to make it work after some effort.
-Single heel riser (I would rather it be a touch lower)
-Mount pattern is hard to find (BD was able to provide it)
This seems like a long list of cons, but I still like them quite a bit!
Also, the boots aren't the best for uphill and have a limited forward range of motion, is the Xenic's single heel lift setting of 11 degrees enough considering I'm using these boots?
I'm considering purchasing Tecnica Zero G boots to work better with this dedicated uphill setup but may hold off if my Cochise would work.
Any help is appreciated, thank you!!
I've heard that maybe you can take the red alignment bumper out of the toe piece to increase the range of motion in walk mode. However, I just had my brand-new bindings mounted to my brand-new ski. Do I have to remove the bindings to pull the red alignment piece out? Or is this a bad idea in general and should I get a different binding/boot combo?
Thanks for the response... I always come here bc y'all have the best customer service on the web....
Should be the Vipec because of the toe lateral release system much better than Xenic? Also in my list ATK freerider.
On the other hand most of the actual freeriders just go with pin binding with lateral and frontbrelease on the heel..so...
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